11 inches is just 1 inch shy of 1 foot. In metric terms, 11 inches is the same as 27.94 centimeters.
How exactly do you measure 11 inches? Well, you could find something that’s 1-foot tall and subtract about 1 inch. Or you could use the 8 everyday objects listed below as references for your mind’s eye.
Guesstimating 11 inches isn’t a skill you’ll need every day, but when the time comes, you’ll be glad to have it.
If you look in your kitchen drawer right now, you’ll probably find knives of various lengths and styles. The typical length range of a kitchen knife is between 8 and 14 inches, though many chef’s knives—the one you use to chop and slice vegetables—will most likely measure 10 to 11 inches.
The blade is typically 5-9 inches long, while the handle measures anywhere from 4 to 6 inches. If all you have are steak knives, you’ll have to add about 3 inches to the 8-inch-long knife. The same is true for the average cleaver.
A plantain looks a lot like a banana, and it sort of tastes like a banana if you’ve ever eaten an unripe banana before. In fact, plantains are a type of banana, but you have to prepare them in a different way than you would do with a typical banana from the supermarket.
On average, plantains measure about 8 inches long, but some of them can grow up to 11 to 13 inches before they’re harvested. All you really have to do is go to your local supermarket and see whether they have long plantains to get a feel for 11 inches.
A quarter is a coin that has a value of 25¢ or one-quarter of a dollar, hence its name. This coin measures 0.955 inches in diameter, according to the United States Mint. So, if you wanted to see how many quarters it would take to measure 11 inches wide, you would need just about 11.5 of them.
For the heck of it, let’s see how many quarters it would take to make an 11-inch-tall tower. Seeing as how a single quarter is about 1.75 millimeters (0.07 inches) thick, that means you would have to have about 157 quarters to make an 11-inch-tall structure. That’s the equivalent of $39.25.
Hamsters are perhaps one of the cutest rodents on the face of the Earth. They typically feed on grains, veggies, and fruits, but some hamster species are known to munch on each other! Anyway, the average length of a hamster, starting from its snout to its furry bottom, is about 3-3/4 inches.
That means you would need to train roughly 3 hamsters to stand tail and snout in a straight line to get to just about the 11-inch point. If you’re going to get a pet hamster just so you can know what 1/3 of 11 inches is, make sure you prepare at least 450 square inches of space for the little guy.
5 Golf Tees
Golf is one of the most popular sports on the planet for some reason. There isn’t a ton of equipment needed to play the “sport,” but you’ll have to have a pretty large backyard to play 18 holes.
Anyway, one of the most crucial pieces of golfing equipment is the tee—the tiny item that pokes into the soil to hold your golf ball. A golf tee typically measures about 2.125 inches, meaning you would have to stack 5 of them upright on top of each other to reach roughly 11 inches.
When it comes to cake pans, you can find cake pans of nearly any size and shape. The most widely used cake pan styles are circular and rectangular. Some cake pans are square in shape, but they’re not nearly as popular.
Cake pans can come in an assortment of sizes, and 11 inches is one of them. Circular cake pans can measure 11 inches in diameter, and 11-inch rectangular cake pans are typically 11 × 13 inches or 7 × 11 inches. You can certainly find 11-inch square pans, but nobody really needs that much cake, do they?
5 Nail Clippers
Nail clippers are a must-have if you care about personal hygiene. Do you really know what sort of gross organisms will seek refuge underneath your fingernails? You should trim your fingernails at least once every two weeks or so to keep the number of bacteria to a minimum. And don’t forget to disinfect the nail clipper!
A single nail clipper measures about 2.25 inches long while its attachment(s) are folded in. That means it would take roughly 5 of them to get to the 11-inch mark. If you extended the folding attachment out, the nail clipper would measure about 5 inches and change, so 2 of them would be enough to reach 11 inches.
This item is probably something many of you are used to seeing. Anyone living in the United States or Canada will have a good idea of how long letter-size paper is. It measures exactly 11 inches long, so a single sheet will get you to where you want to be.
Other countries may be more accustomed to A4 paper, which is 210 × 297 millimeters (8.25 × 11.7 inches). So, if you live outside of North America, you’ll have to find a way to subtract the extra 0.7 inches to get to the 11-inch mark.
And there you have it —8 everyday objects you can use as references for measuring 11 inches without a ruler. Sure, they might not get you to precisely 11 inches, but they’ll get you close enough.
If you have an object in mind that measures exactly 11 inches, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section.