Sizing a Cremation Urn: Height, Weight Chart & Guide
May 28, 2023

Sizing a Cremation Urn: Height, Weight Chart & Guide



When it comes to honoring the memory of a loved one through cremation, selecting the right-sized urn is a significant consideration. A properly sized urn ensures the remains are securely held. I am going to provide you with a comprehensive guide to correctly sizing a cremation urn, including height and weight charts for men and women in this article. This information will assist you in finding the ideal type and size urn that honors your loved one's memory.


Understanding the Importance of Correct Sizing:


Choosing an appropriately sized cremation urn is essential for several reasons. First and foremost, it guarantees that the cremated remains fit completely within the urn, inside a dignified and respectful resting place. Additionally, an urn that has good and proper proportions is an aesthetically pleasing way to remember your loved one.


Factors to Consider When Sizing a Cremation Urn:


Ash Volume: The amount of ashes generated during cremation can vary depending on factors such as body weight and the cremation process used. On average, adult cremated remains usually amount to around 200 cubic inches (3.28 liters). However, it is crucial to consult with the crematorium or funeral director to obtain the precise volume of ashes you will receive.


Height and Weight: The height and weight of an individual are crucial to determine the appropriate size of the cremation urn. Although there are no hard and fast rules, general height and weight charts can be useful to guide in selecting an urn.


Ideal Height and Weight Charts for Men and Women:


Please note that these height and weight charts are approximate averages and may not be suitable for all individuals. They serve as a starting point when considering the size of a cremation urn.


For Men:


Height to Ideal Urn Capacity (Approx.)

5'0" - 5'6" (152-168 cm) 95-160 cubic inches (1.56-2.62 liters)

5'7" - 6'0" (170-183 cm) 160-196 cubic inches (2.62-3.21 liters)

6'1" - 6'6" (185-198 cm) 202-250 cubic inches (3.31-4.10 liters)

Above 6'6" (198 cm) 300+ cubic inches (4.92+ liters)


For Women:


Height to Ideal Urn Capacity (Approx.)

4'10" - 5'3" (147-160 cm) 81-127 cubic inches (1.33-2.08 liters)

5'4" - 5'7" (163-170 cm) 127-149cubic inches (2.08-2.44 liters)

5'8" - 5'11" (173-180 cm) 149-171 cubic inches (2.44-2.80 liters)

Above 5'11" (180 cm) 193+ cubic inches (3.17+ liters)


Note: These charts are intended as a rough guide. The amount of space needed can fluctuate by age as well. The younger a person is the more space that is needed, as younger people have a greater bone density.


Choosing the Right Size:


Consult with Professionals: Reach out to the crematorium, funeral director, or urn provider for expert guidance. They can help determine the most appropriate size based on the specific information you have available on the loved one that has passed away.


Consider Individual Preferences: Take into account the personal wishes of the deceased or any specific instructions they may have left. Consider religious or cultural traditions that may influence the choice of urn size. Are you going to scatter some of the ashes? Will they be shared among relatives?


Room for Personalization: Ensure the chosen urn allows for personalization, such as engraving or the addition of special mementos. It should offer sufficient space to accommodate these elements along with the cremated remains.




Selecting the correct size for a cremation urn is important to get right before the funeral. You don't want to be disappointed if it is not large enough to accommodate all of the ashes. By considering factors such as ash volume, height, and weight, you can find an urn that is both fitting and symbolic of your loved one's memory. Remember to consult with professionals and consider personal preferences in design to ensure you find the perfect urn that honors your loved one in a meaningful way.

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