How do we measure leather at La Tendeta del Cuero?

Since this subject can generate doubts, we have created this small guide explaining how we measure the skins in La Tendeta del Cuero.

First of all, clarify that the skins are not square nor do they come in rolls, but rather they come from animals and therefore their shape is irregular and they are different from each other. It may seem obvious, but many people ask.

Now that we know this data, we are going to see the process of measuring any skin.

1.- We take the skin and spread it on the table.

2.- We observe its shape and look for the narrowest points as a reference.

3.- We measure the distance between them forming a rectangle as large as possible.

4.- As you will see, there is much more skin that is not included in the measurements, so you will always have more skin available.

5.- We write down these measurements on the product sheet.


To measure the surface or area of ​​a skin we use the measure feet 2 .

Unless you are used to working with fur, this measure may be unfamiliar or a bit confusing. We will try to explain it to clarify doubts.

1 foot 2 is equivalent to a square of 12 x 12 inches, or what is the same, a square of 30 x 30 centimeters approx.

Once this point is clarified, what does this mean?

This means that if the skins were square and with measurements in multiples of 30 centimeters, we could get as many 30 x 30 squares as feet indicated by the skin. For example. If we had a 9 foot 2 skin whose total surface area was 90 x 90 centimeters, we could obtain 9 perfect squares of 30 x 30 centimeters each, as we can see in the following image.

But unfortunately this does not usually happen when we talk about skins. These come from real animals and depending on their origin or part of the animal where they are obtained, they have one very peculiar shape or another, but never square and perfect.

Let's see a case with a complete skin and all its irregularities. Let's take the following skin as an example

Each numbered square of this grid marks one foot 2 , so we can see that this skin is approximately 11 feet 2 and a half. How have we obtained it? Very simple, you just have to use a little imagination.

  • First we look at how many complete squares it has. In this case we see that there are 5 complete squares, which are the numbers 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14. The rest are not complete.

  • Now we will try to complete feet 2 joining the rest of the squares with bits of skin. For example. With numbers 5 and 7 we complete another foot 2 and we already have 6 of them complete.

  • With the numbers 17 and 25 we get another full foot 2 , and we already have 7 .

  • We can get another with 19 and 3 . It's already 8.

  • We can take the next one from 18, 2 and 4. And there are 9

  • We have 6, 10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 24 left to add.

  • If we join the 6, 10 and 11 we get another foot 2 , with which we already have 10.

  • The same happens if we join the numbers 15, 16 and 21. With this there are already 11.

  • If we put together the 3 that we have left, that is to say, the numbers 20, 22 and 24, we do not get to complete a whole painting, it would be more or less in half.

And here you have the explanation of how the measurement of 11 feet 2 and a half has been obtained .

A priori it may seem complicated, but once you get used to working with leather it is quite easy to measure. Of course, all the skins are measured and marked at the factory by professional measuring machines, so it is not a process that we usually have to do.

We hope that this leather measurement guide from La Tendeta del Cuero has been useful to you and that you know how to interpret the measurements we provide a little better.

As always, if you have any questions we are here to help you.

You can also consult our Blog , where we have very interesting articles related to leather.