My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house. I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlour, and I would like all the flowers to be white.

- Anne Rice

Choosing a coffin or casket is a personal decision.

Keep in mind that people choose a coffin or casket based upon a range of factors that represent the best value for them, including:

  • The wishes of the deceased;
  • The features, quality, price and/or design;
  • Religious or cultural beliefs; and
  • Environmental or budgetary considerations.

      What’s The Difference Between A Coffin And A Casket?


  • Are widest at the shoulder
  • Taper at the head and foot ends
  • Have a fully removable lid

A coffin is widest at the shoulders and tapers towards the head and toe ends. Coffins generally have a removable lid which is fastened with thumbscrews. They are usually made out of paper veneered MDF or solid timber.


  • Are rectangular shape
  • Have a hinged lid
  • Usually have more refined features, materials and designs

Caskets are generally a rectangular shape with a domed full or half lid which is hinged to allow the lid to open from the front. Caskets are generally made by trade qualified craftsmen and have more refined and elegant features than coffins. Each casket can take up to 20 hours to manufacture. Caskets are mostly made from the highest quality solid timbers or metals.

Modern Coffin Designs

Expression Coffins are a unique way to celebrate a life lived.

Each Expression Coffin is handmade by master craftsmen and wrapped in high-quality imagery, utilising the latest eco-friendly technology.

They are a patented concept, all Australian made, and are created from locally-sourced, plantation pine fibreboard (commonly referred to as ‘MDF’ or ‘Customwood’), which is a sustainable, renewable resource.

The CrystalCleer high-resolution image wraps are produced using latex, water-based inks, and the technology has been recognised as an industry leader in environmental certifications and awards.

How to design your own coffin

You can design your own coffin on the Expression Coffins website. It’s free and you’ll get a copy of your design emailed to you, once the design is completed.

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Source: Expression Coffins

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