Printable rulers are available in just about every form imaginable, including in actual size to measure feet, centimeters, inches, and metric measurements. There are your standard rulers but also protractors, growth charts, and French and hip curve rulers.
Rulers you can print are also convenient because they're more flexible than their plastic, wood, or metal counterparts; you can bend them to measure just about anything.
These are helpful if you're teaching your child or students about units of measurements, and with them being paper, they can even decorate them to make the activity a bit more fun.
These ruler downloads are actual size, so you'll want to take care to keep them that way when you print. When printing a paper ruler, make sure you don't have the shrink to fit option turned on, and page scaling should be set to none. It will print the ruler at actual size with accurate units.
If you're looking for a sturdier printout, use cardstock instead of printer paper.
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Vendian Systems' Printable Paper Rulers
Vendian Systems should be the first place you go when looking for a free printable ruler because they have a whopping 20 of them in every type of measurement you'll ever need.
Their printable rulers are available in foot, metric, centimeter/inch, narrow, yard, meter, large-print, single-unit, color square, and number-free in different lengths and styles. There are also a number of free rulers that are great for teaching kids about measurement.
You also have a lot of options on how many rulers you can print per page. There are options for 1, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, and 21. The printable rulers at Vendian's can be downloaded as a .PDF or .PS (PostScript) file.
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Printable Rulers from Printable-Ruler.net
The printable rulers here are a little more fashionable with either a metallic or transparent look, which are both available to print on Letter or A4 paper.
There are measuring tape rulers, centimeter rulers, inches rulers to varying scales, whole and quarter-inch rulers, protractors, and more. The cutting lines around the ruler make it easy to cut out the printable ruler neatly and accurately.
Click on the image of the ruler you'd like to print and it will open as a PDF file. After you print, you can follow the directions on Printable-Ruler.net (on the right side of the page) on how to test your ruler to make sure it is accurate.
03 of 08
MathATube's Printable Rulers
You can print paper rulers here in inches, centimeters, or a combination of the two. You can even print a few of these rules on a single page, which is convenient if you're looking for more than one printable ruler.
04 of 08
Free Printable Rulers from PrintableRulers.net
You can download some more free printable rulers in the PDF format from PrintableRulers.net. There are currently over 100 rulers available for download here.
The PrintableRulers.net homepage shows the 15 most popular rulers on their site. Some of these printable rules include a meterstick, 15-cm mm ruler, yardstick, square, and a 12-inch by 1/10 inch ruler.
There are also some engineering rulers, business card rulers, and measuring tape.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Grow Your Own Clothes' French Curve and Hip Curve Rulers
If you're creating or modifying clothes, these free printable rulers are just what you need. There are five free rulers here that include the Imperial French curve, Imperial hip cure, metric French curves, and metric hip curve.
Free, Printable French Curve and Hip Curve Rulers from Grow Your Own Clothes
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Printable Color Coded Rulers from Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers has a free, printable ruler that's color-coded by the inch and has each quarter-inch marked for easy reading. This ruler prints off four per page and is a great way to teach young children how to read a ruler.
07 of 08
Printable Growth Chart Ruler from The Fink Family Farm
Here's a giant printable ruler that's meant to be used as a growth chart. It measures by inches and feet, making it easy to mark how tall your child is.
You'll print the ruler on 6 different pages and then tape the pages together to make the growth chart.
Free, Printable Growth Chart Ruler from The Fink Family Farm
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TeacherVision's Free Printable Rulers and Protractor
In just a single page you can get two printable rulers (one in inch, one in centimeter) and a printable protractor from TeacherVision.
Although this printable is meant for students it can work for anyone who's looking for a good printable paper ruler. Like the others in this list, this free printable ruler downloads as a PDF file. You'll need to sign up for a free account at TeacherVision to download these rulers.