One cubic foot is equal to 1,728 cubic inches, 7.48052 gallons, and 28.3168 liters, so to get seven cubic feet, you would have to multiply its equivalents by seven (12,096 cubic inches, 52.3636 gallons, and 198.218 liters).
The figures above aren’t very helpful when trying to figure out what seven cubic feet actually looks like. For that, you’ll have to use real-world examples that take up that amount of space. Below, I’ll provide eight examples that you can use as quick references for gauging what seven cubic feet looks like.
2 Countertop Dishwashers
There are three main types of dishwashers—integrated (beneath the sink), portable freestanding, and portable countertop. The last type is the smallest of them all, which will typically measure around 19 × 21 × 17 inches, depending on the model. As such, you can only fit around six place settings inside the dishwasher at once.
The total volume of a countertop dishwasher would be around 6,783 cubic inches, which is just about 3.9 cubic feet. So, if you took two countertop dishwashers, you’d have a rough idea of what seven-plus cubic feet looks like in your kitchen. To put it into perspective, a standard freestanding dishwasher measures 24 × 24 × 36 inches or just over 11 cubic feet.
52 Reams of Letter Paper
Letter paper measures 8.5 × 11 inches, which is slightly different from A4 paper, which measures 8.25 × 11.75 inches. A single ream of letter-size paper consists of 500 sheets and measures 2.5 inches in depth, giving a single ream a total volume of 233.75 cubic inches.
To get to seven cubic feet in terms of paper reams, you would need pretty close to 52 reams to get there. However, the exact thickness of the paper will depend on its point grade, with each point representing 1/1,000th of an inch. So, the higher the point grade, the thicker the sheets of paper will be, though letter paper is typically made at between 10 and 14 points.
26 Push Lawn Mower Fuel Tanks
The typical push lawn mower will have a fuel tank capacity of up to two gallons or roughly 0.267 cubic feet. To get to seven cubic feet, you would need to refill the tank of your push lawn mower slightly more than 26 times, which should be enough fuel to mow your lawn for the entire summer.
On average, a push lawn mower can mow an acre of grass per tankful, so with seven cubic feet of gas, you should be able to mow up close to 26 acres. However, if you plan on mowing that much grass, you might want to consider switching to a riding lawn mower, even though it can be up to 40% less fuel-efficient.
17.5 3-Gallon Ice Cream Tubs
While we’re talking about performing summertime chores, I might as well talk about summertime desserts. After a long day of mowing under the hot sun, you might want to grab a scoop or ten of your favorite ice cream. You might as well take the entire tub out and finish it in one sitting, though it won’t do your waistline any favors.
Since one cubic foot equals 7.48 gallons, you would need just over 52 gallons of ice cream, which translates to 17.5 three-gallon ice cream tubs, to get to seven cubic feet. A single gallon of ice cream produces 32 scoops, give or take a few spoons, so seven cubic feet of ice cream would provide as many as 1,675 scoops!
1-1/3 Small Hay Bales
Hay bales are sold in a variety of sizes and shapes. The smallest hay bales you can typically pick up from suppliers will measure 18 × 35 × 14 inches, which is equal to 8,820 cubic inches. That means you would need just over 1-1/3 small hay bales to take up a volume of seven cubic feet.
There are several types of grass grown to make hay bales, but common types are alfalfa and ryegrass. Farmers typically choose the type of hay to feed their livestock based on availability and nutrient levels based on what their livestock require.
19 PlayStation 5s
The PlayStation 5, or the PS5 for short, was released in early 2022, with around 1 million units sold on launching day. That said, the world faced a shortage of gaming consoles, which meant people had to resort to buying them at a huge markup from scalpers.
The dimensions of a PS5 console are about 15.4 × 10.2 × 4.1 inches or 644.028 cubic inches. So, you would need to stack 19 PS5s to get a total volume of seven cubic feet, which would be the same as roughly $19,000 if you bought them from dubious sellers.
4 Trash Bags
Trash bags are those large black bags that you throw all of your compostable garbage in. They come in a variety of sizes, but the most widely used trash bag size is 13 gallons. If you convert that to cubic feet, you’ll get a figure of just around 1.74.
So, you would need to fill four 13-gallon trash bags to the brim to get a total of seven cubic feet. In the United States, we throw out close to 18 billion cubic feet of trash every day! In 13-gallon-trash-bag terms, we’re looking at over 10 million bags ending up in various landfills. So, do your part and reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever possible!
Home Depot Wardrobe Box
Looking at Home Depot’s website, you’ll come across a wide selection of moving boxes. Common sizes range from 15 × 10 × 12 inches all the way up to 20 × 20 × 20 inches. However, if you need a box to move your huge clothing collection, you should look at Home Depot’s wardrobe boxes.
Each wardrobe box measures 20 × 20 × 34 inches and has a maximum capacity of 7.87 cubic feet. However, if you need something much larger, take a look at a TV box, which measures 65 × 6 × 40 inches (9.03 cubic feet).