Whether you need a basic set for school or a more advanced set for professional designing – it is clear that rulers are an important tool that you don’t outgrow.

It may be surprising just how many options you have when it comes to the simple ruler. Available in an amazing variety,, rulers are manufactured in various materials, from fabric, plastic, metal to wood. Depending upon your needs, we take a look at the best options for basic home and school as well as professional level options for drafting and designing.

Best for big jobs: Mr. Pen Steel Rulers, 6, 8, 12, 14-inch Metal Rulers

Accurate Markings

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The Mr. Pen ruler set includes 4 rulers in varied sizes, 6″, 8″, 12″, and 14″ and they allow for detailed measurements of 1/64 inch and 1/20 centimeter. Each one is made of sturdy, thick stainless steel and has holes for easy wall mounting on hooks, making them long-lasting and versatile for any measuring projects. One thing to note is they can be sharp and not the best choice for small children.

For designers: Westcott 8ths 12-Inch Beveled Transparent Ruler

Great For Crafts

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This transparent ruler has zero centering scale, and graph style lines marking every 16th of an inch. Beveled edges and lamination help keep this sheer plastic ruler in shape and durable. This style of ruler is a must for sewing kits, and for drafting and drawing projects. Please note this ruler only measures in inches.

Best for drafting: Architectural Scale Ruler

Solid Core Construction

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This triangular scale ruler is essential for anyone in construction, interior design, architecture, or engineering. Included on each ruler are 1-1/2″, 1, 3/4″, 3/8″, 3/16″, 3/32″, 1/2″, 1/4″, 1/8″, 3, 16 scales (imperial measurements). The measurements are laser etched so they will stand up to wear and tear without fading or chipping. Anodized aluminum alloy makes the ruler sturdy and lightweight and gives it an attractive matte finish.

Best basic: Plastic Ruler Straight Ruler Plastic Measuring Tool

Multiple Color Choices

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This two-pack offers clear measuring with a classic two-sided design, one side for inches the other side uses the metric system in centimeters. Each ruler measures 12 inches or 30 centimeters. The clear plastic is see-through which comes in handy for art and design projects. This is a practical tool for students as it is lightweight and easy to use. There are also other size and color options available.

Best for messy spaces: Breman Precision Stainless Steel 18 Inch Metal Ruler

Multiple Sizes

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This ruler is unique because it has a non-slip cork backing which prevents the ruler from slipping on paper, and helps reduce ink drippage. A practical item with many different uses, this ruler offers both inches and centimeters and comes in a variety of sizes from 12″ to 36″ long. The rules are also flexible, so they can conform to curved surfaces. We also appreciate the hole for quick hanging in your office or workshop.