How Many Cubic Feet Are in a Yard?
If you’re here reading this, chances are you’re in the middle of a landscaping project. You’ve made the plan, measured everything, and are ready to buy some materials. But the reason you are here is probably that you’re trying to figure out how many cubic feet are in a yard. It’s confusing, isn’t it? Even though we measure things in feet and inches in Canada, construction aggregate such as topsoil and crusher dust is usually sold in cubic yards.
How Many Cubic Feet in a Yard?
A yard is 3 feet or 36 inches, and therefore, a cubic yard is 3 x 3 x 3, or 27 cubic feet(ft3). It doesn’t seem very complicated at first, but when you start considering the following, it just might get a little tricky:
- For landscaping projects, we often need to measure depth by inches only, not feet.
- Many materials, such as soil, compact, and therefore you need more.
- Quite often, the area that needs to be filled is irregularly shaped.
If you are trying to figure out how many materials you need to order for your renovation or landscaping project, worry not. You can use our cubic feet to cubic yards calculator below. Measure the space you want to fill in feet and inches, then enter them below. Please note that materials other than rocks compact, so you may want to consider ordering 30% more than what you actually need.
For a rectangular area, measure the length and width in feet and height in inches.
For a triangular area, measure the base and altitude in feet and height in inches. Base and altitude are the part of a triangle that is perpendicular to each other.
For a circular area or part of a circular area, measure the radius in feet and height in inches. Radius is exactly half of the diameter or half of the width of the circle.
Irregularly Shaped Area
Suppose you have an irregularly shaped area you need to landscape or fill. Worry not. Just divide it up into smaller, more manageable areas, and calculate each piece separately using the calculators above. When you are done, sum up all the numbers. Don’t worry about getting it 100% accurate. A rough estimate would be enough as long as you add a bit more for errors.
Ready to Order?
When you are ready, contact us to let us know how many yards of materials you need, and we’ll deliver them right to your door. If you are unsure of what materials you might need, check out our article about different types of aggregates, or ask us for recommendations. Even if you’re not using our landscape calculator for landscaping purposes, we hope it still helped you figure out how many cubic feet are in a yard.
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