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With the holidays arriving, you may be expecting guests to arrive soon. And whether you are expecting one guest over the holiday season or a full house of family, you will want to make sure you are prepared for them. One way to get prepared is to get a guest room ready to go. Here are some ways you can prep for holiday guests in the guest room.
Start with the bed
A good guest bed is important, so that is a good place to start. If you can’t afford to buy a comfortable new bed right now, you can actually rent beds for a couple of weeks at a time so your guests don’t have to sleep on the floor or an air mattress. Making sure your guests have a comfortable place to sleep will help them to get a good night’s rest and feel more refreshed in the morning when they start their day with you.
The bed should also be prepared with comfortable pillows. It is tempting to create a guest pillow graveyard where you put all your old pillows from your bed on the guest bed. While this may seem like a good idea, you may want to actually purchase new pillows that aren’t worn down and don’t fall completely flat. Just throw the old ones out.
You may not know how your guests like to sleep. Some people need it cold at night and others want it toasty warm. Whatever the case, offer them what they need to get there. Make sure the comforter on the bed is light for those who like to keep it cool, but provide a heavier quilt in case they would like to add some more warmth. Make sure the room has a fan and space heater (you can purchase these combined if you’d like) in it, so guests can choose their temperature without having to ask for help. If you have a ceiling fan, you don’t need to provide a fan for them to sleep with.
A place for writing
If you want your guests to feel truly comfortable, provide them with a place they can do some writing if they’d like. If you have a larger room, you could provide a desk, but if it is smaller, having side tables off the bed will be enough. It give them a place to put their things and get some work done if they need to while away from the office. This is especially important if they will be away for a couple of weeks during the holidays.
Many people leave their guest rooms empty with white walls and nothing to give it color except the bedding they put on the bed. While that may be easy for you, actually adding some decor will make your guests feel more comfortable. Covering up baseboard heater covers will make the room look better and will feel less dangerous to guests with small children. Putting a couple of art pieces on the wall will warm the place up. And since the guests will be coming during the holidays, you may want to consider some holiday pieces. A small decorated tree, perhaps, could make it feel festive and warmer, or you could simply use your regular everyday decor. The goal here is to make your guests feel more comfortable when they are away from home during the holidays.
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.