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Find out how to calculate the number of feet in a roll.

(Roll Weight × [Area of Basic Size]) × 500 ÷ (Basis Weight × Roll Width) × 12 = Linear Feet ÷ 3 = Linear Yards

The linear footage and yardage for a 25×38” roll of basis 50# offset paper that is 26′′ wide and weighs 100 lbs. is: [(100 × [25×38]) × 500] ÷ [(50×26) × 12] = 3,045 Linear Feet ÷ 3 = 1,015 Linear Yards

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What is Linear Footage?

Linear footage is a standardized unit of measurement, used in printing, construction, real estate, and many other disciplines, that is defined as “12 inches in a straight line”. It is extremely important in the paper industry, as customers may choose to buy paper or other materials in linear feet instead of sheets or reams. Now, you might be wondering if the answer to ‘What is a linear yard?’ is three linear feet, since normally, there are three feet in a yard…Keep reading!

What is a Linear Yard?

A linear yard is the equivalent of three linear feet or 36 inches in a straight line. What is a linear yard helpful for? Linear yards can be useful for larger numbers, so you can say 39.333 linear yards instead of 118 linear feet.

What is Linear Footage Used For?

Linear footage has a wide variety of uses, like determining how much space can be taken up by an object (such as how many pieces of paper can fit into a box or how large a roll of a particular type of paper will be).

What is a Linear Foot in Printing?

For printing purposes, a linear foot has several purposes. It is primarily used to determine the length of papers, cardboard, or other materials. However, it also has other applications, like being able to determine the diameter and circumference of a roll of paper. Linear footage might also help you to determine how much space a certain amount of paper will take up in storage.

Is a Linear Foot the Same as 12 Inches?

Essentially, yes, but it is important to note that a linear foot is, well, linear, meaning that it is in a straight line. For example, the cities of Boston and Dallas are around 1,551 linear miles apart. However, since the roads that connect those cities aren’t in a straight line, the driving distance along the shortest path is about 1,759 miles.

How Many Inches are in a Linear Foot?

There are 12 inches in a linear foot, 36 inches in a linear yard, and 63,360 inches in a linear mile (but that’s going a bit too far).

What Does “Linear” Mean in Size?

“Linear” is a term that means “in a straight line” and is differentiated from zig-zags, curves, cut-outs, circles, ovals, doughnuts, and anything else that isn’t a straight line!

How Do I Calculate Linear Feet When Buying Paper?

The easiest way is to use our handy calculator, of course! The formula is (Roll Weight × [Area of Basic Size]) × 500 ÷ (Basis Weight × Roll Width) × 12 = Linear Feet. For linear yards, multiply the linear feet by three. You can also click “Show Formula” on our calculator to see this.

However, unless you really enjoy doing math (which is valid and we support you), the calculator will definitely be easier.

What is Basis Weight in the Linear Footage Formula?

Basis weight, in the United States, is 500 sheets of a particular basis size paper. Do you need to calculate basis weight? Check out our basis weight calculator!

Why is Linear Footage Used Instead of Other Measurements?

Linear footage is preferred by some industries because of its standardization. For example, when you compare a common sheet size like 28×40 with a custom sheet size like 28×35, those sheets take up different amounts of space. However, 100 linear feet of both those different sheet sizes would be exactly the same length. It is also useful if you have pages of different sizes on the same project, as it captures the entire length without having to use multiple measurements.

What’s the Difference Between Linear Feet and Square Feet?

A linear foot is 12 inches in a straight line, whereas a square foot is 12 inches long and 12 inches wide for a total of 144 square inches. In other words, linear feet can be used to describe either width or length, and a square foot encompasses both length and width.

What’s the Difference Between Linear Feet and Cubic Feet?

A cubic foot is one foot wide, one foot long, and one foot deep. This essentially means that three different measurements in linear feet are multiplied together to find the number of cubic feet.

What is a Linear Foot Compared to a Linear Meter?

Linear meters are the Metric System equivalent and one linear meter is made up of about 3.28084 feet. Although it is unlikely, it may be necessary for you to convert between the two for a project that requires use of the Metric system.

Are Lineal Feet Different From Linear Feet?

Sometimes people use “lineal feet” instead of “linear feet,” but they mean the same thing, in the same way that some people say “toMAYto” and other people say “toMAHto”. Both are still delicious! Tomatoes, that is; not paper.

How Many Linear Feet Are in a Ream of Paper?

How many linear feet are in a ream of paper will depend on the type of paper. That’s why it’s great to use our calculators to figure out how many linear feet or how many reams of paper you need, and talk to one of our representatives when you need help.

What is a Linear Yard in Relation to a Linear Meter?

A linear yard is 0.9144 linear meters and a linear meter is about 1.0936 linear yards.

What is a Linear Yard in Relation to a Linear Foot?

So, what is a linear yard, expressed as a quantity of linear feet? A linear yard is three linear feet. A linear foot is ⅓ of a linear yard.

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