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In an ideal world, your bedroom would be large enough to store all your belongings with enough room left over that it doesn’t feel cluttered and can be a space where you can relax. But it seems the bedroom can never be large enough. If you’ve got a small space to work with in your bedroom, there are a few things that you can try to make it better.
No tabletop lamps
A light beside your bed is a must but it takes up valuable real estate to have a lamp sitting on your night table. There are a couple of alternatives to a bedside lamp. You can hang two sconce lights, one on either side of your headboard so that light is within reach from both sides of the bed but you still have the whole surface of your night stands for other things. A second option is to hang two pendant lights from the ceiling directly above the night stands.
Since your bed and night stands are taking up most of the floor space, you probably don’t have much room left over for other furniture on which to place things. A great way to solve this problem is to install some floating shelves on the walls. Here you can place books or décor items to liven up the space without needing a chest of drawers on which to place such belongings.
In a small bedroom, a bed with pull out drawers is a must. To maximize the storage space below your bed, purchase a bed that’s as high as you can tolerate This will allow for deep under-the-bed drawers on both sides and perhaps even at the foot of the bed. You can use these to store clothing in place of having a dresser and you can store your decorative bed pillows and comforter there when you’re sleeping.
There’s no shortage of fold-away furniture for occasions such as this. There are desks that can fold up into the wall when not in use and fold down when you need it. Fold-out beds aren’t recommend for a daily use bedroom but they’re great if you have need of a spare bedroom but need it to be an office most of the time.
Doors need clearance to open and close. That space that the door swings through when opening and closing limits where you can place furniture in the room. Pocket doors slide into the space between the walls and allow you to maximize your floor space. You can use pocket doors for the entrance into the bedroom, for the closet door, and for a bathroom door if there’s a bathroom attached to the bedroom.
Mirrors reflect light and trick the eye into seeing more space than there really is. Mirrors can be hung above the bed, installed on your closet door, or hung above a desk (a fold-out one) where you apply makeup. Mirrors are most effective when placed directly across from a window with plenty of natural light.
Do something bold
While this won’t create any additional space for your room, it will distract the eye from the limited space. You can go with a striking paint color or a patterned wallpaper that draws the eye. A large piece of art on the wall can act as a statement piece as well.
The color white
Light colors, and especially white, make a space look more open and spacious. You can paint your room a lighter color or go with all-white furniture. If your bedroom has metallic baseboard radiators, you can cover them with white baseboard radiator covers to get the all-white look throughout the bedroom.
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.