How Long is 11 Meters (Compared to an Object)?

How Long is 11 Meters

11 meters is the same as 36.0892 feet or slightly longer than 12 yards.

Knowing the standard imperial equivalent of a metric measurement may help you get a feel for how long something is, but it won’t do much in terms of visualizing the length. That’s why it’s a good idea to use common objects as visual representations of measurements.

In this short guide, I’ll share with you 10 things that will show you how long 11 meters is.

Utility Pole

Utility pole

A utility pole is a column of wood or concrete that is installed in the ground to keep electric and telecommunication cables off the ground. However, the general public mainly uses them to put up signs for their missing pets.

While utility poles can measure as tall as 100 feet (30.48 meters), most of them typically measure 35 feet (10.67 meters) tall. That’s good news if you have access to any of these common things that are 12 inches long—simply imagine tacking it onto the top of the utility pole, and you’ll get to 36 feet exactly.

School Bus

School Bus

As you may already know, school buses come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some school buses can be as short as 13 feet (3.96 meters), while other school bus types go beyond the 17-foot mark (5.18 meters). However, the type of school bus you’re probably most accustomed to seeing is the Type D bus.

A Type D bus is designed to seat up to 81 students at once. These buses measure about 11.92 meters long. Feel free to use any of these 7 things that are 1 meter long to subtract the total length of the bus. That way, you’ll get closer to 11 meters.

Stretch Limousine

Stretch Limousine

A stretch limousine is a type of limousine with a stretched-out chassis. It’s designed to seat a higher number of passengers than standard passenger cars and regular limousines. While stretch limousines can vary in length, they’ll most often measure 30 feet from bumper to bumper.

So, a single stretch limousine can get you close to 11 meters. You can make up for the missing 6 feet or so by adding the heights of 6 2-liter soda bottles.

3-Story Homes


3 Story HomesIf you measure the height of a 1-story building, you might get an end figure of between 10 and 11 feet. The exact height will depend on the type of roofing the home has. For instance, a home with a gable roof will be considerably taller than that with a flat roof.

So, what about a 3-story home? You can take the height of a single-story building and multiply it by 3 to get a rough estimate of its height. In general, 3-story homes stand between 33 and 40 feet tall. While it’s not exactly 11 meters, it will get you pretty close.

Half a Tennis Court

Half a Tennis Court

Tennis can either be a leisurely sport you play with your friends and neighbors or an intense sport that you play to win a trophy. While the size of a tennis court is small compared to a soccer pitch, a competitive player can run between 3 and 5 miles per 5-set match!

The exact dimensions of a tennis court are 78 × 27 feet (23.77 × 8.23 meters). So, if we draw a line between the center of the net and the center of the baseline, we should get about 39 feet or 11.885 meters.

5.5 King or Queen-Size Mattresses

5.5 Queen Beds

King and queen-size mattresses vary in size, depending on where you live. For instance, in the United States, they measure 80 inches (2.03 meters) long. In the UK, they’re exactly 2 meters long. Regardless of where you live, you’ll need the same number of king or queen-size mattresses to reach 11.

If you can envision placing 5.5 of them in a straight line lengthwise, they will give you a collective length of around 11 meters. If all you have are 75-inch-long twin-size mattresses, you’ll need 5.75 of them, give or take a few centimeters.

5 Doors

5 Doors

While you can hire a carpenter to custom-make a door of any size, the standard door will stand 2.03 meters tall. So, having 5 standard doors stacked on top of each other will give you an overall height of about 10.15 meters, which is about a meter shy of the 11-meter mark.

Alternatively, you can use your garage door as a measurement reference. The typical residential garage door will stand between 7 and 8 feet (2.134 and 2.438 meters). Using 5 of them will only get you slightly beyond but closer to 11 meters than 5 indoor doors.

9 Sidewalk Widths

Sidewalk Widths

For the most part, sidewalks or paved walkways will measure about 48 inches (1.219 meters) wide. That is roughly the same as 1/9 of 11 meters. However, the exact measurements will depend on how wide or narrow your walkway is.

There are some places where cities are obligated to make their sidewalks at least 5 feet (1.524 meters) wide. If you live in such a place, you would need to multiply the width of the sidewalk by 7 and add the length of roughly 6 AAA batteries to get to 11 meters.

6 Vending Machines

6 Vending Machines

Whether you’re out and about or in a queue at a government building, you’ll most likely come across at least 1 vending machine. Vending machines supply snacks and drinks to anyone who has a few quarters, dimes, and nickels to spare.

The exact dimensions of a vending machine differ from machine to machine. However, most of them stand 72 inches (1.829 meters) tall. So, you would need to imagine stacking 6 of them on top of each other to get extremely close to 11 meters in height.

Half an 18-Wheeler + Trailer

If you’ve ever driven down a highway, you’ve probably found yourself facing or driving next to an 18-wheeler semi with a long trailer in tow. The trailer itself can measure between 48 and 53 feet (14.630 and 16.154 meters).

If you include the length of an 18-wheeler semi-truck, you’ll get a measurement of about 70 feet long (21.336 meters). Divide the overall length in half, and you’ll get a total measurement that’s close to 11 meters.


Baron Cooke has been writing and editing for 7 years. He grew up with an aptitude for geometry, statistics, and dimensions. He has a BA in construction management and also has studied civil infrastructure, engineering, and measurements. He is the head writer of

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