7 meters is quite a long distance to measure. It would take about 3 Robert Pershing Wadlows to get remotely close to that height as he’s 8 feet 2.8 inches tall!
But if you want to measure 7 meters, which is the same as 22.97 feet, you can do so without the use of a tape measure. As long as you remember the 21 items listed below, measuring 7 meters or close to it shouldn’t prove to be that difficult.
Since there are so many kinds of guitars, there is no one universal size. From the bottom of the soundboard to the end of the headstock, guitars typically range from 36 to 40 inches in length, with electric guitars being larger and longer than acoustic guitars by a few inches.
1 meter is about 3.28 feet or 39.3 inches, which is roughly the same length as a single guitar. So, to get to 7 meters, you would have to place 7 guitars next to each other lengthwise.
Here’s the strange thing about orca whales. Even though they are called “whales,” they are actually dolphins! And did you know that dolphins are actually whales? It’s pretty confusing, but I’m not here to clear up any misconceptions about killer whales. I’m here to talk about how long they are.
Orca whales can measure up to 10 meters long, but they typically measure between 5.8 and 6.7 meters or up to 22 feet. A single orca whale will get you pretty close to the 7-meter length. Now, all you have to do is check out the sea animal exhibit at your local zoo to get a good idea of how long they are.
Half of a Semi-Truck Trailer
If you’ve ever paid attention to semi-trucks, you might have noticed how different trucks tow different kinds of trailers. Flatbed trailers are used to haul heavy machinery, refrigerated trailers will have meats and other perishables inside of them, but one of the most common trailers is known as the dry van trailer.
All trailer types generally measure 48 feet in length. So, cutting the trailer down the middle would give you 24 feet, which is pretty close to the 7-meter mark.
Small Garden Hose
If you check out your local hardware store, you might find garden hoses of all sorts of lengths and diameters. The diameter of a garden hose will range between 3/8 and ¾ of an inch, but we’re more interested in knowing the length.
Garden hoses are available in increments of 25 feet, with a maximum length of 100 feet. That means the shortest garden hose you can get at retailers will be 25 feet, which is only about 1 meter longer than the 7-meter point.
3.5 King-Size Mattresses
When comparing mattress sizes between the US and UK, you’ll discover that US mattresses are wider than their UK counterparts. For instance, a king-size mattress in the UK will measure 160 × 200 centimeters, whereas a king-size mattress in the US is 193 × 202 centimeters.
Regardless, if we take the lengths of each mattress (200 and 202 centimeters), you would require roughly 3.5 king-size mattresses to reach 7 meters.
The widths of residential streets in the US may vary from state to state or even from city to city. Some streets, like in Oregon, measure between 24 and 28 feet wide, whereas roads in some places in San Jose, California, will measure up to 50 feet wide.
So, depending on where you come from, the width of the street in front of your home may be 7 meters, or probably you have to divide it in half to get close to the 7-meter mark.
There is no single height standard when it comes to cars. Different makes and models will have different measurements, but on average, a sedan will stand roughly 1.5 meters tall. So, stacking 5 of them on top of each other would give you a final height measurement of 7.5 meters. Subtracting half a meter shouldn’t be that difficult.
9 – 11 Footsteps
One of the simplest ways of guesstimating the length of long objects is to measure them in footsteps. On average, a man will cover 30 inches in a single walking step, whereas a woman’s footstep will cover roughly 26 inches.
So, if you wanted to travel 7 meters, it would take a man roughly 9.2 footsteps. A woman would have to take close to 11 steps to cover the same distance.
18 Bowling Pins
There are different types of bowling pins, but the one you are probably most familiar with is bowling pins used for ten-pin bowling. A ten-pin bowling pin stands 15 inches tall, which is roughly half a foot taller than pins used in duckpin bowling.
To get measure a height of 7 meters, you would have to envision stacking 18 ten-pin bowling pins on top of each other or 19 pins to get to slightly beyond the 7-meter mark.
