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There’s something therapeutic about going through your home and changing up the look of it. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to hire a professional interior decorator to give your home a fresh look. That said, there are some interior decorating mistakes that people make when doing it themselves. So whether you’re completely new to interior design or you’ve got some experience, here are some common interior decorating mistakes to avoid.
Most homeowners lean conservative when it comes to painting their home’s interior. A light neutral color is always a safe bet. But when homeowners do get creative with the paint color, they often choose the wrong colors. There’s nothing wrong with being bold with paint color choice as long as the colors don’t clash with each other or with the room itself. Remember that darker colors make a room appear smaller while lighter colors make a room appear larger.
Too many photos
We tend to be overly sentimental and want to display all of our family photos. Resist the urge and exercise restraint when selecting photographs to display. Choose only the very best ones so your walls don’t become overly crowded. You can minimize clutter on your walls by putting your favorite photographs in a photo album and putting it on display on a coffee table or end table. You can also select one wall to be a photo gallery of sorts to keep other walls (and the space in general) from looking crowded.
Forgetting the entryway
When we set out to redecorate, we tend to focus on rooms and forget the entryway. But the entryway is the first thing people see when they enter your home. Make sure it’s an appealing space. Set aside some of your interior decorating budget to go towards your entryway.
While natural light can make a space appear larger than it really is, you don’t want to imitate the effect with artificial light. It just doesn’t work quite the same way. If your lights are overly bright, they can make a person feel as though they’re on stage. Bright lights will make your home appear washed out. To fix this, use lampshades, soft white bulbs, or dimmers to keep artificial light from being too bright.
Too much empty space
When placing furniture, there’s a tendency to push everything as close to the wall as possible to maximize the space in the room. In reality, you want to do the opposite. You want your living space to seem cozy and intimate so put a little space between the walls and the furniture. Place things closer together rather than too far apart. Just be careful not to go overboard, lack of space is also a common interior decorating mistake.
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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.