How to Calculate Linear Feet

A look at linear footage


Wondering what a linear foot is? Whether you’re planning an upcoming home improvement project or want to understand how to measure household goods shipments, you’ve come to the right place.

This measurement isn’t one you’ll hear every day, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.

What is a linear foot?

A linear foot (also called a lineal foot) is a 12 inch measurement of length. Because the term linear refers to a straight line, it makes sense to think of linear footage as the straight line measurement of something. It differs from other measurements because width and height don’t matter.

For example, if you have a piece of flooring that’s 5 feet long and 18 inches wide, it would be 5 linear feet. If you choose a piece that’s 12 inches wide and 5 feet long, it’s still 5 linear feet.

How to measure linear feet

To determine linear footage, start by measuring the length in inches. Then divide the total inches by 12.

How many total linear feet will you need to move?

A good rule of thumb is to plan on 5 linear feet per room with furniture. For instance, if you have a 2 bedroom home (2 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom), you’ll need approximately 17′ of truck / trailer space, or 20′ if you have a lot of furniture.

Other industries that use linear footage measurements

Many construction projects will utilize linear feet measurements. You may find that flooring, fencing, trim or even concrete are measured in linear, or lineal, feet. Pricing per linear foot will vary based on the product and project size. A local home improvement store should be able to help you determine what’s needed.

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