When you live in an apartment, you want to be extra careful not to do too much damage to the walls or change anything to the point where you will get charged for it when you move out later. This is especially true for people who know they are only going to be in their apartments for a short time period. But you still want decorations, so the place will look nice and you can feel at home. So what can you do to decorate when you are in an apartment?
Check with landlord on changes
Sometimes, if you are putting improvements into the property, the landlord won’t care if you make changes. I’ve heard of landlords even letting their renters paint as long as the colors are pre-approved. You might be able to get away with a lot more than you realize. In fact, some landlords will give you free rent in exchange for the changes you make if they add value to the place, so check with them first to see what they are okay with you doing.
Use window treatments
One way to really dress up a space without going crazy on paint and decor is by adding some window treatments. If you are worried about putting holes in the wall, you can even get suspension rods to hold up your curtains, so there’s absolutely no damage done to the space. It is a great way to add a pop of color and completely change the feel of the room.
Baseboard heater covers
A lot of old apartments have baseboard radiator covers, but they are unsightly. Adding some baseboard heater covers to go over them will really make the room look clean and neat. Plus, they snap on super easily, so you don’t make any kind of mess or create any damage.
Decorate with the small things
The small things make a huge difference in decorating all the time but especially if you aren’t free to paint, add shelving, or change anything in your apartment. Get throw pillows for your couch and get little knick knacks to put on the counter. A table runner and centerpiece will add a lot to your kitchen space, and a basket with extra pillows and blankets in the living room serves as a design element and is functional.
Small holes are always okay
If you are really nervous about hanging things on the walls in your apartment, you can use command hooks or double sided tape. But try not to be too afraid of small holes. In reality, a small hole or two isn’t going to bother the landlord. And if you are comfortable with fixing up a hole on your own, then go crazy and hang whatever you want. Holes are really not that difficult to patch up, and it may be a good time for you to learn anyway if you plan on owning your own place one day.
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The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
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.