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Most homeowners don’t hire professional interior decorators. Most view it as a luxury that only the rich can afford. Many mistakenly believe that they can do everything a professional interior designer can do after reading a few articles online. Sure, there are some projects anyone can do like installing snap-on baseboard heater covers but larger-scale decorating projects require a trained expert. Homeowners with a DIY attitude who really want to learn how to do interior design for themselves may still choose to go that route but for the casual decorator who thinks they can get the look of a professional home design without hiring a professional might want to reconsider. Here are a few reasons to hire a pro.
It may be cheaper in the long run
Probably the biggest deterrent to hiring an interior decorator is cost, but what if it was actually cheaper in the long run? When you decorate your home yourself, chances are you’ll start noticing right away various mistakes. The more you have to go out and purchase new things to keep correcting problems, the more it costs. An interior decorator is likely to get it right the first time.
You don’t know where to start
Interior decorating a space is such a huge undertaking that the average person has no idea where to start. Interior decorators do. They can help you through every step of the process from measuring the space, asking the right questions to determine your needs and interests, and selecting pieces from sofas to picture frames.
You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, "it’s not what you know but who you know." You might know a thing or two about interior design but professional decorators know people. They may have access to discounts and they’ll certainly know the best contractors for various trades. That means you don’t have to go out and do your own vetting of various workmen.
The third eye
Professional decorators have a third eye, not in a mystical/supernatural sense but in the sense that they can picture a completed space before work begins. You might have ideas for a space but you’ll have trouble visualizing it until it’s completed and then you may not like it. Professional decorators on the other hand can avoid these kinds of mistakes by seeing a space’s potential from the very beginning.
They know what you like
It may seem counter-intuitive but a professional designer will know your wants and needs better than you do yourself. That’s because they’re trained to ask the right sorts of questions to figure out what it is you want and need out of each space in your home.
Attention to detail
Finally, interior decorators’ attention to detail is unparalleled and they can add in all the finishing touches which, though they’re small, tend to make all the difference. If you want a beautiful home without all the stress, you may want to reconsider you decision to not hire a pro.
Source: Chicago Now
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.