How Many Cubic Feet Are In a Yard?

By | Last update: 05 March 2019

Are you wondering how to measure a cubic yard or how many cubic feet there are in a yard? Wonder no longer, here's what you need to know...

1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet

Explanation and diagrams

A foot is 12 inches long, making it exactly a third of a yard. So, if you draw a line on the ground with chalk and it's 1 yard in length, then it's 3 feet long.

1 yard = 3 feet

Diagram of feet in a yard

If you wanted to turn that one dimensional chalk line into a two dimensional area, you could use your line as one side of a square, a yard by a yard in measurement. How many feet are in a square yard? The two dimensions on the flat square (length and width) are each 3 feet long, so the sum is 3 x 3 = 9 square feet in a square yard.

1 square yard = 9 square feet

Diagram of feet in a square yard

Now what about if you wanted to turn that flat square into a three dimensional cube? You'd need it to be the same height up as it is across, making it a yard in every direction. So 3 x 3 x 3 (length x width x height) = 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard.

1 cubic yard = 27 cubic feet

Diagram of feet in a cubic yard

So how many cubic feet are in a yard? Well, none if it's a chalk line on the ground, but if it's a cubic yard (sometimes just called a yard for measuring concrete or other materials), then it contains 27 cubic feet.

If you need to calculate how many cubic feet in a yard then check out our cubic yards to cubic feet calculator. Alternatively, you can work out the capacity of an object or space using our cubic feet calculator.

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