While knowing that 4 meters is the same as 13.1234 feet, these figures won’t exactly offer much help when you’re trying to visualize what they look like. To get a feel for how long 4 meters is without using rulers or tape measures, you can use everyday objects as length references.
Today, I’m going to show you 9 common things that measure around 4 meters in length. So, if you’d like to learn what things are 4 meters long, I invite you to continue scrolling.
While it may not look like it, the MINI John Cooper is a luxury car. Compacts cars have a sort of charm that you don’t get from large SUVs but at the cost of cargo and seating space. So, if you’re looking for a car to hit the beach (without taking too many supplies with you), a Mini Cooper might be for you.
Regardless of what you think of the Mini Cooper, it measures close to 4 meters long. Depending on the variant, you might have to find a way to make up for a few missing millimeters. A couple of domino tiles can come in handy to make up for the missing length.
8 Basketball Rims
The diameter of a basketball rim may be hard to gauge, seeing as how it sits atop a 10-foot-tall pole. So, from a distance, a basketball rim may look tiny, but in reality, a single rim measures 18 inches wide.
In my guide on Things That Are 1 Yard Long, I explained that 2 basketball rims would equal 1 yard. Since a meter is almost the same distance as a yard (1.09361 yards, to be precise), 8 basketball rims in a line would get you at almost exactly 4 meters.
Half a Garden Hose
If you bought a garden hose recently, you probably noticed how garden hose lengths started at 25 feet and increased by 25-foot-long increments with a cap of 100 feet. However, it’s the shortest garden hose length that we should look at.
A garden hose of 25 feet is about 1.25 feet shy of 8 meters. So, if you can tolerate the missing few inches, then you can use half a 25-foot-long garden hose to get a close approximation of what 4 meters looks like.
Half a Kayak
One look at a sporting goods store and you’ll find kayaks of all shapes and sizes. However, when it comes to the average size of a standard recreational kayak, we’re looking at one that measures roughly 10 feet in size.
But if you find a kayak on the longer end of the size spectrum, it will measure around as long as 26 feet. If you can imagine cutting at the center in half, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what 4 meters looks like.
2/3 Badminton Court
Even though badminton is usually thought of as a backyard spot that you play when there’s nothing else to do, there are people who play the game professionally. Not only that, but they can smash the shuttlecock so hard that it travels at an excess of 400 kilometers per hour!
Anyway, the measurements of a competition-ready badminton court are 6.1 × 13.4 meters. You could take 2/3 of the width to get to 4 meters, or you could divide the length into 3 equal parts, where each part will measure roughly 4 meters long.
A house can be as tall as you or the homeowner wants it to be. If you want 20-foot-tall ceilings, you can certainly have a contractor build them for you. However, if you look at the average height of each floor of a home, it should measure between 10 and 13 feet—about 4 meters—from the floor to the ceiling.
While you could take the height of a single-story home, you might have to disregard the height of the roof since it can add several more feet to the overall height of the building.
2 Golf Carts
A golf cart can be an incredibly handy vehicle to have if you’re an avid golfer or if you need to get from place to place in large buildings, like an airport. Golf carts come in a variety of different sizes and seating capacities, and no two golf carts of different makes and models will measure exactly the same.
That said, the average length of a two-seat golf cart is 2.3 meters long. Multiply that by 2 and you’ll be about 0.6 meters past the 4-meter point. All you have to do is find a 2-foot-long object and subtract its length from the second golf cart.
4 Golf Clubs
While we’re on the subject of golf, we might as well discuss the lengths of golf clubs. Of course, golfers are probably cringing right now since there is no universal length for all kinds of golf clubs. But if we look at average lengths, a golf club will typically measure 1 meter long from the top of the handle to the bottom of the club.
This makes matters easier when trying to measure 4 meters. You only need to place 4 golf clubs in a straight line lengthwise to get a collective length of 4 meters. Of course, the exact measurement will depend on the exact length of each club.
2 King- or Queen-Sized Mattresses
If you have a king- or queen-sized mattress at home, you can use their lengths to measure an even number of meters. These mattress sizes will measure precisely 2 meters long and roughly 1.8 meters wide. So, whichever orientation you use, 2 king- or queen-sized mattresses will get you close to 4 meters.
Of course, this is assuming you’re using a king- or queen-sized mattress that you didn’t purchase in the United States. In the US, these mattress sizes measure 80 inches long or about 203.5 centimeters. So, two US-standard king- or queen-sized mattresses will get you only slightly past the 4-meter mark.