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. 667-5931
Mfr. Part No.0-33-720
BrandStanley
TWD701.00
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5m 32 mm Metric - FatMax - Yes -
RS Stock No. 575-071
Mfr. Part No.0-33-523
BrandStanley
TWD228.00
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3m 19 mm - - PowerLock - No No
RS Stock No. 575-087
Mfr. Part No.0-33-553
BrandStanley
TWD630.00
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - PowerLock - No No
RS Stock No. 653-9172
Mfr. Part No.5-33-886
BrandStanley
TWD1,215.00
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5m 32 mm Imperial, Metric - FatMax - - -
RS Stock No. 910-3240
Mfr. Part No.893.519SLS
BrandFacom
TWD783.00
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5m 19 mm Metric - - - - Yes
RS Stock No. 667-5934
Mfr. Part No.0-32-125
BrandStanley
TWD385.00
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3m 12.5 mm Metric - - - - -
RS Stock No. 667-5928
Mfr. Part No.0-33-887
BrandStanley
TWD1,215.00
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5m 32 mm Metric - FatMax - Yes -
RS Stock No. 203-3298
Mfr. Part No.2203
BrandLufkin
TWD578.00
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3m 16 mm Metric - 2000 - - -
RS Stock No. 642-2002
Mfr. Part No.Z-341
BrandHozan
TWD199.00
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2m - Metric - Z-341 - - -
RS Stock No. 183-6992
Mfr. Part No.FMHT36318-0
BrandStanley
TWD1,513.00
Each
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5m 32 mm Metric No FMHT - No Yes
RS Stock No. 653-9138
Mfr. Part No.5-33-891
BrandStanley
TWD1,380.00
Each
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8m 32 mm Imperial, Metric - FatMax - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1554
BrandRS PRO
TWD593.00
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30m - Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 175-1164
Mfr. Part No.BM42935
BrandBMI
TWD565.00
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3m - Imperial, Metric Yes BMI - - -
RS Stock No. 833-0835
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33503
BrandStanley
TWD1,458.00
Each
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5m - Imperial, Metric - FatMax - - -
RS Stock No. 776-9775
Mfr. Part No.1-30-686
BrandStanley
TWD133.00
Each
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 776-9784
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
TWD288.00
Each
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 848-7616
BrandRS PRO
TWD480.00
Each
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - -
RS Stock No. 690-0707
Mfr. Part No.FT50CM
BrandLufkin
TWD1,798.00
Each
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50m 13 mm Metric Yes FT50CM - - -
RS Stock No. 183-6993
Mfr. Part No.FMHT0-36326
BrandStanley
TWD1,699.00
Each
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8m 32 mm Imperial, Metric No FMHT0 - No Yes
RS Stock No. 776-9787
Mfr. Part No.1-30-656
BrandStanley
TWD351.00
Each
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric - Tylon - No No