Centimeters to Feet & Inches Conversion

Enter the length in centimeters below to get the value converted to feet.

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How to Convert Centimeters to Feet

To convert a centimeter measurement to a foot measurement, multiply the length by the conversion ratio.

Since there are 30.48 centimeters in one foot, you can use this cm to feet formula to convert:

feet = centimeters ÷ 30.48

The length in feet is equal to the length in centimeters divided by 30.48.

For example, here's how to convert 170 centimeters to feet using the formula above.
170 cm = (170 ÷ 30.48) = 5.577428 ft

So, 170 cm in feet is 5.577428.

conversion scale showing centimeters and equivalent feet length values

How to Convert cm to Feet and Inches

Feet are usually used along with inches rather than in decimal form. To convert cm to feet and inches, you'll need to follow a few extra steps.

Begin with the cm to feet conversion above to get the resulting decimal first. The number to the left of the decimal is the whole feet.

Take the number to the right of the decimal point and multiply it by 12, since there are 12 inches in one foot.

Then, round that result to the nearest whole number to get the number of inches. Use our inch fraction calculator to convert decimal to fractional inches if needed.

For example, to find out how big 170 cm is in feet and inches, follow these steps.

Just like above, divide the measurement in centimeters by 30.48 to get feet as a decimal.

170 cm ÷ 30.48 = 5.577428 ft

Then, multiply the decimal remainder by 12.

0.577428 × 12 = 6.929136

Round this to the nearest whole number; in this case, 6.929136 can be rounded up to 7.

Put it all together by using the original whole number for the feet and the rounded decimal conversion as the inches.

170 cm ≈ 5 ft 7 in

Centimeters and feet are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Centimeters

One centimeter is equal to one-hundredth (1/100) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.

The centimeter, or centimetre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "centi" is the prefix for 10-2. Centimeters can be abbreviated as cm; for example, 1 centimeter can be written as 1 cm.

Metric rulers typically have 30 cm, which are represented by 30 large tick marks. To get a rough idea of the actual length of a centimeter, a standard pencil is just about 1 cm thick.

Feet

The foot is a unit of linear length measure equal to 12 inches or 1/3 of a yard. Because the international yard is legally defined to be equal to exactly 0.9144 meters, one foot is equal to 0.3048 meters.[1]

The foot is a US customary and imperial unit of length. Feet can be abbreviated as ft; for example, 1 foot can be written as 1 ft.

Feet can also be denoted using the symbol, otherwise known as a prime, though a single-quote (') is often used instead of the prime symbol for convenience. Using the prime symbol, 1 ft can be written as 1′.

The foot is most commonly measured using either a standard 12" ruler or a tape measure, though there are many other measuring devices available. Feet are sometimes referred to as linear feet, which are simply the measurement of length in feet.

You might be interested in our feet and inches calculator, which can add feet with inches, centimeters, or meters.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.

Need a ruler? Try our free downloadable and printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Centimeters to Feet and Inches Conversion Chart

Chart of centimeter measurements converted to feet and feet+inches.
Centimeters Feet Feet and Inches
10 cm 0.328084 ft 0 ft 3.9 in
20 cm 0.656168 ft 0 ft 7.9 in
30 cm 0.984252 ft 0 ft 11.8 in
40 cm 1.3123 ft 1 ft 3.7 in
50 cm 1.6404 ft 1 ft 7.7 in
60 cm 1.9685 ft 1 ft 11.6 in
70 cm 2.2966 ft 2 ft 3.6 in
80 cm 2.6247 ft 2 ft 7.5 in
90 cm 2.9528 ft 2 ft 11.4 in
100 cm 3.2808 ft 3 ft 3.4 in
110 cm 3.6089 ft 3 ft 7.3 in
120 cm 3.937 ft 3 ft 11.2 in
130 cm 4.2651 ft 4 ft 3.2 in
140 cm 4.5932 ft 4 ft 7.1 in
150 cm 4.9213 ft 4 ft 11.1 in
160 cm 5.2493 ft 5 ft 3 in
170 cm 5.5774 ft 5 ft 6.9 in
180 cm 5.9055 ft 5 ft 10.9 in
190 cm 6.2336 ft 6 ft 2.8 in
200 cm 6.5617 ft 6 ft 6.7 in
210 cm 6.8898 ft 6 ft 10.7 in
220 cm 7.2178 ft 7 ft 2.6 in
230 cm 7.5459 ft 7 ft 6.6 in
240 cm 7.874 ft 7 ft 10.5 in
250 cm 8.2021 ft 8 ft 2.4 in
260 cm 8.5302 ft 8 ft 6.4 in
270 cm 8.8583 ft 8 ft 10.3 in
280 cm 9.1864 ft 9 ft 2.2 in
290 cm 9.5144 ft 9 ft 6.2 in
300 cm 9.8425 ft 9 ft 10.1 in
310 cm 10.17 ft 10 ft 2 in
320 cm 10.5 ft 10 ft 6 in
330 cm 10.83 ft 10 ft 9.9 in
340 cm 11.15 ft 11 ft 1.9 in
350 cm 11.48 ft 11 ft 5.8 in
360 cm 11.81 ft 11 ft 9.7 in
370 cm 12.14 ft 12 ft 1.7 in
380 cm 12.47 ft 12 ft 5.6 in
390 cm 12.8 ft 12 ft 9.5 in
400 cm 13.12 ft 13 ft 1.5 in

References

  1. National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Survey Foot: Revised Unit Conversion Factors, https://www.nist.gov/pml/us-surveyfoot/revised-unit-conversion-factors

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