Upright Markers Vs. Flat Markers

Upright markers

Memorial markers are much more than a label. They are the perfect way to show your love for the deceased person and to keep their memories alive. No wonder most people put a lot of thought into choosing the right memorial marker for the loved one. Most cemeteries have some rules regarding the types of markers they accept and these rules vary considerably across different cemeteries. So, before you set out to choose a memorial marker, check the cemetery rules.

The two most common types of memorial markers are upright markers and flat markers. It is best to consider the pros and cons of each, and then evaluate them against your requirements before you make a choice.

Consider the weight and dimensions

Flat grave markers are mostly smaller than upright markers. So, check the spacing requirements before deciding between an upright and flat grave marker. There is also a huge difference in the size/weight of the upright and flat grave markers. Flat grave markers are much lighter in weight. Even when made in relatively lighter materials such as granite and bronze, upright memorial markers are still much heavier than flat markers.


Upright monuments are a better choice if you are looking for a more elaborate design. Upright markers offer more space for design, lettering, and accessories compared to flat markers. If you wish, you can also have lettering and design on the back of the marker. So, effectively you get twice the space by using an upright marker instead of a flat marker. Also, because upright markers are usually bigger, you get more space compared to a flat marker.

Price difference

Generally, flat markers are less expensive compared to upright markers since they require less labor and material for engraving. While the actual price depends on a wide range of factors such as color, size, and accessories used for the monument, upright markers are typically more expensive compared to flat markers. This is mainly because they use more material and typically include a base on which it rests. So, everything combines to make an upright monument more expensive than a flat marker.


Upright markers are usually heavier and more expensive compared to flat markers, but they are more common and are considered more traditional than the other types of markers. Upright markers have been used since the times of early European and American colonies when stones were erected to mark the burial site of a person or where details about the deceased person or their life were inscribed on stone. So, upright markers are a great choice if you are looking for a traditional marker. On the other hand, flat markers look more contemporary. They are flushed to the ground and raised a few inches above the ground.


A very important difference between an upright and flat marker is their line of sight. To see the information on a flat marker, you have to stand directly over them. However, with an upright marker, you can easily read the information from some distance easily. If you are located in a place where it snows heavily, an upright marker is a better option because a flat marker would get covered in snow and you won’t be able to see the information.

If you cannot decide between upright and flat markers, you may consider slanted markers too. They are essentially flat markers but raised higher on one side, which makes it easier to read the inscription. It is best to discuss the choices with one of our experts, who can guide you based on your requirements, preferences, and budget.