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How do I check my height without a ruler?

Updated April 17, 2017

Rulers aren't the only ways to measure height. Really, a ruler is just an object that has a known definite length, so a ruler can be any object with a known length. You can find out your height without a ruler by substituting a variety of objects. Take an object you or someone around you is bound to have to use as a makeshift ruler.

Take off your shoes and stand up straight with your back pressing up against a wall or other tall, flat surface.

Mark your height by holding the pencil to the top of your head and lightly drawing a line.

Take a £5 note and measure from the floor how many lengths there are up to the mark of your height. Every £5 note length is 13.5 cm (5 1/2 inches).

Fold the note over to make divisions of measurement. Folding it once lengthwise makes a 6.75 cm (2 3/4 inches) measure.

Use this system to accurately gauge your height if you don't have a ruler or tape measure to hand.

Things You'll Need

  • £5 note
  • Pencil
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Mac Pogue is a Portland student who has been writing since 2008. He is the chief editor for the Lewis and Clark College radio station publication and has presented his work at the NorthWest Communication Association. In addition, Pogue's work has been highlighted in a Denver alternative weekly.