How To Calculate Cubic Feet
It's not an everyday problem, but there will be times when you need to calculate the capacity of something. Instead of staring blankly into the trunk of your car, getting a tension headache trying to find the biggest bathtub, or weeping when confronted by the decision over buying a new fridge-freezer or oven, just take control!
How to do it
There are only three measurements you need to take to work out the volume or capacity in cubic feet: length, width and height.
Once you've obtained those measurements, it’s only a case of multiplying them together. Or, if you prefer, you can let the cubic feet calculator do the hard work for you.
If the shape is irregular, mentally divide it into regular shapes and calculate the volume for each part separately, before adding them all together.
For example, an L shaped cabinet designed to fit the corner of a room could be dealt with as two different rectangles, one longer, one shorter. Just work out the capacity of each one individually and then add them together for the total capacity of the cabinet.
Converting to cubic feet from other units
If you’re shopping online, the dimensions of something may only be given in inches. If you’re looking at plans for a room, maybe the figures are given in metres or yards. But don’t worry! To arrive at the cubic feet measurement, you only need to add one extra step into your calculations…
- If you need to convert to cubic feet from inches: divide the final number (i.e. the total you get after multiplying the three dimensions together) by 1728.
- If you need to convert to cubic feet from metres: multiply your final number by 35.31.
- If you need to convert to cubic feet from yards: multiply your final number by 27.
Real world examples
Let's take a look at a couple of examples of situations where you may need to calculate cubic feet...
Let's try another...
If you would still like help calculating the cubic feet volume of an item, give the cubic feet calculator a try.
Written by Becky Kleanthous
Rate this article
Please rate this article using the star rater below. If there is anything missing from the article, or any information you would like to see included, please contact me.
Last update: 04 December 2016
From abacus to iPad, learn how the calculator came about and developed through the ages. Read our featured article.