A nice area rug is one of the most underutilized home décor items. The high price for a quality rug can discourage some homeowners from considering one but it’s a wise investment. The rug can serve as the focal point of virtually any room in the home and it can also protect your carpet or hardwood floors and help preserve them. Since an area rug is a big purchase, it’s important to take your time in selecting the right one. Here are five factors you’ll need to consider.
Of course, the price is going to be a factor you need to consider. The price of a rug will depend a number of things including the size, material, style, and the brand. If you’re shopping for a rug on a budget, then it’s a good idea to visit a number of stores to compare different styles, materials, and prices. Avoid buying the cheapest rug you can find as these will always be of an inferior quality and won’t last as long. It’s better to put off purchasing a rug until you can afford one of better quality that will last you many years.
The color is a great place to start when narrowing down your choices. Start by looking at the existing design scheme of the room you’re purchasing the rug for. Is it on the simpler side or is the room already quite extravagantly decorated with a lot of color and vibrancy? It it’s the latter, then opt for a rug that’s neutral in color and a simpler design to balance out the room. If you have a simpler design scheme, then opt for a brighter rug with a more complex pattern.
Texture is a factor that many homeowners forget to take into consideration when buying a rug. Aim for contrast when selecting the texture of a rug. If you have a velvet couch or loveseat in the room, then a harder and smoother texture for the rug-perhaps sisal. Also keep in mind that some materials are harder to clean than others so if you have young children or pets, you’ll want to look at materials that require less in the way of maintenance. No matter which material you choose, it should be comfortable under your feet so this is one purchase you don’t want to make online. Wear shoes that you can easily slip off when you go rug shopping so you can see how it feels when you step on it.
Rugs come in a wide variety of materials from wool to cotton to synthetics. There’s also animal skin rugs, sisal, bamboo, silk, and many others. Each material is going to have different advantages and disadvantages. Some will have a smoother texture while others will be a little more coarse. Others will be more durable compared to some that are more delicate. The material is probably the biggest factor that’s going to affect the price so shop carefully and weigh pros and cons when choosing the material.
The size and shape of the rug will of course depend on the size and shape of the room. A square or circular rug is best for a square shaped room and a rectangular or oval shaped rug is best for a rectangular room. Most homeowners make the mistake of purchasing a rug that’s too small for the room. An area rug is a statement piece so you want to buy bigger than you think you need. It should be more than large enough to encompass any furniture placed on top of it.
Source: The South African
Baseboard heaters are great for heating your home and making it comfortable for you to live in; however, not all models are equipped for efficiency. This is especially the case if your home has an electric baseboard heater, as they could use more energy than you intend. To save some money while maintaining a comfortable home, learn how to bring down your baseboard heating bill.
As tempting as it is to want to cover up our unsightly baseboard heaters, it’s often considered dangerous. It’s a hazard to cover a heater with some objects. However, this isn’t the case with professionally-made baseboard heater covers. Learn whether it’s safe to cover a baseboard radiator and how to appropriately do so.
The holidays offer the perfect time to have all your family and friends over for a party. With many people packed into your home, however, seemingly harmless environments can quickly turn dangerous. It’s for this reason that you need to maximize your home’s safety before you allow guests to visit. Practice these essential home safety tips for holiday parties to ensure your event remains safe and fun for all involved.
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.