To convert centimeters to feet and inches, multiply the number of inches by the conversion factor of 0.3937 inches per centimeter. That will supply the number in inches, which can be divided by 12 to supply the number in feet and inches.
For example, to find what 173 centimeters would be in feet and inches, multiply 173 centimeters by the conversion factor of 0.3937 inches per centimeter. The answer is 68.11 inches, which can be rounded off to 68 inches. To calculate the number of feet, divide 68 inches by 12 (the number of inches in a foot) The result is 5.67 feet, which can be rounded to five feet.
Then simply multiply to get the final answer: Five feet times 12 inches per foot equals 60 inches, and 68 inches minus 60 inches equals 8 inches. Therefore the final measurement is 5 feet, 8 inches.
Centimeters are a unit of measurement in the metric system, while feet and inches are a unit of measurement in the U.S. Imperial system. Conversion between the two is common.