Most Popular Materials for Urns

By: Powers Funeral Home
Monday, June 27, 2022

An urn for your loved one’s remains is a special item that will be in your family for years. With so many choices of designs and materials, how do you know which one to choose? While the design of the urn is an individual choice, there are some properties of the materials used that lend themselves better suited for certain environments. We are going to cover some of the most popular materials so that after your loved one’s cremation services in Lugoff, SC., you will be sure to have the perfect urn.


Glass urns are a popular option due to the fact they can be found in several colors and designs. While these urns are beautiful, they are also very delicate. If you choose a glass urn you want to make sure you place it in a very secure space. This would be in a room or shelf that is not in a busy area of your home. Also, keeping this urn on a higher shelf is a good idea to avoid it accidentally getting bumped or knocked over by kids or pets.

Ceramic Urns

Ceramic urns are very similar to glass urns as they are also very delicate and require a space that is out of the way and free from lots of activity and they break easily. When cleaning these urns, it is always best to use a dry cloth and avoid anything using water. If you do ever use water, make sure to dry the urn completely with a dry cloth to avoid the water staining the urn.

Wood Urns

If you are looking for a more durable urn, then one made from wood is a good choice as these can handle being knocked over and not breaking.  However, with wood urns, you want to make sure you do not place them in direct sunlight or heat. Over time the sun can cause the wood to crack and warp.  

You can find wood urns made from maple, oak, cedar, pine, rosewood, cherry, walnut, bamboo, and more. Typically, the urns that are made using hardwood are a more expensive option than those made from softwood.  

To clean these urns, you will want to use a furniture polish, especially wood. Make sure to not use water to clean them as this can damage them.

Metal Urns

Metal urns can typically be found in steel, pewter, copper, bronze, brass, or stainless steel. These urns are extremely durable and can last for generations. Also, since these are metal, many of them can be placed inside or outside. One thing to be aware of is that some of these urns, such as stainless steel, will show scratches very easily. Therefore when cleaning it is important to use a dry soft cloth free of any residue that may scratch the surface.  

Selecting the right material of urn and caring for and cleaning it properly can ensure it lasts for generations to come. When you are ready to purchase an urn for your loved one’s cremation services in Lugoff, SC, or if you have any further questions about urns in general, let us know as we are always here to help.

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