11 feet is just 1 foot (12 inches) shy of 4 yards. In metric, it would be the same as 3.3528 meters.
Measuring 11 feet without the use of tape measures or laser measures can be a challenge, especially considering most people are only about half that tall (5 foot 9 inches).
However, using everyday objects as references, measuring random figures like 11 feet may not be so hard. Today, I’m going to show 11 common items that you can use to measure exactly or close to 11 feet.
The height of a 1-story building can be as tall as the building owner wants it to be. However, the average height of a 1-story building is between 10 to 15 feet. The 5-foot disparity is mainly due to the slope of the building’s roof. Flat-roof houses will be considerably shorter than a home that has an A-frame roof.
So, if there are any 1-story buildings in your neighborhood with flat or low-sloped roofs, you should use those as a reference for getting close to 11 feet.
School Bus (Type A)
As described in the school bus dimensions and guidelines, the size of a school bus varies by its type. For instance, a Type B school bus can measure up to 21.7 feet long and carry a payload of up to 26,500 pounds.
While no school bus will measure exactly 11 feet long or tall, the shortest Type A-1 school bus—the bus used for Head Start Programs—measures 13 feet long and about 9.1 feet tall, which is pretty close to the 11-foot figure. What’s even closer is Types B and C buses, which stand 10.3-10.4 feet tall at most.
3 Golf Clubs
Golf clubs are perhaps the most important piece of equipment you need to play golf. If you ask a golfer how long their clubs are, they may tell you that they have an arsenal of various clubs, each with a different length.
However, the average golf club length, at least that used by players, measures about 44.5 inches long. That means you would need slightly under 3 of them to get the full 132 inches or 11 feet.
2 Leaf Rakes
When leaves start falling onto the ground, you’ll need to get your trusty rake from out of the shed or garage. If you’ve ever taken time to measure your rake, you might get a figure that’s pretty close to 72 inches (6 feet) long. That means you would need just about 2 of them to reach 11 feet.
2 Holstein Cows
Like any farm animal, the height of a cow will vary by breed and how well the animal is cared for. The most popular dairy cattle breed, the Holstein, is among some of the largest cow breeds on average. A Holstein cow can grow up to 58 inches tall when it’s fully grown, meaning that 1 standing on top of another would measure 11 feet in height, give or take a few inches.
2 Pedestal Fans
Even though fans don’t cool you down, they’re a great appliance to have for circulating indoor air. The less the air is circulated, the stuffier it can feel, and the more you may sweat.
The most widely used type of fan is the pedestal fan, which can come with a telescoping neck. On average, when fully extended, pedestal fans can measure 5 to 6 feet in height. Stacking 2 of them together when fully extended will get you to around 11 feet.
15.5 Drinking Straws
Drinking straws can come in different lengths and widths. For instance, drinking straws used for boba drinks typically measure 8.5 inches long and have a 3/8-inch-wide opening. Standard drinking straws—those used to drink anything else—have the same length but much narrower diameters.
To measure 11 feet using drinking straws as a reference, you would need just about 15.5 of them to get there.
2.75 Park Benches’ Width
The size of a park bench will vary from park to park. Some parks have narrower benches that seat only 2 people, while other parks can have much wider benches that can seat a family of 4.
The wider variety of park benches will measure about 4 feet or 48 inches wide. So, when measuring 11 feet using wide park benches in your mind’s eye, you would need precisely 2.75 of them.
4.4 Male Footsteps
The average distance for a single footstep is between 25 and 30 inches for females and males, respectively. Measuring long distances using footsteps can be a good idea, but ideally, you should know the precise distance of your unique footstep length.
Following the averages mentioned earlier, a woman would have to take about 5.28 steps to travel a distance of 11 feet. As for men, they would only need to take 4.4 footsteps to travel the same distance.
9.5 Car Tires (14-inch Tires)
If you check out Goodyear’s tires, you’ll see that the most common tire size ranges from 14 to 22 inches in diameter. So, it would be a good idea to know how large your car tires are before using them to measure any distance.
If your car sports small, 14-inch tires, you would need about 9.5 of them to get to 11 feet. For cars that use massive 22-inch tires, it would take you precisely 6 of them to reach the same length.
3 to 7 Posters
Like any sheet of paper, poster paper can come in a variety of sizes. However, the most common sheet sizes used to print posters are 18 × 24, 24 × 36, and 27 × 40 inches. So, using their heights, you would need between 3 and 7 of them to get pretty close to 11 feet.
And that’s how it’s done, ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t have any measuring tools on hand, or if you don’t have 11 objects that measure 1 foot long each, you can always use the 11 items listed above as references.
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