Don’t Get Bent Out of Shape: How to Measure a Rubber Band

how to measure a rubber band

Rubber bands come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny ones that hold your price tags to the hefty ones that bundle newspapers or wrap around pallets. But how do you know which size you need for your next project? 

Fear not, because measuring a rubber band is a cinch!

There are two main measurements to consider for a rubber band:

  • Flat Length: This is the distance from end to end when the rubber band is laid flat and not stretched.
  • Width: This is the thickness of the band itself, measured perpendicular to the flat length.

Here’s how to get those measurements:

  1. Pinch and Flatten: Pinch both ends of the rubber band together to make it lie flat.
  2. Measure the Flat Length: Hold the flattened band against a ruler and measure the distance from one end to the other.
  3. Please measure the Width: While the band is still flat, use the ruler to measure the width of the material itself.

That’s it! Now, you have the key measurements to find the perfect rubber band. 

Remember, some manufacturers may also include thickness as a measurement (see our image), but flat length and width are the most common.

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