How to Find Out What Size Your Hand Is

by Tessa Holmes

Custom-fitted gloves and mittens are designed specifically for an individual's hands and for these, hand sizes are needed. The size of individuals' hands vary from person to person and sizes, and include double extra small, extra small, small, medium, large, extra large, double extra large and triple extra large. Also, sizes of men's, women's, juniors', children's and unisex gloves and mittens all differ, making it essential for hands to be measured and sized appropriately.

Items you will need

  • Measuring tape
  • Size conversion chart
Step 1

Wrap a tape measure around the largest part of your palm to find its circumference in inches. Do not wrap it around your thumb, as this will alter the measurement. Record the number of inches around your palm.

Step 2

Measure your hand from the tip of your tallest finger to the edge of the wrist at the base of the hand. Record the number of inches for the length of your hand and compare that number to the circumference of your hand. Determine which measurement is greater. This will be the number of inches used to determine your hand size.

Step 3

Check the conversion chart to determine what hand size you have. The sizes vary with regard to gender and age. Men's sizes generally range from 7 inches (extra small) to 12 inches (double extra large). Women's sizes range from 6 inches (extra small) to 8 inches (extra large); children's vary from 1 inch (extra small) to 5-6 inches (extra large), and junior's range from 4 inches (extra small) to 6.5 inches (double extra large).


  • Custom gloves might be desired for sports such as golf, bowling or baseball or for activities such as motorcycle riding.

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About the Author

Tessa Holmes has been writing professionally since 2007. Her short stories and articles have been published on and in the "Cypress Dome." She has worked with the "Florida Review." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Central Florida.