While some owners prefer the convenience of selecting home décor pieces and furniture from a show room, others don’t. Often these pieces are expensive and outside your budget. Even if money isn’t the issue, some homeowners prefer one-of-a-kind pieces that allow them to express their individuality and sense of style. If you’re a crafty person with a good eye for potential, you can turn old furniture or thrift-store knick-knacks to create fabulous home décor pieces for your home. Here are a few ideas you might try.
Turn an old door into a headboard
Headboards are expensive, especially custom upholstered ones. You can make your own for a lot less by using some reclaimed wood, such as from an old door (or two for a larger bed). Using old barn doors and bracketing them to the wall where your bed is can be a quick way to add rustic charm to your master bedroom.
Make a bench out of an old bedframe
If you can find an old bedframe that has a footboard and headboard, you can turn it into a nice bench that you can place out in your garden or on your front porch. The head board will form the back of the bench to you lean back against. The arms of the bench are made by cutting the foot board into two halves (one for each arm of the bench). For a larger bedframe like a queen- or king-size, you will probably need to cut out a middle section of the footboard since you’ll have excess length to work with. Take the planks from the bedframe that supported the mattress to fashion the seat of the bench. Using screws, nails, and brackets, assemble your outdoor bench. Give it a coat of paint and waterproof it and your bedframe is now an outdoor bench.
Convert crib springs into a wall organizer
Who couldn’t benefit from having a large wall organizer in the home office or kitchen for keeping track of coupons, appointment reminders, field trip permission slips, and other papers that tend to get lost? If you have an old crib laying around, or if you can find one in a second-hand shop, you can make an over-sized wall organizer in no time at all. Simply unscrew the springs from the crib frame (or use bolt cutters, careful not to leave any sharp or jagged edges) and mount the springs in the desired place. Get some clothespins and you can now clip important papers to the metal wires that make up the springs.
Create a collage frame with a cabinet door
If you can find an old hutch or glass-paned cabinet, you can remove the door and give it a fresh coat of paint to make a large collage frame. It’s perfect for making a gallery space on an especially large wall in your home. Choose a photograph for every window pane in the cabinet and attach them to the back of the cabinet door so the pictures are against the glass and then mount your cabinet door/picture frame to the wall.
Other ways to transform your home’s look on a budget
If you’re not especially crafty, there are still simple ways you can transform your home’s look with minimal cost. Repainting your home’s interior, installing new cabinet hardware, swapping out light and sink fixtures, or installing baseboard heater covers are all quick and inexpensive home improvement projects that produce noticeable results.
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.