So you’re finally moving out of the dorm you shared with several college buddies and into a real home or apartment? Decorating that first space you can actually call your own can be exciting but if you just carry everything over from your previous living arrangements, your new space will still have that dorm room feel. You want to show your guests that you’re a full-fledged adult now. Here are a few tips.
A little plant life
It’s been said by many that you should have a pet first in order to see if you’re up to the task of having a child. Well, consider taking care of a plant a precursor to having a pet. We’re not talking about fake, plastic plants, but real plant life that requires some care attention to keep them alive. You know your own abilities so don’t choose plants that require more time and attention than you can give them. It may be helpful to set a daily alarm on your phone to water them or get them some sunlight. Your home doesn’t have to be teeming with plant life but a few plants spread throughout your home that aren’t dying will surely make you look like a capable and responsible adult.
Good interior design is about more than just the visual. It should appeal to other senses as well. A nice scented candle adds a nice touch and can disguise the smell from the trash you haven’t had the time to take out yet or the sink full of dishes you just haven’t been able to get to. Your guests are sure to be impressed when they come to visit and find that your home smells as good as it looks.
You wouldn’t want anyone to think that you’re one of those people who just sets beverages onto wood furniture without a coaster. That’s barbaric. A nice set of coasters in a conspicuous place where you’ll be entertaining, preferably a set with a monogram containing the initial of your last name will tell your guests that you’re a person of sophistication and refinement and it will let them know they better not damage your end table by setting a glass down without a coaster.
Since you have the coasters, you’re going to have to create occasions to use them. A nice bar cart is a great added touch for when you’re serving up drinks. If you really want to impress, get a nice cutting board so you can serve up some ridiculously overpriced exotic cheese to go with the wine. Nothing says adulting like hosting a wine and cheese tasting.
Time to store away the band/movie posters and the giant foam finger you got at the college football game. You want to show your guests that an adult lives here so it’s time to start an art collection. Curating an art collection is a lifetime endeavor so don’t worry about trying to do it all at once. Just start keeping an eye out for high quality art throughout your travels.
Baseboard heater covers
Old, rusty baseboard heaters simply won’t do if you want to be seen as a mature and responsible adult. Fortunately, you can purchase snap-on baseboard heater covers for a lot less than it would cost to replace the heaters altogether.
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.