There are few things worse than having your cat claw away at your favorite armchair or your dog shedding all over your sofa. When you’re a pet owner, you have to approach interior decorating differently. Perhaps you’ve been told that you have to choose between having a beautiful home or a pet. That isn’t true at all. You can have both but you have to be a little more careful as you decorate. Here are some home décor do’s and don’ts for homeowners with pets.
Do choose tough fabrics
In households were there are pets, it’s important to have fabrics that can withstand a lot of heavy use. Area rugs that are made with sisal, silk, and wool are ideal because they’re sturdy and can be cleaned easily. Choose rugs with patterns and colors because that will help to mask the shedding and light stains won’t be as visible.
Don’t select materials that stain easily
You should avoid certain fabrics like viscose, rayon, and artificial silk, to name a few. While these materials can look very attractive. They aren’t as durable as many other materials and they tend to stain easily. You should be especially careful to avoid any materials that require professional dry cleaning. Stick with fabrics you can clean yourself.
Do pick flooring that can stand up to scratches
Hardwood is one of the most popular flooring options but it isn’t ideal for pet owners. Your dogs’ and cats’ nails will scratch up hardwood in no time at all even if you trim their nails regularly. If you only have a cat and you have him/her declawed, then you can stick with hardwood if you want. Tile is a great flooring option if you have pets. If you’re really attached to the look of hardwood you can get sealed hardwood or synthetic woods that won’t scratch.
Don’t choose white carpet
Even if you really like white carpet and you think you want it, don’t. You’ll regret the decision almost immediately. Even if your pets are indoor pets and potty trained, they will find ways to stain your white carpets. Go with a neutral color that will hide minor stains and have it sealed to minimize staining.
Do choose upholstery wisely
When selecting furniture such as armchairs, sofas, and love seats, you’ll want to select upholstery that is very durable. Fabrics that are intended for indoor and outdoor use tend to be durable without being scratchy and uncomfortable like furniture intended for outdoor use. Commercial-grade fabrics are also a good option because they’re designed for high traffic. Leather is yet another option that’s quite durable and easy to clean. If you choose leather, choose something a little darker to camouflage scratch marks.
Don’t buy furniture that traps pet fur
Certain fabrics like velvet or bouclé act like fur magnets. When fur gets on these kinds of fabrics, it can seem impossible to remove. Select furniture that you can wipe down easily. Avoid any delicate leathers that have uniform surfaces as a single scratch mark will make your new furniture look like something you’d find at a yard sale.
Source: Huffington Post
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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.