National Tape Measure Day - July 14

National Tape Measure Day – July 14


 July 14th is National Tape Measure Day.   A tape measure is something made out of cloth, plastic, fiber glass or metal and has markings on it for linear measurements.  Most everyone knows what a tape measure does and how to use one, but when you go to measure the dimensions of your living room, the width of your new furniture or how far apart your pictures are hanging, do you ever stop and think about the history of it?

The first recorded use of the tape measure goes back to the Romans, utilizing marked strips of leather.  Prior to this, the tool used to measure a distance was something similar to a long rope or chain with marks put on to represent varying distances.  They were big and bulky and not likely to fit inside your pocket or a toolbox that you could take with you. The cost of them back then was around $17 in the United States.  This would be equivalent to about $300 today.

The tape measure that we know and use now comes in a wide array of sizes, colors and materials.  You can find some smaller than the palm of your hand or bigger in lengths of 300+ feet.  They are used for anything from DIY projects at home to professional building, construction, etc., and at a much cheaper price, are a staple in almost every household!

There are a few different claims on who exactly patented the very first tape measure, but they conclusively show it came around in the early 1800′s.


Purchase a tape measure and measure to your hearts content. Post on social media using #NationalTapeMeasureDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


Within our research, we were unable to find the origin or the creator of National Tape Measure Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


5 Responses to “NATIONAL TAPE MEASURE DAY – July 14”

  1. RUPERT July 11, 2015 at 9:54 am #

    I find it interesting that Tape Measure day happens to be on Nude Day!

  2. standard google search August 24, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled
    upon this I’ve found It absolutely helpful and it has helped me out loads.
    I am hoping to give a contribution & assist different customers like its
    aided me. Great job.

  3. Kristian May 27, 2014 at 7:02 am #

    Why are the markings on a tape measure in varing height the 1/16 is shortest. The 1/4 is middle the 1/2 is the tallest???

    • Deborah Hoffmann July 14, 2014 at 10:45 am #

      As someone who has been in the construction industry for over 4 decades, my opinion on this subject is that the differing lengths of the divisions are so that [1] the user can more readily designate the different divisions of an inch, [2] each division’s numerical designation, due to space limitations, can’t fit side-by-side so vertically offsetting them is necessary, and [3] when using a tape measure, one first finds the foot mark, then the inch mark, followed by the 1/2″ mark, and so forth until the level of detail needed is reached. Again, just my opinion…


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