Inches to Meters Converter

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1 in = 0.0254 m

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How to Convert Inches to Meters

To convert a measurement in inches to a measurement in meters, multiply the length by the following conversion ratio: 0.0254 meters/inch.

Since one inch is equal to 0.0254 meters, you can use this simple formula to convert:

meters = inches × 0.0254

The length in meters is equal to the length in inches multiplied by 0.0254.

For example, here's how to convert 5 inches to meters using the formula above.
meters = (5" × 0.0254) = 0.127 m

Our inch fraction calculator can add inches and meters together, and it also automatically converts the results to US customary, imperial, and SI metric values.

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

What Is an Inch?

An inch is a unit of length equal to 1/12 of a foot or 1/36 of a yard. Because the international yard is legally defined to be equal to exactly 0.9144 meters, one inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters.[1]

The inch is a US customary and imperial unit of length. Inches can be abbreviated as in; for example, 1 inch can be written as 1 in.

Inches can also be denoted using the symbol, otherwise known as a double-prime. Often a double-quote (") is used instead of a double-prime for convenience. A double-prime is commonly used to express 1 in as 1″.

A quarter is .955" in diameter, which is just smaller than 1"

The standard ruler is 12 inches long and is a common tool for measuring a length in inches. Another frequently used tool to perform measurements in inches is a tape measure, which commonly comes in lengths from 6' - 35'. Other types of devices used to make measurements in inches include scales, calipers, measuring wheels, micrometers, yardsticks, and even lasers.

Learn more about inches.

What Is a Meter?

According to the most recent 2019 definition, the meter is defined as the distance traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval with a duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second.[2] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters, 3.28084 feet, or 39.37 inches.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m; for example, 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

Learn more about 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 a combination of 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.

Inch to Meter Conversion Table

Table showing various inch measurements converted to meters.
Inches Meters
1" 0.0254 m
2" 0.0508 m
3" 0.0762 m
4" 0.1016 m
5" 0.127 m
6" 0.1524 m
7" 0.1778 m
8" 0.2032 m
9" 0.2286 m
10" 0.254 m
11" 0.2794 m
12" 0.3048 m
13" 0.3302 m
14" 0.3556 m
15" 0.381 m
16" 0.4064 m
17" 0.4318 m
18" 0.4572 m
19" 0.4826 m
20" 0.508 m
21" 0.5334 m
22" 0.5588 m
23" 0.5842 m
24" 0.6096 m
25" 0.635 m
26" 0.6604 m
27" 0.6858 m
28" 0.7112 m
29" 0.7366 m
30" 0.762 m
31" 0.7874 m
32" 0.8128 m
33" 0.8382 m
34" 0.8636 m
35" 0.889 m
36" 0.9144 m
37" 0.9398 m
38" 0.9652 m
39" 0.9906 m
40" 1.016 m

References

  1. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Checking the Net Contents of Packaged Goods, Handbook 133 - 2019 Edition, https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/hb/2019/NIST.HB.133-2019.pdf
  2. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/documents/20126/41483022/SI-Brochure-9-EN.pdf

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