Width of Badminton Court
Badminton’s roots can be traced all the way back to the Ancient Greeks, Indians, and Chinese. It wasn’t until the late 1890s when the first badminton tournament was held, and roughly 80 years later, there would be international badminton tournaments.
A badminton court measures 6.1 × 13.4 meters for doubles games and 5.18 meters wide for singles. That’s just about 1 to 2 meters off the 7-meter point, or you could divide the length of the court in half to get you closer to 7 meters.
If you grew up somewhere in the northern hemisphere, then you probably remember picking up crabapples from the ground and tossing them at your friends. The tree from which they grow—the crabapple tree—typically grows to 15 to 20 feet in height. So, a single large crabapple tree will you get about 2 feet shy of the 7-meter mark.
1.3 Traffic Light
The placement of traffic lights varies from place to place. In general, traffic lights are placed around 18 feet off the ground, which is pretty close to 7 meters up. In other parts of your city, they can be as high as 40 feet off the ground, so you would have to divide the height placement in half to get to approximately 7 meters.
Mini School Bus
According to Track School Bus, there are 8 types of yellow school buses, with each type varying in size and passenger capacity. The length of a mini school bus is between 20 and 25 feet, so a single mini school bus show you what 7 meters sort of looks like. If you took the 10.5-foot height of the average school bus, you would need to stack 2 of them to reach close to 7 meters.
3 Christmas Trees
There are Christmas trees that are as short as 5 feet, and there are trees that can measure over 10 feet. The standard Christmas tree height that fits well in most homes is between 7 and 7.5 feet. So, to get to 7 meters, you would have to get three standard Christmas trees and stack them on top of each other.
Similar to Christmas trees, the dimensions of a door vary much. However, most homes and commercial buildings will have a standard door size, which is 80 inches in height (about 6-3/4 feet). That means you would need around 3.5 doors laid flat lengthwise or standing on top of each other to get pretty close to 7 meters.
3 Large Tents
Like doors and Christmas trees, tents come in a variety of sizes. The center height of a standard 2-person tent, such as the MSR Hubba Hubba, is 3.25 feet. However, if you were to take a tent that could house up to a dozen people, like the Eureka! Copper Canyon, which stands 7 feet, you would need to stack about 3 of them to get close to the 7-meter mark.
2 Basketball Hoops
The appropriate height of a basketball hoop is the height that you can dunk on it. However, if you wanted to follow the NBA’s guidelines on rim height, you would have to install it 10 feet off the ground. So, if we took 2 NBA-approved basketball rim heights and doubled it, we would be just about 2 feet off from 7 meters.
Half a Tennis Net
If you’ve ever played tennis on a regulation tennis court before, you probably have a good idea of how wide the tennis net is. The tennis net should be exactly 12.8 meters from post to post. If you divided it cleanly in half, you would have about 6.4 meters of the tennis net, which is just 0,6 meters or roughly 2 feet short of 7 meters.
Have you visited the zoo lately? If you haven’t, the next time you go down there, make a quick stop at the elephant exhibit. Also, ask the zookeeper there how tall their elephants are, so you can use their height as a reference. If you don’t’ have time to go to the zoo, you should know that an African Elephant typically stands between 2.5 and 4 meters from its shoulder to the ground. So, you would need to envision stacking between 2 and 3 African Elephants to get the full 7 meters.
5 Pool Cues
When it comes to pool cues, there is no one-length-fits-all option. You will have to mess around with different pool cue lengths before finding one that fits comfortably in your hands.
That said, if you wanted to know the average pool cue length, it would be about 58 inches long. That means to measure 7 meters, you would have to align 5 of them in a perfect line.
Even if you’re not a hardcore fan of soccer (or, as the rest of the world calls it, football), you may have gotten up close to a soccer goal before. If you haven’t, you can use the distance between goal posts to get close to 7 meters since it measures 7.32 meters wide.
In this guide, I showed you 10 everyday objects you can use to measure 7 meters. Granted, these items might not get you to exactly 7 meters, but they’ll give you a rough estimate, so you won’t have to fetch a tape measure from your garage.
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