You don’t have to spend a fortune on hiring a professional interior decorator or contractors to get a home you’re proud of. Redecorating and home improvement is something you can do yourself with a limited budget. The following DIY secrets can help you get great results with limited funds.
Shop on Craigslist or at local thrift shops
You don’t have to buy new to find something great. In fact, oftentimes the perfect piece you need for a space in your home can’t be found at your nearest mega-retailer. With some keyword research to find the right search terms you can find all kinds of great furniture and accessories on sites like Craigslist. The same goes for local thrift shops. You can often get things at a fraction of what you’d have to pay to buy something new.
Good interior decorating is layered. Try to blend different colors, textures, and styles. You can even incorporate pieces from different periods. You might have some very modern looking accessories paired with mid-century modern furnishings. You can pair some of your second-hand finds with brand new items from Ikea. Don’t feel like you always need to shop from a collection to acquire everything you need to decorate a room.
Paint is cheap and changes everything
Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to transform the look of a space or a piece. If you found a great deal on a used and rather beat up dresser online or at a second-hand shop, a coat of paint or two might be all it needs to make it look new again. Painting a room or even an accent wall a new color can also give a space a whole new look for not a lot of money.
Support local artists or create your own art
Artwork can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. For inexpensive art, you could go to some mega-retailer and buy something mass-produced or you can scout out local fairs, farmers markets, or storefronts to find locally produced artwork. If you’re an artsy person yourself, or even if you’re not, you can try your hand at creating your own art to display. Sign up for a local ceramics or painting class and you might be surprised at what you can create. Locally produced or homemade art also makes for great conversation when you have guests over.
Quick and simple upgrades
There’s no shortage of extremely simple and inexpensive upgrades that can make a big difference in your home. With a screwdriver and about an hour of your time, you can swap out all of the electrical outlet and light switch plates with decorative ones. While you’re at it, you can replace all your cabinet hardware as well. Swapping out incandescent bulbs for more energy efficient and brighter LED bulbs requires a step stool and another hour of your time, at most. Another quick and easy upgrade is to install new baseboard heater covers to update the look of old baseboard heaters in minutes.
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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.