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How to Calculate Linear Feet

February 12th, 2018 - 10:35 AM

A look at linear footage

Wondering what a linear foot is? Whether you’re planning an upcoming home improvement project or want to understand how U-Pack® measures household goods shipments, you’ve come to the right place.

This measurement isn’t one you’ll hear every day, but it’s simple once you get the hang of it.

What is a linear foot?

What is a linear foot?

A linear foot (also called a lineal foot) is a 12 inch measurement of length. Because the term linear refers to a straight line, it makes sense to think of linear footage as the straight line measurement of something. It differs from other measurements because width and height don’t matter.

For example, if you have a piece of flooring that’s 5 feet long and 18 inches wide, it would be 5 linear feet. If you choose a piece that’s 12 inches wide and 5 feet long, it’s still 5 linear feet.

How to measure linear feet

To determine linear footage, start by measuring the length in inches. Then divide the total inches by 12.

Check out this video for a tutorial on calculating linear feet: 

Determining costs per linear foot

When moving in a U-Pack trailer, you’ll get a quote for a certain amount of linear feet (based on your home size). The quote will also include a “per-foot adjustment rate,” which you can add or subtract based on the footage you actually use. When the moving trailer arrives, mark the estimated space inside. This way you’ll easily be able to tell how much is left when loading (and what the price will be). For example, if you get a quote for 11 feet, but only use 10, just subtract your per-foot rate one time from the quoted price to see what the new cost will be.

Note: a moving quote may automatically quote a different equipment type — the ReloCube container. The flexible pricing works the same way, but costs change per container used, instead of per linear foot. You may be able to toggle between options, or email changequote@upack.com to get a trailer quote if it’s unavailable online.

How many total linear feet will you need to move?

To quickly calculate linear footage, use this chart. Or use the Room-By-Room Estimator tool for a more detailed calculation. And remember, you can use more or less space and adjust the price according to the price per linear foot.

linear foot calculator

The beauty of moving with U-Pack is that you don’t have to worry about running out of space like with truck rental. U-Pack trailers are bigger than even the biggest rental truck — the entire trailer is actually the size of a 26-foot rental truck plus a 10-foot truck. The large equipment size means having much more space at your disposal. Just load belongings inside, and pay based on the space you use.

Other industries that use linear footage measurements

Many construction projects will utilize linear feet measurements. You may find that flooring, fencing, trim or even concrete are measured in linear, or lineal, feet. Pricing per linear foot will vary based on the product and project size. A local home improvement store should be able to help you determine what’s needed.

Have questions about linear feet?

For help determining your space needs for a move or calculating linear feet, leave a comment below. We’re here to help!