Summer is a great time to take a close look at your home’s interior and make some changes. You’ve already freshened up the place with some spring cleaning and now it’s time to freshen it up more with some redecorating. Unfortunately, the finished product doesn’t always turn out like you’d imagine it. So before you start your interior decorating project, here are eleven common design mistakes and how to avoid them:
Over- or under-sized furniture. A mistake many people make when decorating a room is not taking into account the size of the furniture they’re purchasing for that room. Comfort, color, and style aren’t the only things to think about. Over-sized furniture may be super comfy but in a small space, you severely limit what you can do with that room. Furniture that’s too small doesn’t make a small room look larger, it just makes the furniture uncomfortable to sit in.
Harsh or dim lighting. Harsh overhead light is the worst way to illuminate a space. Dim lighting can be nice, but not if it’s too dim. It’s best to layer your lighting and have a mixture of overhead and lamp light in a room. Customizable lighting that allows you to brighten or dim them as needed throughout the day is a nice touch.
Too many family photos. Everyone loves to show off their family photos and family vacations. But resist the urge to hang a photo in every empty spot on the wall. Carefully select a handful of your favorites and display them in an attractive manner. You can swap them out from time to time to show off other photos. You can also place a family photo album on a coffee or end table to showcase some more photographs in a way that doesn’t clutter the space.
Picking paint before furniture. Paint comes in a million colors but you’re lucky if the perfect sofa you just found in the furniture store comes in more than three. Selecting furniture that’s everything you want and the perfect color to match the walls you’ve already painted is hard. So do yourself a favor and shop for furniture before you pick your paint color.
Holding on to heirlooms. Family heirlooms have a way of piling up over the years. Often these have sentimental value so you don’t want to throw them out like trash. Some heirlooms can be converted into something that looks modern and interesting. Others make for great antiques that you can display about your home. Just don’t overdo it.
Undisguised storage. Finding a place to store everything can be difficult, especially in a small space. Floating shelves and built-in shelves can be a great place to store some items in a way that looks nice but many people tend to store too many things out in the open which creates a cluttered look. Find creative ways to store things in a way that keeps them out of view for a cleaner, nicer look.
Multipurpose rooms. A multipurpose room is a great idea if you don’t live in a mansion and have a room for every activity you like to do. However, it’s very easy for a multipurpose room to look cluttered so make sure things are arranged in a way that looks intentional.
Exposed outlets and cords. Try to avoid having cords running all over the place. Keep outlet locations in mind as you arrange furniture and try to keep outlets and cords out of sight whenever possible.
Misplaced window treatments. Most people hang their curtains just above the window they want to cover. Instead hang them higher. Floor to ceiling curtains are dramatic and work especially well in large rooms.
Plain white walls. Stark white walls only look good if they’re decorated very carefully (and if there are never kids or pets in the home). It’s probably safer to go with a light, neutral color that will hide smudges and marks a little better.
Misplaced artwork. Artwork is a great finishing touch, but most people use too much or too little or use art that’s too small for the space. A few carefully chosen pieces that are probably a little larger than you’d usually display will make your home look much better.
Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy
Step 1: Floor to top of Wall plate
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.
Step 2: Bottom of Fintube to Top of Wall Plate
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.
Step 3: Back Wall to Front of Fintube
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.
Step 2 DETERMINE IF BRACKETS ARE NECESSARY
Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy
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.
HOW TO MEASURE LENGTH
Based on how your heater is configured,
choose an option below to expand and view
specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.
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.)
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.
TWO SIDES HAVE SPACES AND WRAP AROUND WALL TO WALL SECTIONS
Measure from the corner of the wall to the outside corner. Subtract 3" for the 90 degree corner (for both left and right legs). Measure from the corner to the end of the unit with end caps on. Subtract 3" for the 90 degree corner then subtract ½" for wiggle room.