If you need to measure your waist but don't have a tape measure, don't panic! You can measure your waist with a string, ruler, money, printer paper, or even your hand. You'll get the right size in no time!
Method 1 of 2: Measuring Waist with a Strap
Step 1. Take off or lift your clothes
Ideally, the waist should be measured without any obstructions as thick tops or underwear will make the measurements inaccurate.
Step 2. Find the correct waist
The correct position of the waist is between the ribs and the hips. If you look in the mirror, it is located on a slightly slender body part, usually just above the navel.
If you're still having trouble finding your waist, bend slightly to one side. The crease that forms where you bend is the correct position of the waist
Step 3. Wrap a piece of string around the waist
Once you've found the correct waist position, take a piece of string and wrap it around it. Hold it straight and parallel to the floor, and make sure the strap is snug, but not too tight.
- You can also use dental floss or wool floss if you don't have string.
- Do not deflate the stomach because later the measurement results will not be accurate.
Step 4. Exhale, then mark the length of the rope
You can mark the length of the rope with your finger or cut the rope straight away. However, make sure that your waist is measured as you exhale, not inhale, as your belly will expand slightly as you exhale.
If you don't have scissors, take a black permanent marker to mark the point where the two ends of the rope meet
Step 5. Use a ruler or ruler to measure the rope, if you have one
Spread the rope over a flat surface, then use a ruler or ruler to measure the length. If you're using a ruler, you'll likely need to use it more than once-just mark where it ends with your finger, move the ruler, then start again from that point.
Make sure the string is perfectly straight when it is aligned next to the ruler. Otherwise, the size may be shorter than the actual waist size
Method 2 of 2: Using Objects at Home
Step 1. Wrap the note around your waist and multiply by the length of the note
Rupiah banknotes vary in size. You can glue a few bills together and then wrap them around your waist. Multiply the number of notes worn by the length of the note to get an approximate waist size.
- For example, if you use 5 pieces of IDR 50,000, 00 banknotes, just multiply it by the length of the note, which is 15 cm. You will get a size of 75 cm for the waist circumference.
- If you're gluing the money around the waist and the last strand overlaps the first, fold it in half or three. As a reference, the IDR 50,000, 00 banknote is 15 cm long, when folded in half it becomes 7.5 cm long, and when folded in three it becomes 5 cm long.
Step 2. Measure the waist circumference with printer paper
The length of the printer paper is 28 x 22 cm. Glue the ends together in a circle around the waist, then measure out how many sheets of paper you will need and multiply by 28 cm if you are using the long side or multiply by 22 cm if you are using the short side to get an approximate waist size.
- Make sure you are using standard printer paper. If you take measurements in this way and the paper is too long or too short, the waist measurement will not be accurate.
- If you've already measured your waist and the last piece of paper is too long, fold it in half or three to complete the measurement. The length of printer paper divided by two is 10 cm and divided by three is 7 cm. Add this number to the final calculation to get your waist measurement.
Step 3. Use your hands to estimate your waist circumference
Spread your arms and measure from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your little finger (1 inch). After knowing the length, for example 1 hand span is 20 cm, measure how many inches are your waist. The result, multiply by 20 cm to get the circumference of the waist.
- If you're using a piece of string to measure your waist and don't have a ruler, use your hands to measure the length of the string. You just need to mark where the finger ends and start the next step from there until the entire rope is finished measuring.
- Remember, measurements like this will not produce exact numbers and results may vary according to your body size. You may need to check your hand size before measuring your waist circumference.