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Not everyone has the luxury of living out in the countryside where land is cheap and larger homes are the norm. The tradeoff for living in or close to the city where all the excitement happens is that you’re forced to rent or purchase a home with a lot less square footage than what you could get with the same money elsewhere. But just because circumstances force you into smaller quarters, it doesn’t mean you have to rent a storage unit for your stuff. There are all sorts of creative ways to incorporate storage into your existing space in a way that doesn’t look cluttered. Here are a few tips.
Get rid of stuff you don’t need
If you don’t have enough space for your belongings and you don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting a storage unit, then the first order of business is reducing what you have. Even if you aren’t in cramped quarters it’s a good idea to go through your belongings every six months or so to get rid of things you no longer need or want. This can be an overwhelming task so make things easy on yourself by just doing one room or closet per day. Have three piles: one for things you want to keep, one for junk that needs to go to the trash, and one for items that someone else might find value in that you can donate or sell.
Make use of the internet
Lack of storage space is a very common problem so there’s no shortage of creative solutions online. Many solutions won’t work for you but chances are you’ll find several that will. There are all kinds of nooks and crannies that you never thought to store things. You might also come across advice to store things in rooms you wouldn’t normally think to store them in. Create a folder on your computer to store pictures of ideas you come across.
Select furniture wisely
You should always take great care in selecting furniture but especially when working within a small space. Since these are the largest pieces and they’ll take up the most space in your home, they should all serve double duty. All beds should have under-bed storage with large deep drawers. Bunk beds for children are naturally good space-savers. Your shoe bench in your entry way should open to reveal storage space for shoes and your ottoman should be hollow as well. Choose end tables with drawers and a coffee table with storage space as well.
Utilize vertical space
Most wasted space in homes and apartments is up high. This makes sense since these are out-of-reach but if you want to maximize space, you need to find ways to use vertical space as well. Go with taller, narrower bookshelves and dressers instead of shorter, squatter ones. Hang floating shelves in rooms throughout your home for additional storage.
Display things out in the open
Usually you want to store things out of sight to avoid a cluttered look but there are ways of keeping a few carefully chosen things out in the open in a way that looks nice in order to free up space in other places. For example, a small pile of books on an end table or a row of books or movies between bookends on the top of a baseboard radiator cover display things in an attractive way.
Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.