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 (512-587-2186), we need these rough measurements of your pile, or your biggest items. 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. You can also check out our quick junk removal volume price chart.

How to Step by Step

IREP Junk Removal Austin 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 footage decimal.

Step 1: Measure your pile or largest unwanted items

The measurements of this couch that needs to be removed: Length – 6 ft 9 in, Width – 2 ft. 9 in., and Height 2 ft. 9 in.

Step 2: Convert from inches to feet.

To convert that into a footage 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)

Step 3: Multiply your three measurements.

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 showing you how to measure cubic feet. Watch it on Youtube!

Step 4: Contact us with your pictures, cubic foot measurements and other details.

With all the information needed we can give you a free online estimate or schedule an onsite estimate and give availability to get you taken care of within 24-48 hours or whenever you may need it done. We will basically take all the cubic footage measurements and multiply that by our pricing (currently $1.85 per cubic foot), then add any necessary surcharges and labor. Our minimum pricing at IREP Junk Removal Austin is based on 80 cubic feet or less.

IREP Junk Removal Austin minimum pricing and cubic footage for services

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, but know it will be a ballpark estimate rather than a quote. Bigger jobs may require an onsite quote.

Video on How to Measure Cubic Feet


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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