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Foot & Meter Quantities Guide

An in depth, and visual look at what we mean when we're talking meterage in balloons.

We know there are people that use ft, but there is a surprising variation of how many balloons people are classing as a ft, meaning quickly, this becomes a very inaccurate way of measuring. I asked on stories how many balloons people used in a FT and the answer varied from 6 - 10, which shows this is a huge difference between the two, because by 10 balloons you're either at, or almost at the 2ft mark. Perhaps more so this should be known as cluster measuring, and measuring how big your cluster is, using the quantity of balloons you like, as your base for building if this is the method you like to use.

If you're a good listener in the tutorials you will know that we really push UNDER inflating the balloons. This is due to so many reasons, including opacity, strength, easier to manipulate the shape, easier to make bigger by building on top rather than too bulky from the start, room for expansion in heat - the list goes on! From offering in person training I would very much say this is something we really do repeat during the entire inflation process due to the amount of balloons that get over inflated, and more often than not, wasted. This is why we say anything between 6" - 7" is great! The odd one smaller and the odd one bigger isn't going to hurt, but it's great to really understand that our bases are around these sizes.

Why we use meters to measure is because it's of substantial size, it's easy maths to break into half meters and even quarter meters for thickness / puddle base building. We personally find a meter easier to visualise, and therefore build on for jobs of all sizes.

Standard ceiling height in the UK is 2.4 meters therefore a straight, no thickness, no shape floor to ceiling spine garland is around 70 balloons.

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