How to Convert Centimeters to Cubic Feet

Convert Centimeters to Cubic Feet
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Whether you're in school, doing research, making home improvements or calculating any sort of dimensions, there may come a time when you need to convert centimeters to cubic feet. Bridge the gap between measurement systems with the conversion methodology explained here.

    Learn what a centimeter measures, as opposed to cubic feet. There is no direct conversion from centimeters to cubic feet, because a centimeter measures length, while a cubic foot measures volume.

    Convert centimeters to cubic centimeters. You cannot do so directly, for the same reason stated above: Centimeters measure length and cubic centimeters measure volume. However, if you are measuring the dimensions of an area or a piece of an object in centimeters, multiplying them can yield the volume. For example, for a box that has dimensions of 2 cm, 2 cm and 2 cm, the volume would be 2 x 2 x 2 = 8 cubic cm.

    Convert cubic centimeters to cubic feet. A conversion table will show you that 1 cubic centimeter = 0.00003531466672 cubic feet. Therefore, in our example above, 8 cubic cm is equivalent to 0.002825173376 cubic feet.

    Round off your numbers to the nearest decimal. Do a carry-over and convert the numbers from right to left. You should end up with 0.003 cubic feet after you carry over 1.

    Use conversion calculators if you do not have conversion tables handy. Just punch in the numbers in cubic centimeters, then hit the "Enter" function for cubic-feet conversion.

    Things You'll Need

    • Conversion calculator
    • Conversion ruler
    • Plain calculator
    • Pencil
    • Paper
    • Tape measure


    • There are websites that publish metric or unit conversions. Check on the links in Resources to find out more.


    • You may not be able to apply this type of conversion when measuring the volume of liquid and gas.