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. 667-5928
Mfr. Part No.0-33-887
BrandStanley
MYR179.36
Each
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5m 32 mm Metric - FatMax - Yes -
RS Stock No. 913-1557
BrandRS PRO
MYR69.56
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10m - Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 168-030
Mfr. Part No.FT30CM
BrandLufkin
MYR195.40
Each
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30m 13 mm Metric Yes FT30CM - - -
RS Stock No. 833-0826
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-33569
BrandStanley
MYR156.10
Each
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8m 28 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7613
BrandRS PRO
MYR42.63
Each
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 833-0817
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-33568
BrandStanley
MYR123.27
Each
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5m 28 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 667-5922
Mfr. Part No.0-33-728
BrandStanley
MYR179.36
Each
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8m 32 mm Metric - FatMax - Yes -
RS Stock No. 690-0707
Mfr. Part No.FT50CM
BrandLufkin
MYR269.48
Each
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50m 13 mm Metric Yes FT50CM - - -
RS Stock No. 364-4934
Mfr. Part No.2-34-791
BrandStanley
MYR153.55
Each
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30m 12 mm - Yes 100/30 PVC - -
RS Stock No. 848-7616
BrandRS PRO
MYR78.68
Each
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 833-0813
Mfr. Part No.STHT0-33567
BrandStanley
MYR99.52
Each
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3m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 489-1018
Mfr. Part No.T3442M 5
BrandCK
MYR59.80
Each
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5m 19 mm Metric - ST - - -
RS Stock No. 706-8145
BrandRS PRO
MYR24.40
Each
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1.2m 13 mm Imperial, Metric Yes - - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1550
BrandRS PRO
MYR78.45
Each
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20m - Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-3658
BrandRS PRO
MYR23.44
Each
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-3657
BrandRS PRO
MYR14.89
Each
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3m 16 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 183-6994
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-36327
BrandStanley
MYR250.80
Each
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8m 32 mm Metric No FMHT0 - No Yes
RS Stock No. 175-1162
Mfr. Part No.BM4261001030-M
BrandBMI
MYR160.89
Each
units
1m - - Yes PICO - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1554
BrandRS PRO
MYR87.53
Each
units
30m - Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3246
Mfr. Part No.893.316SLS
BrandFacom
MYR106.48
Each
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3m 16 mm Metric - - - - Yes