In this article, we will tell you how you can read a tape measure.
The most important thing to do is to be sure that your thumb is on the right side of your hand and all of your fingers are against the tape measure. The thumb will always be on the side closest to you.
In order to get an accurate measurement, have a friend or family member help you read the numbers off from the chart.
You should also do the measuring process in the middle of the day, when you are at your biggest. You can measure yourself multiple times if necessary to take an average. If it is too cold outside you will get a smaller measurement; likewise if it’s too hot out you’ll get a bigger one.
When reading measurements off of the chart, make sure you are centering the tape measure on your ruler to get an accurate measurement (for example, if you are measuring your waist then you should be tauting the tape measure around your belly button).
This is also true for measurements that include both inches and centimeters. When reading them off of the chart, make sure to read the numbers off as whole numbers first, then move your finger to wherever your measurement falls on the chart.
For example, if you are measuring your chest and it says 40 3/8″, you should first say “40”, then move down until you reach the number closest to where your actual measurement falls.
If you want an accurate measurement, put a shirt on while you’re measuring yourself. It’s easier to take a measurement if you have a snug fit instead of the tape measure being loose.
So this is how to read a tape measure.