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 Frame Material Series Coating Chemical Resistant Height Safe
RS Stock No. 706-8141
BrandRS PRO
$13.51
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1.2m 13mm Metric Yes - - Powder Coated - -
RS Stock No. 706-8145
BrandRS PRO
$11.29
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1.2m 13mm Both Yes - - Powder Coated - -
RS Stock No. 848-7613
BrandRS PRO
$15.92
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5m 19mm Both No ABS - TPR - -
RS Stock No. 848-7604
BrandRS PRO
$9.32
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3m 13mm Both No - - TPR - -
RS Stock No. 913-1554
BrandRS PRO
$29.70
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30m - Both No ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1563
BrandRS PRO
$50.77
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50m - Both No ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1557
BrandRS PRO
$19.24
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10m - Both No ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7616
BrandRS PRO
$34.51
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8m 25mm Both No ABS - Nylon, TPR - -
RS Stock No. 913-1550
BrandRS PRO
$21.01
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20m - Both No ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 364-4928
Mfr. Part No.0-33-726
BrandStanley
$62.33
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8m 32mm Both - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 776-9775
Mfr. Part No.1-30-686
BrandStanley
$12.67
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3m 13mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS Stock No. 776-9784
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
$19.84
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5m 19mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS Stock No. 517-448
Mfr. Part No.5-33-896
BrandStanley
$88.11
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10m 32mm Both - Chrome Plated Metal, Rubber FatMax Mylar Yes -
RS Stock No. 833-0841
Mfr. Part No.XTHT0-33501
BrandStanley
$75.30
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8m - Metric - ABS FatMax Mylar - -
RS Stock No. 364-4956
Mfr. Part No.0-34-262
BrandStanley
$24.32
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30m 12.7mm Both - ABS - - - -
RS Stock No. 364-4934
Mfr. Part No.2-34-791
BrandStanley
$54.55
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30m 12mm Both Yes ABS 100/30 PVC - -
RS Stock No. 575-071
Mfr. Part No.0-33-523
BrandStanley
$25.73
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3m 19mm Both - ABS PowerLock Mylar No No
RS Stock No. 642-2002
Mfr. Part No.Z-341
BrandHozan
$9.72
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2m - Metric - - Z-341 - - -
RS Stock No. 489-1018
Mfr. Part No.T3442M 5
BrandCK
$18.48
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5m 19mm Metric - ABS ST Nylon - -
RS Stock No. 690-0707
Mfr. Part No.FT50CM
BrandLufkin
$144.86
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50m 13mm Metric Yes - FT50CM - - -
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