Churches with small sanctuaries can feel cramped, leading to an unpleasant worship experience. Sometimes, you have the resources to build a bigger church, but a lot of churches cannot afford such an upgrade. If you can’t change your current sanctuary size, there are other things you can do to make the space seem bigger.
Create Focal Points
Instead of having many pieces of sanctuary furniture or various decorative touches, go for a simpler layout. Choose a few pieces to be the focal points of your sanctuary; for example, a communion table, a pulpit, and a set of pulpit chairs. Keeping your sanctuary free of clutter will help the space appear bigger.
Use Lighter Colors
Another small church sanctuary design idea is to incorporate light hues, which can make a space feel open and airy. When choosing paint colors and furniture upholstery, try to stick to lighter shades. Solid colors are a bonus, since patterns can appear too “busy.”
Choose Scaled Down Furniture
If your sanctuary is small, it doesn’t make sense to have bulky furniture. Instead, opt for light, slim options, like this narrow pulpit or these portable lecterns.
Increase the Lighting
Whether you choose transparent curtains to let more sunshine in, or invest in more light fixtures around the sanctuary, increasing the lighting in a space can visually expand it.
Organize Worship Materials
A clutter-free room feels larger. It’s important to create an organization strategy for all of your worship materials, from musical instruments down to the hymnals. While larger things may need their own dedicated space in the sanctuary, hymnals can be tucked away neatly in an underseat book rack or stored in a box in another room.
Choose Flexible Seating
Pews are the traditional church seating option, but they can make a small sanctuary feel closed off and cramped. Plus, there’s no way to rearrange pews. Instead, opt for church chairs that can be moved around and stacked away neatly. This makes it easy to scale your seating up or down for various activities.
Related: Switching from Pews to Church Chairs
Try Different Seating Layouts
If you’re using church chairs, you can experiment with different seating layouts to see which one gives the most open feeling in your sanctuary. Sometimes, just rearranging your chairs can make a big difference in the way your worship space is perceived.
If you’re in need of flexible seating for your small church sanctuary design, ChurchPlaza has a wide selection of worship chairs. Browse our products or get in touch with one of our sales representatives at 1-800-927-6775.