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Interior decorating can be tricky when you’re tight on space. Whether you prefer a smaller living space or you live in a big city and don’t have much say, there’s something to be said for living compactly. Here are five easy tips that you can follow to help you maximize your limited square footage.
1. Stay on scale
One of the biggest mistakes people make when decorating a small space is trying to make the space appear larger by opting for smaller scale furniture. Though there’s no shortage of miniature furniture to choose from, why would you want to spend money on something that’s uncomfortable to sit on or sleep on? Choose your large furniture like sofas and beds with comfort in mind and use size only as a tiebreaker. To compensate for larger pieces of furniture, minimize the use of accent furniture such as end tables that will clutter the space.
2. Get the right furniture
Since your square footage is limited, you have to be extra choosy when selecting furniture in a small space. If you want a coffee table, choose one that has a shelf underneath it. This doubles the surface area on which to place things without doubling the footprint of that piece of furniture. Choose end tables that have a drawer or two or an extra shelf. If you want to have a bookshelf in a room, make sure it’s floor to ceiling as opposed to halfway or three quarters.
3. Utilize wall space
When space is limited you can compensate by making the most out of your wall space. Installing shelves on your walls can reduce the need for furniture that would take up too much space. You can use wall shelving in place of nightstands in a bedroom and use wall hooks in the entryway so you can hang up coats and free up space in an entryway closet.
4. Create 3D visual interest
We’ve established that smaller furniture doesn’t trick the eye and make the room appear larger. But there are other ways to make a small space seem bigger. Using layered window treatments like curtains and shades can make the windows appear to be more recessed. Making one wall an accent wall by painting it a different color than the rest of the room. If you’re really feeling bold and you have a bigger budget to work with, you can go with a wood accent wall to create architectural interest.
5. Make a room within a room
Wishing you had an extra room in your home? You can turn one room into two without building any walls. Push the large furniture piece like the bed or sofa against a wall and use tall cabinets with wallpaper between them on the other side of the room to create a room within a room.
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There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
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.