How big is a coffin? And what size coffin will you need for your funeral or the burial of a loved one. Unless you have had the misfortune to already organise the funeral of a loved-one, you may not know the answer. Coffins and caskets can indeed be made to measure, and they can range from infant coffins to extra-long coffins and extra-wide coffins. The standard dimensions for a casket are 84 inches long by 28 inches wide by 23 inches tall. These are the dimensions for a standard casket that is actually very different from a coffin.
The word coffin is what comes to mind when thinking about a funeral. A coffin is however a box with six sides and is what you will see in vampire movies. A coffin is wider at the shoulders than at the base, and although it may be used in traditional funeral services, caskets are more common and cheaper to manufacture.
A casket is a four sided box, used as standard in modern burials. If you are looking for an economical option for a funeral, you should most definitely opt for a casket or shroud as opposed to a six sided coffin. You can spend a little or a lot on a coffin, depending on the material you choose, whether you want an eco-friendly coffin, and whether you will have a public viewing prior to burials.
Cardboard caskets were first introduced in the 1990s, and rather like recycled paper they had a reputation for being flimsy and cheap. Thankfully, things have improved, and in the last few years, cardboard coffins and caskets have become big business.
Cardboard is a preferred material for caskets and coffins nowadays as they are environmentally friendly, and they are now made to be stronger. Cardboard coffins no longer lack dignity, and the can be purchased for as little as £60. They can be coloured, screen printed, and they can even be personalised with family photos and pictures. Some can be ready within 24 hours and will be delivered in a flat pack to your home or the funeral home.
Cardboard coffins are suitable for both traditional burials as well as cremations due to the fact they are biodegradable. When you order your casket you can customize the size, ensuring that the finished product will be to your exact specifications.
If you are arranging the funeral of a loved one who was very tall, or tackling the extremely hard time of arranging the burial of a child, you will need a casket or coffin that is not of a standard size. The good news is that although there is an average size for caskets and coffins, they can be made to measure in the dimensions that you require for your family member.