Okay, so your backyard is technically your home’s exterior and not the interior, but you should be in the habit of thinking of your outdoor living space as an extension of the indoors. So if the interior of your home is already looking good, why not apply some interior decorating tips to the backyard as well. Here are five decorating ideas to create a better outdoor living space.
Attract birds with a bird bath
One of the keys to having an enjoyable outdoor living space is to have plenty of chirping birds around to lighten the mood. A bird bath is a surefire way to attract them. It also doubles as a nice, outdoor decoration. Make sure your bird bath isn’t too deep or the tinier birds won’t use it. If you’re pretty handy and like to build things yourself, a constructing your own bird bath can be a fun weekend project.
Go with a vertical garden to save space
A garden will always beautify any backyard but they can take a lot of space. Fortunately, you always have the option of creating a vertical garden along your backyard fence. Then you can plant anything you want so long as it can survive in your climate. You can grow edible plants and spices to use for cooking your meals and to save some money at the grocery store or you can plant flowers and other plants just to beautify the space.
Install a waterfall fountain
Having an outdoor living space that people will want to spend time in is about more than appearances. The sounds should also be pleasing. So why not install a waterfall fountain? The soft splash of running water is soothing and will make spending time outdoors even more enjoyable. Of course it also works as another outdoor decoration. A waterfall fountain can be relatively small and inexpensive or you can create your own mini waterfall complete with rocks. Just make sure there’s room in your budget if you’re going to go with a larger waterfall.
Improve outdoor lighting
A single lightbulb by the backdoor isn’t going to cut it if you want to spend time outdoors after the sun goes down. You’ll want to outfit your backyard with some nice outdoor lighting. You have all kinds of options to choose from such as pendent lighting, chandeliers, flood lighting, ceiling lighting, and wall sconces. You can also install lighting that showcases your landscaping. Just head to your local home improvement store and pick out the lighting that looks good for your outdoor living space.
Arrange outdoor furniture
While you’re at the home improvement store, you may as well select your outdoor furniture as well. Remember, it’s better to spend a little more on durable materials that will last more than a season or two. Natural materials such as bamboo and rattan furniture looks especially good. You’ll also want to buy comfortable and durable cushions that are designed to be used outdoors. They’re treated so they don’t fade in the sunlight. Arrange your outdoor furniture in such a way that it encourages conversation between guests as they sit in your yard. There shouldn’t be any isolated chairs without a conversation partner.
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Measure the height from the floor to the top of the metal wall plate.
Any measurement greater than 7 3/8" inches (188)mm will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" inches (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 less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) 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.
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.
EZ Snap™ Wall Contraptions are used when your wall plate has been completely removed. EZ Snap™ Wall Contraption receives your EZ Snap™ BaseBoard Cover and keeps your aluminum fin tube from sagging. These completely replace your wall back plate.
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.