Last updated 31st May 2019
Cardboard coffins, wicker coffins and everything in between
Times have changed in so many ways. As funerals have become more personal, so have the kinds of coffin we’re being laid to rest in. These days, there are so many types of coffins for sale there’s even a comparison site dedicated to them! Forget meerkats, you can now compare coffin prices and designs at comparethecoffin.com.
The wooden coffin remains a top choice but more eco-friendly cardboard coffins and other biodegradable materials like bamboo and wicker coffins are growing in popularity. To reduce funeral costs, you could even have a go at being a coffin maker and make your own DIY coffin or opt for a simple shroud. What’s great is, when it comes to choosing a coffin, you can make it as unique as you want.
Here are some ingenious and unusual examples of just how individual a coffin can be.
1. This coffin’s blue and bamboo too
Making an eco-friendly choice of natural material for a coffin doesn’t have to mean settling for a natural colour. In fact, this is a great way to make a funeral more colourful.
2. Go out in an egg
A wooden egg-shaped capsule to be curled up inside. A burial coffin as beautiful as a sculpture.
3. Unidentified flying coffin
Is it an alien spacecraft or a multi-vitamin pill? It’s actually a biodegradable coffin cocoon.
4. Expedition coffin
This coffin has been commissioned to reflect an explorer’s intrepid lifestyle (and probably equally intrepid exit).
This printed cardboard coffin is probably a more realistic reflection of how the other 99% of us live.
6. Designer bag coffin
Someone somewhere loves designer fashion so much they want to make sure they go out in style — zipped inside this replica of a very famous brand’s sports bag.
7. Wicker man coffin
The ultimate in a wicker coffin and the only choice for a fan of the classic horror film.
8. Ecopod coffin
Made from 100% recycled paper this coffin can be silk-screened and is completely biodegradable …just like we are.
9. Vintage coffin
The perfect resting place for a lover of a fine vintage.
10. Tardis coffin
Outside it’s just a regular coffin decorated to look like Dr Who’s Tardis, but inside it’s enormous apparently.