You probably spend most of your time at home during the winter months, which means you see all the things you want changed in your home while also feeling like you can’t do it all because it is winter. But there are actually quite a few decorating and DIY projects you can do during the winter months. And what better time to get things done in the house than during the winter when you are stuck inside anyway? During the summer months, you’d probably much prefer to be out on adventures. Here are some decorating projects you can do before the warm weather hits hard.
Winter is the perfect time to get your window treatments up to speed. Make sure you have blackout curtains or blinds in the rooms where you are sleeping, especially if you have little kids in the house. Getting those blackout curtains in place before the middle of summer when the sun is out all night will make bedtime much easier for you. If you choose heavy, weather resistant curtains, you’ll find that it helps keep the house warm in the winter and cool in the summer by blocking out the elements.
It makes for an especially good winter remodeling project if you are going to be sewing the curtains yourself because you have plenty of time to sit at the sewing machine and whip out some fantastic curtains that will fit your space perfectly.
If you have to take something outside to paint it, you probably either need to get a heater set up in your garage or you should wait a few more months til spring. However, if you are just going to paint walls, you can do that right now. You don’t even have to move all the furniture out of the room if you have space to move it to the center of the room instead. Make sure you get a big fan for circulating the air since you won’t be able to open windows to do it for you unless you want to freeze to death.
Winter is the perfect time to get your baseboard heater covers and put them on your radiator heaters. It gets rid of the unsightly look of your heaters and is super easy to snap into place. This will help update the look of your space and is an easy DIY project you can do during the winter months.
Winter is the perfect time to go through your pictures and do decorating projects with them. Maybe you want to put together a collage wall, or maybe you just want to gather them up and finally put them into scrapbooks. You could even do projects where photos are put onto canvas or other objects around your home using modge podge. If you are stuck inside in the cold, you might as well be finally doing something with the hundreds of pictures you have stored on your laptop.
And the bigger bonus with this decorating project is that you get to spend time reviewing all the memories of your friends and family that you probably don’t get a chance to do very often.
There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
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.