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What is a linear foot?

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A linear foot is the same measurement as a foot. The linear foot measures 12 inches in length. Linear is used to describe the total length of an item without regard to width or thickness.

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What is a linear foot?
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Simply measuring items by the standard 12 inch foot is the same measurement. Linear means a straight line, and indicates attention to the length dimension only. Lumber sold by the linear foot simply indicates the length of the boards placed end-to-end, no matter how wide or thick they are. Similarly, a bolt of cloth is sold by the linear foot, regardless of the width of the fabric.

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