How To Calculate Cubic Feet

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  2. How to Calculate Cubic Feet?
  3. How to Calculate Cubic Feet From Inches
  4. Method 1: Divide the measurements by 12
  5. Method 2: Calculate the volume then divide the result by 12 three times
  6. How to Calculate Cubic Feet From Other Units
  7. Wrap Up

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{"blocks":[{"key":"8tpct","text":"Want to fill the gas tank in your vehicle? Know how much coffee you consume per day? Or how much water is actually needed to fill your bathtub? In any of these cases, you need to learn how to calculate cubic feet to get your answer. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":233,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":233,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":233,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":233,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"80oc2","text":"The volume refers to the 3-dimensional space enclosed by boundaries or occupied by an object. There are lots of real-life applications for calculating volume in cubic feet, and in this article, you’ll learn about the most accurate way to do it.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How to Calculate Cubic Feet?

{"blocks":[{"key":"imme","text":"Cubic feet or ft3 is a unit used to measure volume. This can be used when you want to think about the amount of soil that needs to be added to your flower bed or the amount of liquid to fill a pot. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":198,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":16,"length":1,"style":"fontsize-0.6em"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"b4uvl","text":"Since there are several situations where calculating the volume can come in handy, you need to know how to calculate cubic feet accurately. 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How to Calculate Cubic Feet From Inches

{"blocks":[{"key":"3a5m8","text":"It’s possible to calculate the volume of a space or a container if the measurements are expressed in units other than feet. To find the cubic feet volume of such a container, you need to convert the units to feet, then apply the volume formula. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":245,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7bhtt","text":"There are two ways to do this. You can either convert the inches to feet before calculating the volume or after doing so. To convert inches to feet, you need to divide the numbers by 12. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5124i","text":"So, for example, if you have a container that has a length of 24 inches, the width of 48 inches, and a height of 12 inches, you can calculate the volume in cubic feet in two ways.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":179,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":179,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":179,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":179,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Method 1: Divide the measurements by 12

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Method 2: Calculate the volume then divide the result by 12 three times

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How to Calculate Cubic Feet From Other Units

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Wrap Up

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