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Stanley® Tape Rules, 1" x 26ft Blade, 8mStanley® Tape Rules, 1" x 26ft Blade, 8m
12.99
Item #597660
Model #680-30-456
  • Blade length: 26 ft
  • Blade finish: Polymer coated
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Stanley Powerlock 25' Tape Measure, Polyester (33-425)Stanley Powerlock 25' Tape Measure, Polyester (33-425)
20.59
Item #598626
Model #680-33-425
  • Blade length: 25'
  • Chrome high-impact ABS case is job site tough
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Powerlock® Mylar® Polyester Single Side Measuring Tape, 12 ft (L) x 1/2 in (W) Blade, inchPowerlock® Mylar® Polyester Single Side Measuring Tape, 12 ft (L) x 1/2 in (W) Blade, inch
13.29
Item #598453
Model #680-33-212
  • Blade length: 12 ft
  • Blade width: 1/2 in
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Stanley® PVC Double Side Long Measuring Tape, 100 ft (L) x 1/2 in (W) Blade
21.89
Item #599377
Model #680-34-790
  • Blade length: 100 ft
  • Blade width: 1/2 in
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FatMax® Mylar® Polyester Steel Single Side Measuring Tape, 30 ft (L) x 1 1/4 in (W) Blade
32.59
Item #598987
Model #680-33-730
  • Blade width: 1 1/4 in
  • Blade material: Steel
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Powerlock® Mylar® Polyester Single Side Measuring Tape, 30 ft (L) x 1 in (W) Blade
22.99
Item #598796
Model #680-33-430
  • Blade length: 30 ft
  • Blade width: 1 in
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Stanley® Tape Rules, 16ft Blade, 5mStanley® Tape Rules, 16ft Blade, 5m
12.19
Item #597664
Model #680-30-496
  • Blade length: 16 ft
  • Blade width: 3/4 in
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Lufkin® A5 Yellow Clad Steel Autolock Series 700 Measuring Tape, 25 ft (L) x 1 in (W) Blade
20.82
Item #570463
Model #182-AL725N
  • Blade length: 25 ft
  • Blade width: 1 in
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Stanley® FatMax® Auto-Lock Tape Rule, 25'Stanley® FatMax® Auto-Lock Tape Rule, 25'
30.99
Item #1306272
Model #STYFMHT33338L
  • 2.4"H x 4.6"W x 7.1"D
  • Auto lock mode for control and long blade life
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Empire® Level Tape Measures, 12ft Blade
6.49
Item #EML612
Model #612
  • Blade length: 12 ft
  • Blade width: 5/8 in
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A tape measure is an essential tool for DIYers, professional builders, and craftspeople. It’s useful for taking accurate measurements of materials, tools, and work sites. While a cloth measuring tape is suitable for many craft projects, sturdier, longer, and more accurate tapes are better for building, woodworking, plumbing, and electrical projects. Check the wide selection of measuring and layout tools at Staples to find different measuring tapes from leading professional tool brands.

Choose between laser and tape measures
A standard measuring tape has an extendable blade coiled inside a durable case. To use the tool, pull the blade out by the hook at its tip. This type is suitable for most construction and repair projects, and is more affordable than laser measures. Most tapes with this design are pocket-sized and can store up to 25 feet of blade in their cases. Models with longer blades come as portable tools with carry handles and can measure 100 feet or longer.

Laser measures are digital tools. In place of blades, they take measurements with laser beams. Most of them are also pocket-size tape measures. Compared to a conventional measuring tape, laser units are more accurate and can reach greater distances. Taking measurements with a laser unit is also quicker. Besides measuring distances, these tools can also calculate areas and volumes.

Key factors to consider when shopping for a tape measure
First, consider blade length. Short tapes with blades measuring 5 to 35 feet are suitable for carpentry and quick DIY tasks like measuring carpets. Long tapes with 100- to 330-foot blades are best for construction projects and measuring landscaping features. Next, consider the type of measurements used by the tape. Most models sold in the U.S. use Imperial measurements, including inches and feet. Elsewhere, metric units (millimeters, centimeters, and meters) are more common. For maximum flexibility, choose one with a dual scale showing both metric and imperial measurements.

Accuracy is another important feature to note. Accuracy describes how close the tape’s measurements are to standard measurements. When classified by accuracy, a tape can be a Class 1, 2, 3, or an unclassified model. Class 1 units are the most accurate, while Class 2 and 3 models will do for most tasks. Only use an unclassified tape for estimated measurements.

What materials do manufacturers use for tape measures?
Commonly used materials for the tool’s blades are steel, stainless steel, and fiberglass. Steel is the most popular option. It’s strong and durable and also provides flexibility. Some manufacturers coat steel blades with materials like Mylar. Such coatings make the blades more durable, reflective, and resistant to abrasion. Stainless steel is the blade material of choice when working in wet and salty environments. Its high resistance to corrosion keeps it from rusting.

Fiberglass is a flexible material with high tensile strength. It’s also resistant to heat and abrasion. This is the material commonly used for long tapes. Manufacturers make tape cases from steel, stainless steel, and plastic. Rubber and similar impact-resistant materials may be added to make them more rugged.

What is the standout of a tape measure?
This is the distance a user can extend the tape’s blade before it bends. Blades with long standouts make measuring long distances easier without needing assistance.

What should you look for in a laser measure?
Consider the unit’s laser range, battery life, and measurement accuracy. Also, consider getting a model with a bright laser for using in bright sunlight or darkness. Some laser measures have built-in memories for storing measurements.