One of the most used rooms in your home is probably your kitchen. Even people who don’t like to cook spend plenty of time in their kitchens. That is just one of the reasons why having a beautifully decorated kitchen is a good idea. It also adds home value if you are trying to sell your home. Plus, you will feel more comfortable having friends over if you have a nice kitchen. Here are five ways you can improve your kitchen.
Surprisingly, the hardware on your kitchen cabinets can completely transform the overall look of your kitchen. Updating your cabinets entirely is ideal, but if you can’t do that, you can update the hardware instead and still get a really big improvement.
Just go to your local hardware store and pick out some hardware you think looks nice. You can easily drill and install your hardware on your cabinets on your own. It definitely will give your kitchen a complete, modern look even with old cabinets.
The flooring in your entire home could stand to be updated every 10 years or so. With so many different materials available, you can get pretty much any type of overall look you want. Decide first what you want the look to be, and then you can start researching the materials needed to create that look. For example, if you want it to look like hardwood, you can do that with actual hardwood flooring, laminate, or even tile. So at that point, you would determine which material you prefer to use to get your look.
The material that you want to choose for your flooring will depend on your purposes. If you are looking to have an extremely sturdy floor for kids and pets to be on, then you’d want to choose tile. But if you want something a little softer in case kids fall and hit their heads, a laminate might be a better option. With hardwood being much more difficult to take care of and manage, it is not great for homes with children or pets. But it is a very beautiful choice.
Add baseboard heater covers
Baseboard radiator heaters are ugly and outdated, but unfortunately they are necessary for heating your home. This is an especially common problem in larger homes. Even painting them doesn’t really change the appearance of the heaters. You can instead get baseboard heater covers to cover up the heaters. It is design-friendly and functional.
Create storage solutions
Every kitchen needs good storage solutions. It seems like no matter how many cupboards or pantries you have, all that space gets used up pretty quickly. That is why you should consider getting really good storage in your kitchen. There are many different ways you can create storage in your kitchen. Do so by adding in racks for storing more easily in the cabinets or even putting in knife blocks to hold your knives or spice rack holders on the inside of your cabinets.
Decorate above cabinets
Above the cabinets there is typically empty space. And while you can use it for storage, that really doesn’t bode well for a beautifully decorated kitchen. If you are looking to improve your kitchen, it is much better to decorate up there. Add a collection of pottery up there or even some plants. The important thing is that you don’t stack storage up there which is not aesthetically pleasing, and you also need to avoid leaving it bare.
Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Follow our guide for baseboard heater cover measurement:
Any baseboard larger than 7 3/8" (188 mm) will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" (238 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure from the bottom of the finned tube heating element to the top of the metal wall plate,
A measurement of 5 1/2" to 6 3/4" (140 mm – 172 mm) will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" (191 mm – 222 mm) will fit our tall cover.
Measure the distance from the wall or the metal wall plate attached to the wall, to the outside of the finned tube heating element.
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" (76 mm) inches from the wall will fit our tall cover.
EZ Snap™ Wall Widgets are used when your old or existing wall back plate has been removed or if you have to hang your new cover 1 inch or higher to bring them up to a height that will fit our installation guidelines. Just measure your overall desired height, subtract 1", drill a hole, preferably in a stud and attach it to the wall with the included screw.
EZ Snap™ Floor Fidgets easily raise your new covers ¾ inch to compensate for any ¾ inch floor (wood, tile, or other) that has been installed any time since your baseboard heater was originally installed. May be used for any reason when the overall height has been shortened and the total height is less than 7-½ inches for standard height or 9-½ inches for the TALL height EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Covers. Just use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall back plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate. To install, slide up from the bottom and make sure the top is at your desired height. Screw to the wall, then bend the front finger up to hold the fin tube in place.
Measure from wall to wall and subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 flush to wall end caps.
Measure the overall length of the existing unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 2 Closed or Open-end caps.
Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with ends attached then subtract ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) The endcaps can be pulled or slid ½ inch outward on either end to fit your existing length requirements. Choose 1 Closed or Open-end & 1 flush to wall end cap.
Measure the left side from corner A to corner B (see diagram). Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side if also wall to wall. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from each side that is wall to wall. Choose your end caps.
Measure the left side from the corner of the wall to the end of the unit with ends caps. Then subtract 3 inches for the 90 degree inside corner, then subtract another ½ inch (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.) Repeat for the right side. You need to subtract a total of 3½ inches from both left and right sides. Choose your end caps.
L-Shaped outside radiators ending in the middle of the wall:
Measure from outside corner of the wall A to the end of the radiator unit with end caps attached B, then subtract ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Measure from outside corner of the wall to the corner of the wall, then subtract 1/2" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Left leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½ (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.)
Center leg - measure from corner to corner and subtract 3" for each corner a total of 6"
Right leg - measure from the corner out to the end of the radiator subtract 3" for the corner and ½" (to allow for wiggle room when installing your new covers.).
We recommend that you order covers a little longer than normal and cut them on site, as there are many opportunities for mistakes in measuring and installation. By cutting on site you can fit and cut to fit. The covers can be cut with a good quality jigsaw and a fine metal cutting blade.
Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,
you’re ready to order.