The Christmas shopping season has officially begun. When most people think of holiday shopping, they think of electronics and toys, but it can also be a great time to purchase home improvement and interior decorating merchandise as well. If you’re in the midst of an interior decorating project this holiday season, here are a few shopping tips to keep in mind.
Pay no attention to doorbuster sales
Black Friday has already passed but many retailers offer doorbuster sales on other shopping days as well such as cyber Monday. They’re not worth your time. Retailers only carry a very limited number of these deeply discounted items, sometimes as few as one or two. It’s not worth waiting in line in the cold, or fighting the crowds just for a slight chance of actually getting what you came for. Even online doorbuster sales aren’t all that great. Don’t stay up till midnight with your finger hovering over the "purchase" button because as with in-store sales, there are only a few available products and you probably won’t be one of the lucky ones.
Don’t get caught up in the buying hysteria
Retailers are counting on people to get caught up in the hysteria of Christmas shopping since that means more mindless spending. Don’t let flash sales limited time offers sway you into purchasing things you don’t absolutely want or need. Have a shopping list for your home in mind and stick to it. If you jump at every good deal, you’ll find that your budget will be used up sooner rather than later.
Don’t focus all your attention on big-ticket items
Flat screen TVs and major appliances tend to get all the attention when it comes to Christmastime sales but there are many excellent deals on smaller day-to-day items you need as well. When planning out your budget, watch for sales on these kinds of items as well and set aside money for taking advantage of these deals.
Save some money for January
For some merchandise, the best sales don’t happen until January. For instance, when it comes to linens, most companies put out their new lines in February and have to get rid of merchandise from the previous year in January. The same goes for mattresses and a number of other things as well.
Shop in-store with cash
If you’re going to be shopping in-store, stop at the ATM first and withdraw the amount in cash that you’re willing to spend. Better yet, do this a day in advance and leave your credit cards and debit cards at home altogether. It’s harder to part with cash than to swipe a plastic card and you don’t want to end up spending way more than you planned to.
Finally, take advantage of the internet during the holiday shopping season. Often the best deals can be found online. They’re also more convenient for you and you don’t have to stand in long lines, wait in traffic, and push your way through crowds. Every piece of home improvement and interior decorating merchandise can be found online whether it’s hardwood flooring, kitchen countertops, or baseboard heater covers. You may want to visit a showroom first to see what it looks like in person but when the sale hits, shop online.
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.