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# How do you convert board feet into square feet?

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A board foot is a standard unit of measure referring to the volume of lumber in a 1 inch by 1 foot by 1 foot board. Assuming that the wood being measured is cut into 1-inch-thick boards, then 1 board foot converts to 1 square foot.

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A board foot is a measure of volume, and wood may not always be 1 inch thick. For example, a 2-square-foot board that is 2 inches thick equals 4 board feet. To calculate the number of square feet a board will cover based on the board feet, the volume in board feet is divided by the thickness in inches.

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Linear feet are simply feet in a straight line and are usually used for things like lumber that have a set length but may come in different widths. To convert linear feet to square meters, the width of the board or item must be known; then the number of boards per square meter, size of the total area and total number of boards must be calculated.

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To calculate an object's square footage, first measure the height and length. Ensure the height and length have the same units, then multiply them together to find the square footage.

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A square foot equals the area of a square with each side equal to one foot. It is not possible to calculate feet in a square foot because these are two different types of measurements; a square foot denotes a unit of area, and feet is a unit of length.