10 feet, which is 120 inches, is just a sliver under 3.05 meters long.
Getting an idea of how long 10 feet is can be troublesome, especially when you don’t have a tape or laser measure on hand. If this is the case, you can try familiarizing yourself with common objects that measure 10 feet in length.
To help you envision such a long measurement, I’ll go over nine common things that are 10 feet long.
2 × 4 Boards
2 × 4 boards are wooden planks that actually measure around 1.5 × 3.5 inches from the front. If you measure the board length and widthwise, what you’ll get is a figure of 4 inches × 10 feet.
However, you should keep in mind that the actual length of a 2 × 4 board depends on various factors, such as which company manufactured it and where you bought it. Some manufacturers sell 16-foot-long 2 × 4 boards.
Also, you will need to take note of any twists or bends in the board’s shape. Long storage periods or accelerated seasoning may cause the board to shrink or warp, thus reducing the length of a 2 × 4 board.
About 4 Steps
One of the easiest ways to imagine 10 feet is to measure how many steps you take.
The average man has a step of 2.5 feet, so it will take roughly four steps to measure 10 feet.
Of course, how many steps you will actually require to reach 10 feet is dependent on multiple factors, including how long your legs are, how tall you are, whether you suffered permanent physical injury, and so on.
In general, women have a shorter step length of around 26 inches, which will take them about half a step more to walk a distance of 10 feet.
Although step ladders come in a variety of sizes, the most common size you’ll come across is 10 feet.
10-foot step ladders are typically sought-after for helping homeowners reach high places for general-purpose maintenance, such as cleaning the tops of bookshelves or replacing dead lightbulbs.
Step ladders can be as short as four feet or as massive as 20 feet in length.
While most people purchase Christmas trees based on how much vertical clearance a room allows, most will stick to a tree of about 10 feet in height.
Most stores stock up on 10-foot Christmas trees due to their popularity, but many customers prefer shopping for a slightly shorter one of between seven and eight feet tall.
The measurement of a 10-foot-tall Christmas tree doesn’t include the tree stand’s height. So, if you can remember the 10-foot-tall tree in your living room from last Christmas, make sure you remove around three to six inches of its overall standing height.
Trampolines can be as entertaining as they are dangerous. For those that want to stay in shape without investing in costly sports equipment, a trampoline can be a smart purchase.
Whether you have a trampoline at home or are shopping for one, odds are you’ll come across 10-foot trampolines more often than other sizes.
The 10-foot measurement of a trampoline is taken from its diameter, including the outer edges. Imagining a 10-foot trampoline can help you figure out how large or small to plan your next outdoor project.
8 Bowling Pins
While they might not look like it, a standard-issue bowling pin measures 15 inches in height and 4.75 inches at its widest point.
To get the full 10 feet when using standard bowling pins as your point of reference, you should try to imagine stacking eight bowling pins on top of each other. This will equal exactly 120 inches, or 10 feet, in length.
2 Queen Mattresses
Queen-sized mattresses are not the largest bed type available. For that, you’ll have to look at king-sized mattresses.
However, if you have a queen mattress at home, you should also know is that it measures five feet in width, give or take a few mils.
In order to picture 10 feet, all you have to do is imagine placing two queen-sized mattresses side by side.
Alternatively, if you sleep on a double mattress, it’ll take about two and one-fifths to reach 10 feet. As for those with king-sized mattresses, you’ll need to visualize one and two-thirds of your mattress to get to the full 120 inches.
15 Bricks (No Mortar)
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), a standard modern brick in the United States should measure 8 × 3-5/8 × 2-5/8 inches (L × W × D).
So, if you’re undergoing an outdoor construction job, you can easily measure 10 feet in length by simply arranging 15 bricks by their shorter sides next to each other. Please note that this is before adding mortar between the bricks.
Alternatively, if you want to measure a height of 10 feet, you’ll need to stack about 33 bricks on top of each other. Again, this is before taking mortar into account.
If you live in the United States, you may be familiar with U-Haul trucks. They are trucks for rent to help people move from one home or apartment to another.
Even though U-Haul provides trucks in different sizes, the most common is the 10-foot-long version. While it may be the smallest U-Haul option, it can be great for moving a smaller quantity of items to your destination.
The exact length of a 10-foot-long U-Haul truck is 9 feet and 11 inches, which is just an inch shy of the 10-foot mark. You can easily make up for it by guesstimating the final inch.
After looking at the nine items listed above, you should have a pretty good idea of how to gauge 10 feet from a distance.
Knowing this can help you finish all sorts of heavy-duty tasks, such as repairing your home or even constructing a pool in your backyard.
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