The conversion of inches and centimeters is easy. The conversion of inches to centimeters is converting the unit of measurement from the imperial to the metric system. Inches and centimeters are used to measure small measurements like incisions, teeth, insects, and stationary to name a few. Countries like the United Kingdom use both metric and imperial systems for their road signs and height. 

How To Convert From Inches to Cm?

The conversion of inches to centimeters is a very common conversion. Usually, if you are converting length from the imperial to the metric system, they use this conversion. The calculation for converting inches to centimeters is very easy. All you have to do is multiply the inch unit by 2.54 cm/in. To convert centimeters to inches, multiply the unit of centimeters by 0.39 inches/centimeters. 

Inches To Cm Formula & Examples

To convert inches to centimeters, you need to apply the formula given below. 

1 in × 2.54cm/in

= 2.54cm

The following examples will help you understand the conversion better. 

Example 1– Convert 5 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 5*2.54

=  12.7cm

Example 2– Convert 10 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 10*2.54

= 25.4cm

Example 3– Convert 50 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 50*2.54

= 127 cm 

Example 4– Convert 100 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 100*2.54


Example 5– Convert 150 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 150*2.54

= 381cm 

Example 6– Convert 200 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 200*2.54

= 508cm

Example 7– Convert 500 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 500*2.54

= 1270cm

Example 8– Convert 1000 inches to cm

By applying the above-mentioned formula, 

= 1000*2.54

= 2540cm 

Relation Between Inches To Cm 

While the inch represents the imperial system, the centimeter represents the metric system. The length of items is measured using both units. When determining a person’s height, centimeters and inches (with feet) are utilized. The use of measurement units of inches and centimeters is scientifically sensitive, therefore they cannot be used interchangeably. Scientists quantify the dimensions of cells, animals, and incisions in terms of inches and centimeters. Inch and centimeters are used in a variety of contexts. An inch is worth 2.54 centimeters.

1 inch= 2.54 centimeters
1 centimeters = 0.39 inches

Inches To Centimeter Conversion Table

The following table gives a glimpse of conversion of inches to centimeters. 

Inches (inch) Centimeters (cm)
0.01 in 0.0254000 cm
1/64 in 0.0396875 cm
1/32 in 0.0793750 cm
1/16 in 0.15875 cm
0.1 in 0.2540 cm
1/8 in 0.3175 cm
1/4 in 0.635 cm
1/2 in 1.27 cm
1 in 2.54 cm
2 in 5.08 cm
3 in 7.62 cm
4 in 10.16 cm
5 in 12.70 cm
6 in 15.24 cm
7 in 17.78 cm
8 in 20.32 cm
9 in 22.86 cm
10 in 25.40 cm
20 in 50.80 cm
30 in 76.20 cm
40 in 101.60 cm
50 in 127.00 cm
60 in 152.40 cm
70 in 177.80 cm
80 in 203.20 cm
90 in 228.60 cm
100 in 254.00 cm

What Is an Inch (In)?

An inch is a length measurement unit used under the imperial system of measurement. Inches are represented as in or “. On a ruler, an inch is approximately measured as 2.54cm. An inch is a unit of measurement under the imperial system. The Imperial System was first elaborated in the Weights and Measurement Act of 1824. This system replaced the Winchester System used from 1588 to 1825. An inch is one-twelfth of a foot. 

Current Use of Inch

In the United Kingdom all road measurement is given in imperial units. The newer roads and weights have metric units written next to the imperial system. Companies that make screens for television, phones, billboards etc, use inches to denote the size of the screen.

What is Centimeter (cm)?

Centimeters fall under the metric system of measurement. A centimeter equals one hundredth of a meter. The metric system is used avidly around the world. The United States of America diligently follows the metric system of measurement of weight and length. Adoption of metric systems is called metrication. The use of the metric system was incorporated after the hassle of conversion of weight and length in the French constituency to collect tax. 

Current Use of Centimeter

Centimeters are used to measure small items such as toys, insects, pencils etc. It is also used to measure the CGS systems. Rain in the rain gauge is used to measure through centimeters. Some cartographers use centimeters to denote kilometers on the map. 

Abbreviations Commonly Used To Represent Inches and Centimeters

Abbreviations make it easy to denote the unit of measurement after a number. Centimeters does not have a symbol. It is abbreviated as cm. On the other hand, “ is used as the symbol for inches. The abbreviation for inches are in. 

Difference Between Inches and Centimeters

Table showing the difference between centimeters and inches is given below. 

Basis  Inches Centimetres 
Measurement System Imperial System Metric System
Abbreviation in cm
Usage Used with feet to measure height 

To measure screen size of TVs, laptops, phones and LED screens. 

Used on road signs. 

To measure rain from the rain gauge. 

To measure height 

To measure capacitance in the CGS system. 

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

What is 1 inch equal to in cm?

One inch is 2.54 centimeters.

What size is 5 inches in cm?

Five inches are 12.7 centimeters.

Which is bigger, 2 cm or 1 inch?

An inch is bigger than two centimeters.

How many inches is 10 cm?

There are 3.937 inches in 10 centimeters.

What is 5ft 7 in cm?

173.7 centimeters is equal to five feet seven inches.

What's 7 cm in inches?

Seven centimeters are 2.7 inches.