Furniture is the meat and potatoes of interior design. Accessories like throws and pillows may fill in the little gaps but the furniture you select and the way you arrange it is going to determine the success of your interior design more than anything else so it’s important that you put a lot of careful though into it. Here are five furniture arrangement tips that will help you to decorate like a pro.
Every seat needs a conversation partner
Good interior design facilitates conversation. That means that when you’re deciding on a way to arrange the furniture for a room, every seat needs a conversation partner. Every sofa, loveseat, and armchair needs a conversation partner. They should be arranged in such a way that the people sitting in them can face people sitting in the other one. Also make sure that the space between them is comfortable. Seating that is too close or too far makes conversation awkward.
Float your furniture
People have a tendency to make wallflowers out of their furniture, especially in smaller spaces. It’s natural to want to use the square footage in the most efficient way possible by pushing everything against the walls and maximizing floor space in the middle of the room but you should resist that urge and float your furniture by moving everything a couple of feet inwards from the walls of the room. Contrary to what you might think, floating your furniture will actually make the space appear to have more room and not less. Floating your furniture is especially important if you have baseboard radiators since furniture that’s pushed up against them can pose a fire hazard. Even if they’re a few inches away they will block airflow and reduce the effectiveness of the heaters. In addition to floating furniture you can install baseboard radiator covers to put another layer between the heating elements and your furniture.
Have a focal point
For good interior design, every room needs a focal point that draws the eyes. In many US households, this ends up being the big flat screen TV more often than not. But if you want to be more creative, you can make one of your major furnishings the focal point such as a chandelier or a stand-out coffee table. The furniture itself can be a focal point if it has a more interesting color, texture, or pattern. If you want something else to be the focal point, then keep the furniture more subdued by choosing a more neutral, light color.
Less is more
You may have trouble creating a focal point in a space if there’s simply too many pieces. If you’re struggling to find a good arrangement for a given room, the problem may be that you’re trying to cram in too many things. When it comes to furniture arranging, less really is more.
Get an outside perspective
Another tip if you’re struggling is to get an outside perspective. You can ask a trusted friend or relative for their opinion. They may see a possibility for a layout you never even imagined and it may be just what the room needs. You can get an outside perspective without help from someone else by taking a picture to help you see the space as guests will see it. This can reveal new possibilities or problem areas.
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.