Curved and straight stackable benches and church pews help bring communities together

Stackable benches and church pews

Luke Hughes Charterhouse stackable benches and church pews are available as a straight 2, 3, 4 or 5-seater as well as a 2-seat curved stackable bench / church pew. We also offer a Charterhouse chair, with or without arms.

A classic Luke Hughes design, the Charterhouse stackable bench provides churches, cathedrals and synagogues with an ideal means of making their spaces flexible and, therefore, more versatile, in turn allowing them to make better financial, social, and community use of their most important asset - their building.

Easily carried by two people, these beautiful stackable benches and church pews can quickly be reconfigured or stored away using our bench dolly to provide clear areas for different activities.

Two different types of under-seat bookshelf can also be specified as add-alts. These do not affect the benches' stacking capability.

Architects, designers and clients have the option to specify from 5 standard finishes and 5 standard lengths.

We are also able to make the Charterhouse as a 2-seat curved stackable bench or church pew.

All Luke Hughes stackable benches and church pews have the option of having linking / ganging brackets and glides fitted. We have also fitted floor fixings for clients who need to comply with New York City codes for stacking benches and public seating.

Further customisation and adaptation options include removable upholstered seat pads or fully upholstered seats and backs, commemorative discs and arms to each or either end.

Please contact us to discuss to discuss any of these options for church pews or synagogue seating.

Please note: the images shown may vary slightly from standard because they may reflect options and adaptations specified for a particular client. Please use the "Find out more" button to request current specifications and Tear Sheets.

Luke Hughes | Stackable Benches | Optional Shelf | St Mary's Ealing

Stackable bench dolly.

Charterhouse stackable benches and church pews can be stacked 5 high and moved with ease using the Luke Hughes  bench dolly / bench trolley.

The combination of stackable benches and bench dollies / bench trolley enable a nave, crossing, chancel or sanctuary space seating hundreds of people to be cleared and reconfigured in a matter of minutes by only two people.

Please note that benches with arms need to be placed on the top of a stack. A separate dolly / bench trolley is needed for the Charterhouse chair, which stacks 5 high with or without arms.

The Luke Hughes bench dolly / bench trolley comes in handed pairs and prices are quoted per pair. Where required, a mobile storage and transport cart for all your bench dolly / bench trolley pairs can also be specified, as seen in the photo accompanying this text.

Bench Dolly | Bench Trolley

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Our benches in the press

The Pews are made of oak, for a durability that is symbolic as well as practical and stackable so that the room can be cleared for dancing.

Justin Davidson

New York Magazine

This intimacy is enhanced by subtly curved walls and a rich materials palette that includes midnight blue wallpaper and plum-coloured cushions for the custom curved oak benches. Designed and fabricated in England, the seating can be stacked and rolled away so that the room can be used for dinners, including Passover seders, or other events.

Joann Gonchar

Architectural Record

The question of whether pews rather than chairs are appropriate in a synagogue, [Stephen Cassell] recalls, occupied 'probably 25 meetings . . . in some ways it is radically traditional; this aligns with [the question of] what does it mean as a community to share a seat?

Bill Millard

The Architect's Newspaper