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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RS Stock No. 575-071
Mfr. Part No.0-33-523
BrandStanley
MYR54.07
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3m 19mm Both - ABS PowerLock Mylar No No
RS Stock No. 833-0839
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33504
BrandStanley
MYR226.84
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8m - Both - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 575-087
Mfr. Part No.0-33-553
BrandStanley
MYR86.82
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5m 19mm Both - ABS PowerLock Mylar No No
RS Stock No. 776-9784
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
MYR47.52
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5m 19mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS Stock No. 653-9138
Mfr. Part No.5-33-891
BrandStanley
MYR217.85
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8m 32mm Both - Chrome Plated Metal, Rubber FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 575-100
Mfr. Part No.0-33-443
BrandStanley
MYR118.67
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10m 25mm Both - ABS PowerLock PET No No
RS Stock No. 776-9787
Mfr. Part No.1-30-656
BrandStanley
MYR83.88
Each
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8m 25mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS Stock No. 168-036
Mfr. Part No.LS20CM 20M
BrandLufkin
MYR111.23
Each
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20m 10mm Metric - ABS LS20CM - - -
RS Stock No. 364-4956
Mfr. Part No.0-34-262
BrandStanley
MYR77.04
Each
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30m 12.7mm Both - ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 706-8141
BrandRS PRO
MYR20.30
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1.2m 13mm Metric Yes - - Powder Coated - -
RS Stock No. 517-448
Mfr. Part No.5-33-896
BrandStanley
MYR227.05
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10m 32mm Both - Chrome Plated Metal, Rubber FatMax Mylar Yes -
RS Stock No. 364-4928
Mfr. Part No.0-33-726
BrandStanley
MYR159.77
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8m 32mm Both - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 776-9775
Mfr. Part No.1-30-686
BrandStanley
MYR28.73
Each
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3m 13mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS Stock No. 517-432
Mfr. Part No.0-34-132
BrandStanley
MYR185.22
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30m 10mm Both - ABS FatMax Polymer - -
RS Stock No. 848-7604
BrandRS PRO
MYR18.86
Each
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3m 13mm Both No - - TPR - -
RS Stock No. 653-9172
Mfr. Part No.5-33-886
BrandStanley
MYR169.24
Each
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5m 32mm Both - Chrome Plated Metal, Rubber FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 833-0835
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33503
BrandStanley
MYR217.98
Each
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5m - Both - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 667-5931
Mfr. Part No.0-33-720
BrandStanley
MYR124.24
Each
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5m 32mm Metric - ABS FatMax Mylar Yes -
RS Stock No. 833-0841
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33501
BrandStanley
MYR226.52
Each
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8m - Metric - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 642-2002
Mfr. Part No.Z-341
BrandHozan
MYR35.41
Each
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2m - Metric - - Z-341 - - -
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