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In most homes, the basement feels like a cold, dark jail cell. Usually, the paint is boring and neutral and a lot of the time there is exposed brick or cement in the basement making it feel even more dreary. Add to that the fact that most older homes have small windows letting in very little light, and you start to feel like you are in a cave. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some ways you can make your basement feel bright.
One thing that always helps make an old room feel bright again is to make it more open concept. If you are able, you can knock out walls to create one nice, big space that is comfortable for everyone. An room that feels open is more comfortable and has a lot more opportunity for positive change.
Fresh coat of paint
It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a space. I recently painted my basement walls that were a brown to a light gray, and it made a huge difference in making the room feel bright and clean again. Plus, you can put baseboard heaters covers over your baseboard radiators, and you’ll have a completely clean, finished look.
Figure out your lighting situation
If you have the means, knocking out your tiny windows and putting in some bigger ones really helps bring in natural light. The more natural light, the brighter the space will feel. If that’s not a possibility, you will need to add more lighting to the rooms. Can lights can help evenly distribute throughout the room, and extra lights here and there make a big difference. Get lamps for darker corners, and pick up some light-strands to light the edge of your TV or entertainment center.
Use a lot of color
One trick to making a space feel brighter is to add some bright colors into the decor. Whether that is painting one of the walls a bright color or just getting some really colorful artwork, a bit of color will do you some good. Unless it is a theater room, you should try to stay away from darks. Choose lighter, brighter colors for your walls, furniture, pillows, and decorations.
And if you do want to get darker furniture or wall accents for the room, make sure you at least balance it out by having a lot of whites. For example, if you choose to do a really dark wall, then throw on a bright, white baseboard and baseboard heater cover and use a white couch for the room. As long as there is balance, then you are okay to use dark colors.
Don’t forget your flooring
Many people don’t even consider changing the flooring unless the old stuff needs to get replaced. However, the floor can really affect the overall look of your basement. A lot of people choose to get carpet to counteract the cold feel of the room, and that’s not a bad approach. Another option would be to get shiny hardwood floor sto bring out the character and overall look of the space. Plus, the shining floors will make it feel brighter as the lights reflect off of it.
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.