I am a Tombstone Tourist: someone who loves to wander cemeteries. I find it akin to visiting a museum: an opportunity to enjoy rarely seen sculpture, intricate carvings, and amazing architecture, all in a tranquil outdoor setting. This blog is about cemetery culture, art, history, issues of death, and genealogy - subjects of current relevance. I usually find something that intrigues me and makes me want to dig deeper. Care to join me? Read on...
Friday, February 7, 2020
You Can Take It With You - When Its Coffin Furniture
By Joy Neighbors
Furniture designed from caskets?
Yes, it is a uniquely narrow niche but there are several furniture makers out there who are deadly serious about
these grave designs.
One of the top suggestions for casket furniture is using your
(some day to be) casket as your bed. The people who do this are
converts and swear that they rest …well, in peace. With no light filtering in
and an air vent near the head, you can sink into a deep slumber any time of day
A coffin as a coffee table is
another option for those who want to get the most out of their money. Fill it
with blankets and pillows for cozy movie watching. And never mind the butter
stains on top from all of that movie-style popcorn. That’s just happy memories
that you can take with you.
a Deadly Desk
The main buyers of coffins for
furniture are Baby Boomers. Here’s a chance to shop for what you want - get the wood type, color and lining - and then plan on using
it for years. That takes the final price down to pennies a day. That’s one thing
casket makers don’t usually tout – ordering your casket and not being in a
hurry to get it might help get the price down.
Other uses for coffins include building them into a window seat, a
display case or bookcase. (Maybe for those true crime tomes.)
How about an entire kitchen with a coffin theme? Here are coffin-shaped
kitchen cabinets with enclosures for the microwave and fridge. Cute and saucy in a fun way.
Or you could relax on a couch coffin complete with a coffin coffee table and end tables to match.
There are even casket
pool tables and death desks. The ideas are endless.
There are dealers on the
Internet that offer coffin furniture. Check out Etsy for great pieces and smaller accent items. But there's also a possibility that someone
in your area makes coffins and would entertain the idea of "branch out."
A Bat Purse
DorNob.comoffers ten ideas for
coffin furniture. And The Coffin Gallery at
CoffinItUp.com shows several pieces of furniture that just might be what you’re
looking for. Bryan, owner of this site, is a professional cabinet maker who creates
coffin furniture, jewelry, purses and storage boxes. And, yes, actual coffins for
If you’re more of a DIYer, visit CasketPlans.com for a cool looking casket coffee table. It may not be considered furniture for the masses, but who says you can't use it now and take it with you?