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Your home is your sanctuary, and it should be a place you are able to relax and enjoy yourself. But once you have a family, that relaxation time seems to go away, and the house becomes a place for the whole family instead of just you. It is especially hard as a mom because kids often feel like they need to be with you all the time, even when they are older. It can be very hard to find a place of your own that is comfortable and relaxing. Now, to fight that problem, there is the Mom Cave.
It used to be only dads got a place in the house that was just for them, but times have changed. Women realized how important it is to have a place of their own as well. And whether this is a room in the house or a "she-shed" out back, it is definitely something you want. Decorating it right will make you feel more at home.
Find a space
Finding a place where you can have your mom cave is the first step to creating your oasis. Pick the room in your home or the shed out back that will make you feel most comfortable. You probably don’t need a huge space if it is a place that is just for you to spend time alone, but if you plan to invite your friends into it, you may want something bigger than a closet. After you’ve picked the room you want, you’ll want to get it ready by cleaning everything in there, putting on baseboard radiator covers, and putting up a fresh coat of paint. Usually, neutral paint colors are a good choice, but you may want something bolder depending on your theme.
Pick your theme
The theme of your space will be a big determining factor in choosing the furniture and decorations for the space. You can choose to be very girly, have it centered on a particular activity you like doing (such as reading, sewing, video gaming), or you may even just want to make it peaceful and serene. The LA Times reports on a girl who wanted her theme to be related to a garden, as she made a she-shed where she could spend time. The goal was to make it flow beautifully with the garden. Whatever you choose, pick something that speaks to you and will make it a space you want to spend time in alone.
Pick large pieces of furniture
Since you may be working with a limited space, picking your big furniture first will help you define the area. Do you need seating for one or seating for a group of friends? Do you need bookshelves in there or an entertainment center? Decide what you want to do in that space, so you know what functional pieces need to go in first.
The decor is where your theme will really come into play. You could pick a rug so comfortable you can snuggle up on it with a good book, or you can choose to get a rug that fits a particular style. Choose a coffee table or side table that matches your theme and is functional in design. Put art on the walls that feels comfortable and safe. These are the final touches that will really make your space personal for you, so it is important you only pick things you like.
The most important thing to remember when creating your mom cave is that it is a place where you can be selfish. Don’t get caught up in worrying about someone else and whether or not they will like the space. Just do what you like, and you’ll be happy with the result.
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.