Five inches seems like a common measurement of length or height, but in actuality, there aren’t too many everyday objects that measure exactly 5 inches.

This can sometimes make it challenging to picture 5 inches or estimate the length.

Comparing 5 inches to some other common items, however, can make estimating the length much simpler.

## Money

One of the easiest ways to get a feel for a certain length is to compare the inches to money sizes.

**For example, a United States quarter is exactly 1 inch in diameter. This means that it’s 1/5 of 5 inches. If you line up five quarters, you’ll have a length of exactly 5 inches.**

United States dollar notes are also an excellent way to compare lengths.

A dollar bill is just about 2.5 inches at each side, so it’s half as tall as 5 inches.

These bills are also 6 inches along the top and bottom, so they’re just slightly longer than 5 inches.

## Thumb Lengths

Since people are all different sizes, using body parts to compare to measurements isn’t always exact.

However, it can still be useful in a pinch. On average, the thumb of an adult person is about 1 inch long from the thumb tip to the top knuckle.

This means that five thumb lengths are about 5 inches long, give or take.

You can also compare 5 inches to the width of your palm.

Most adults have a palm that’s 4 inches across, just below the knuckles, which is just shorter than 5 inches.

You can compare more accurately by measuring across your palm.

Five inches will also be between about 1/3 and 1/4 of the length between your fingertips and your elbow.

Again, this length varies for everyone, but this distance is usually between 15 and 18 inches for most adults.

## Paper Clips

**Medium paper clips are usually about, if not exactly, 1 inch long, making them 1/5 as long as 5 inches. If you can visualize a paper clip, or if you have a paper clip handy, you can use it to accurately estimate 5 inches either by knowing that it’s about 1/5 of the length or by lining up 5 paper clips, which will bring you to right around 5 inches.**

## An iPhone

Although different smartphones vary in size, many of them, including several iPhone models, are right around, if not exactly, 5 inches tall.

This means that you can easily compare or estimate 5 inches just by glancing at your phone or remembering how it feels to hold.

## A Can of Soda

Another common item that’s just about 5 inches tall is a soda can.

Most soda cans are just under 5 inches tall, at about 4.83 inches.

These cans are also about 2.6 inches across at the middle, which is just a tiny bit over half of 5 inches.

## Furniture

You can compare 5 inches to several common furniture heights.

For example, most dining room or desk chairs have a seat that’s about 15 inches off the ground.

This is about three times higher than 5 inches. Many dining room tables are about 30 inches tall, which is six times higher than 5 inches.

Most doors are about 80 inches tall, although some may be slightly taller or shorter.

This means that, on average, a door will be 16 times taller than 5 inches.

Looking at a door and knowing how much bigger it is than 5 inches can give you a better grasp of just what 5 inches looks like.

## Stationary Tools

One of the best items for quickly estimating 5 inches is a pen.

Pens can, of course, come in a variety of sizes, but in general, most pens are between 5 and 5.5 inches long.

You can also compare five inches to a pencil, which is usually about 7 inches long before it’s been sharpened, making it just 2 inches longer than 5 inches.

Rulers are another excellent way to compare 5 inches.

Not only can you use the marked-off inches to accurately measure out 5 inches, but simply picturing the length of a ruler can give you a good idea of 5 inches.

In the United States, most rulers are 1 foot or 12 inches long, which is just a bit more than double 5 inches.

Picturing a little less than half of a ruler’s length can help you estimate 5 inches.

If you don’t have a ruler handy, you can also compare 5 inches to a piece of copy paper.

In the United States, copy paper is 8.5 by 11 inches in size. If you fold a paper in half, bottom to top, you’ll have a measurement that’s just slightly more than 5 inches.

If you fold it in half side to side, the measurement will be just slightly less than 5 inches.