How To Convert Meters To Feet

If you are new to the metric system, the only thing that might stop you is that it has no feet or inches. Learning about How To Convert Meters To Feet seems very difficult. This system is based on decimals which were originally taken from the metric system. Both the systems are similar in nature and they are easy to understand if studied in detail. Below you will learn How To Convert Meters To Feet

There are many tools to do convert meters to feet on the web, but most teachers require you to show your work. It’s also a good idea to understand the process yourself, making it less likely that you’ll make a mistake. If you’re trying to convert square meters (m2) or cubic meters (m3), you’ll need to convert to square feet or cubic feet to match. Fortunately, none of these conversions are difficult once you know what to do.

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Method 1Method 1 of 3:Converting Meters to Feet

  1. 1Learn that one meter equals 3.28 feet. One meter is a length measurement, equal to 3.28 feet.[1] You can test this using a meter stick and 1 foot (12 inch) rulers. Lay the meter stick on the ground, and place the rulers end-to-end next to it. Three rulers (3 feet) will almost be as long as the meter stick. If you add a fourth ruler, you’ll be able to measure that extra distance: 0.28 ft, which is a little more than three inches.
    • If you need to be super precise, you can use 1 meter = 3.28084 feet. Because this is extremely close to 3.28 feet, though, you’ll almost always want to use the simpler number to make the math easier.[2]
  2. 2Multiply any meter measurement by 3.28 to convert to feet. Since one meter = 3.28 feet, you can convert any meter measurement into feet by multiplying it by 3.28. If you’re not sure how to do this, read about multiplying decimals. Here are some examples. If you want, you can try to do the multiplication on your own and see if you get the right answer:
    • 1 meter x 3.28 = 3.28 feet
    • 5 meters x 3.28 = 16.4 feet
    • 2.7 meters x 3.28 = 8.856 feet
  3. 3Convert your answer to include inches (optional). For most math problems, all you need is the answer you got in the last step. But if you are curious how long something is, an answer like “8.856 feet” might not mean much to you. Try taking the decimal point and everything after it, then multiplying that by 12 to turn it into inches. This works because 1 foot = 12 inches. It’s a conversion just like the one we used for meters and feet. Here are some examples:
    • 3.28 feet = 3 feet + 0.28 feet. Because 0.28 feet x 12 = 3.36, that means 3.28 feet = 3 feet and 3.36 inches
    • 16.4 feet = 16 feet + 0.4 feet. Because 0.4 feet x 12 = 4.8, that means 16.4 feet = 16 feet and 4.8 inches
    • 8.856 feet = 8 feet + 0.856 feet. Because 0.856 feet x 12 = 10.272, so 8.856 feet = 10 feet and 10.272 inches

Method 2Method 2 of 3:Converting Square Meters to Square Feet

  1. 1Understand square meters. Square meters, often written as m2, are a measurement of area. Area is used to measure two-dimensional surfaces, like the floor of a room, or a sports field. One square meter is a unit of area equal to a square that is one meter long and one meter wide. You can convert units of area only to other units of area, never to units of length. In this method, we’ll convert from square meters (m2) to square feet (ft2).
    • A square foot is a unit of area equal to a square one foot long and one foot wide.
  2. 2Understand why you need to use square feet. Converting from square meters to square feet works fine. It’s like saying “I know four of these big squares will cover this floor. How many small squares will?” You can’t convert to units measured with a ruler (like ordinary feet), because that’s like asking “How long of a ruler would I need to cover the floor?” No matter how long a straight ruler gets, it can’t cover a floor.
  3. 3Multiple square meters by 10.8 to get square feet. One square meter can fit 10.8 square feet inside it. This means you can multiply any m2 measurement by 10.8 to get the same measurement in ft2.
    • If you need to be extra precise, multiply by 10.764 instead.[3]

Method 3Method 3 of 3:Converting Cubic Meters into Cubic Feet

  1. 1Understand cubic meters. A cubic meter is written m3. It is a unit of volume, which measures space in three dimensions. You can use cubic meters to measure the amount of air in a room, or the amount of water in an aquarium. A cubic meter is an amount of volume equal to a cube one meter long, one meter wide, and one meter tall.[4]
    • Similarly, a cubic foot (ft3) is equal to a cube one foot long, one foot wide, and one foot tall.
  2. 2Multiply cubic meters by 35.3 to get cubic feet. One cubic meter can fit 35.3 cubic feet inside of it. Notice how this number is bigger than the conversion used above for m2 or plain old meters? That’s because you’re multiplying the difference three times when you’re in three dimensions. The cubic meter is 3.28 times longer than the cubic foot, but it’s also 3.28 times wider and 3.28 times taller. 3.28 x 3.28 x 3.28 = 35.3, so the cubic meter is 35.3 times bigger by volume than the cubic foot.[5]
    • To be more precise, multiply by 35.315 instead.


Definition: A meter, or metre (symbol: m), is the base unit of length and distance in the International System of Units (SI). The meter is defined as the distance traveled by light in 1/299 792 458 of a second. This definition was slightly modified in 2019 to reflect changes in the definition of the second.

History/origin: Originally, in 1793, the meter was defined as one ten-millionth of the distance from the equator to the North Pole. This changed in 1889, when the International prototype metre was established as the length of a prototype meter bar (made of an alloy of 90% platinum and 10% iridium) measured at the melting point of ice. In 1960, the meter was again redefined, this time in terms of a certain number of wavelengths of a certain emission line of krypton-86. The current definition of the meter is effectively the same as the definition that was adopted in 1983, with slight modifications due to the change in definition of the second.

Current use: Being the SI unit of length, the meter is used worldwide in many applications such as measuring distance, height, length, width, etc. The United States is one notable exception in that it largely uses US customary units such as yards, inches, feet, and miles instead of meters in everyday use.


Definition: A foot (symbol: ft) is a unit of length in the imperial and US customary systems of measurement. A foot was defined as exactly 0.3048 meters in 1959. One foot contains 12 inches, and one yard is comprised of three feet.

History/origin: Prior to standardization of units of measurement, and the definition of the foot currently in use, the measurement of the foot was used in many different systems including the Greek, Roman, English, Chinese, and French systems, varying in length between each. The various lengths were due to parts of the human body historically being used as a basis for units of length (such as the cubit, hand, span, digit, and many others, sometimes referred to as anthropic units). This resulted in the measurement of a foot varying between 250 mm and 335 mm in the past compared to the current definition of 304.8 mm. While the United States is one of the few, if not only, countries in which the foot is still widely used, many countries used their own version of the foot prior to metrication, as evidenced by a fairly large list of obsolete feet measurements.

Current use: The foot is primarily used in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for many everyday applications. In the US, feet and inches are commonly used to measure height, shorter distances, field length (sometimes in the form of yards), etc. Feet are also commonly used to measure altitude (aviation) as well as elevation (such as that of a mountain). The international foot corresponds to human feet with shoe size 13 (UK), 14 (US male), 15.5 (US female), or 46 (EU).

Meter to Foot Conversion Table

Meter [m]Foot [ft]
0.01 m0.032808399 ft
0.1 m0.3280839895 ft
1 m3.280839895 ft
2 m6.56167979 ft
3 m9.842519685 ft
5 m16.4041994751 ft
10 m32.8083989501 ft
20 m65.6167979003 ft
50 m164.0419947507 ft
100 m328.0839895013 ft
1000 m3280.8398950131 ft


Learning to convert from meters to feet can be very helpful in your day-to-day life. Whether you want to calculate how tall something is for work or school, converting the measurement from meters to feet and inches can be very beneficial.

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