13 Things That Are About 1 Foot (ft) Long

One foot equals 12 inches which are also exactly 30 centimeters.

Even though a foot is not a common unit of measurement in other parts of the world, it is one of the U.S customary units.

There are lots of things in everyday life that are 1 foot long. It can be fun to know what foot length measures, but you can also use these to reference other items.

Check out this list of things that are one foot long.

1. 2-Liter Soda Bottle

A 2L soda bottle is one of the most common things to have in the house.

What you don’t know is that your soda bottle measures exactly a foot or 12 inches tall.

The 2-liter soda bottle first came into the market in 1970 when PepsiCo first introduced it.

2. Standard Ruler

A standard ruler is exactly 12 inches or one foot long.

The common units of measurement used on standard rulers are centimeters and inches.

Most rulers include metric measurements on one side and imperial on the other.

3. Subway Sandwich

The famous one-foot-long subway sandwich is exactly that, one foot long.

Subway also offers 6-inch-long sandwiches which as half as long as their one foot long. Two of the 6-inch-long sandwiches will add up to 12 inches, the same as the one-foot-long.

There was a past complaint where a customer complained that their sandwich was only 11 inches long, but Subway promised to make it 12 inches.

4. 2 Dollar Bills

If you measure a Dollar bill, you will find it exactly 6.14 inches long.

Therefore, two Dollar bills side by side will add up to 12.2 inches which are approximately a foot long.

5. 2 Bic Pens

The Bic Pen has been one of the best-selling pens globally since it was first introduced in 1950.

A Bic pen with the cap on is 6 inches long and about half an inch wide. If you put two Bic pens end-to-end, they would measure one foot long.

6. 175 Quarters

A US quarter Dollar has a diameter of 0.95 inches and a thickness of only 0.069 inches.

If you were to stack up 175 quarters, it would reach a height of 12 inches which is 30 centimeters and one foot. Also, 175 quarters makes $43.75.

7. 12 Thumbs

The length of your thumb between the knuckle and the thumb tip is approximately one inch.

Even though thumb lengths vary greatly, the part between the knuckle and where the thumb joins the palm is different.

8. 3 Golf Tees

Golf Tees are usually between 2.5 and 4 inches tall depending on the club and the shot being made.

If you are using a smaller driver, a short tee will suffice. However, three of the 4-inch golf tees from end to end would equal 1 foot in length.

9. 12 Paperclips

Paperclips come in different sizes, but the average length of a paperclip is an inch.

Therefore, 12 paperclips connected will make 12 inches or a foot in length.

10. 12 Hockey Pucks

For a hockey fan, it would be interesting to know that the thickness of a hockey puck is around an inch.

Therefore, stacking 12 pucks on top of each would equal the size of a 2-liter soda bottle, which is a foot tall.

11. Length from Wrist to Elbow

Different people have different arm lengths, but for the average person, the distance from your elbow to your wrist is the same as the length of your foot.

An average foot is 12 inches long, so this unit of measurement is known as a foot.

12. 5 Zippo Lighters

Zippo lighters have a vintage look and are known as one of the best brands of lighters.

These lighters are quite popular as the company has made and sold about 500 million lighters by 2012.

Although there are different shapes and sizes of Zippo lighters, the average height is 2.38 inches.

Therefore, five of these lighters next to each other lengthwise would add up to around 12 inches or 1 foot tall.

13. Skillet Pan

Skillet pans come in 10-inch and 12-inch varieties. However, you can find a skillet pan as small as 5 inches or even 14 inches.

A 12-inch pan is the most common of the lot because it is not too small or too big. Therefore, you can say that an average-sized skillet pan is a foot long.


The bottom line is, a foot is a common unit of measurement and lots of things fall within one foot in length.

Putting more than one of these things together also helps you visualize one-foot using common things.

Therefore, if you want to know what a foot or 12 inches look like, why not use two Dollar bills or a 2-liter soda bottle?

Originally posted on December 1, 2021 @ 11:58 am