Just because a room is tiny doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable. A small space can be cozy and inviting. Not only that, there are a few interior design tricks you can use to make that small room appear larger than it really is and while some of them may seem counter-intuitive, they really do work. Here are five tricks to experiment with.
Buy larger furniture
Buying small furniture for a small space is a rookie mistake. The thinking is that smaller furniture will make the room seem larger but it simply doesn’t work. Smaller furniture may seem more appropriately scaled for the space but your eyes will tell you it’s just small furniture, not a small room. Not only does small furniture not make the space look bigger, it also tends to be less comfortable for your guests. So go larger than you normally would. Choose furniture that’s comfortable. You’ll have to be more selective since you won’t be able to have as many pieces in the space but fewer large pieces will make the space feel bigger than if you were to have more small pieces.
Float your furniture
Another rookie mistake homeowners make when decorating a small space is to push the furniture as close to the walls as possible to maximize floor space in the middle of the room. Resist the desire to maximize floor space and create some space between the walls and the furniture. This creates a room-within-a-room effect and will actually help the space to seem larger.
Fake a view
Large windows always trick the eye into perceiving a space as being larger than it really is. But installing windows where there weren’t any before is expensive and depending on where the room is located in your home, it may not be an option at all. Fortunately, you do have the option of faking a view. Hang an oversized mirror on one of the walls. If possible, hang it across from a window to double the effect but even without the window, the mirror will add space to the room.
As mentioned in the previous trick, large windows make a space seem larger. But even if you don’t have large windows, you can make smaller windows seem bigger by hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains or drapes. Most people, when doing window treatments hang the curtain rod just above the top of the window, instead, install the rod closer to the ceiling and invest in some nice long curtains that will hang just an inch or two above the floor.
The previous trick will make the space seem taller, this trick makes the room seem wider. You can do it in any room but it’s most common in a bathroom. Either paint the walls or put up wallpaper with a horizontally striped pattern. It creates a stretching effect that opens up the space.
This last one isn’t an interior decorating trick per se but it does make any room look bigger. Declutter. To really maximize the available space, have everything put in its proper place and try to minimize the number of accessories and smaller pieces that you might have on display in the room.
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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 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 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.
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.