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Comparison of 1 square foot with some Imperial and metric units of area

The square foot (plural square feet; abbreviated sq. ft, sf, or ft2; also denoted by '2) is an imperial unit and U.S. customary unit (non-SI, non-metric) of area, used mainly in the United States and partially in Canada, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana, Liberia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore and Hong Kong.[ citation needed ] It is defined as the area of a square with sides of 1 foot.


Although the pluralisation is regular in the noun form, when used as an adjective, the singular is preferred. So, a flat measuring 700 square feet could be described as a 700 square-foot flat. This corresponds to common linguistic usage of foot.

Anyone searching for an apartment, buying a house, or preparing to acquire office space must get very used to this form of measurement. [1] Dimensions are generally taken with a laser device, the latest in a long line of tools used to gauge the size of apartments [2] or other spaces. Real estate agents often measure straight corner-to-corner, then deduct non-heated spaces, and add heated spaces whose footprints exceed the end-to-end measurement. [3]


1 square foot is equivalent to:

square inches (sq in)

1 acre is equivalent to 43,560 square feet.

1 Square foot is Detailed:


Acres 0.000022956341

Hectare 0.000009290304

Square meter 0.092903040144

Square inch 144.0000002229

Square yards 0.111111106982

Square centimeter 929.0304014422

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Furlong Unit of length equal to 660 feet or about 201 metres

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Imperial units System of units that were implemented on 1 January 1826 in the British Empire

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United States customary units System of units of measurement commonly used in the United States

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Yard Unit of length

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Dutch units of measurement

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