One meter, which equals about 3.281 feet or just over 1 yard, is a measurement you’ll probably come across frequently, even if you’re located in a country like the U.S. that doesn’t use the metric system.
However, because it’s not as familiar in the U.S., it can be difficult to judge just how long a meter is.
A guitar is one of the best comparisons to a meter because most guitars are almost exactly 1 meter long.
Guitars do vary in size depending on their brand and design, but most guitars made for adults are a standard size of about 40 inches, which equals 1.016 meters.
Even people who don’t play guitar can probably picture one or imagine how it feels to hold one.
Beds are another good estimating tool for 1 meter because they’re easy for people to picture.
You can use either the length or width of a mattress to get a better feel for 1 meter. For example, a twin bed is 38 inches wide, which is just shy of 1 meter.
King and queen mattresses are about 80 inches long, so they’re around 2 meters, or double 1 meter, in length.
Lions are surprisingly large animals. Female lions often weigh around 280 pounds, and males can weigh around 420 pounds. Male lions are also about 2 meters long, double 1 meter.
It’s easy for most people to visualize a fridge. Refrigerators vary in size, with some as small as 24 inches wide.
However, most refrigerators are about 40 inches wide, so they’re just over 1 meter wide.
Most fridges are also between 62 and 72 inches tall, so they’re one and a half to two times taller than 1 meter.
Cars vary in length depending on their make, model, and style, but on average, a car is about 14.7 feet long.
This is just shy of 5 yards, and a meter is very close to a yard in length. This means that you can estimate that five 1-meter sections could fit along one standard car.
However, 14.7 feet is actually closer to 4.5 meters, so one standard car is about 4.5 times bigger than 1 meter.
A Baseball Bat
Even if you’ve never played baseball, you can probably visualize the length of a baseball bat. Baseball bats vary a bit in length to accommodate players of different heights.
Most bats, though, are between 35 and 37 inches long. This is only a little shy of 1 meter.
Giraffes are the tallest living land animal, and adults can grow to between 14 and 19 feet tall. An average giraffe is usually about 16 feet or just over 5 meters tall.
Giraffes are known for their incredibly long necks, which are an average of 6 feet or 2 meters long themselves.
A Telephone Pole
Telephone poles can range from 30 to 80 feet in height, but, in residential areas, poles between 35 and 45 feet tall are the most common.
Thirty-five feet equals about 10.7 meters, and 45 feet equals about 13.7 meters.
The average height of a telephone pole, 40 feet, equals just slightly more than 12 meters.
Therefore if you can visualize a telephone pole, you can visualize a height that’s roughly 12 times taller than 1 meter.
Wine bottles can be of different heights, but most aren’t. Instead, the majority of wine bottles are 12 inches or 1 foot tall. We know that 1 meter is equal to just over 1 yard, so three wine bottles are just a little less than 1 meter.
If you can picture a bottle of wine, you can easily picture 1 meter, and you can then mentally add more bottles to increase the height or distance.
A Christmas Tree
You can purchase a real or artificial Christmas tree in nearly any size, from something small enough to sit on a table to something tall enough to stand in a grand hall.
However, in the United States, the most popular size for a Christmas tree is about 6 feet or 2 meters tall.
If you can picture an average Christmas tree, you can picture a height that is about double 1 meter.