Measuring a Lapel Pin Size

How To Properly Measure Lapel Pins

We are often questioned about how to properly measure lapel pins.  People often ask how do I know what size pin I want?  Well, in this post I will talk about how lapel pins are measured and help you make a better informed decision if you are designing you own lapel pin or thinking about a custom lapel pin in the future.

Finding a Lapel Pin Size

How To Properly Measure Lapel Pins

How To Find The Size Of A Lapel Pin

Ok, a lapel pin is measured on the longest side.  Now this get’s slightly confusing.  It is not measured diagonally like a computer monitor or television set, instead the easiest way to measure a lapel pin is like this.  Draw a square or rectangle around your pin.  Then measure the longest side.  That is the size of your pin.  Remember it must be a square or a rectangle, and that will give you the right size.  See our sizing chart for a few examples.

How To Properly Measure Lapel Pins

  • Draw or imagine a box around a lapel pin
  • Measure straight across from longest plane to longest plane
  • Do not measure on a diagonal
  • Can be measured in inches or millimeters

I recently had a customer who wanted a 2 ½ inch pin.  When I explained the sizing chart, he immediately said, ”Whoa!  That is way too big for what we are looking for, maybe an 1 ½ is more our speed.”  After this simple explanation he ordered the size pin that he truly wanted and would have been very dissatisfied with the 2 ½ inch design for his project.

Measuring a Lapel Pin Size

The longest side is used as the size of the lapel pin

In the example above, you would use the larger number on the X or Y axis, or height or width.  So in this case this would be a 1 1/4 inch lapel pin.

I hope this explains how to properly measure lapel pins!

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