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Today's article is for you who need to buy a pulpit, but don't know where to start to make the best choice. Always present in churches, auditoriums, plenaries and conference rooms, the pulpit not only gives a prominent position to the speaker, ensuring that he can be seen by all present in the enclosure.

It also serves as support to its occupant, accommodating papers, microphones, books, notebooks, bibles and whatever else may be necessary at the time of the speech. Follow us in this reading and check out the best options of the product, as well as the characteristics that you should pay attention to in order to make the best choice of pulpit.




Summary

  • The pulpit is available in several models and configurations. To choose the ideal one, first identify the profile of use that will be given to the product and the space available for installation.
  • Size, material, assembly and installation and customization possibilities are some characteristics to be considered at the time of purchase.
  • Prices vary according to the brand, model, size and material of the pulpit. It is possible to find simpler compact versions.

The Best Pulpit: Our Picks

Buying Guide

On many occasions, even on top of a stage, altar, palace or lectern, a speaker needs extra prominence and support to address the audience and hold their attention. In these situations, the pulpit is the ideal solution, bringing practicality to the organisation and arrangement of speakers at every type of event or ceremony. Stay with us to learn all about this product.

Mulher ao púlpito fala para público em auditório.

Wood pulpits are sturdy and have a timeless style
(Source: hxdbzxy / 123rf.com)

What is the pulpit?

The term pulpit comes from the Latin pulpitum, which means stage, podium or platform. It consists of a high place, generally in the form of a tower, which aims to give support and provide a position of prominence and/or authority to the speaker before his audience.

At first, its use was restricted to temples and religious ceremonies. Nowadays, it is very common the presence of pulpits in graduation ceremonies, awards ceremonies, auditoriums, conference rooms, conventions, plenaries, government agencies and events in general.

What are the advantages of investing in a pulpit?

Besides being the ideal option to provide speakers with a prominent position in front of the public, the pulpit also serves as a surface to support materials such as books, notes, notebooks, microphones, etc; Demarcating the speaker's position in an elegant and clear way in any type of event and situation, the symbolism of the use of the pulpit is universal, and denotes protagonism, formality and respect, catching the audience's attention.

Although it is possible to find pulpits in various price ranges, the values are high. They will fluctuate according to the size, model and material of the piece. Moreover, it is clear that the more refined models, or made in special materials and designs will be more expensive.

Advantages
  • Their use denotes protagonism and prominence
  • There are versions in various styles and price ranges
  • Durable and versatile
Disadvantages
  • High values Sold only in specialised shops

Fixed or mobile pulpit: How to choose the ideal one?

As the pulpit is a product that will be very visible to the public, it should be carefully evaluated in all its aspects before the purchase. This evaluation can make all the difference to guarantee your satisfaction. The first item to be evaluated is the product's dimensions.

Check carefully the total dimensions of the pulpit, paying special attention to the height, which should be appropriate for people of medium height. Its top should be able to sustain reading material in a comfortable position' besides allowing the support of the speaker's hands, if necessary.

Also, pay attention to how the model is used (mobile or fixed pulpit). This way, you can guarantee that it will be adequate for the intended use. To help you choose, check the comparative table between fixed and mobile pulpits.

Fixed Mobile
Features More robust and heavy Lighter and versatile
Differentials Very stable and imposing Can be used in various environments and compositions
Uses In churches, plenaries and spaces of fixed configuration In auditoriums, schools, conference rooms and spaces that allow reconfiguration according to the occasion

How to position the pulpit?

With the exception of churches, in most cases there is no clear or rigid rule regarding the correct positioning of the pulpit. A well positioned pulpit is one that allows the speaker to be seen by the audience, and vice versa, without obstructing the view of the other elements that make up the scene.

In events such as ceremonies, lectures or debates where there is the presence of the national flag on the stage, protocol rules that the pulpit be to the left of the flag, so that it has its place of prominence guaranteed. In Catholic churches, there are usually two pulpits, located at the sides of the altar. The one on the left is for the gospel reading, while the one on the right is the stage for the other readings.

However, in some churches the arrangement may be reversed. In Evangelical, Presbyterian and Protestant churches, the pulpit is seen as the most important piece of furniture in the sanctuary, assuming a centralized and elevated position in relation to the assembled congregation.

Ambiente preparado para palestra com púlpito ao centro.

Pulpits with a lighter, cleaner design are ideal for less formal situations. (Source: Wangkunsunny / Pixabay)

Purchase Criteria: Factors to compare and qualify pulpit models

To do an effective research and comparison between pulpit models, you need to have a good level of knowledge about the product. Below we will present some characteristics that you should be aware of when choosing a pulpit:

  • Size
  • Assembly and installation
  • Material
  • Personalisation

So that no doubts remain, we will detail each of the characteristics that will help you choose the product that best suits you:

Size

There are few things more frustrating than choosing and buying a product thinking about the perfect place and use for it and only later realising that it is not in the right size. Therefore, before choosing the pulpit, define the place where it will be placed.

Very large and robust pulpits may not look good on stages, altars or smaller spaces, for example. Likewise, smaller, more delicate pulpits may end up bland in spaces that are too large or crowded with other elements.

Design

Here the question may be basically based on aesthetics. Try to choose the pulpit that not only pleases you aesthetically, but also has to do with the style of event it will attend and the decor of the environment. Pulpits with a lighter, clean design are ideal for less formal situations. More robust models in wood or more noble and heavy materials give a more formal impression.

Púlpito em madeira apoiando Bíblia.

In churches pulpit has a predetermined location, but the position varies according to each doctrine. (Source: Analogicus / Pixabay)

Material

Natural wood, marble, MDF, glass, acrylic and stainless steel are among the most popular materials for the manufacture of pulpits. Natural wood and marble, although more expensive, are among the most resistant, and are very common in more traditional churches.

The options in glass, acrylic and stainless steel are lighter, being ideal for places that require some mobility of the pulpit. Regardless of the material chosen for your pulpit, make sure that it is of quality, to ensure durability and strength of the product.

Personalisation

Most of the pulpit models allow for personalization, which consists, in most cases, of the application of logos or phrases. These customizations can be applied in several ways, with the methods being more or less adequate for certain types of materials and pulpit styles.

The most popular methods of pulpit personalisation are carving, adhesive, printing, painting, high-relief and cut-outs. Check with the manufacturer about the possibilities for your chosen model.

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