Converting Inches and Feet
 Convert Inches to Feet – Introduction
 Inches and Feet – Revision
 Converting Feet to Inches
 Feet to Inches – Conversion Table
 Converting Inches to Feet
 Converting Inches and Feet – Steps for Conversion
 Inches to Feet Conversion table
 Converting Inches and Feet – Summary
 Frequently Asked Questions about Converting Inches and Feet
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Convert Inches to Feet – Introduction
Inches and feet are common measurements of lengths that you will encounter when measuring lengths, widths and heights. It is important to understand these units and to be able to convert between them. In this text, we’ll dive deeper into the conversion of these units of measurement. We’ll look at how to convert inches to feet and feet to inches and look at examples of guided conversions.
Inches and Feet – Revision
Let’s repeat what inches and feet are and how they are used by revising the definition:
Both inches and feet are used to measure length, width and height – which are all distances. Inches are smaller units than feet and are used to measure shorter lengths or distances. Feet, on the other hand, are used to measure longer distances, and 1 foot is made up of 12 inches.
Converting Feet to Inches
If we know that 1 foot is made up of 12 inches, this is the conversion rate for feet to inches. We can use this information to change from inches to feet and from feet to inches. To change from feet to inches:
Step 1: Create a ratio table
Step 2: Label feet on one side of the table and inches on the other side.
Write 1 in the ‘Feet’ column and 12 in the ‘Inches’ column to show that 12 inches is the same as 1 foot. Notice to convert from feet to inches you need to multiply the number of feet by 12.
Step 3: Now place the feet that you want to convert into inches in the ‘Feet’ column and multiply it by 12 to convert into inches.
For example, if you want to change 3 feet into inches, your table would look like this:
To convert feet to inches, we can follow these steps:
Step #  What to do 

1  Create a ratio table and label the first column “feet” and the second column “inches” 
2  Write 1 in the feet column and 12 in the inches column to show that 1 foot is 12 inches 
3  Write the number of feet that you need to convert in the ‘Feet’ column 
4  Multiply by 12 to calculate the number of inches in each foot 
Feet to Inches – Conversion Table
It can be helpful to have a conversion table with some common conversions of feet and inches. Below you will find a conversion table for an overview.
Feet  Inches 

1  12 
5  60 
6  72 
20  240 
Converting Inches to Feet
To convert inches to feet, set up a ratio table like the one before. However, this time, place the inches in the ‘Inches’ column. Then, use the opposite operation to calculate the number of feet. Since the opposite operation of multiplication is division, we divide. For example, if we want to convert 60 inches to feet, we place the 60 in the ‘Inches’ column and divide by 12.
Feet (ft)  Inches (in) 

1  12 
3  36 
60 ÷ 12 
The quotient of 60 and 12 is five, so 60 inches is 5 feet.
Feet (ft)  Inches (in) 

1  12 
3  36 
5  60 ÷ 12 
Converting Inches and Feet – Steps for Conversion
To convert inches to feet, we can follow these steps:
Step #  What to do 

1  Create a ratio table and label the first column “feet” and the second column “inches” 
2  Write 1 in the feet column and 12 in the inches column to show that 1 foot is 12 inches 
3  Write the number of inches that you need to convert in the ‘Inches’ column 
4  Divide by 12 to calculate the number of feet 
Inches to Feet Conversion table
Take a look at the conversion table below. It contains common conversions from inches to feet.
Inches  to Feet 

12 inches  1 foot 
36 inches  3 feet 
72 inches  6 feet 
120 inches  10 feet 
Converting Inches and Feet – Summary
Let’s review what we learned about converting inches and feet.
Converting inches and feet is important when dealing with measurements of distance such as length, width and height. To change from feet to inches, multiply the number of feet by 12. To change from inches to feet, divide the number of inches by 12.
Additionally, you can go ahead and learn about measuring and calculating area in square feet with another video!
Frequently Asked Questions about Converting Inches and Feet
Transcript Converting Inches and Feet
"All right Zuri, I think we have everything we need to make the superhero costumes." "I can not believe you found that magic fabric just sitting there!" "Just one thing, it seems like the sewing instructions are explaining the steps using inches and feet." Let's help Zuri and Freddie make their superhero costumes by converting inches and feet. When we measure length, width, or height, we can measure using inches and feet in the same way that we can use centimetres and metres. An inch is a small unit of length that is approximately equal to two and a half centimetres. When we write inches, we can abbreviate using the letters
Converting Inches and Feet exercise

Would we measure these items in inches or feet?
HintsSmaller objects are measured in inches and larger objects are measured in feet.
This banana is small so it will be measured using inches.
This table is large and will be measured using feet.
SolutionInches
 The can is small so it is measured using inches.
 The apple core is small so it is measured using inches.
 The sofa is large so it is measured using feet.
 The lamp is large so it is measured using feet.
 The pole vault is large so it is measured using feet.

How do we convert 3 feet to inches?
HintsThis image shows how to convert 5 feet to inches.
Remember, when converting inches to feet we divide by 12, and when converting feet to inches we multiply by 12.
Solution3 x 12 = 36
3 feet equals 36 inches because when converting feet to inches, we multiply the amount of feet by 12.
1 foot is 12 inches
3 feet times 12 will give the correct number of inches.

Complete the conversions.
HintsWhen converting inches to feet we divide by 12, and when converting feet to inches we multiply by 12.
For example: 2 feet = 24 inches
2 x 12 = 24
For example: 24 inches = 2 feet
24 $\div$ 12 = 2
Solution 7 feet = 84 inches (7 x 12 = 84)
 48 inches = 4 feet (48 $\div$ 12 = 4)
 72 inches = 6 feet (72 $\div$ 12 = 6)
 9 feet = 108 inches (9 x 12 = 108)

Which conversions are correct?
HintsTry using a ratio chart to help you find the correct statements.
When converting inches to feet we divide by 12, and when converting feet to inches we multiply by 12.
SolutionThe correct conversions are:
 10 feet x 12 = 120 inches ✅
 12 inches $\div$ 12 = 1 foot ✅
 48 inches $\div$ 12 = 4 feet ✅
 24 inches = 3 feet ❌ (24 inches = 2 feet)
 8 feet = 80 inches ❌ (8 feet = 96 inches)
 6 feet = 82 inches ❌ (6 feet = 72 inches)

Complete the list of steps by filling in the blanks.
HintsRead the sentences carefully and start with the ones you know.
When converting inches to feet we divide by 12, and when converting feet to inches we multiply by 12.
Solution There are twelve inches in one foot.
 To convert feet to inches, multiply the amount of feet by twelve.
 To convert inches to feet, divide the amount of inches by twelve.
 There are 12 inches in 1 foot.

Compare the measurements.
HintsUsing a conversion chart can help to find the correct conversions.
Remember, > means greater than, for example, 5 > 3.
Remember, < means less than, for example, 3 < 5.
4 feet = 48 inches
Any amount of inches over 48 inches is greater than 4 feet.
Any amount of inches less than 48 inches is less than 4 feet.
Solution4 feet is the same as 48 inches, so:
 60 inches > 4 feet
 52 inches > 4 feet
 3 feet < 4 feet
 40 inches < 4 feet
 48 inches = 4 feet