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Redecorating isn’t something that has to take days or weeks of your time and thousands of dollars. You can give your home a completely new look for just a few hundred dollars and you can do it all in one day.
New picture frames
Purchasing high quality art or photographs to display in your home can be costly and time intensive. Reframing what you already have, on the other hand, is a whole lot easier and less expensive as well. Picture frames don’t have to be dull and blend in. They can be bold and bright or uniquely shaped. A good picture frame can function as art itself. Another bold idea is to ditch the picture frames altogether. Displaying a frameless canvas really makes it stand out on the wall and it costs you nothing to toss out the frame. You can even make a little money by selling frames you’re no longer using.
Potted plants are cheap, especially if you buy them as seeds and grow them yourself. Succulents, plants that store water in stems, roots, and leaves, are especially good choices since they can go a long time between waterings and require very little effort to keep them alive. Incorporate some plant life in every room of the home. You can even hang planters in your kitchen if you really want to go all out.
The nice thing about accessories as opposed to major pieces is that they’re inexpensive and easy to swap out with the changing seasons and your changing taste in home decor. A quick trip to your favorite department store or second-hand shop is all it takes to fill up your shopping cart. Decorative pillows and throws, new floor or desk lamps, or even just new lamp shades can all transform a space for minimal investment and effort. Accessories are where you want to be more creative with color, texture, and pattern since they’re the finishing touches and won’t be too overbearing even if you go with something a little more out there.
Baseboard radiator covers
Installing baseboard radiator covers to give your baseboard heaters a new look is a lot less and expensive and a whole lot faster than trying to tear them out in favor of centralized heating. Since baseboard heaters often take up a good amount of space, a sleek new cover will make an especially big impact for not a lot of money or work.
When deciding how to spend your decorating budget, try to prioritize purchases that will take up more space visually but that aren’t expensive. A new leather sofa that reclines will make a bigger visual impact than new pillows, but it will also cost a small fortune. Some better alternatives are new window treatments for a front room or bedrooms, new shower curtains for the bathroom, and a large area rug for any space you want to put it. If you shop around and look for deals you can drastically change the look of any room in your home without spending that much money. And laying down a rug, hanging new drapes or a shower curtain only take a few minutes of your time.
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.