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It doesn’t matter how much you spend on furniture, accent pieces, and textiles if you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to interior decorating. You can have all of the best products but if you don’t know how to arrange them in a space, you’re not going to achieve the desired effect. You could hire an interior decorator but that can be pricey and outside the average homeowner’s budget. If you’re an inexperienced interior decorator, here are five fast tips to help you out.
Let the seating communicate
Your furniture should be placed in such a way that it fosters communication between people in the room. Try to arrange your main furniture pieces (sofas, loveseats, and armchairs) so that they each have a conversation partner. If the arrangement makes it hard for guests to communicate with each other and have eye contact, the furniture will need to be moved around.
Float your furniture
Typically, when you’re arranging furniture in a room, you’re thinking about getting the most out of that space. But it isn’t a good idea to place all of your furniture flush with the walls. Contrary to what you’d think, "floating" your furniture (or placing it so there is space between objects and walls) will actually make the space appear larger and it will also help out with tip number one.
Find a focal point
Every room in your home should have some kind of focal point that attracts the attention of everyone who enters it. To determine the focal point, think about the purpose of the room and what most people will be doing in it. If it’s an entertainment room, a big screen TV may be the focal point and the furniture and décor should be placed to subtly hint at what the focal point is. In a dining room the table will probably be the focal point. In a kitchen it may be an island. Windows, fireplaces, and coffee tables can also make great focal points. Don’t assume it has to be the TV.
Clear away clutter
If you’re having trouble with the previous tip (choosing a focal point and arranging around it) it may be that the space is too cluttered so that no one piece is attracting attention. If that’s the case, think less is more and decide on which things can be moved to another room or gotten rid of altogether. If something looks out of place in that room, that’s a sign that it doesn’t fit with your theme.
Take a photo
If you’re still having trouble, take a photo of the room you’re trying to arrange and look at it. Though it may seem strange, looking at a photo of the room you’re struggling to arrange can help you view it as an outsider would and not as the homeowner. It can give you a fresh perspective and help you determine just what that room needs.
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Not every home baseboard radiator has standard dimensions. Learn the steps to installing a long baseboard radiator cover and persist through the challenge.
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.