Curved and straight stacking and fixed timber benches

The Charterhouse

Stacking 3, 4 or 5-seater bench.

A classic Luke Hughes design, the Charterhouse stacking 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 benches can quickly be reconfigured or stored away discreetly to provide clear areas for different activities.

Made from European Oak of the highest quality and sourced from sustainable forests, the Charterhouse comes in 3 different lengths and four different stains as standard.

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

Architects, designers and clients have the option to specify from 4 standard stains and 3 standard lengths. We are also able to make the Charterhouse as a 1 0r 2-seat straight bench, or as a 3-seat curved bench. All benches have the option of having linking / ganging brackets and glides fitted. We have also fitted floor fixings for some clients.

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.

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 | Stacking Charterhouse Bench | Optional Shelf | St Mary's Ealing

The stacking bench dolly.

The portable bench trolley is designed to move and store Charterhouse benches with ease.

A maximum of 5 benches can be stacked at a time.


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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