How to Measure a Bottle
Posted Tuesday, October 9th, 2007 at 5:24 pm
Measuring Round Bottles
Measure the Diameter
Measure the bottom face of the bottle from one side to the other with a flat ruler. This is your bottle diameter.
Multiply the diameter by pi (3.14), and the resulting number is your circumference. This is the width of your label.
We recommend taking off between 1/8th to 1/4th of an inch from the circumference. When applying the label to your bottle, this results in a gap between both ends of the label. That means you don’t have to worry about lining up the ends perfectly, especially if the application process is being done by hand.
Tip: If you don’t have a measuring tape available, you can always use a sheet of paper! Simply wrap the paper around the bottle and mark where it overlaps with a pencil. With a ruler, measure the distance between the end of the paper and the mark to find the circumference.
Measure the Height
Measure from where the lip, or curve, begins at the top of the bottle to where it ends at the bottom of the bottle. This will be the maximum height of your label; your label height will be less than this number.
Keep in mind that we only need the dimensions of the label in question, and not the entire bottle!
Measuring Rectangular or Square Shaped Bottles
Measure only the face of the bottle where the label should appear. Generally, this is where you will find a lip, or curve, toward the top and bottom parts of the bottle.
Width x Height: Measure both the width and height of this section with a ruler.
It is recommended that you subtract about 1/8th of an inch for both. This will ensure that the label fits properly within the given space during application.
Measuring Tapered and Uniquely Shaped Bottles
These containers can be very difficult to measure. To determine if your bottle is tapered, simply take a straight-edge, such as an index card or ruler, and place it alongside the surface from top to bottom. If you can see even a small gap between the straight edge and the container, the bottle is tapered.
Tapered bottles require more advanced tools of measuring, and we recommend you send it to our customer service department to guarantee an accurately sized label.
The 360°, full graphic impact of shrink sleeves are great to combine with irregularly shaped containers, and can conform to almost all container shapes and label designs.
Since the shrink sleeves are not adhered, but literally shrunken to the container using heat, we must test the film material using our in-house steam tunnel with a grid sleeve test. Please ask our customer service department for measuring and grid-testing.