The seat bench on our present pews is three inches more shallow than standard. The pews are also closer together (like coach class airline seats) and as you all know only too well, are straight backed.
Upholstered seats and backs were not really under serious consideration. They are quite economical because the boards underneath the cushions are made of composite materials not hardwood. Unfortunately, they are far less durable than wooden pews, require cleaning and repair and absorb the sound of music and prayer.
Modern pew backs can be purchased in ergonomic design which look attractive and seem much more comfortable - at least for the few minutes we have sat in them.
As you may suspect, we do not have enough pews for the new configuration any way. Even with a remarkably favorable reponse about the used pews in which we have expressed interest, it looks like our present pews (from 1977) will be available shortly after the First Communion masses are celebrated in January.
The likely requested donation will be $100/pew to the Church Building Fund. If you are interested in one or more of either the full sized or smaller pews, be sure your name is on our list by calling Lori LaPlante or Eileen George in the parish office.