How To Measure Head For Cowboy Hat? [Easy Steps]

Are you planning to buy your first cowboy hat but don’t know the size? No worries, this article will give you an idea of how to measure the head for a cowboy hat. And fortunately, it is easy as compared to roping a “Runaway Steer.”

So, start by rustling up the measuring tape and act like you’re Eastwood. It doesn’t take more than 2 minutes to determine the ideal hat size. Once you’re done, get ready for the fun part – wearing that new cowboy hat!

Look at how you can measure your head for a cowboy hat.

How To Measure Head For Cowboy Hat?

People usually wear cowboy hats with a wide brim, or at times, narrow brim as well, which is the horizontal part of the cowboy hat attached to the crown. This is what sits around the middle of your forehead, neither too low nor too high.

This is the part you need to measure because it is the spot for the inner band to make contact. And you can do it in simple steps.

P.S: It is a bit awkward to measure your head unless you are close to a mirror or in front of it. That way, you can let someone else handle the measurement while standing there, feeling how good you’re looking in that cowboy hat.

Take a look at the steps below:

  • Take a measuring tape. Place it just above the top of your ears (1/8 Inch against the forehead). If you are measuring it, take one end as the reference point to make it easy to read and understand the final measurement.
  • Then wind the tape around the head and wait for the loose end to overlap the starting point. Use your fingers to hold both ends together.
  • When the two sections or ends of the tape come together, note down the number. To ensure the measurement is precise, round it up to the closest 1/8th inch.
  • Write down the number on paper. This will help you memorize it for later.

So, in these four steps, you can measure your head for the cowboy hat. However, if you can’t even do it, start trying different hats and choose the one that fits your head perfectly.

Also read: How To Keep Cowboy Hat From Blowing Off?

How can you understand cowboy hat sizes?

You might have seen cowboy hats in various standardized sizes based on different head measurements. The smallest size starts from a few inches equal to the band circumference and then gets larger with a 1/8th-inch increment in each.

Such a sizing system makes it easy for anyone to choose based on what size fits them. The hat, whenever you wear it, must feel as comfortable as a glove that doesn’t let the hand go anywhere, nor it goes anywhere.

Here is a table that describes the size progression of these hats.

Size RangeXSSmallMediumLargeXLXXL
Hat Size6⅜/6½/6 ⅝6 ¾/6 ⅞7/7 ⅛7 ¼/7 ⅜7 ½/7 ⅝7 ¾/7 ⅞
Actual Size (Inches)20 ¼/20 ⅝/2121 ½/21 ⅞22 ¼/22 ⅝23/23 ⅜23 ¾/2424 ½/25

These measurements may also vary depending on the size of the head or due to any measurement fault. But these are general guesses, and you can also take them as a reference while measuring your head for a cowboy hat.

And if one size doesn’t fit you well, you can try the next one. Most cowboy hats usually mold themselves according to the head whenever you break them in. But it is better not to buy a cowboy hat that is too tight or loose. Moderate-sized hats will work well for you.

What to do if you need an “In-between” size?

The sizes mentioned above are perfectly calculated. But if unfortunately, you have an “in-between” size, you can go for the next larger size. For example, if you are just above 25 5/8ths of an inch but not exactly 26, you can go with 26. It would help if you had a comfortable cowboy hat, and a tight one won’t bring you the required comfort. But you can wear a loose one by adjusting it.

how to measure head for cowboy hat
How to measure head for cowboy hat?

And when it comes to cowboy hat styles, there are different styles of cowboy hats available in the market, and you can choose based on the one that fits perfectly and looks good according to your personality. But don’t forget to consider the occasion or place you’re going to wear it.

Please take a look at the quality of the material also before choosing it. If the cowboy hat starts to stretch or shrink soon after you buy it, there may be better options. So, make sure that you take all factors into account before choosing a specific style.

Also read: How To Hang A Cowboy Hat On The Wall?

Cowboy Hat Brim Sizes

The shape and size of the cowboy hat brim vary based on the style and owner’s preference. Since most people usually have exact head sizes, which we call average size, hats are available the most in those sizes. 

You don’t need to be worried about the brim size whenever you go out to buy one. However, if you want a specific style, you will have to provide them with the design to have it.

Once you get an idea of the size of cowboy hat you need, you will be capable of finding one which suits your dimensions and will look the way you want.


Measuring your head for a cowboy hat is not a big deal, and you need to follow specific steps such as measuring the circumference of your head, finding the perfect hat size according to the chart, and a few more.

Also, please consider a few factors, such as the budget, quality of your cowboy hat, and the company you’re buying it from. And if you are confused about anything, go through this article on how to measure heads for a cowboy hat better to understand the sizes and shapes of cowboy hats.


What Size Cowboy Hat Is 22 Inches?

The size of a cowboy hat is measured in inches, and the measurement for a 22-inch cowboy hat is suitable for approximately 7 to 7 ⅛ inches head size. This is a medium size hat.

What size cowboy hat is 20 inches?

A 20-inch cowboy hat measures around 6 to 7 inches in head size and is usually considered a small-size hat.

Is 23 inches a big head?

Yes, 23 inches and above are considered big hats and are suitable for heads 7 ¼ inches and above head sizes. This size will be perfect for you if you have a bigger head.

My name is Brandon J. Nava, and I consider myself an expert on the cowboy lifestyle. I regularly attend events at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) am I am a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). I've participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or the Pendleton Round-Up and I aspire to be awarded by the American Horse Council or the United States Equestrian Federation in the near future. In addition I've visited lectures and educational programs at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.