Every church, chapel, or meeting area requires seating that is comfortable, strongly made, well designed, attractive and practical. This is especially true for the high frequency use chairs and bench seating will experience within a crematorium. Treske make and supply solid hardwood oak chairs with or without hymn book shelves, with wood, leather, rush or upholstered seats and in a range of woods including oak and beech, or with special stained and coloured finishes. (Trolleys for storing and moving stacking chairs also made and supplied.)
Although not always relevant to the crematoria or chapels setting, the option of stacking chairs gives the flexibility to create space and be set out in different configurations. The choice of chair is important and can depend on the storage space available, the ease and distance of moving, the uses the chairs will be put to, their aesthetic fit – and they need to be comfortable!
Craftsman-made in responsibly sourced woods, either to unique contemporary designs or to reflect the style of any setting, benches can be upholstered and finished in a variety of ways. Many crematoriums have bench seating, commonly made using ash or oak and with upholstered seats. Seating layouts are usually fixed since a crematorium is in continuous use and there is a requirement to avoid any rearranging of the seating.
Treske often fix the benches to the floor so that the seating format is fixed into one design, however consideration has to be made where there is underfloor heating. If a more flexible arrangement is required, then freestanding benches and pews can be easily moved. Many benches (both fixed or freestanding) reflect and match the style of bespoke Treske chairs and in some situations are used in conjunction with each other. Mixing stacking benches with chairs can increase the seating capacity of a space, as well as the benches being lightweight and easy to stack out of the way in the same way as stacking chairs. A variety of upholstered and solid timber versions are available and can be customised to any crematorium’s exact needs. Benches, with upholstered seats, can be designed so that adjacent seats have no gaps between upholstery, allow for full length bench seating.
Fully upholstered sofas are also made to order and are used for the front rows creating a soft gentle seating area for mourners.
Front row readers to fit with the seating choice in design, timber and finish are made by Treske for crematoriums. Readers can vary from those giving privacy to floor level, to more open designs. Book storage and presentation can be important depending on the types of service the crematorium holds.
Bespoke crematoria stacking chairs made in oak and with rush seats, to the design Treske designed for St Magnus Cathedral on Orkney.
Treske designed a catafalque with a rise and fall platform, with heavy duty bariatric rollers, as well as an oak lectern and stacking Harrogate chairs.
Treske installed a catafalque platform, new curtain track motors and controller for the committal area, catafalque curtains, blinds to windows, oak upholstered seats chapel seating, frontals, a bespoke lectern and organ surround.
Treske supplied Howe 40/4 upholstered chairs and seating, also designing and making bespoke crematorium furniture consisting of a bariatric catafalque, frontals, reader, AV controls, console table, cross, flower stands and memorial bookcase, along with curtains and tracking for the committal area.
The new furniture consisted of a bespoke catafalque, console table, ambo-style lectern incorporating audio visual controls, and the main committal curtains and voile.
Treske were commissioned to design and make bespoke crematoria furniture for the two chapels. Catafalques, adjustable height lecterns, sofa seating, upholstered seats and committal curtains were part of the commission.