A clever trick that many interior decorators recommend is to change up your decorating with the changing seasons. With spring well under way, it’s not too early to start thinking about redecorating for the summer. The following tips come from professional decorators.
Before you add, delete
You have to make space for new items before you can do anything else so go through your home, room by room, getting rid of the things that don’t excite you anymore. If they’re used up you can trash them or if they still have some life, donate them or sell them in a yard sale to fund your redecoration process. If there are pieces that just aren’t right for the summer, store them away for a later season. Rotating out different décor items is a great way to keep things fresh without spending a lot of money on new items every season.
You don’t need to worry too much about swapping out major pieces of furniture. Though that is one way to transform a room, it’s outside the budget of the average person to swap out furniture every season. Accessories on the other hand can be rather inexpensive and easier to part with when the urge to redecorate strikes you. You can create summer energy in your home by getting rid of thick, knitted fabrics or darker, wintry colors. Instead go with brighter colors, lighter fabrics, and fun prints. Though the accessories are the tiny details that complete the look, they make a surprising difference. If you’d like to change some of the larger pieces in your home, consider reupholstering existing furniture, or covering your baseboard radiators with baseboard radiator covers.
Staying cool while you sleep is crucial to getting enough sleep this summer so it’s time to swap out your bedding for 100% linen or cotton. Summer sheets should be lightweight and all-white. While you’re at it, you may want a new duvet and shams as well; all-white or lighter and brighter colors are ideal for these as well.
Focus on the outdoors
Summer means you’ll be spending more time outdoors so don’t get so focused on your home’s interior that you forget about your exterior space. When selecting outdoor furniture, it’s essential that you select materials that are durable and will hold up well in the elements so you don’t have to store them inside several months of the year. Durable doesn’t have to mean boring either, select furniture that’s fun and a good fit for your outdoor living space.
In the summer, the grass and trees and plants are green. You want to incorporate some of that green in your home as well. Find ways to include some foliage in every space in your home. Not only will it literally freshen up the air inside, but it’s invigorating to see real, living plants inside your home during the summer months.
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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.