Convert Inches to Meters

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How to Convert Inches to Meters

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

To convert an inch measurement to a meter measurement, multiply the length by the conversion ratio. One inch is equal to 0.0254 meters, so use this simple formula to convert:

meters = inches × 0.0254

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

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

Inches

An inch is a unit of linear length measure 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 know as a double-prime. Often a double-quote (") is used instead of a double-prime for convenience. Using the double-prime, 1 in can be written as 1″.

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

The standard ruler has 12", and are a common measuring tool for measuring inches. They are also often measured using tape measures which commonly come in lengths from 6' - 35'. Other types of measuring devices include scales, calipers, measuring wheels, micrometers, yardsticks, and even lasers.

Meters

The meter is defined as the length of the path travelled by light in vacuum during a time interval with duration of 1/299,792,458 of a second, according the most recent 2019 definition.[2] One meter is equal to 100 centimeters 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.

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.

If you need a ruler you can also download and print our free printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Inch to Meter Conversion Table

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, Handbook 133 - 2019 Edition, https://www.nist.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2017/04/28/12-apde-gentab-11-hb133-final.pdf
  2. International Bureau of Weights and Measures, The International System of Units, 9th Edition, 2019, https://www.bipm.org/utils/common/pdf/si-brochure/SI-Brochure-9.pdf