To measure the distance between things, acquire a tape measure, extend the tape between the two objects and determine the measurement by noting the closest markings. Many measuring devices are available, but a tape measure is commonly used.
- Find a tape measure
Purchase a tape measure at a local home improvement store, or find one in your storage location.
- Extend the tape
Hold the base of the tape adjacent to the first object, and extend the end of the tape to the other object.
- Note the closest markings
Determine the measurement between the objects by reading the closest markings on the tape. The tape can be broken into whole inch, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 inch markings.