1,000 square feet is the same as 92.903 square meters and 0.2239 acres. It might seem like a lot, but if you take a look at Richard Gere’s $28-million, 48-acre retreat in the countryside, 1,000 square feet is peanuts.
But let’s stop paying attention to celebrities’ homes for a second and focus on what 1,000 square feet looks like. I’ll provide 9 examples that perfectly demonstrate how much space it actually is.
2 Step-Deck Trailers
A step-deck trailer is a type of freight trailer that is used to transport tall cargo. The step-deck feature, where one platform is slightly lower than the other, allows freight companies to load taller objects to stay within the 13.5- to 14-foot height limit. So, if you see an excavator being hauled down the highway, it will most likely be sitting atop a step-deck trailer.
The typical dimensions of a step-deck trailer are 53 × 8.5 feet, giving it a total area of 450.5 square feet. 2 of them parked side by side would get you just around 100 square feet under the 1,000-square-foot mark.
100 Avocado Trees
While avocados have been around for millions and millions of years, the highly nutritious fruit has become incredibly popular just recently. One could attribute “avocado addiction” to intense marketing campaigns or its use in fine Mexican/Texican cuisine, despite their rising costs due to farming requirements.
If you visit an avocado farm, you’ll most likely see the trees spaced 8 to 10 feet apart. That way, their individual root systems don’t have to compete for nutrients. To measure 1,000 square feet in terms of avocado trees, a cluster of 100 trees should do the trick.
10 Small Log Cabins
When the temperatures drop and the sun sets sooner, there’s nothing better than renting a log cabin and spending a few weeks out in the wilderness. Of course, you probably be worried about the presence of bears and whatnot, but log cabins offer the peace and tranquility that hotels and other rental accommodations don’t.
Log cabins range in size, from small 100-square-foot units all the way up to 1,100 square feet and beyond! You would only need 10 small log cabins or 1 massive cabin to get an idea of what 1,000 square feet looks like.
Half the Size of a Home
Speaking of accommodations, let’s not forget to consider the square footage of our homes. If you live in the United States, odds are you’ll find a home in your neighborhood that takes up around 2,500 square feet of land. If so, you simply have to divide the dimensions of the property in half to get 1,000 square feet.
But if you live in an affluent neighborhood or out in the countryside, the typical home sizes might be vastly different. For instance, the median home size in one of the richest places in the US—Beverly Hills—is around 5,000 square feet. So, if you live there, good for you, and learn how to divide by 5.
2 Studio Apartments
A studio apartment is a type of apartment that is made up of just a single room, not including the bathroom. That means your bedroom, your kitchen, your dining room, your hobby room, your study, and your living room are one and the same. So, if you leave your door unlocked and someone walks in, they’ll see you sleeping in your bed or whipping up a fine instant ramen noodle in the bedroom/kitchen/dining room.
On average, a studio apartment in the US will be around 600 square feet. To some, that might be a bit too generous, especially for those living in the Big Apple or in LA, which could be considerably smaller.
5 Parallel Parking Spaces
For many people, parallel parking is a nuisance. They would much rather drive back home than to even attempt to park their car in between 2 other vehicles and risk trading paint. In reality, a parallel parking spot is quite sizable—it’s more than enough to fit even a mid-size SUV.
A parallel parking spot will measure around 8.6 × 23 feet, on average. 5 of those parking spots in a line will take up 1,000 square feet. Parallel parking spaces for compact cars, however, only measure 7 × 20 feet, so you would need slightly more than 7 of them to gauge what 1,000 square feet looks like.
6 School Buses
Do you remember what it was like catching the bus to school every morning? That was a hassle, wasn’t it? And if you lived the closest to school, you would be one of the last bus stops in the morning, meaning that you would sometimes have to ask people to scooch over to make room for your behind.
Anyway, school buses come in a variety of types, with the most common one being Type B, which measures 7.75 × 21.7 feet. To measure 1,000 square feet in terms of buses, 6 of them parked next to each other should do the trick.
3 40-Foot Shipping Containers
Shipping containers are massive steel constructions that are used to transport cargo from overseas. The most common sizes are 20 and 40 feet long by 8 to 8.5 feet wide. If you saw 3 40-foot-long shipping containers placed side by side, they would cover just 20 feet beyond 1,000 square feet.
If you have the time, you can read 25 “fun” facts about shipping containers here. My personal favorite is that they are used to move 95% of all outbound cargo. So, nearly anything you purchase, from cars to gaming consoles, spent several weeks at sea.
A Pig Pen for 20 Pigs
Pigs are relatively intelligent creatures. They say that an adult pig is as smart as a 3-year-old child, though I’ve never seen a pig beg for mama or ask for its papa. Also, contrary to popular belief, pigs aren’t unhygienic creatures. They’re only filthy and caked with mud because pig farmers keep them in muddy pig pens.
Anyway, the next time you visit a pig farm, ask the farmer how much space they allow for each pig. An adult pig needs at least 20 square feet of space, so a pen holding 20 pigs should measure at least 1,000 square feet. Will it? Sadly, probably not.