Feet to Centimeters Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Feet and Centimeters (ft to cm).

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How many Centimeters in one Foot?

Since feet are defined using the metric system as a basis, a foot is equal to exactly 0.3048 meters. Since the centimeters is 1/100 of a meter, there are exactly 30.48 centimeters in one foot. The symbol for centimeters is "cm", while the symbol for feet is "ft", or sometimes a single quote after the measurement. For example, 3' means "3 feet".

Difference between Feet and Centimeters

Feet and centimeters are both units for measuring length or dimensions. Their magnitude is somewhat different, but they are mostly used for similar things, like bodily measures (height, waist, etc.), measurements in construction, architecture, landscaping, and so on. However, feet are also used to measure small distances, while centimeters are usually used only for distances of up to a couple of meters.

The foot is an old metric which existed as a part of many local systems of units, including the Greek, Roman, Chinese, French, and English systems. Its length varied from location to location and in some cases depended on which trade it was applied to, but it was usually between 250 mm and 335 mm. In medieval Europe the foot standard was defined as the average length of the feet of randomly sampled men from a local community. Since 1959 the foot is defined using the metric system as a basis. Currently the US is the only country which prefers using the foot in preference to the meter in commerce, engineering and standardization of all kinds.

The centimeter is part of the metric system, adopted in most countries nowadays. A centimeter is defined as 1/100 of a meter, so 1m = 100cm.

How to convert Feet to Centimeters

Knowing that there are 30.48cm in one feet means that conversion between ft and cm is easy. Just multiply the number of feet by 30.48 to get the measurement in cm. Using our ft to cm converter online is an easier option in almost all cases.

Feet to cm conversion example

Sample task: convert 3 feet to centimeters. Solution:

Formula:
ft * 30.48 = cm
Calculation:
3 ft * 30.48 = 91.44 cm
End result:
3 ft is equal to 91.44 cm

ft to cm conversion table

ft to cm conversion table
ft cm
1 ft 30.48 cm
2 ft 60.96 cm
3 ft 91.44 cm
4 ft 121.92 cm
5 ft 152.40 cm
6 ft 182.88 cm
7 ft 213.36 cm
8 ft 243.84 cm
9 ft 274.32 cm
10 ft 304.80 cm
20 ft 609.60 cm
30 ft 914.40 cm
40 ft 1,219.20 cm
50 ft 1,524 cm
60 ft 1,828.80 cm
70 ft 2,133.60 cm
80 ft 2,438.40 cm
90 ft 2,743.20 cm
100 ft 3,048 cm
200 ft 6,096 cm
300 ft 9,144 cm
400 ft 12,192 cm
500 ft 15,240 cm
600 ft 18,288 cm
700 ft 21,336 cm
800 ft 24,384 cm
900 ft 27,432 cm
1,000 ft 30,480 cm

References:

[1] NIST Special Publication 330 (2008) - "The International System of Units (SI)", edited by Barry N.Taylor and Ambler Thompson

[2] International Organization for Standardization (1993). ISO Standards Handbook: Quantities and units (3rd edition). Geneva: ISO. ISBN 92-67-10185-4.

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