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Tape Measures

Tape measures are essential measuring devices for home, school, or the workplace. They provide graduated markings down to fractions of an inch, and they are available in lengths that are suitable for most tasks. Their flexibility gives you measuring capacity in places straight-edge rulers can't go.

Tape Measures Are Flexible
Measuring tapes usually come in a case or a roll. Blades for housing-style tapes consist of steel, fiberglass or cloth. Many are for measuring linear distances, and cloth tapes work for measuring circumference as well. Several encased measuring tapes have a spring-loaded mechanism so you can retract them automatically by pushing a button. Most steel and fiberglass blades have a locking mechanism as you extend them so that you can take measurements with one hand. A clip on the end of the blade grasps onto the material. Encased cloth tapes sometimes have a slot in the housing so you can manually lock the tape when measuring circumferences. Cloth and paper roll tape measures have the give necessary for measuring circumferences. Some have a double-sided adhesive on the underside of the blade to you can affix them as a permanent measuring device on surfaces like drawing boards and work benches.

Tape Measures Have High-Visibility Graduations
Many tape measures and protractors, whether blade, cloth or paper, have a yellow background with black graduations to provide high-contrast readability. Steel and fiberglass retractable measuring tapes often have other markings in red, designating foot measure marks or 16-inch measure marks for centering wall studs. Cloth measuring tapes sometimes come with pink or white backgrounds, and their graduations are also in bold, contrasting black graduations.

What Kind of Tape Measures Do You Use for Measuring Distances and Circumferences in Millimeters?
Many sewing and construction tape measures have imperial inch-foot graduations. Some of the imperial measuring tapes also display millimeter graduations on the other side.

What Kind of Tape Measures Do You Use for Center-Point Measuring?
Work pieces sometimes require determining distances emanating from a single point. Other pieces require finding the center point of a linear or circular object. You can use both the housing and roll-style measuring tapes for these purposes by using pencil marks and calculations, one measure at a time. A handier tool for these measurements, however, is the centering tape measure. It has equivalent and equidistant graduations on both sides of a center line. Keep the line on your point for distance measures, or use the half measure of your total linear or circumference distance on each side of the line to determine your center point.

What Tape-Measure Lengths Are Available?
Unlike folding rulers or yard sticks, Tapes come in different lengths suitable for specific needs. Many standard measuring tapes come in 5-foot lengths, suitable for projects like quilting, sewing, and small woodworking. Others are double that length for larger projects. Shorter lengths are available as well for detailed work that requires more measuring finesse. Display measuring tapes, like those that teach young children how to calculate imperial and metric measurements, can be more than 40 feet in length and wrap around the walls of classrooms for all students to see.
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Retractable Tape Measure, 60", Assorted Colors
Item : 291885 / Model : 943
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  • Retractable Tape measure
  • Plastic cased fiberglass
  • Lightweight plastic cased fiberglass tape measure with both 60 inches (1/16in) and 1.52 meter (mm) markings and a button retraction system
8.39 $8.39
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Stanley® Tape Measure, 25' Tape Rule
Item : 506055 / Model : 33-425
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  • Heavy-duty tape measure is perfect for frequent measuring
  • Features a power return, positive blade lock and belt clip
  • Blade is rigid up to 7’
40.59 $40.59
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Edupress® Ruler Tape, 1"(W) x 500"(L) (EP-2649)
Item : 847500 / Model : EP-2649
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  • Age group and grade: Ages 3 - 8 and grades pre-kindergarten - 2nd
  • Subject: Measurement
  • Usage ideas: Great for use on student desks, work tables or as a fun classroom decoration
20.09 $20.09
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Mavalus® 1" x 360" Measuring Tape, Yellow, 4 RL/BD
Item : 617806 / Model : MAV10016
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  • Color: Yellow
  • Great for holding posters on walls and removable from most surfaces
  • Age group and grade: Grades all
16.59 $16.59
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Wrap 'N Stay Retractable Tape Measure-60"
Item : 290824 / Model : 0837
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  • Tape measure
  • Built-in slot on the side of the case secures tape for accurate measuring
  • Retractable
9.39 $9.39
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Shiro Spring Tape Measure, 60"
Item : 291911 / Model : 806
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  • Spring Tape Measure
  • Fiberglass
  • Inch and metric scaling shown. Tape meausre is 60in long
7.19 $7.19
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Fons & Porter Retractable Tape Measure, 120"
Item : 290754 / Model : 7780
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  • Retractable Tape Measure
  • Fiberglass
  • Retractable Tape Measure makes measuring easier with features such as large numbers for easy reading. One side of the tape measure has inches and the other has yards.
13.49 $13.49
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Medline Paper Measuring Tapes
Item : SS1102240
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  • Latex-free
  • Portable Type
As low as 29.29 $29.29
Multiple options available
LongArm Centering Tape, 14'
Item : 290684 / Model : CBT-14
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  • Measuring tape
  • Fiberglass
  • This tape contains 14 foot pink measuring tape 12 sliding markers hook and loop strips (2 sets) and 2 binder clamps.
25.19 $25.19
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Centering Tape, 14'
Item : 290719 / Model : CBT142
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  • Centering Tape
  • Fiberglass-reinforced tape
  • Measure anything 7 feet in both directions with this handy fiberglass-reinforced tape.
22.89 $22.89
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Natico Silver Square Tape Measure, 39"
Item : 51188 / Model : 60-890STM
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  • Tape length: 39"
  • 1 1/2" square
  • Silver
19.99 $19.99
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Learning Advantage™ Elapsed Time Ruler™, Student
Item : 842304 / Model : CTU7537
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  • Age group and grade: Ages 7 - 11 and grades 2nd - 5th
  • Subject: Measurement
  • Usage ideas: Used to measure time in a number line format
2.79 $2.79
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Learning Advantage™ Elapsed Time Ruler™, Demonstration
Item : 844913 / Model : CTU7538
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  • Age group and grade: Ages 3 - 8 and grades kindergarten - 3rd
  • Subject: Measurement
  • Usage ideas: Allows students to measure time in a number line format where they can visually see where the time goes
8.79 $8.79
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QuiltPro 60" Retractable Tape Measure
Item : 291909 / Model : 04335
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  • Retractable Tape Measure
  • Fiberglass
  • The tape measure measures approximately 2x2 inches with a vintage print design.
6.19 $6.19
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Peel n Stick Removable Ruler Tape, 1/2"X10 Yards
Item : 291947 / Model : 3352
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  • Peel N Stick Ruler Tape
  • Adhesive backed paper
  • These adhesive backed paper tape rulers are great to have on hand wherever measurements are needed!
6.49 $6.49
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