We’re going to teach you how-to measure cubic feet. Measuring cubic feet is quite easy, even though some think it doesn’t sound that way.  At IREP Junk Removal, we use these measurements to price everything when serving you with your junk hauling needs. When you book online or over the phone, we need this rough measurement. It doesn’t have to be exact, but we need an idea of how much space your things will take in the truck and/or trailer. We won’t charge you right away because we offer estimates. Our team will measure once they get there and price accordingly.

How to Step by Step

couch we use as an example on how to measure cubic feet

Today we’re measuring my own three seater couch. You are going to need three measurements: length, width and height/depth. Measurements need to be converted into a decimal.

My measurements: Length –  6 ft 9 in, Width – 2 ft. 9 in., and Height 2 ft. 9 in. To convert that into a decimal, you’re going to take the inches and divide by 12.

9 inches divided by 12 = .75

You can do the same thing even if you measure in inches only, rather than the feet + inches. (33″ divided by 12 is 2.75)

Take those measurements and multiply them: 6.75 x 2.75 x 2.75 = 51.04685 (L x W x H/D = ft 3)

We’ll say 51 cubic ft. When abbreviating the cubic in the feet, you will see the number 3 at the top right of “ft” because there are three measurements. Feet to the power of 3. As opposed to square footage which is feet to the power of 2 (Length x Width).

You can fill the couch with items, and as long as it doesn’t exceed the width or height of the couch, it won’t change the cubic feet. Fill up boxes or bags and toss it on the couch to get more bang for your buck.

The video below shows our Sales and Marketing Director measuring cubic feet on a love seat. Our minimum pricing at IREP is based on 80 cubic feet or less. Watch it on Youtube!

IREP Junk Removal minimum pricing and cubic footage visual Austin, TX ATX

We hope you have a better sense on how to measure cubic feet and realize it’s not too hard and doesn’t require much math. Having these measurements of items or piles of items will help us ensure a proper estimate, which is always free. If you can’t or wish to not get these measurements, pictures at various angles can suffice. Bigger jobs may require an onsite estimate.


An online tool to use for converting inches into a decimal: https://kellypipe.com/common-pipe-industry-tools-specifications-calculators/tools-inches-to-decimals-of-a-foot-calculator/

An online tool to convert measurements into cubic feet: https://www.thecalculatorsite.com/misc/cubic-feet-calculator.php

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