Urn Size Calculator

Calculating the Urn Size & Amount of Ashes

How Big Should an Urn Be?

According to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA), an adult cremation urn for ashes should be 200 cubic inches.

This, of course, can vary somewhat depending on the person's height, bone density, and other factors.

Cremation urn capacity is measured in cubic inches. A cubic inch is 1" long, 1" wide, and 1" deep. Most standard adult urns have an interior capacity of about 200 cubic inches, while "companion urns" (for two people) have a capacity of 400 cubic inches.

A 200 cubic inch cremation urn, which is the industry standard size for an adult urn. Will fit the remains for almost all adults.

Of course there can be exceptions (atypical bone density, a large framed body, inconsistent results from the cremation machine, pins or other implants from surgeries, normal differences in the human body and/or cremation process). But in most circumstances the general rule of thumb works just fine.

The typical rule of thumb is that one pound of body weight equals one cubic inch of cremated remains. This is the method used in our urn size calculator above.

As a formula, this looks like:

1 lbs body weight = 1 cubic inch of remains

175 lbs individual = 175 cubic inch urn needed

Again, this varies and is no guarantee. But generally speaking, the calculation works because the amount of remains is most often a little less than the individual's body weight.

Urn Size Chart for Women

Use the chart below to find the general estimate of cubic inches needed for a woman based on height and body type.

Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
4'10" 102-111 109-121 118-131
4'11" 103-113 111-123 120-134
5'0" 104-115 113-126 122-137
5'1" 106-118 115-129 125-140
5'2" 108-121 118-132 128-143
5'3" 111-124 121-135 131-147
5'4" 114-127 124-138 134-151
5'5" 117-130 127-141 137-155
5'6" 120-133 130-144 140-159
5'7" 123-136 133-147 143-163
5'8" 126-139 136-150 146-167
5'9" 129-142 139-153 149-170
5'10" 132-145 142-156 152-173
5'11" 135-148 145-159 155-176
6'0" 138-151 148-162 158-179

Please note that these sizes and ranges are approximate. See below for the most accurate way to calculate the amount of remains.

Urn Size Chart for Men

Find the individual's height on the chart below, and determine if they had a small, medium, or large frame. The number you find will be the approximate cubic inches of ashes estimated based on their height and body type.

Height Small Frame Medium Frame Large Frame
5'1" 128-134 131-141 138-150
5'3" 130-136 133-143 140-153
5'4" 132-138 135-145 142-156
5'5" 134-140 137-148 144-160
5'6" 136-142 139-151 146-164
5'7" 138-145 142-154 149-168
5'8" 140-148 145-157 152-172
5'9" 142-151 148-160 155-176
5'10" 144-154 151-163 158-180
5'11" 146-157 154-166 161-184
6'0" 149-160 157-170 164-188
6'1" 152-164 160-174 168-192
6'2" 155-168 164-178 172-197
6'3" 158-172 167-182 176-202
6'4" 162-176 171-187 181-207

Please note that these sizes and ranges are approximate. The only way to 100% guarantee the amount of ashes is to physically measure them.

Measuring Cremated Ashes

To measure the remains, it's easiest to place the plastic bag in which the remains come into a box with flat sides.

A cardboard box works great, and most of the time the remains will already be in a plastic "temporary" urn box.

Measure the height, width, and depth (in inches) of the ashes as they rest in the box. Multiply those numbers together and the result will be the total volume in cubic inches.

For example, if the inside of the box measures 8" by 6", and the remains fill the box up to a height of 3.75", then you would have 180 cubic inches. (8 x 6 x 3.75 = 180)

Use our urn size calculator to determine the right size urn you need for the amount of cremated remains.

Enter the person's body weight, and we'll quickly calculate the approximate capacity needed in the urn for ashes.

Here is a quick calculator, but if you want a more accurate estimate to find the cubic inches you need scroll down the page to our height charts.

Cremation Urn Size Calculator
Loved One's Total Weight in Pounds
Remains in Cups (to help you visualize)
Typical Urn Size Needed in Cubic Inches
1 Pound = 1 Cubic Inch
1 Cup = 14.44 Cubic Inches

Urn Size Calculator

Urn Size Calculator

1 Pound = 1 Cubic Inch

1 Cup = 14.44 Cubic Inches


Please note, this is an estimate. It's helpful and almost always accurate, but please read on for more information.

Finding the Right Size Urn

Again, most cremation urns hold 200 cubic inches of ashes. Shop our cremation urns here.

The standard size for a companion urn is 400 cubic inches. Shop our companion and extra-large urns here.

If you need additional help, please contact us at 877-900-5309 (tap to call) during daytime business hours, or send us an email. We try to answer the phone but if we're on the other line (or if it's after hours) we'll listen to your voicemail message and respond as soon as possible.