Good interior design incorporates multiple layers of visual interest. The final layer is the finishing touches and this is where you add flourishes of color, texture, and pattern. Ceramic pieces, figurines and collectibles, baseboard radiator covers, and decorative pillows are all examples of finishing touches-the smaller accessories that give your room that completed look. A good area rug can also function as a finishing touch as well as a focal point in your room. Area rugs can be quite expensive costing hundreds or even thousands depending on how and where it’s made so it’s important to put careful thought into selecting one so you don’t have buyer’s remorse. Here are a few tips.
Think of the rug as the foundation
Though we often talk about rugs as accessories, a larger one can function as a foundation for the entire room. Often they’re used to define rooms within rooms in homes with a more open layout. The placement of the rug will determine the arrangement for everything else in the space.
Get a size bigger than you think you need
Almost everyone buys a rug that’s too small for the space. Even though it may seem like it’s bigger than you need, it’s probably just right so force yourself to buy a little bigger than you think you need. In the dining area, the rug should be large enough to contain the table and all of the chairs with an extra two feet to spare on every side. You want the legs of every chair to still be on the rug even when pulled out from the table. In the living room, the rug needs to be large enough so that any coffee or end tables and ottomans are fully on top of the rug. Additionally, the front legs of sofas, loveseats, and recliners should be on the rug.
Weigh the pros and cons of a bold color or pattern
Think about how you want your rug to function in the space where you will be using it. If your interior design for the space is somewhat subdued and you want the rug to function as a focal point for the space, then you are probably going to want a rug with a color and design that attracts the eyes. The downside to bold colors and patterns is that they’re harder to match things to it and you get tired of seeing it sooner than you would with a very neutral rug. Another advantage of a simpler pattern and more subdued color is that you can move it to a different room or redecorate the rest of the room around it quite easily.
Choose the appropriate material
Silk is an elegant material that lends a certain look you can’t achieve with other materials. Unfortunately, it indents easily so you don’t want it under a dining table where chairs are constantly dragged across it nor do you want it in high traffic areas such as an entry way or hallway. Wool is the most durable and the softest. They’re also hypo-allergenic. Unfortunately, they’re costlier and are difficult to maintain. Synthetic rugs are usually the most affordable option but they don’t last as long and aren’t as soft underfoot. There are many other materials to research as well each with their own pros and cons.
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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.