The cubic meter is used throughout the world and is seen as a standard measurement. If you don't know how to use it, you could be limiting your ability to use and understand basic references to volume.

    To help you stay fluent, we've compiled everything you need to know. Our cubic meter converter can help you translate six measurements related to the cubic meter and its applications in construction.

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    What is a cubic meter?

    The meter is a standard unit of measurement used throughout the world. It's part of what we call the metric system. It's often used in construction and other professional projects.

    If a unit of measurement is cubed that means the measurement includes the three-dimensional volume of that measurement, not just the linear size.

    So, if a meter is cubic, that means it includes all the space covered by a box that is one meter high, one meter long, and one meter wide.

    How do you calculate a cubic meter?

    To calculate a cubic meter, you must multiply three sides together to find the volume. In other words, you'd multiply side one, by side two, by side three.

    Say, for example, you wanted to find out the volume of a room in cubic meters. You'd measure the width, length, and height of the room in meters.

    Multiply those three numbers by each other and you'll end up with how many cubic meters of space the room holds.

    How do you convert cubic meters to other similar units?

    Since a cubic meter is cubic, any linear measurement will need to be cubed before it can be converted to a cubic meter. For example, you can't simply convert inches to cubic meters, since inches don't reflect volume.

    Instead, you'd need to cube those inches in order to convert that measurement to cubic meters.

    If you're looking to convert cubic meters to another measurement of volume, you won't have to go through so many steps. For common conversions, you can use the table below.

    Conversion Table

    Cubic meter

    Cubic inches

    Cubic feet

    Cubic yards






    One cubic meter is equal to 35.315 cubic feet.

    To convert your number of cubic meters to cubic feet, simply multiply the number of cubic meters by 35.315.

    Why convert cubic meters?

    There are many measurement systems in place throughout the world. Sometimes you'll encounter situations where you need to know the volume of something using a system other than cubic meters.

    For this reason, you need to be able to convert cubic meters to another unit of measurement. Cubic yards and cubic inches are examples of other volume measurements you may encounter.

    Converting to the right measurement is important. If you don't, there could be serious consequences or problems that occur.


    Let's say that you are working on a project that requires a cylinder with a volume of 300 cubic inches. If you shrugged that info off and got something that was 300 cubic meters instead because that was the measurement system you were used to, you'd end up with a cylinder that was way too big.

    You'll encounter many measurement systems throughout your life, whether you're working on an assignment or a professional project. You may need to convert measurements to or from cubic meters, so be prepared.

    What is a cubic meter used for?

    The cubic meter is used to measure volume. It will usually be used to measure areas that are large since a meter is a larger measurement (a little over three feet long).

    Cubic meters are used to calculate the volume of swimming pools, cement porches, and more. They're also used a lot in science when discussing density, flow rate, and other concepts.

    You may want to use cubic meters when you're shipping something overseas. Measuring the volume of your shipment in cubic meters means you'll know the size of your shipment in a measurement most people will understand.

    When was the cubic meter invented?

    The metric system is centuries old, and since it's part of that system, the cubic meter is too. The metric system was originally conceptualized in the 18th century. By the mid 20th century it was widely used as a standard measurement system.

    You'd recognize several measurements within the metric system. These include meters, liters, and kilometers.

    Though the metric system is hundreds of years old, it's still highly useful today. The length of time it's been around shows just how important it is.

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