Stop eyeballing it when putting up your pictures or paintings. Be precise and make sure your family portrait isn’t hanging crooked by using a tape measure. Extending and retracting so you can measure lengths of rooms, an area for a couch, or just about anything else, a tape measure is a great gift for college students and new homeowners alike. Anyone who has ever tried to mount a TV knows how important it is to measure everything beforehand. With any of these measuring tapes, decorate the walls of your home with ease.

Best Dual-Sided Tape Measure

With rulers on both sides, the Kutir Measuring Tape Measure will show you exactly how long something is when it’s being used. The back shows down to an eighth of an inch and it shows inch and metric measurements, giving you precision every time. The casing is made out of a top-grade rubber that will absorb any shock, so if you happen to drop it, it’ll be fine. It’s perfect for working alone as the ruler end has a magnetic tip, allowing you to stick it to a metal surface to keep it in place. Measuring out 25 feet, it stands sturdy up to eight feet and the tape is flexible, allowing you ultimate freedom to use it how you like.

Best Self-Marking Tape Measure

QuickDraw DIY Self-Marking Tape Measure has a built-in graphite dispensing wheel at the bottom of the end of the tape measure, allowing you to accurately mark where you’ve measured. You don’t have to try and hold the measure while grabbing a pencil and marking a wall. It extends to 25 feet and remains sturdy up to nine feet. The tape shows measurements up to a sixteenth of an inch, giving you exact dimensions. It has a nylon coating and the slide button gives you a fast recoil each time.

Best Digital Tape Measure

The eTape16 Digital Tape Measure shows you your exact measurement on a display on the top of the measure, giving you the knowledge without having to struggle to guess exactly where on the ruler the mark is. It is made with polycarbonate plastic that can withstand weather and heavy use. It has a built-in US/metric conversion and let’s you re-zero if you get a bad reading. It gives you inside and outside measurements and has three memory settings, allowing you to hold one short-term reading and two long-term readings. The eTape16 has a center line measurement, giving you a straight line each time.

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