Convert 161 centimeters to feet and inches
Meter (m) or centimeters (cm) to feet (ft ′) and inches (in ″). Here is the answer to questions like: what is 161 centimeters in feet and inches. 161 centimeters equals 5.28 feet. See how to convert centimeter to feet and inches, step-by-step, below on this web page.
Use the calculator below to convert any value in centimeter to feet and inches.
Centimeters to feet and inches converter
How to convert meters to feet and inches step-by-step
One meter is a length measurement and equals approximately 3.28 feet. One foot equals 12 inches exactly. If you need to be super precise, you can use one meter = 3.2808398950131 feet. Once this is very close to 3.28 feet, you will almost always want to use the simpler number to make the math easier.
Step 1: Convert from meters to feet
1 meter = 3.28 x feet, so,
1.61 x 1 meter = 1.61 x 3.28 feet, or
1.61 meters = 5.28 feet.
Step 2: Convert the decimal feet to inches
An answer like "5.28 feet" might not mean much to you because you may want to express the decimal part, which is in feet, in inches once its is a smaller unit.
So, take everything after the decimal point (0.28), then multiply that by 12 to turn it into inches. This works because one foot = 12 inches. Then,
5.28 feet = 5 feet + 0.28 foot. Once 0.28 foot x 12 = 3.36 inches or 5.28 feet = 5 feet and 3.36 inches. Obviously, this is equivalent to 1.61 meters.
Step 3: Convert from decimal inches to an usable fraction of inch
The previous step gave you the answer in decimal inches (3.36), but how to measure it in an ruler or tape? See below a procedure, which can also be made using a calculator, to convert the decimal inches to the nearest usable fraction:
a) Subtract 3, the number of whole inches, from 3.36:
3.36 - 3 = 0.36. This is the fractional part of the inches value.
b) Multiply 0.36 times 16 (it could be 8, 16, 32, 64, ... depending on the exactness you want) to get the number of 16th's inches:
0.36 x 16 = 5.76. This is the number of 16th's of an inch and also the numerator of the fraction which may be still reduced.
c) Round the result to nearest integer:
round(5.76) = 6
Finally, 1.61 meters = 5 feet and 6/16 of an inch.
As 6/16 is not in the simplest form, it should be reduced to 3/8 in order to get a simpler fraction.
In short: 1.61 m = 5'3 3/8"(*)
(*) This result may differ from the calculator above because we've assumed that 1 meter equals 3.28 feet instead of 3.2808398950131 feet).
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