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When it comes to interior decorating, furniture is what’s going to make the biggest impact. Paint color for the walls is probably second. But a third thing, and one that’s often overlooked is rugs. A large rug can completely transform the look of a room. Area rugs are especially nice in open concept floor plans where all the rooms can seem to run together. An area rug pulls things together and sets apart one room from the rest.
Not only does a rug make a room look more inviting, it can protect your hardwood floors and muffle the sounds of people walking on hard surfaces in your home. Here are a few other things you should know about rugs.
Where can you put them?
Most everyone knows that rugs are ideal for the living room and bedroom. But rugs can work great in just about any room in the house. An area rug in a formal dining area, for instance, can really pull the table and chairs set together and make the space look more grand. Circular rugs are great for a foyer or entryway and smaller rugs for the kitchen and bathrooms where people will be doing a lot of standing will make things much more comfortable. Rugs don’t need to be limited to rooms with hard floors. Rugs in a carpeted room can also create a great look.
Style and size
A rug is a very important home décor item that pulls the whole room together so you don’t want to rush out and buy something just because the price is right. You’ll want to think carefully about furniture and other pieces that are already in the room and choose a rug that will complement those other features. Contemporary designs, especially those in grays and blues are especially popular now but you should ultimately choose a color and style that works for your home. A mistake many homeowners make is getting a rug that’s the wrong size. Most tend to get a rug that’s too small for the space but a rug may also be too big if there’s less than a foot of flooring surrounding the rug in a room.
Types of rugs
Rugs come in many types and at many price points. The standard material for rugs is wool. Indian wool is shorter and dryer but costs less than New Zealand wool which is longer and softer. If you’re on a budget, a machine-made polyester rug will cost a lot less and it’s easy to clean. Hand knotted rugs are much more expensive because they take a very long time to make and are very labor intensive. Other popular styles are animal hides, leathers, sisal, bamboo, silk, and silk blends.
Protecting your investment
Depending on the size and type of rug you choose, it can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Either way, it’s a major investment that you’ll want to be sure to protect. The first thing you’ll want to do is purchase a rug pad to protect the underside of the rug and your flooring as well. This will also keep the rug from slipping. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your rug because the directions will vary based on the type of rug. Use the hardwood floor setting on your vacuum when vacuuming your rug because the beater bar can wear out your rug if it’s spinning.
Not every home baseboard radiator has standard dimensions. Learn the steps to installing a long baseboard radiator cover and persist through the challenge.
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.