The idea of a man cave is to have a space in your home dedicated to whatever hobbies or interest the man of the house loves. But as traditional roles in the family have changed, so has the idea of a man cave. While it is typically still a room dedicated to the man’s hobbies, it is also usually a place the whole family can spend time together. It is the main family room with the biggest TV and nicest gaming system. With that in mind, it is important your Man Cave is decorated in a way that is comfortable for the whole family.
Choose a location
The nice thing about a Man Cave is it can go pretty much anywhere. You can put it in the garage, a backyard storage shed, the attic, the basement, or even a large closet. Of course, you should definitely try to get the largest space possible, especially if you really want a multi-purpose space that can be used by everyone in the family without stepping on each other’s toes. You can definitely put a family-friendly man cave in any room though, even if it isn’t finished yet or doesn’t have plumbing to the area.
Layout the room
The next thing you want to do is take that space and figure out exactly how you want it laid out. Measure the space to figure out how much room you have. Then, decide whether you are going to use furniture you currently have or if you are going to buy new things. If you already have furniture, you’ll want to figure out how that furniture will fit in the space. New furniture is a little easier because you are able to pick pieces that fit the space a little nicer.
You need to decide what you want in the room. Do you want a TV-watching area with couches? Do you have bean bags you want on the floor? Do you have a poker table or a foosball table you are going to set up? Are you going to put a wet bar in the space so you can easily snack while watching the big game? Then, layout the space according to those items and how they can fit in the area you have picked out.
Designing the walls
One of the ways you can make the space more inviting to the whole family is by having decorations on the wall that make the room feel more inviting. Man caves used to have nothing on the wall or if they did, it was pictures of half naked women. That isn’t going to make everyone feel comfortable, so you want to put things up that work for everyone. Make sure you put up a fresh coat of paint and baseboard radiator heater covers to make it look clean and fresh. Then, put up iconic movie posters or art that is themed towards the type of man-cave you have. If your man cave is dedicated to video-gaming, put up decorations related to gaming. If your man cave is dedicated to football, put up stuff from your favorite team. Whatever you do, put things on the wall that remind you of what you love and will make your whole family feel comfortable and invited into the room to play with you.
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.