Choosing a coffin or casket

At Walter Carter Funerals, we understand that choosing a coffin or casket is a difficult decision being made at a difficult time so our experienced team is on hand to guide you through the process and ensure you have the time to reflect on the choices available.

What’s the difference between a coffin and a casket?

The terms coffin and casket are often used interchangeably, however they’re not the same thing. While a coffin and a casket serve the same general purpose, the two differ in terms of design and materials.

Coffins are tapered at the head and foot, and are wide at the shoulders. They’re generally made from materials such as particleboard and customwood. Caskets are rectangular in shape and are usually constructed from better quality materials, such as solid timber or metal.

Coffin choices

At Walter Carter Funerals we have a wide range of coffin choices to suit individual preferences and budgets. Our coffins are custom made by ACC Higgins.

Walter

  • Printed particleboard
  • Maple colour finish
  • Plastic handles
  • Cotton lining

Hanson

  • Customwood and particleboard
  • Walnut finish
  • Plastic handles
  • Cotton lining

Centennial

  • Solid plantation pine
  • Unstained finish
  • Sisal rope handles
  • Unbleached calico lining

Carter

  • Customwood and particleboard
  • Sappelle finish
  • Plastic handles
  • Cotton lining

Bellevue

  • Timber veneer, customwood and particleboard
  • Rosewood gloss finish
  • Metal swing bar handles
  • Satin lining

Old Trafford

  • Timber veneer, customwood and particleboard
  • White gloss finish
  • Timber swing bar handles
  • Satin lining

Paddington

  • Solid plantation pine
  • Walnut gloss finish
  • Metal swing bar handles
  • Embossed satin lining

Kennington

  • Solid timber and customwood
  • Teak gloss finish
  • Plastic swing bar handles
  • Ivory satin lining

Ultimo

  • Solid plantation pine
  • Rosewood gloss finish
  • Metal swing bar handles
  • Embossed satin lining

Waverley

  • Solid cedar
  • Cedar low sheen finish
  • Metal and timber swing bar handles
  • Cream satin lining

York

  • Tasmanian blackwood
  • Natural grain low sheen finish
  • Metal and timber swing bar handles
  • Cream satin lining

Woollahra

  • Solid oak
  • Clear gloss finish
  • Metal handles
  • Embossed ivory satin lining

Casket choices

At Walter Carter Funerals, our casket choices are custom made by ACC Higgins.

Edgecliff

  • Solid plantation pine
  • Rosewood gloss finish
  • Timber swing bar handles
  • Padded satin lining

Randwick

  • Solid cedar
  • Natural grain low sheen finish
  • Metal and timber swing bar handles
  • Cream stain lining

Bronte

  • Solid cedar
  • Walnut gloss finish
  • Metal handles
  • Padded satin lining

Dover

  • Solid pine
  • Natural grain low sheen finish
  • Timber swing bar handles
  • Padded satin lining

Sierra Bronze

  • 18 gauge steel
  • Low sheen finish
  • Metal handles
  • Champagne velvet lining

Bondi

  • Traditional maple
  • Cedar low sheen finish
  • Metal handles
  • Champagne velvet lining

Personalised choices

Expressions coffins are a unique way to celebrate a life lived. Choose from a wide range of existing designs or supply your own images to reflect your loved one’s life.

Each coffin is created from plantation pine fibreboard, which is a sustainable, renewable resource and the images are produced using environmentally-friendly, water-based inks. You can view the full range of options on the Expressions Coffins website.

Here are some of the most popular choices.

Australian Flag

Australia’s foremost national symbol, the national flag is an expression of identity and national pride.

Individual

Supply your own images or ideas to create a customised design.

NRL

Created under special licence to capture the logo and colours of the chosen team. All teams are available.

Piano music

A piano keyboard running down the full length of the lid, with a selection of notes featuring on the sides.

Pink blossoms

Beautiful pink blossoms pictured against a blue sky.

Red wood

A rich red-toned timber grain, indicative of many Australian timber species.

Sand and water

Water covering a shallow sandy pool, with the sun gleaming off the rippled surface.

Tropical lagoon

A warm sandy beach stretching out into an aqua blue tropical lagoon.

Write-on

Finished in white, family and friends can contribute artwork using paint, markers, crayons and more.

Talk to the team at Walter Carter Funerals about the full range of coffin and casket choices available.

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