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Some interior design projects are safer than others. Projects that are dramatic and expensive may turn out all right and make your home look wonderful, or they may go completely wrong and you’re stuck with a huge bill and an end result you’re not happy with. If you’re new to interior decorating your own home and you’re nervous about undertaking a project you might regret, you might want to consider one of the following projects which are relatively simple, inexpensive, and safe.
Set the tone with a new front door
Your front door sets the tone for your entire home since it’s the first thing they notice as they approach it. If your door is dated or worn out-or even if it’s not-consider replacing it with a nice steel entry door or repainting it in a fun, new color. Either project is doable for the average DIYer. Not only is it a fun, easy project, it’s a project with an excellent return-on-investment since it adds so much value to your home and practically pays for itself.
Opt for lighter paint colors
Another way you can do yourself a favor when it comes to selling your home eventually is to opt for lighter foundational colors throughout your home. Use accent pieces and artwork for pops of color and stick to light, neutral colors like whites, grays, and beiges for the walls and ceilings. Not only are these kinds of colors appealing to more people, they’re easier to match other pieces to them and they make rooms look larger and more opened up than dark or bright colors. If you don’t want a single color throughout, you can still take a neutral base color and vary the shades from room to room.
Let in plenty of natural light
Another way to make your home look more open and spacious is to have plenty of natural light. If your home doesn’t already have skylights or large, floor-to-ceiling windows, you probably don’t want to spend the small fortune necessary to add those kinds of features. What you can do is take down those thick drapes. Go with very, very light and thin window treatments to provide adornment without diminishing the natural light that comes through.
Make the most of mirrors
You can maximize the effect of all that natural light by being strategic about mirror placement. So often homeowners think of mirrors as being just for the closet or the bathroom but mirrors can be for more than just looking at yourself as you dress or apply makeup. Well-placed mirrors can reflect light around rooms including corners that don’t get as much natural light for a more open and spacious look throughout your home.
Natural light isn’t a replacement for artificial light since you’ll still need plenty of that for evenings or overcast days. Most homes have ambient light pretty much taken care of since every room probably had some kind of overhead light to begin with. But the best lighting incorporates task and accent lighting as well. Task lighting such as under-cabinet LEDs or reading lamps next to armchairs ensures you have light for every occasion and you don’t always have to have the brighter, harsher overhead lighting on all the time. Accent lighting can be used to draw attention to a gallery wall, or emphasize unique architectural features in your home.
Baseboard heater covers
Few projects are as easy as installing baseboard heater covers on your old baseboard radiator system. It’s as simple as measuring your radiators, ordering covers by the foot, and snapping them into place. No hardware or tools necessary. It’s a quick and easy way to give your home an update.
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.