22 inches is 2 inches shy of 2 feet and about the same as 0.56 meters.
Measuring short distances like 22 inches is pretty simple, especially if you know of objects you can use as measurement references. In this guide, I’ll show you 9 everyday objects you can use to figure out how long 22 inches is without using a ruler or tape measure.
2 Zip Ties
Zip ties are some of the most versatile objects you could have on you when undergoing a DIY project. You’ll need plenty of them to keep pipes, boards, and even plant pots securely fastened before applying an adhesive. If you’ve been around zip ties before, you probably know that they vary in length.
Zip ties range from 4 to 52 inches in length. One of the more commonly used lengths is 12 inches, so you would need to fasten two of them together with 2 inches of overlap to get to 22 inches.
2 Wall Clocks
Even though the clocks on our smartphones and smartwatches can tell time, you might not be able to help but look up at a wall to check the time on a wall clock, especially if you’re in school and don’t know how much time is left before lunch period.
Wall clocks vary in diameter—some of them can be as tiny as 5 inches, while school wall clocks are a massive 18 inches in diameter. So, depending on what size your wall clock is, you may need two of them to get to around 22 inches in height or width.
1 Yoga Mat
Yoga can be as relaxing as it is intense, depending on what positions you put your body in. The purpose of yoga is to align your soul with your body, mind, and the environment, which gives you all sorts of benefits you wouldn’t get from other kinds of physical activities.
One of the most essential pieces of yoga equipment is a yoga mat, which a yogi uses to keep their limbs from slipping. Yoga mats generally measure 6 feet in length by 2 feet in width, so to get to 22 inches, you’d need to subtract 2 inches from a yoga mat’s width.
2 Table Tennis Rackets
A table tennis racket, which is also known as a bat or paddle, is a piece of laminated wood used to smack a hallow plastic ball across a short net to the opponent’s side. The racket can is comprised of two parts—the blade (the portion of the racket that hits the ball) and the handle.
The overall length of a table tennis racket from the tip of the blade to the bottom of the handle generally measures between 9 and 10 inches. So, if you placed one paddle on top of another vertically, they would have a collective height of around 18 to 20 inches, leaving 2 to 4 inches for you to make up.
Before heading to the beach to soak up the rays, you need to make sure that you take your trusted beach towel with you. It’s one of the only ways you can prevent sand and rocks from slipping into your swimming trunks or bikini bottom, which would make for an uncomfortable experience at the beach.
Beach towels can come in a variety of sizes, depending on how small or large the user is. In general, you can find beach towels ranging from 27 to 30 inches in width, which is pretty close to the 22-inch length we want to measure.
3.5 Beer Mugs
Beer mugs can come in an assortment of shapes and sizes, but they’re generally made to hold up to 16 fluid ounces of liquid at a time. A 16-ounce beer mug will oftentimes measure 6.125 inches in height and 5 inches wide.
So, to measure 22 inches using beer mugs as your reference, you would need to stack 3.5 of them to get there. Alternatively, if you want to measure using the mug’s width, it would take you pretty close to 4.5 of them to reach 22 inches.
2 Detergent Bottles
If you look at the detergent aisle in large supermarkets, you’ll see numerous brands of detergent in bottles that vary in size and shape. Some detergent bottles contain 300 milliliters of clothes-cleaning liquid, while others can hold nearly 1 liter.
If you look at the 900-milliliter to 1-liter bottles, you may find that they are about 10 to 11 inches in height. Stack two of them and they’ll get you pretty close to the 22-inch mark.
Volleyball is arguably one of the most entertaining backyard sports you can play other than Wiffle Ball. You don’t need a ton of equipment to set up a volleyball court, as long as everyone can agree on the boundaries of the court, then game on!
However, if you want your volleyball experience to be as true to the FIVB, the ball should be pumped until it has a circumference of 65 to 67 centimeters, giving it a diameter of around 21 centimeters or 8.27 inches. Three FIVB-regulation volleyballs placed next to each other give you a measurement that’s close to 22 inches.
A trumpet is a brass instrument that you play by puckering your lips and slightly blowing a raspberry while fiddling with piston valves.
Using everyday objects like the 9 listed above, you can easily figure out how long 22 inches is. You’ll need this skill when deciding where to place furniture or working on small-scale home-renovation projects.
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