Tape Measures

A tape measure is a type of hand tool used for measuring a wide range of materials, objects and distances in various professional and home DIY applications. Tape measures feature a long length of marked material with measurements along the full length and are available in a range of sizes. The measurements are often both in metric (centimetres and metres) and imperial (inches and feet) units. Most measuring tapes are flexible, which allow the tape to measure around the curves and enable it to be rolled up and easily carried. Most commonly made of a coated, flexible steel strip, other measures use plastic or fabric where the measure must be more flexible for accurate use.

Check our Tape Measures Guide for information about the variety of types available, as well as their different applications.

Types of Tape Measures:


Tape measures used in carpentry or construction industries often use a stiff, curved metallic tape that can remain stiff and straight when extended at length. Tape widths vary and wider tapes have a greater rigid strength over a larger distance for ease of use when working alone. The tape can be retracted into a coil for convenient storage and to avoid damage. Flexible measuring tapes are intended for use in tailoring or dressmaking. Known as a ’sewing tape’, these types are made from fibreglass, which does not tear or stretch and typically do not sit within a retractable housing.


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RS Stock No. 706-8141
BrandRS PRO
£3.87
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1.2m 13 mm Metric Yes None - - No No
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RS Stock No. 201-9467
BrandRS PRO
£49.87
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1.2m 13 mm Metric Yes None - - No No
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RS Stock No. 201-9474
BrandRS PRO
£51.75
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7613
BrandRS PRO
£5.75
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7604
BrandRS PRO
£3.50
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
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RS Stock No. 201-9471
BrandRS PRO
£49.50
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
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RS Stock No. 201-9469
BrandRS PRO
£49.29
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1.2m 13 mm Imperial, Metric Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 706-8145
BrandRS PRO
£3.29
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1.2m 13 mm Imperial, Metric Yes - - - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1563
BrandRS PRO
£26.24
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50m - Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
RS Stock No. 913-1550
BrandRS PRO
£11.81
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20m - Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
RS Stock No. 848-7616
BrandRS PRO
£10.62
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
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RS Stock No. 201-9476
BrandRS PRO
£79.62
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8m 25 mm Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
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RS Stock No. 201-9478
BrandRS PRO
£79.50
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10m - Imperial, Metric No - - - Yes No
RS Stock No. 913-1557
BrandRS PRO
£10.50
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10m - Imperial, Metric No - - - Yes No
RS Stock No. 913-1554
BrandRS PRO
£13.12
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30m - Imperial, Metric No - - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-3658
BrandRS PRO
£3.51
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 192-3657
BrandRS PRO
£2.23
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3m 16 mm Imperial, Metric - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 776-9784
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
£4.21
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - - Tylon - No No
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RS Stock No. 201-9508
Mfr. Part No.1-30-696
BrandStanley
£50.21
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5m 19 mm Imperial, Metric - - Tylon - No No
RS Stock No. 776-9775
Mfr. Part No.1-30-686
BrandStanley
£2.68
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3m 13 mm Imperial, Metric - - Tylon - No No
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