How to Measure Arm Length: Men’s Guide

Learn how to measure your arm length with these simple steps.

How to Measure Arm Length

Men's Guide

To measure your arm length, you will need to grab a friend. Doing this measurement by yourself will likely get inaccurate numbers. First stand up straight with your arms relaxed at your sides. Place one end of a measuring tape at the center of the back of your neck, then across the top of your shoulder and down the length of your arm. Take the measurement just past your wrist bone.

This is How to Measure Arm Length: Men’s Guide.

Welcome to our guide showing you how to measure your arm length. 

You may need to know this for a tailored shirt you’re having made or ordering a jacket online and want to be sure it fits in all areas. 

Alternatively, maybe you need the length for athletic ventures. No matter whatever you need it for, our steps below will give you the answer to your needs. 

Tools needed to measure your arm length.

  • Sewing tape measure

How to Measure Arm Length

  1. Stand up straight with your arms relaxed and at your sides. 
  2. Place one end of a measuring tape at the base of your neck. Position the measuring tape precisely in the center of your neck to get the most accurate measurement.
  3. Take the tape measure over the shoulder and down your arm. 
  4. Take the tape down to the area just past your wrist bone for clothing measurement. 
  5. If it’s not for clothing, then continue measuring to your fingertips if measuring your full arm length. Measure to your fingertips, stretching out your fingers as far as possible

How to Measure Arm Length Tips

  • Although you can measure your arm length on your own, you will get a better measurement if you have a partner who can take it for you. 
  • Avoid hunching forward or leaning as much as possible, as either may skew your measurement.
  • If you’re taking sleeve measurements, finish measuring where you want the sleeve or shirt cuff to sit.
  • If you’re measuring arm length for fitness-related reasons, you may need to measure past your wrist. 
  • Measure to your fingertips, stretching out your fingers as far as possible

Follow the rest of our guides to perfectly measure each area needed to finish off that proper dress shirt or stylish jacket your making.

How to Measure Arm Length

You can find your arm length by measuring from the base of your neck, down your shoulder, and following along your arm. If you are getting a measurement for clothing, you will want to stop the measuring tape at your wrist. If the measurement is for sports like boxing, then measure down to the end of your middle finger.

Tall Paul
Tall Paul
I am 6'7 (203cm) / 235lb (106 kg) model and ex-athlete. Since I was a teen I had trouble finding clothes. I was too tall for off the rack and was too lean for Big & Tall.

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