Tape Measures

A tape measure is a long length of marked material with measurements along the full length. These measurements are often both in metric (centimetres and metres) and imperial (inches and feet) units. Most tapes are flexible, which allow the tape to measure around the curves and enabling 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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Part Details Brand Length Blade Width Imperial or Metric Open Case Frame Material Series Coating Height Safe Chemical Resistant
Stanley FMHT 5m Tape Measure, Imperial, Metric Stanley 5m 32mm Imperial, Metric No Metal FMHT Mylar Yes No
Stanley FMHT0 8m Tape Measure, Imperial, Metric Stanley 8m 32mm Imperial, Metric No Metal FMHT0 Mylar Yes No
Stanley FMHT 5m Tape Measure, Metric Stanley 5m 32mm Metric No Metal FMHT Mylar Yes No
Stanley FMHT0 8m Tape Measure, Metric Stanley 8m 32mm Metric No Metal FMHT0 Mylar Yes No
Stanley FMHT0 10m Tape Measure, Imperial, Metric Stanley 10m 32mm Imperial, Metric No Metal FMHT0 Mylar Yes No
Stanley FMHT0 10m Tape Measure, Metric Stanley 10m 32mm Metric No Metal FMHT0 Mylar Yes No
Stanley Tylon 5m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 5m 19mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
Stanley Tylon 3m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 3m 13mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS PRO 3m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial RS Pro 3m 13mm Both No - - TPR - -
RS PRO 1.2m Tape Measure, Metric RS Pro 1.2m 13mm Metric Yes - - Powder Coated - -
Stanley Tylon 8m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 8m 25mm Both - Tylon Tylon Tylon No No
RS PRO 5m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial RS Pro 5m 19mm Both No ABS - TPR - -
RS PRO 1.2m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial RS Pro 1.2m 13mm Both Yes - - Powder Coated - -
Stanley PowerLock 5m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 5m 19mm Both - ABS PowerLock Mylar No No
RS PRO 8m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial RS Pro 8m 25mm Both No ABS - Nylon, TPR - -
Stanley PowerLock 3m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 3m 19mm Both - ABS PowerLock Mylar No No
Stanley PowerLock 10m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 10m 25mm Both - ABS PowerLock PET No No
Stanley 30m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 30m 12.7mm Both - ABS - - - -
Stanley FatMax 5m Tape Measure, Metric Stanley 5m 32mm Metric - ABS FatMax Mylar - Yes
Stanley FatMax 10m Tape Measure, , Metric & Imperial Stanley 10m 32mm Both - Chrome Plated Metal, Rubber FatMax Mylar - Yes
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