~*What a real true casket looks like*~
Here in the real world, any box that you bury the deceased in is considered a coffin. Usually people have made distinctions that coffins are the boxes that have the hexagon or octagon shape, and the casket is just the regular rectangle box. Either way, the name coffin came first. In the 1800's, the coffin industry originated in the U.S. of A.
So usually the coffin is made with six sides and made out of steel, wood and possibly fiberglass. Some religions, coffins are to be plain, no ornaments no metal parts no nails, just wooden pegs, and must be made out of wood. While others are all about "Pimp my coffin." Some even are sealed shut with gaskets, that is if they are going to be above ground like in a mausoleum, for public safety. Some manufacturers offer a warranty on the structural integrity of the coffin. Really? How the hell are you going to know, if the coffin is six feet down, that it is still in good structural standing? Maybe it's just for those coffins that are above ground, because, coming from an extended warranty company, I do not see how one could warranty underground coffins.
~*Coffin & Casket*~
Most states require that the coffin be put into a burial vault, which is the underground tomb that is made out of cement that the coffin goes into. It is then lowered into the ground. These are used to keep the ground from caving in on top of the coffin and to keep the grave site from sinking in. Some manufacturers state that they can seal the vault to keep water and the elements from getting to the actual coffin. A vault, however, does not stop the decaying of the body.
~*Concrete burial vault*~
When someone died, way back when, the carpenter was the one that made the coffins. He would also manage the whole funeral as well. The cheapest of the coffins, was of course, the pine box. These were to bury a pauper. If you were rich and full of awesomeness, you got to have a yew or mahogany box with a fine lining and awesome bling bling.
~*paupers coffin and a rich persons coffin. This is a 14K Gold coffin and costs $500,000.00 Ringgits, which is $160,901.03 U.S. dollars.*~
Taken from Wiki, "Under a U.S. federal law, 16 CFR Part 453 (known as the Funeral Rule), if a family provides a casket they purchased elsewhere, the establishment is required to accept the casket and use it in the services. If the casket is delivered direct to the funeral home from the manufacturer or store, they are required to accept delivery of the casket. The funeral home may not add any extra charges or fees to the overall bill if a family decides to purchase a casket elsewhere. If the casket was bought from the funeral home, these Regulations require bills to be completely itemized."
In the world of today, most of the caskets are made of steel. Since cremation is becoming more prominent, caskets made of wood are becoming more popular. Some people use them as regular furniture. I will tell you, once I become rich, my house will have mostly coffin stuff in it. Coffin couch, coffin cabinets, coffin coffee table and even a coffin bed. Yes, I will also have a hearse in the drive-way. =)
~*This so would be my kitchen, or something similar. Resource here*~
~*This would be the bed & this is the couch. I would totally change the colors of course*~