Parents of young children will often tell you that they’re waiting for their children to get older before they get serious about their interior decorating. After all, the kids are just going to destroy everything anyway, right? The truth is, just because you have young children doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things, you just have to be extra particular about which things you purchase. Here are a few tips.
Dark, patterned, inexpensive rugs
White carpet is an obvious no-no for families with youngsters running around. Every single stain and even the daily wear and tear of kids running around will show much faster the lighter the carpet is. The same also goes for rugs. If you want them to last longer, opt for darker colors and bolder patterns. The more going on visually with the rug, the less likely you’ll be to notice any stains that are sure to accumulate over time. Also, it goes without saying that you shouldn’t be spending a fortune for a handmade Persian rug if it’s going to be somewhere the kids might damage it.
Select easy-to-clean fabrics
Some fabrics are easier to clean than others. A popular textile right now is Crypton. Though it’s soft and attractive, it’s practically indestructible and impossible to stain. Even dark grape juice can be wiped off without leaving a trace. Any fabric that has solution dyed acrylics won’t lose its color even if it’s wiped with a bleach solution. Remember that you don’t have to go with furniture meant for the outdoors. There is a growing number of indoor options that are comfortable and durable.
Leather instead of faux leather
Leather is the one exception to the rule of avoiding the more expensive materials. Unlike faux leather which will show wear and tear easily, real leather actually holds up very well and it’s easier to clean. Another advantage to real leather is that it’s the only material that actually looks better when it gets a little scuffed up.
No sharp corners
The corners of coffee tables are often right at eye level for little children and pose a serious risk. One solution is to select furniture with rounded corners but an even better solution is an over-sized upholstered ottoman. When children inevitably run into it, they’ll be running into padding. As a bonus, upholstered ottomans are a lot more comfortable for kicking up your feet when you’re taking a break than resting them on a hard table.
Go for a rustic look
Antiques and gently used pieces from second-hand stores, aren’t only cheaper, they’re better for homes with little children. There will inevitably little scratches and dents and they’ll stand out a lot more if everything in the home looks brand new and immaculate. But if everything looks a bit used, new dings will simply blend in and add to the complexity of the pieces.
Baseboard radiator covers
Baseboard heaters are great at heating a room evenly and efficiently but the heating elements can pose a risk to curious children. You can install baseboard radiator covers to put an extra layer of protection between tiny fingers and the heating elements inside.
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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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.