How to Measure a Cuff (With Examples)

Ninad Pathak

Ninad Pathak

Last updated on April 6, 2023

When it comes to long-sleeved clothing like shirts, blouses, or jackets, you need perfectly fitted cuffs for the best look. You also need to fit the cuffs right for to ensure comfort and functionality. In this article, we’ll go through the steps to measure a cuff accurate so you can have the perfect fit.

Why measure cuffs?

Proper fitting cuffs are important for a few reasons.

  • Comfort: Allows ease of movement without being too sloppy.
  • Style: Adds sophistication to the overall design of your piece of clothing.
  • Functionality: Cuffs that are just right will keep the sleeve buttoned properly without looking stretched or too loose.

Step-by-step guide on how to measure a cuff

Let’s now get right into the steps to measure your cuff size. We’ll go from the necessary tools to measuring the cuff for both buttoned and non-buttoned cuffs. 

Step 1: Gather the necessary tools

To measure a cuff, you’ll need the following tools:

  • A flexible measuring tape
  • A notepad and pen to record the measurements
  • The garment you want to measure

Step 2: Measure your wrist circumference

Wrap the measuring tape around your wrist, just above the wrist bone.

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Make sure the tape is snug but not too tight – you should be able to slide a finger between the tape and your wrist. Note down the wrist circumference in inches or centimeters, depending on your preference.

Step 3: Determine your desired cuff size

The perfect cuff size will depend on the type of fit you prefer. As a general rule, the cuff size is around 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 centimeters) larger than your wrist measurement.

This will ensure a comfortable fit and enough room for movement. For a more relaxed fit, you can add an extra half-inch (1.25 centimeters) to the measurement. This will offer a more comfortable fit.

Step 4: Measure the cuff width

For French cuffs, you’ll also need to measure the width of the cuff. To do this, lay the garment flat on a surface with the cuffs unfolded. Measure the distance from one edge of the cuff to the other, excluding any seam allowances. 


Double this measurement to find the total cuff width. This measurement will help you determine the appropriate size for buttons and buttonholes.

Optional – Measure the cuff length (for French cuffs)

For French cuffs that fold up, you may want to also measure the cuff length. The French cuff

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To measure the cuff length, lay the garment flat and measure the distance from the end of the cuff to the point where the cuff attaches to the sleeve. 

This measurement is essential for determining the appropriate length of the cuff, which contributes to the overall appearance and functionality of the garment.

Step 5: Record your measurements

Make sure to note down all the measurements you’ve taken, including wrist circumference, desired cuff size, cuff width (for buttoned cuffs), and the cuff length. Keep these measurements handy for future reference or when shopping for new garments.

Seal the deal with perfectly fitted cuffs

There you have it – a comprehensive guide on measuring a cuff for the perfect fit. By mastering these steps, you’ll ensure that your garments not only look polished and stylish but also provide the comfort and functionality you need.

As a clothing seller or tailor, it’s essential to offer your customers the best possible fit for their attire. And that’s where Kiwi Sizing comes in. Kiwi provides a seamless and easy-to-use platform to help your customers find the perfect size for every garment. With Kiwi Sizing, enhance your customer’s shopping experience and ensure they always leave satisfied with the perfect fit for their new clothing items.

So, embrace the art of measuring cuffs accurately and elevate your fashion game to new heights. Deliver the ultimate satisfaction in fit and style to your customers, ensuring they keep coming back for more. Happy measuring!

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