Measuring your wrist is a critical part of a paracord bracelet. Too small and you can’t move your wrist, too big and you feel like you are in an 80’s pop music video. I like mine where it easily spins but doesn’t move up or down more then the width of the bracelet.
On my paracord bracelets, the contoured buckle throws the measurement a bit askew, so I try to list the “fits wrist size x” instead of the actual length of a bracelet.
It’s All About Size
Buying bracelets is much easier if you know your correct wrist size. When you order a bracelet you want to fit it properly!
Most women feel comfortable wearing a bracelet that is 7 to 7½ inches in size, which is the standard size. The bracelet will hang between your hand and wrist bone, which is the most attractive position.
These simple instructions tell you how to measure your wrist properly so you can be sure your bracelets will fit right.
When measuring for bracelets, measure loosely where your wrist is broadest. I like to hold a pencil there and wrap around that.
Measure your wrist with a flexible, soft tape measure just below the wrist bone (below the wrist bone is the area between your hand and the wrist bone). This is your actual wrist size, not your bracelet size.
Add approx. ¼ inches up to 1 inch (½ inch is average) to your actual wrist size, this is your approximate bracelet size (this is the same as pencil above). The more you add to your wrist size the more your bracelet will hang lower to your hand.
*Tip: If you don’t have a tape measure handy, use a strip of paper or thin string, and mark it where it overlaps on your wrist. Then lay the strip flat to measure up to the mark using any ruler.
Print a ruler at following link: printable-ruler.net
Why it’s important to use a flat tape measure or small string or strip of paper?
With bracelets the actual length is not what is a concern, it’s the inner circumference when latched shut. That’s because the paracord takes up space on the inside circumference. That makes making the inside measurement smaller than the length when laid out flat. What is needed to actually wear a bracelet or anklet is for the inner measurements to match the outer circumference of your wrist or ankle. That’s why it is important use a tape measure, strip of paper, or small string — it’s not bulky, so the inner circumference is virtually the same as the lengthy when laid flat.
Using bulky things to measure (like large beaded bracelets and thick chains, etc.) causes the problem. The length when laid flat not being the same as the inner circumference when worn.
Standard Bracelet Sizes
- Extra Small XS ~ fits 6.5 inches = small woman’s wrist
- Small S ~ fits 7 inches = average woman’s wrist
- Medium M ~ fits 8 inches = average man’s wrist or woman with large wrist
- Large L ~ fits 9 inches = for man with large wrist
- Extra Large XL ~ fits 9.5 inches = for man with a very large wrist