How to Measure Your Wrist Size Without Tape: Three Foolproof Methods

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So, you’re looking to buy a new watch. Or maybe some cool bracelets to accent your outfits. Or heck, even looking to get a better fit on your button-down shirts

But then, a problem: You’re no tailor, and you don’t have a measuring tape. 

Don’t worry — I’ve got you covered. 

Photo by Steve Johnson

How do I measure my wrist size without measuring tape?

There are three different ways to do it:

1. String and a ruler; 2. Paper and a ruler; 3. A measurement app on your phone. We’ll go into detail about each one below.

Three Easy Ways To Measure Your Wrist Size (Step By Step)

Here’s a quick guide to using these three methods for finding your wrist measurement:

1. String and A Ruler

Even if you don’t have a measuring tape, certainly you have a ruler lying around your house, right? If so, taking a measurement for your wrist size without tape is fast and easy.

Grab a piece of string — or a shoelace, if necessary — wrap it around your wrist, and mark off where the string comes together. Then, lay that length of string flat against a ruler. Presto! 

That’s your wrist size measurement.

2. Paper and A Ruler

What? You’re telling me you don’t have a piece of string anywhere in your home? No doubt you don’t want to pull out one of your shoelaces, either. Alright then, Mr. Difficult.

Pull a piece of paper out of your printer, journal, notebook, etc. Lay a corner of the paper flat on the inside of your wrist, then wrap it around. Mark where the paper comes together, lay that out flat next to a ruler, and you’ve got your wrist size.

Just don’t give yourself a paper cut while you’re at it, okay?

3. Measurement App

At this point, I’m assuming that you don’t have a ruler. You’re no architect, right? Fine.

First, download an app on your smartphone, like the Measure app for iPhone or the Ruler app for Android. Then, take the string, shoelace, or paper from steps 1 or 2, mark your wrist size with a pen, and use the app to get an accurate measurement. 

Which measuring method worked best for you?

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