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Many first-time homeowners mistakenly believe that good interior design is what’s on the covers of home décor magazines. While these glossy images do reflect good design principles, that doesn’t mean they are the ideal of good design. That’s because those rooms are just staged for photographs and they aren’t designed to be lived in. Good design shouldn’t just look good, it should be functional for the people who have to live there and it should reflect their personalities as well. The following tips will help you incorporate some of your own personal flair into your interior design so it has that lived-in, comfortable look.
Never be "finished"
Good interior design evolves right along with your growing family. Your needs, interests, and tastes will change so your interior decorating should as well. Don’t approach interior design like a project with an end result and when you arrive at a look you love, don’t fall into the belief that the room can never be redecorated again. Another key to never being finished is always being on the lookout for that one piece that needs to be in your home. You may find it while traveling abroad or perhaps it’s in a local second-hand shop or antique store.
Focus on utility
Since you’ll constantly be adding to your collection, you have to be vigilant to avoid a pileup of clutter. A good way to prevent clutter is to make sure you’re only holding onto things that have utility-that doesn’t necessarily mean it has to have a practical use; if something calls to mind a cherished memory or if it is beautiful, it serves a purpose. By going through belongings regularly, you’ll find that things that used to serve a purpose, no longer do and things you once considered beautiful, no longer are. Be willing to part with them to make room for new things.
Pay no attention to trends
The trendier something is, the sooner it will go out of style, and when it does, it will date your home. Let your own personal taste and your instincts be your guide when selecting pieces and deciding on a style for your home. Along with that, don’t worry about what others may think. It’s your home and you’re going to be the person spending the most time in it, not your extended family members or guests so allow yourself the freedom to decorate however you like.
Don’t think too hard
Interior decorating is supposed to be find and exercise the creative part of your brain, not the analytical part. Go off appearance alone. If you like the way furniture or accessories are arranged in a given space, then it’s fine. Don’t worry so much about symmetry, measuring, math, and feng shui.
Let your home keep its charm
Don’t worry too much about modernizing an older home. There are many upgrades to make it more functional without getting rid of the features that make it unique. Old baseboard heaters can look new again with sleek baseboard heater covers. Old cupboards can be repainted and outfitted with new cabinet hardware.
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.