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Interior decorating can be quite expensive, but it doesn’t need to be. If you’re pretty crafty or even if you’re just patient enough to wait for the right deals, you can save a lot of money and stick to a very tight budget when interior decorating. Here are a few tips that can help you do that.
Buy vs. DIY
There are a few obvious furnishings you’re not going to be make yourself such as a sofa or arm chair. But there are many things that you can build yourself to save a lot of money. Research some ideas online. For the cost of some raw materials like wood, copper pipes, concrete, etc… you can build your own storage solutions such as a blanket ladder or clothing racks.
Buy textiles abroad
Good design incorporates a variety of textures and colors. One of the easiest and cost effective ways to do this is through textiles like rugs, curtains, throws, sofa covers, and table linens. Often these are either cheaply made or finely made and imported and therefore costly. Your best bet for getting high quality textiles is to buy them while abroad. Of course, you won’t be saving money on textiles if you travel all the way to South America just to purchase them but if you’re already there, might as well do some shopping while you’re there. You can support local tradespeople and you know that what you’re buying is authentic.
Take advantage of social media groups where people buy and sell used home décor items. Often times you can arrange to trade straight across. This is a great way to get rid of things you don’t want and get things you do in return without having to host a yard sale.
Instead of filling that large wall in your front room with an assortment of smaller framed photographs or paintings, get one really big one. Overall, it’s usually a lot cheaper and a large piece of artwork can function as a focal point for the space much better than a gallery wall can.
When you can’t negotiate a trade or build something yourself, you can scout out all the local thrift shops and antique stores. A lot of the stuff you find will be poor quality but you’d be surprised at how often you make really good finds. Also be on the lookout for things that you can repurpose or touch up to make it like new again. Perhaps you find a nice set of chairs but the upholstery is ruined. Don’t let that be a deal breaker. It’s probably cheaper to reupholster them than to buy a new set.
Okay, don’t paint everything but paint a lot of things. Paint is one of the cheapest ways to give things a new look. Returning to the previous tip, don’t worry about the color of items you find as you shop since it’s easy and cheap to change the color yourself. Don’t like your kitchen cupboards? Don’t tear them out and install new ones; give them a fresh coat of paint and maybe install some new cabinet hardware and they’ll be like new. Don’t replace your front door, just paint it a new color.
Work with what you have
Finally, find ways to work with what you have. Instead of tearing down that wall for a more open floor plan or ripping out baseboard heaters since you also have central heating, you can find creative solutions that are cheaper. For instance, baseboard heater covers are inexpensive and easy to install and will give your home a more updated look.
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.