Tape Measures

Tape measures are a simple measurement tool designed for measuring length and distance in a variety of professional and personal applications. They feature a long length of marked material with measurements along the full length. Measurements are often in both metric (centimetres and metres) and imperial (inches and feet) units.

What are the different types of tape measure?

Whether you’re looking for a Stanley tape measure, a Lufkin tape measure or something else, they come in a variety of lengths and materials to suit different applications. The right one for you will depend on where and why you’ll be using it.

  • Tape measures used in carpentry or construction industries are designed to be durable and often feature a rigid, curved metallic tape that can remain stiff and straight when extended at length. Tape widths vary, with wider tapes offering greater rigidity over longer distances for ease of use when working alone.
  • Flexible measuring tapes are designed for use in tailoring or dressmaking, as well as monitoring body changes for medical reasons. Also known as a sewing tape or dressmakers tape, these types can either be cased in retractable housing or rolled, and are often made from fibreglass, which does not tear or stretch.
  • Long measure tapes are able to measure distances of around 150m and can be retracted into a coil for convenient storage and to avoid damage around jobsites. They’re primarily designed for engineering and industrial work.
  • Short measure tapes, also known as pocket measure tapes, are mostly used for clothes making and DIY. Many feature belt clips to keep them handy.
  • Analogical tapes rely on the user to read a measurement accurately, whereas digital tapes display a readout on an integrated display to reduce room for human error.
  • Laser and infrared tapes do not use a physical tape, but use laser pointer targets to measure longer distances accurately.

Check our Tape Measures Guide for more information about the variety of types available and their different applications.


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Description Price Length Blade Width Imperial or Metric Open Case Series Coating Chemical Resistant Height Safe
RS Stock No. 706-8141
BrandRS PRO
$9.12
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1.2m 13 mm Metric Yes - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7604
BrandRS PRO
$8.47
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 517-448
Mfr. Part No.5-33-896
BrandStanley
$82.30
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10m 32 mm Imperial, Metric - FatMax - Yes -
RS Stock No. 776-9784
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
$18.03
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 776-9787
Mfr. Part No.1-30-656
BrandStanley
$34.42
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 575-100
Mfr. Part No.0-33-443
BrandStanley
$46.03
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10m 25 mm Imperial, Metric - PowerLock - No No
RS Stock No. 364-4934
Mfr. Part No.2-34-791
BrandStanley
$49.59
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30m 12 mm - Yes 100/30 PVC - -
RS Stock No. 848-7616
BrandRS PRO
$31.37
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 575-087
Mfr. Part No.0-33-553
BrandStanley
$28.93
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - PowerLock - No No
RS Stock No. 706-8145
BrandRS PRO
$10.26
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1.2m 13 mm Imperial, Metric Yes - - - -
RS Stock No. 575-071
Mfr. Part No.0-33-523
BrandStanley
$23.39
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3m 19 mm - - PowerLock - No No
RS Stock No. 203-3298
Mfr. Part No.2203
BrandLufkin
$27.78
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3m 16 mm Metric - 2000 - - -
RS Stock No. 489-0920
Mfr. Part No.T3442M 3
BrandCK
$11.08
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3m 13 mm Metric - ST - - -
RS Stock No. 168-030
Mfr. Part No.FT30CM
BrandLufkin
$67.34
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30m 13 mm Metric Yes FT30CM - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7613
BrandRS PRO
$14.48
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 667-5934
Mfr. Part No.0-32-125
BrandStanley
$20.58
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3m 12.5 mm Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 776-9775
Mfr. Part No.1-30-686
BrandStanley
$11.52
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 833-0841
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33501
BrandStanley
$78.55
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8m - Metric - FatMax - - -
RS Stock No. 202-7849
Mfr. Part No.69660804
BrandLufkin
$52.45
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8m 25 mm Metric - 2000 - - -
RS Stock No. 833-0835
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33503
BrandStanley
$69.13
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5m - Imperial, Metric - FatMax - - -
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