Read measurements by determining the desired dimension and using a measuring device. The most important thing to note when reading measurements is to use the right unit alongside the number.
When reading a measurement, note the type of unit the item is indicating. For example, most rulers use both millimeters and inches to determine the length of an object. There are exactly 25.4 millimeters for every 1 inch, which makes it important to not get the two confused. The unit of length for each part of the ruler is usually indicated on the device.
Many tape measures help make it easier to read measurements. For example, a tape measure reads in inches, but after 12 inches or 1 foot, the tape measure notes both the number of feet and number of inches of an object to make measuring things easier. For example, if an item were 26 inches, a person could say that it was 2 feet and 2 inches instead.
Measurements are made with several objects and tools. Rulers and tape measures are common options, but items such as a protractor help measure more complicated things, such as angles. It is important to use the right tool to make measuring an object as simple as possible.