Tape measure cheat sheet: How many of these 'hacks' do you know?

Metal tape measure in grey wooden background
(Image credit: Steven Jenkins)

Got a tape measure? Then you need to check out our tape measure cheat sheet. An essential piece of kit for every DIYer, home renovator and self builder the trusty tape measure needs to be used correctly and given some love and looked after properly to get the best from it.

Every tape measure isn’t exactly the same. Some will apply to certain standards, some will have metric and imperial measurements, some won’t. Some will have different markings, so you could be asking yourself what is the diamond on a tape measure? What does it do?

Whatever tape measure you have, our cheat sheet, tips, hacks and advice will help you make the most of your tape measure.  

Why imperial and metric measurements?

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.