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How to convert square feet to linear feet

Updated July 20, 2017

Linear feet simply means a length measured in feet. Linear simply means "length." If a product gives its measurements in "linear feet," it simply means so many feet long. When converting square feet to linear feet, you will need to know either the length or width of an area measured in square feet. If, for example, you want to know the width in linear feet, you will need to know the length in linear feet already, and vice versa.

Determine either the length or width of the area measured in square feet.

For length in linear feet, divide the area by the width.

So: sq ft. / width in ft. = linear feet.

For width in linear feet, divide the area by the length.

So: sq ft. / length in ft. = width in linear feet.

Tip

You cannot directly convert square feet to linear feet without knowing the length of at least one side of the area. So, for example, you cannot convert 200 square feet to linear feet without knowing either the length or width. Linear feet always refers to the length of one side of a given area.

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Craig Brewer, a graduate of the University of Texas, has been a freelance writer for 12 years, while also working as a software engineer and video game tester. He has published articles in a number of regional magazines, as well as all over the internet.