# How to measure height accurately?

The way i'm measuring it, i'm lying down on the floor with my feet flat on the door and putting a book level with the wall on top of my head. Sounds farfetched, but i need it for a piece of work i'm doing..
Sounds interesting but like a proper attempt. I've used to measure my height by facing a wall with my back and putting some kind of rectangle on top of my head (a thick book or so) and mark it there with a pencil before measuring it. So it's basically the same technique.
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Sounds interesting but like a proper attempt. I've used to measure my height by facing a wall with my back and putting some kind of rectangle on top of my head (a thick book or so) and mark it there with a pencil before measuring it. So it's basically the same technique.

Been told thats a very inaccurate way of doing it. Not sure about my method though because i heard the joints stretch when you're lying down?
with a ******* tape measure, this isnt anon material
Anonymous
Been told thats a very inaccurate way of doing it. Not sure about my method though because i heard the joints stretch when you're lying down?

Well, that's the way it's done at the GP, too. What's important is that there is a right angle between the wall and the thing above your head.

I couldn't think of a more accurate way, to be honest. Except for some laser measuring you which would be more complicated and expensive
Technically you're cheating when you lie down because the decompression of your spine will make you 1-2 inches taller. So if this is a value that will be compared against readings that have been obtained standing up, it will be very inaccurate. Your height typically refers to your erect height.
What work are you doing? It sounds a bit like you are actually trying to measure yourself hoping to be taller than you are when you actually just measure yourself.
Get someone else to measure you?
I've tried the really amateur ways of doing it and I keep getting 171cm when I'm I'm taller than my 173cm friend so I'm obviously doing it the wrong way.
BobbinJane
I've tried the really amateur ways of doing it and I keep getting 171cm when I'm I'm taller than my 173cm friend so I'm obviously doing it the wrong way.

Who the **** measures their height in centimeters anyway?
davidmarsh01
Who the **** measures their height in centimeters anyway?

Whole of Europe?
BobbinJane
I've tried the really amateur ways of doing it and I keep getting 171cm when I'm I'm taller than my 173cm friend so I'm obviously doing it the wrong way.

Or perhaps the more obvious conclusion is that your friend isn't really 173?
Remember your height will change very slightly from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed.
BigFudamental
Or perhaps the more obvious conclusion is that your friend isn't really 173?

Well that's the only thing I'm certain about. She's been in and out of the hospital and they're always measuring her height and weight. I think it's more my dodgy self-measuring, seeing as it conissited of me standing against the wall with a ruler and a pencil.
Height has always been measured standing up when i've had it done, whether that be at the doctors or elsewhere. 2metres ezactly! And i think the UK is a minority measuring in feet and inches, everyone else seems to use cm.
BobbinJane
Well that's the only thing I'm certain about. She's been in and out of the hospital and they're always measuring her height and weight. I think it's more my dodgy self-measuring, seeing as it conissited of me standing against the wall with a ruler and a pencil.

Sorry I'm not trying to be a nuisance, but every time I've had my height measured by a doctor or in hospital it's been with my shoes on, so maybe that's a factor?
BigFudamental
Sorry I'm not trying to be a nuisance, but every time I've had my height measured by a doctor or in hospital it's been with my shoes on, so maybe that's a factor?

I've never heard of being measured with your shoes on - what if you were wearing heels? Seems totally pointless if you're looking for an accurate height if you're going to be measured in shoes. Either way it's not something I think about often. It is only 2cm after all.
BigFudamental
Technically you're cheating when you lie down because the decompression of your spine will make you 1-2 inches taller. So if this is a value that will be compared against readings that have been obtained standing up, it will be very inaccurate. Your height typically refers to your erect height.

Charliee :)

doesn't really work...

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