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When you’ve got a small living space, either by choice or by necessity, you’ve got to get creative if you’re going to live comfortably in that space. When adding square footage isn’t an option, here are eight remodeling tips that will help you make the most out of a small living space.
When space is very limited, every single element has to serve a purpose. There can’t be any wasted space. When remodeling a small space, then, it’s important to start by thinking about what’s most important to you. Do you need office space? Do you want there to be places where company can sleep. Let function determine every decision you make.
Build storage everywhere
Because space is tight, you don’t want to take it up with large dressers and other storage furniture. Instead, you’ll need to get creative by building storage space into other furniture such as beds and sofas. Anywhere you can possibly store stuff should be utilized.
Free up the floor plan
You’ve got to be very judicious about how you use precious square footage. You want to limit the amount of the floor plan that’s used for circulation. Hallways and stairwells and walkways take up valuable space so you’ll want to limit that as much as possible by being creative with the floor plan.
Let there be light
Plenty of natural light is key to making a space appear larger than it actually is. Large windows that allow in plenty of natural light are key. Skylights are another creative way to let in natural light.
Don’t forget negative space
Negative space is unused space. Probably the biggest mistake people make when remodeling a small living space is trying to fill up every open space in the home. Though that seems like the goal in most of the other tips for a small space, it’s still important to have some empty space in some places so that the eyes can get a little rest.
Vary ceiling heights
Though low ceiling heights throughout can create additional space that you could use for sleeping lofts or other purposes, higher vaulted ceilings can really make a smaller space look a lot larger. So don’t be afraid to vary the ceiling heights. In a back bedroom or bathroom you can have a low ceiling and perhaps a sleeping loft above them. But somewhere in the home there should be a room with a higher ceiling.
Edit stuff out
There’s no room whatsoever for clutter in a small space so you’ve got to be very decisive about what stays and what goes. For every item you’ve got to ask whether it serves a purpose or whether it’s beautiful enough to justify being there. You can’t be afraid to get rid of things that aren’t necessary.
Make it yours
One danger in decorating a small space is that so much attention is paid to functionality and space-saving that homeowners forget to make the space their own. No matter how small the space, there still needs to be some elements that make the home personal.
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.