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

Convert Inches to Meters

Convert from inches to meters with this simple formula:
meters = inches × 0.0254
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1 Inch = 0.0254 Meters

Learn How to Convert Inches to Meters Using our Conversion Formula

Converting an inch length measurement to a meter measurement involves multiplying your length by the conversion ratio to find the result. An inch is equal to 0.0254 meters, so to convert simply multiply by 0.0254.

For example, 5" = (5 × 0.0254) = 0.127m.

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

Inches and meters are both units used to measure length. Learn more about length and find more length measurement conversion calculators. An inch is an imperial measurement and can be abbreviated as in, for example 1in. A meter is a metric measurement and can be abbreviated as m, for example 1m. Learn more about the metric system, including the common unit prefixes and how to convert between metric units.

The meter is the primary unit of length in the metric system. It's equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches. Internationally it is actually spelled metre. It was first defined 1793 as 1/10,000,000 the length from the equator to the North Pole. The current definition of a meter, adopted in 1983, is the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds and was adopted to in 1983.

The actual length of an inch has varied becuase of variances of the length of a foot. Throughout history it has been equal to 1/12 - 1/16 of a foot, but there are now exactly 12 inches in a foot. In 1959 the world agreed to the exact length of the national yard, .9144 meters. As such a foot is equal to .3048 meters and an inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters.

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

The standard ruler has 12", and metric combinations have 30cm. Inches 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.

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.

inches and meters are units used to measure length
Convert Meters to Inches

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Inch Measurements and Equivalent Meter Conversions

Common inch values converted to the equivalent meter value
Inches Meters Inches Meters Inches Meters
1" 0.0254 21" 0.5334 41" 1.0414
2" 0.0508 22" 0.5588 42" 1.0668
3" 0.0762 23" 0.5842 43" 1.0922
4" 0.1016 24" 0.6096 44" 1.1176
5" 0.127 25" 0.635 45" 1.143
6" 0.1524 26" 0.6604 46" 1.1684
7" 0.1778 27" 0.6858 47" 1.1938
8" 0.2032 28" 0.7112 48" 1.2192
9" 0.2286 29" 0.7366 49" 1.2446
10" 0.254 30" 0.762 50" 1.27
11" 0.2794 31" 0.7874 51" 1.2954
12" 0.3048 32" 0.8128 52" 1.3208
13" 0.3302 33" 0.8382 53" 1.3462
14" 0.3556 34" 0.8636 54" 1.3716
15" 0.381 35" 0.889 55" 1.397
16" 0.4064 36" 0.9144 56" 1.4224
17" 0.4318 37" 0.9398 57" 1.4478
18" 0.4572 38" 0.9652 58" 1.4732
19" 0.4826 39" 0.9906 59" 1.4986
20" 0.508 40" 1.016 60" 1.524