Most people believe that the most precise way to know their ring size is to have a jeweler do it. However, it is possible to learn of your ring size without having to go to the jeweler. Whether you plan to surprise your spouse with an engagement ring, or you plan to buy yourself a ring online, there are 3 methods that can come in handy as to how to measure ring size at home. You can also find a ring size chart for your reference at the end. 


What you need 

To be able to measure the ring size using a paper strip, you will need the following equipment:

  • Thin strip of paper

  • Ruler

How to measure 

  • Cut a thin strip from the paper

  • Wrap the strip of paper around the finger. Ensure that the paper is placed below the fingerand close enough to your knuckle.

  • Mark the area where the paper strip meets, then use the ruler to measure the distance.

Notes to bear in mind

It is important to note that people will large knuckles will need to slide the ring through the knuckle. So, this should be taken into account when sizing the ring. Also, the size of the finger changes with changes in temperature, physical exercise, weight changes as well as medication.

If you are in doubt about the size, it is always ideal to go a size higher than lower. 



What you need

  • String

  • Ruler

  • pen

How to measure 

  • Cut a string that is 6 inches long.

  • Wrap the string around the base of the ring finger, slightly below the knuckle.

  • Use the pen to mark the string where it ends.

  • Lay the string on the ruler with the area marked on your right.

  • The number closest to the pen mark is the ring size in inches.

  • You can use the ring chart below to translate the measurements into a ring size.

Also: If there is no string or paper available, masking tape can be used, a wire or a twist-tie can also be used.



If there is an existing ring that fits, it can be used to measure the exact size. If you do not know the exact size in numbers, you can simply use a print chart. Place the ring over the circles and choose the size that best suits the ring at hand.