Moving out? Tape measures to help set up your new space

A necessity for home improvements, DIY projects, and getting that couch you got on Craigslist into the living room.

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How do you measure up?El Alce Web via Unsplash

Need to measure the layout of a new apartment to figure out the possible orientations for your sectional sofa? Want to perfect your table saw set up? Whatever project you’re starting, you’ll need a precise, durable tape measure that stands up to the job. These measurers have the bells and whistles—like auto locking features, self-adhesive abilities, and skills to make pencil marks for you—to help you tackle the task.

Komelon Speed Mark Measuring Tape

Komelon Speed Mark Measuring Tape

Hyper precise, fractional measurements on a sturdy, easy-to-view blade.Amazon

This tape measure is great if you need precision in your tape measure markers (down to ⅛ fractions). Its white, non-glare blade is coated with nylon for durability and extends with a protected end hook. It comes in 16-foot or a 25-foot lengths.

Starrett Measure Stix

Starrett Measure Stix

Self-adhesive measuring stick.Amazon

For setting up your workshop space, this self-adhesive measuring stick is the way to go. Stick it on your drafting table or saw table. The tape measures 12 feet long—but feel free to snip it down to the right size for your work station. The tape has both Imperial and Metric measurements along the top and bottom, with 0.065-inch intervals.

Quickdraw DIY Self Marking Tape Measure

Quickdraw DIY Self Marking Tape Measure

A tape measure that will make pencil marks for you.Amazon

If you’re always looking for your pencil while working on a project, consider a tape measure with its own self-marking graphite. It comes with the usual attributes too: tough nylon coating, a great snappy recoil, and 25 feet of measuring tape with markers in inches and centimeters.