Science, Tech, Math › Science How to Convert Cubic Meters to Cubic Feet Share Flipboard Email Print Karina Vera / Getty Images Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Todd Helmenstine Todd Helmenstine is a science writer and illustrator who has taught physics and math at the college level. He holds bachelor's degrees in both physics and mathematics. our editorial process Todd Helmenstine Updated July 07, 2019 Cubic feet and cubic meters are both measures of volume, the former in the imperial and U.S. customary system, and the latter in the metric system. The conversion is most easily explained with an example problem: How many cubic feet of space is enclosed by a box measuring 2m x 2m x 3m? Solution Step 1: Find the volume of the box Volume in m³ = 2m x 2m x 3m = 12 m³ Step 2: Determine how many cubic feet are in 1 cubic meter 1 m = 3.28084 ft (1 m)³ = (3.28084 ft)³ 1 m³ = 35.315 ft³ Step 3: Convert m³ to ft³ Set up the conversion so that the desired unit will be canceled out. In this case, we want ft³ to be the remaining unit. Volume in ft³ = Volume in m³ x 35.315 ft³/1 m³ Volume in ft³ = 12 m³ x 35.315 ft³/1 m³ Volume in ft³ = 423.8 ft³ Answer The volume of space, in cubic feet, enclosed by a box measuring 2m x 2m x 3m is 423.8 ft³ Cubic Feet To Cubic Meters Example Problem You can work the conversion the other way. As a simple example, convert 50.0 cubic feet to cubic meters. Start with the conversion factor: 1 m3 = 35.315 ft3 or 1 ft3 = 0.0283 m3 It doesn't matter which conversion factor you use, providing you set up the problem correctly. Volume in cubic meters = 50.0 cubic feet x (1 cubic meter / 35.315 cubic feet) The cubic feet will cancel out, leaving cubic meters: Volume in cubic meters is 1.416 m3.