Maybe you can take it with you…

I’m a big fan of furniture that multitasks. That’s why I’ve been (unsuccessfully) lobbying my wife to let me order this beautiful custom-made solid-wood entertainment center that will become my coffin once I no longer need an earthly place to kick back and watch Six Feet Under on DVD.

If my casket is going to cost a fortune, I might as well enjoy it while I’m still alive, right?

Note from Erin: No. No. No.

29 Comments for “Maybe you can take it with you…”

  1. posted by Rue on

    That’s a multitasker I’m not sure I would want…lol. It’d be a constant reminder of death. “This is going to be your box when you die!!”

  2. posted by Ed Eubanks on

    Here’s a key question, though: is it adjustable to fit TVs other than an old-school 13-inch B&W CRT?

  3. posted by Pete on

    Damn, Dad’s dead and I now I have nowhere to put the TV. I can’t imagine it would get used as a coffin, but it might be handy when it comes time to move.

  4. posted by PJ Doland on


    I’m sure you could place a large LCD or plasma TV on top of the cabinet.

    I would also hope that the shelves and partitions are removable, as I think it would be preferable to get the dearly-departed in there in one piece.

  5. posted by PrarieGal on

    I agree with Pete. Condolences. And while you are grieving, can you clean off that shelf and deliver it to the funeral home?

    Side note: I’ve told my husband to cremate me and not buy a head stone because I don’t want to add (clutter) to the cemetery.

  6. posted by Ronique Gibson on

    Beautiful coffin PJ Doland! I especially love how the components slide into each other. Does it come in different stain colors? Or… are you not too concerned about this, since it will be 6 feet under? :o)

  7. posted by Lori Paximadis on

    So, then, add “shop for new TV stand” to your spouse’s post-death to do list, while he or she is grieving and dealing with fifty bazillion other things? Um, no. NO.

    Nevermind the constant reminder of death, as @Rue said.

  8. posted by lindsay on

    Well an interesting conversation piece. Even if it is a casket I still like it. Could use as a TV stand, a side bar or a trunk/bench…

  9. posted by nicole 86 on

    Great idea. I find silly to use a coffin just for a few hours before having it burnt ( I asked for a cremation).

  10. posted by Jessiejack on

    Is it April Fool’s Day already?

  11. posted by Pam in Missouri on


  12. posted by April E. on

    OK, even though my father died recently and I’m a little sensitive to funeral humor, this totally cracked me up. Thanks for the grin. 🙂

  13. posted by April E. on

    Wow. I assumed this had to be a joke, but a visit to the Web site makes it clear these folks are deadly (ha) serious about do-it-yourself funerals. I respect people’s rights to do things the way they see fit, but this is one choice I would not make … I will leave some things up to the experts!

  14. posted by Ms. Brooklyn on

    I think it’s awesome.

  15. posted by Suebie on

    That’s just messed up…

  16. posted by Jude on

    My grandfather used to build plywood boxes for people who wanted to “protect” their expensive coffins once they were in the ground. My uncle was upset because we purchased a coffin for my dad that was only guaranteed for 75 years. As an alcoholic smoker, he leaned towards coffins with 350 year guarantees (who would be around to cash in on the guarantee if it failed?) The funeral business is such nonsense that this makes it a little less ridiculous.

  17. posted by tammy on

    in “The Good Earth” by Pearl S Buck, the grandpa was comforted when the family bought a beautiful coffin and set it against the wall in his bedroom during his final few weeks of life. interesting cultural differences …

  18. posted by Seneca on

    My great-great-grandfather was 6′ 6″ and had his coffin made while he was still alive so there would be one big enough available when he died. He was terrified they would chop off his legs to make him fit. The family used it as a chest for storage until he passed, when he was buried in it. Of course, I’m from the South and we’re more comfortable talking about death, at least in my admittedly macabre family.

  19. posted by Rene on

    That’s why I don’t have a wife. 😀

  20. posted by Anonymous Bundy on

    > Dad’s dead and I now I have nowhere to put the TV.

    He wanted to have the TV buried with him.

  21. posted by Oonafey @ Little Pink Houses on

    I think these are genius, for the simple fact that there is no metal or other toxic substances to poison the Earth. After all, you are going to rot (ick, I know) no matter what you are in, why not be ecologically friendly while you do it!

  22. posted by Claycat on

    All I have to say is LOL!

  23. posted by Jen on

    I attended a funeral for a child, and the box was plain plywood wrapped and lined in a single layer of white fabric. It was the basic-level coffin that the funeral home provided for free (they often waive funeral fees for children and infants).

    Of course it was bare-bones because it was free, but why on earth do adults need fancier boxes if those are fine for kids? Funerals are odd things.

  24. posted by Annette on

    I am on the yes, yes, yes team.

  25. posted by Anca on

    Awesome. When I was researching eco-friendly burials, I also found a casket that was a coffee table, but I think coffee tables are kind of useless.

  26. posted by Karyn on

    I’m on the Get Cremated and Keep the Entertainment Center Team. 😀

  27. posted by Mik on

    You can be as sceptic as you want about this, but having worked in the funeral business, I can’t do anything else but cheer projects such as these. The ridiculous amount of money people waste on caskets is unbelievable. Especially considering that these things will be viewable for a couple of days and then just go on and rot in the ground. Think of all the wasted resources! It’s really quite absurd actually.

    So, you’ve got my blessings here PJ. And I think Erin should be disqualified for writing Unitasker Wednesday considering how the coffin is probably the biggest, most expensive and most single-tasking thing ever invented.

  28. posted by phoensoul on

    I think this is brilliant. If it’s too much for Erin, though, how about a cardboard one? Enjoy it on halloween for a few years, use it for storing off season clothes the rest of the time, or just fold it up in the back of a closet until you need it again.

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