If you don’t have a meter stick at home, it can be a challenge to visualize the length of 1 meter. In fact, until recently, only a prototype meter made of platinum was exactly one meter.
Thankfully, today there are many things right in your home that are 1 meter long. Next time you want to estimate the length of something in meter form, think about these eleven things.
1. A large Adult Step
In many African countries, people measure the length and width of land using steps. One step is between 80 and 100 centimeters, depending on how tall the person is.
When an average 6ft tall guy takes a big step, it is one meter long, give or take.
2. Katana Sword
If you are a martial arts fanatic, you may know that a Katana, which is the most famous samurai sword, is about a meter long. Traditionally, the length of a Katana is measured in shaku and its 3.5 shaku.
The blade of the katana is about 70 centimeters while the other 30cm goes to the handle.
3. Height of a Kitchen Counter
While the length and width of rooms differ from house to house, countertops are built at a standard height that can comfortably accommodate everyone.
This also makes it easy to design kitchens and create space for appliances and cabinets. The standard height of all countertops from the floor is exactly 1 meter.
4. Width of a Refrigerator
Speaking of kitchens, refrigerators come in different sizes and makes. However, the standard width of most refrigerators is 1 meter.
This is usually the standard space left in most kitchen fridge spaces, so brands have to adhere to the measurements.
5. A Guitar
Guitars may seem shorter than a kitchen counter, but they are actually one meter long. This length includes everything from the body to the neck of a guitar.
That said, different types of guitars may vary slightly in length, shape, weight, and size.
6. Width of Door Frame
Want to know the easiest way to estimate how long a meter is? Look at the width of your door. Again, many components in a home are standardized because of mass manufacturing of things like doors and windows.
Although some people customize their doors to be bigger, a standard door is 1 meter in width and 2 meters in length.
7. Golf Clubs
Golf clubs are common items in most households, so you can easily pick one and see what a meter looks like. Like most sports equipment, golf clubs come in different sizes to accommodate people of different heights.
Some clubs are longer while others are shorter. That said, golf clubs are between 42.5 and 45.5 inches long, though some can be as long as 48 inches. A meter is approximately 39.4 inches.
8. Table Width
Tables come in all shapes, lengths and colors so we can’t say all tables are 1 meter across. However, most square or rectangular lounge and kitchen tables are a standard size whose width is about 1 meter.
This particular width ensures everyone has enough space to place their food but not too far away from the rest of the family. It’s also the perfect width for a room unless your lounge is too big.
9. The Depth of a Swimming Pool Shallow End
Traditionally, the depth of a swimming pool shallow end is 3.5 feet or a meter. However, you can decide to make it lower.
Most pools today have between 2.5 to 3 feet shallow ends for safety purposes. This depth is designed such that a child can stand up inside the pool if need be.
10. Waist to Toe Length of an Adult
Granted, human beings are not the same size or height. Some people are as short as 2ft while others go way past 6ft.
That said, the average person is just a little less than 6ft which is approximately 1.5 meters tall. Standing up straight, the length of such a person from the waist to the floor is around a meter.
11. 5-Year-Old Child
Again, every human being is different in the way they grow, especially during childhood.
On average though, a 5-year-old should be 1 meter tall and 43 pounds, according to the CDC. This can vary with as much as 5 inches in height but not so much to make a difference.
There you have it, 11 accessible ways to estimate one meter. These are only approximations, though, and you would need a ruler or tape measure to know the exact length of something in meters.
The dimension of stuff has been an interest of mine ever since I was a child. What I believe is most fascinating about the dimension of stuff is how extremely long, tall and wide some objects are both on earth and in the universe.