How to Calculate Linear Feet

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How to Calculate Linear Feet
Linear feet can be measured with a tape measure. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Linear feet is the measurement of length in units of feet. If you seek to calculate the linear feet of something that is naturally linear, such as the length of a table, you simply measure the length of the table in feet and the resulting number is the linear feet of that table. If you wish to calculate the linear feet of something that is not normally in a linear position, such as a human arm, which is bent most of the time, you have to measure the arm in a stretched position in units of feet and the resulting number is the linear feet.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Calculator
  • Tape measure or applicable measuring device

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay out, position or stretch out the item of interest in a length wise position.

  2. 2

    Position a tape measure or an applicable measuring device so that it accounts for the entire length of the item.

  3. 3

    Record the length of the item in units provided by your measuring device and convert the results in feet. If your measuring device records in feet, then that number is the linear feet for the item. If your measuring device records in inches, then divide the results by 12 to get linear feet. If your measuring device records in meters, then multiply the results by 3.28 to get linear feet.

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