Feet to Centimeters Converter

Enter the length in feet below to get the value converted to centimeters.

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1 ft = 30.48 cm

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How to Convert Feet to Centimeters

To convert a measurement in feet to a measurement in centimeters, multiply the length by the following conversion ratio: 30.48 centimeters/foot.

Since one foot is equal to 30.48 centimeters, you can use the feet to cm formula to convert:

centimeters = feet × 30.48

The length in centimeters is equal to the length in feet multiplied by 30.48.

For example, here's how to convert 5 feet to centimeters using the formula above.
centimeters = (5 ft × 30.48) = 152.4 cm

So, 5 feet is equal to 152.4 cm.

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How Many Centimeters Are in a Foot?

There are 30.48 centimeters in a foot, which is why we use this value in the formula above.

1' = 30.48 cm

How to Convert Feet and Inches to cm

Instead of seeing feet in decimal form, they are usually used with inches to represent a fraction of a foot. To convert feet and inches to centimeters, you'll need to follow a few extra steps.

Step 1: Start by converting feet and inches to feet as a decimal. To do this, take the inch portion of the measurement and convert it to feet.

To convert the inch portion to feet, divide it by 12, since there are 12 inches in a foot. The result should be a decimal smaller than 1.

Step 2: Add that result to the whole feet portion in the original measurement. This is the result in decimal feet.

Step 3: Convert the decimal feet to cm using the method shown above. Our height converter is another great resource for converting feet and inches to cm.

For example, to convert 5' 10" to cm, follow these steps.

Start by converting the inches portion of the measurement to decimal feet by dividing it by 12.

10 in ÷ 12 = 0.833 ft

Then, add that to the whole feet.

5 ft + 0.833 ft = 5.833 ft

Finally, use the feet to cm formula above to convert to centimeters.

5.833 ft × 30.48 = 177.78 cm

Thus, 5 ft 10 in is equal to 177.78 centimeters.

Feet and centimeters are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

What Is a Foot?

The foot is a unit of length measurement equal to 12 inches or 1/3 of a yard. Because the international yard is legally defined to be equal to exactly 0.9144 meters, one foot is equal to 0.3048 meters.[1]

The foot is a US customary and imperial unit of length. Feet can be abbreviated as ft; for example, 1 foot can be written as 1 ft.

Feet can also be denoted using the symbol, otherwise known as a prime, though a single-quote (') is often used instead of the prime symbol for convenience. Using the prime symbol, 1 ft can be written as 1′.

Measurements in feet are most commonly taken using either a standard 12" ruler or a tape measure, though there are many other measuring devices available. Feet are sometimes referred to as linear feet, which are simply a measurement of length in feet.

You might be interested in our feet and inches calculator, which can add feet with other units of measurement such as inches, centimeters, or meters.

Learn more about feet.

What Is a Centimeter?

One centimeter is equal to one-hundredth (1/100) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. One centimeter is equal to 0.393701 inches.

The centimeter, or centimetre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "centi" is the prefix for hundredths, or 10-2. Centimeters can be abbreviated as cm; for example, 1 centimeter can be written as 1 cm.

Metric rulers typically have 30 cm, which are represented by 30 large tick marks. To get a rough idea of the actual length of a centimeter, a standard number 2 pencil is just about 1 cm thick.

Learn more about centimeters.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or a combination of both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.

Need a ruler? Try our free downloadable and printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Foot to Centimeter Conversion Table

Table showing various foot measurements converted to centimeters.
Feet Centimeters
1' 30.48 cm
2' 60.96 cm
3' 91.44 cm
4' 121.92 cm
5' 152.4 cm
6' 182.88 cm
7' 213.36 cm
8' 243.84 cm
9' 274.32 cm
10' 304.8 cm
11' 335.28 cm
12' 365.76 cm
13' 396.24 cm
14' 426.72 cm
15' 457.2 cm
16' 487.68 cm
17' 518.16 cm
18' 548.64 cm
19' 579.12 cm
20' 609.6 cm
21' 640.08 cm
22' 670.56 cm
23' 701.04 cm
24' 731.52 cm
25' 762 cm
26' 792.48 cm
27' 822.96 cm
28' 853.44 cm
29' 883.92 cm
30' 914.4 cm
31' 944.88 cm
32' 975.36 cm
33' 1,006 cm
34' 1,036 cm
35' 1,067 cm
36' 1,097 cm
37' 1,128 cm
38' 1,158 cm
39' 1,189 cm
40' 1,219 cm

References

  1. National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Survey Foot: Revised Unit Conversion Factors, https://www.nist.gov/pml/us-surveyfoot/revised-unit-conversion-factors

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