Yards Conversion

Tape measures can be used to measure units of length, and a calculator can be used to convert to another unit

The yard is a unit used to measure length. Use one of the conversion calculators below to convert to another unit of measure, or read on to learn more about yards.

Yard Conversion Calculators

Choose a unit of length to convert to.

US Customary & Imperial Units
SI Units

Yard Definition and Usage

The yard is a unit of length measurement equal to 3 feet or 36 inches. The international yard is legally defined to be equal to exactly 0.9144 meters.[1]

The yard is a US customary and imperial unit of length. Yards can be abbreviated as yd, for example 1 yard can be written as 1 yd.

Background and Origin

A yard was originally the length of a man's belt or girdle, as it was called. In the 12th century, King Henry I of England fixed the yard as the distance from his nose to the thumb of his out-stretched arm. In 1959 the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa agreed to define the yard as exactly 0.9144 meters.

Historically the yard has always been equal to 3 feet or 36 inches, but the actual length has varied through time as the actual lengths of the inch have been defined differently. Its usage dating back to the Romans, although the true origin is not agreed upon.

Uses

In the US and UK, fabrics and carpeting is often sold by the square yard, which is equal to a 1 yd by 1 yd area. The yard is also used as a standard length measure in several sports, including American football, cricket, rugby, and golf.

Yards Measurement Conversion Table

Common yard values and equivalent imperial and metric length measurements
yards miles feet inches kilometers meters centimeters millimeters micrometers nanometers
1 yd 0.000568 mi 3' 36" 0.000914 km 0.9144 m 91.44 cm 914.4 mm 914,400 µm 914,400,000 nm
2 yd 0.001136 mi 6' 72" 0.001829 km 1.8288 m 182.88 cm 1,829 mm 1,828,800 µm 1,828,800,000 nm
3 yd 0.001705 mi 9' 108" 0.002743 km 2.7432 m 274.32 cm 2,743 mm 2,743,200 µm 2,743,200,000 nm
4 yd 0.002273 mi 12' 144" 0.003658 km 3.6576 m 365.76 cm 3,658 mm 3,657,600 µm 3,657,600,000 nm
5 yd 0.002841 mi 15' 180" 0.004572 km 4.572 m 457.2 cm 4,572 mm 4,572,000 µm 4,572,000,000 nm
6 yd 0.003409 mi 18' 216" 0.005486 km 5.4864 m 548.64 cm 5,486 mm 5,486,400 µm 5,486,400,000 nm
7 yd 0.003977 mi 21' 252" 0.006401 km 6.4008 m 640.08 cm 6,401 mm 6,400,800 µm 6,400,800,000 nm
8 yd 0.004545 mi 24' 288" 0.007315 km 7.3152 m 731.52 cm 7,315 mm 7,315,200 µm 7,315,200,000 nm
9 yd 0.005114 mi 27' 324" 0.00823 km 8.2296 m 822.96 cm 8,230 mm 8,229,600 µm 8,229,600,000 nm
10 yd 0.005682 mi 30' 360" 0.009144 km 9.144 m 914.4 cm 9,144 mm 9,144,000 µm 9,144,000,000 nm
11 yd 0.00625 mi 33' 396" 0.010058 km 10.0584 m 1,006 cm 10,058 mm 10,058,400 µm 10,058,400,000 nm
12 yd 0.006818 mi 36' 432" 0.010973 km 10.9728 m 1,097 cm 10,973 mm 10,972,800 µm 10,972,800,000 nm
13 yd 0.007386 mi 39' 468" 0.011887 km 11.8872 m 1,189 cm 11,887 mm 11,887,200 µm 11,887,200,000 nm
14 yd 0.007955 mi 42' 504" 0.012802 km 12.8016 m 1,280 cm 12,802 mm 12,801,600 µm 12,801,600,000 nm
15 yd 0.008523 mi 45' 540" 0.013716 km 13.716 m 1,372 cm 13,716 mm 13,716,000 µm 13,716,000,000 nm
16 yd 0.009091 mi 48' 576" 0.01463 km 14.6304 m 1,463 cm 14,630 mm 14,630,400 µm 14,630,400,000 nm
17 yd 0.009659 mi 51' 612" 0.015545 km 15.5448 m 1,554 cm 15,545 mm 15,544,800 µm 15,544,800,000 nm
18 yd 0.010227 mi 54' 648" 0.016459 km 16.4592 m 1,646 cm 16,459 mm 16,459,200 µm 16,459,200,000 nm
19 yd 0.010795 mi 57' 684" 0.017374 km 17.3736 m 1,737 cm 17,374 mm 17,373,600 µm 17,373,600,000 nm
20 yd 0.011364 mi 60' 720" 0.018288 km 18.288 m 1,829 cm 18,288 mm 18,288,000 µm 18,288,000,000 nm

References

  1. National Bureau of Standards, Refinement of Values for the Yard and the Pound, https://www.ngs.noaa.gov/PUBS_LIB/FedRegister/FRdoc59-5442.pdf

Try our other measurement calculators.