6 feet is the same as 72 inches, 2 yards, and 1.8288 meters.
Measuring 6 feet in length can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a tape measure on hand. However, it’s an important distance to remember since many outdoor projects will require carefully measuring or estimating 6 feet in length.
For that reason, I want to share # common objects that measure 6 feet long or will get you close. You can use them as references in your mind’s eye to guesstimate 6 feet.
The average length of a footstep is about 2-1/2 feet (30 inches). If we were to follow the average footstep length, then it would take exactly 2-1/2 steps to cover a distance of 6 feet.
However, there are several factors that come into play when determining how long your footstep is, namely your height, the length of your legs, the length of your feet, and physical injury. So, it might be a good idea to an accurate measurement of your footsteps to figure out how many steps you would need to travel 6 feet.
Vinyl tiles come in an assortment of sizes. The most widely used vinyl floor tiles are 9-inch, 12-inch, and 18-inch square tiles. This is also true for linoleum and ceramic tiles. So, using these measurements, it would take 8, 6, or 4 vinyl tiles to reach 6 feet. Of course, this is before taking the width of tile grout into account.
Some places in your home that may use vinyl tiles include the kitchen and bathroom. However, you should note that vinyl tiles aren’t just sold as squares. There are rectangular tiles that can measure 20 × 10 inches.
There are several measurements when it comes to determining the dimensions of a basketball hoop. A regulation rim should be 10 feet above the ground, while the backboard adds another 4 feet to the overall height. The rim itself should measure 18 inches in diameter.
The backboard’s width should measure precise 72 inches wide, which is equivalent to 6 feet. If you can get a good look at your local park’s basketball hoop, you may get a good idea of how wide it is.
Ice Hockey Goal
Some of you may have played hockey back in your school days. If that’s the case, your school probably provided regulation-sized hockey goals for you to play with. Based on the rules set by the NHL, the hockey goal must measure 6 feet 4 inches tall and 72 inches wide. A single goal is all you need to get to the 6-foot mark.
As for the hockey stick, many of them measure about 36.5 inches from the top to the heel of the blade. That means you would need about 2 adult-sized hockey sticks to reach 6 feet.
6 Soda Bottles
Here’s the neat thing about 2-liter (67.6-fluid-ounce) soda bottles: they are about a foot tall with the cap on. To measure 6 feet in length, just lay 6 2-liter soda bottles from top to bottom in a flat line.
If all you have are 12-fluid-ounce soda cans that measure 4.83 inches high, you would need 15 of them to get to 6 feet. However, the tall and slim 12-fluid-ounce soda cans measure 6.125 inches in height, so a dozen of them laying flat next to each other would get you to about the 6-foot mark.
8-1/2 Bowling Balls
According to the United States Bowling Congress, a regulation bowling ball must measure at least 8-1/2 inches in diameter. However, there’s a slight level of tolerance where balls used for competitive play can be 8.595 inches in diameter, which makes very little difference in the grand scheme of things. So, to get to 72 inches or 6 feet using bowling balls as a reference, you would need just under 8.5 of them.
The USBC has also indicated that bowling pins must measure precisely 15 inches in height. If you use bowling pins as a reference, then 5 of them would only get you 3 inches past the 6-foot mark.
12 Dollar Bills
A United States banknote measures exactly 6.14 × 2.61 inches. Measuring 6 feet using US dollar bills as your reference, you would need slightly under a dozen of them to measure 6 feet in width. If you were to measure 6 feet using the banknotes’ height, 27.5 of them would get you to 6 feet.
Now, what dollar bill should you use? It doesn’t matter—all paper money in the US measures exactly the same, regardless of denomination.
Bricks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but a typical red clay brick will measure about 8 × 3.75 × 2.5 inches. Of course, this is assuming that the brick is in perfect condition by the time it arrives at its destination. Anyway, if you were to lie down 9 bricks side-by-side lengthwise without any mortar, you would get to precisely 6 feet.
Now, if you wanted to measure 6 feet in height using bricks and no mortar, you would need to stack about 28.8 of them on top of each other.
7 Comic Books
Comic books used to be popular several decades ago. Today, antique comic books are highly collectible, and people will pay top-dollar to get the right issue of a certain comic in mint condition.
The standard size of a modern comic book is about 6-5/8 × 10-1/4 inches. So, lying about 7 comic books horizontally and next to each other would get you to about 6 feet in length. If you measure comic books by their widths, you would need about 11 of them.
Measuring 6 feet in length without a tape measure isn’t impossible, as long as you know the estimated lengths of the 10 items listed above. The next time you need to prepare a piece of land for construction or gardening purposes, these items may help you envision how long 6 feet is.
If this article helped you measure 6 feet without measuring tools, make sure you share it with your friends. I’d also love to hear what other objects you think measure 6 feet long.