You can use your smartphone to measure the dimensions of your garden bed in a few simple steps. There are various apps available that can assist you in this process. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Step 1: Choose a Measuring App:
- Go to your phone’s app store (App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android).
- Search for a measuring app. There are several options available, such as “Measure,” “Measure – Quick Everyday Measurements,” or “AR Ruler” for iOS, and “AR Ruler App – Tape Measure” for Android.
- Download and install the app of your choice.
Step 2: Calibrate the App:
- Open the measuring app you installed.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to calibrate the app. This often involves placing an object of known size (e.g., a credit card) on a flat surface and aligning the app’s measurement tool with it. This step helps ensure accurate measurements.
Step 3: Measure Your Garden Bed:
- Go to the location of your garden bed.
- Launch the measuring app.
- Use your phone’s camera to aim at one end of the garden bed. Ensure that the camera view clearly includes the entire length you want to measure.
Step 4: Start Measurement:
- Most measuring apps use augmented reality (AR) technology to measure distances. You will typically see a line or a marker on your phone screen that you can move and align with the starting and ending points of your garden bed.
Step 5: Record the Measurement:
- Once you’ve aligned the marker with the starting and ending points of your garden bed, the app will display the measured distance on the screen. This could be in feet, meters, or another unit, depending on your app settings.
- Take a screenshot or note down the measurement for reference.
Step 6: Repeat for Other Dimensions:
- If your garden bed is not a simple rectangle and has irregular shapes or multiple sides, repeat the measurement process for each side or dimension separately.
Step 7: Calculate Area:
- If you want to calculate the area of your garden bed, multiply the length by the width for rectangular beds or use appropriate formulas for irregular shapes. Many measuring apps also provide area calculations.
Step 8: Save or Share the Measurements:
- Depending on the app you’re using, you may have the option to save or share your measurements for future reference or to share with others, such as when planning your garden layout.
Using a measuring app on your smartphone is a convenient and accurate way to measure the dimensions of your garden bed. It’s especially helpful if you need precise measurements for garden planning, landscaping, or any outdoor project.