How to Measure and Cut a Steel Baseboard Heater Cover

How to Measure and Cut a Steel Baseboard Heater Cover

When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!

Determine the Dimensions

The crucial first step to your project is to determine what the dimensions of the old covers are. Baseboard heater covers are no different. Start by taking your tape measure and determining the heater’s height from the floor. Remember that standard baseboard heaters will be 7 ½-8 ½ inches high.

Next, obtain the length of the current cover by measuring from the outside of one end cap to the outside of the other. 

Identify End Cap Design

Once you have your measurements, note the type of end caps on your current cover. For instance, you may notice that one end cap is closed while the other is open in order to allow piping to go through to the next room. You’ll need to take extra care to order the proper end caps to ensure your new cover looks and functions better than the original.

Mark Measurements on New Cover and Cut

If your new cover is too long for your existing heater, you will need to cut it down to size for it to fit properly. As such, take care to apply the measurements to the new cover and mark them with a sharpie to ensure you have clear guidelines.

When cutting a steel cover, always use the proper safety equipment, goggles, gloves, and a jigsaw to get the job done effectively. Start at the top of the cover and work your way toward the bottom, adjusting your movement to fit with the cover’s curves as you go. If you notice that the edges of the cover are sharp, you might also want to sand or file them down before installing.

At EZ Snap Covers, we understand how daunting the process of cutting and installing a new baseboard heater cover can be to some. That’s why it’s our mission to provide you with custom cut baseboard heater covers to ease some of your worries. Without the additional concern of needing to cut your new cover, all you need to focus on is the simple process of installing it.

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Measure Your Baseboard Heaters

How to measure baseboard heaters:

Step 1

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 2 

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 3


Based on how your heater is configured,

choose an option below to expand and view

specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.

[+] Option 1: Straight Heater Configuration
[+] Option 2: L-Shape and U-Shape Configuration
[+] Option 3: 45 Degrees, Z-Shape Configuration


Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,

you’re ready to order.