How To Measure An Inch Without A Ruler

How To Measure An Inch Without A Ruler

Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 05:39 pm

In this article, I will show you some easy ways to measure an inch without a ruler. 

It can be frustrating when you need to know the measurements of something without having a ruler or measuring tape handy. 

The great news is you can use some common items to measure length.

Providing the item has a known fixed length, you can measure the length of pretty much anything. 

If you are looking to measure 1 inch in length, use the following items that most people will either have on them or can access easily.

Use A USA quarter coin

The USA quarter coin is something that many people will have on them at all times.

It is one of the easiest tools to use when measuring something that is one inch long as it is exactly 1 inch in diameter.

If you measure 1 USA quarter or 25 cent coin from one side to the other through the center it will equal 1 inch long which is its diameter.

Use a paperclip

A standard paperclip that you would see at schools and offices, has a length of 1 inch long.

Like the quarter coin, the paperclip serves as a great item to use for measuring 1 inch as it is exactly 1 inch long.

Some paper clips can be smaller or larger, but the standard and most common size is 1 inch. 

1 inch paperclip

Use a business card

There is a good chance that you have a credit card or bank card in your wallet. 

It is something that most people carry with them at all times so it works great as a measuring tool. 

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The size of a standard credit card is 3.5 inches long and 2 inches wide. 

So if the item you are measuring is 1 inch long, it will be about half of the width of a credit card. 

If you cut a credit card in half lengthwise, it will be 1 inch wide. 

credit card size

Use a golf tee

A golf tee is also an example of something that is 2 inches long. 

If you want to know the length of a 1 inch item, place it next to a standard golf tee and it should be half of the size.

golf tee length 2 inches

Use a fork

Everyone should be familiar with a dinner fork and it is something that can be used to measure the length and width of other items. 

If you measure a dinner fork’s width, it will be very close to 1 inch.

You can use this to compare the length of other items that are 1 inch long. 

Use the palm of your hand

Using your own hand to estimate measurements is very easy and convenient.

For example, the width of most adult’s hands across the palm is about 4 inches.

Of course, this will vary depending on the gender and size of the person, but it’s a great way to get a quick idea of how long or tall something is.

So if you are looking to measure something that is one inch long, it should be ¼ of the length across  your palm. 

Use your thumb

The length of most adult’s thumbs from knuckle to tip is about 1 inch.

Using your thumb is a great way to measure something that is 1 inch long.

You can place your thumb next to the item to get a good idea of how long or tall it is.

If the item is 2 thumb lengths from knuckle to tip, then the item is 2 inches long.

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