How to Convert Square Metres to Lineal Metres

By Chance E. Gartneer; Updated April 24, 2017
Square meters combine two meter measurements.

Square meters and lineal meters measure two different properties with two different dimensions. Square meters (m^2) measure an object's area, which has two dimensions. Lineal meters (m), also called linear meters or simply meters, measure single straight dimensions like length or width. Converting a measurement from square meters to lineal meters means dividing a meter measurement into the square meter measurement, reducing the two dimensions to one.

Find the area of a two-dimensional shape. In this example, consider a rectangle shape with an area of 20 m^2.

Measure one of the shape's dimensions. For this example, the rectangle has a length of 5 m.

Divide the area by the known dimension to calculate the other dimension. Concluding this example, the area of 20 m^2 divided by 5 m results in 4 m.

About the Author

Chance E. Gartneer began writing professionally in 2008 working in conjunction with FEMA. He has the unofficial record for the most undergraduate hours at the University of Texas at Austin. When not working on his children's book masterpiece, he writes educational pieces focusing on early mathematics and ESL topics.