One of the most difficult aspects of making the big step to move in together is merging two living spaces into one. Each person is bringing their own baggage, literally, and there may not be space for everything. It’s especially difficult when one is moving into the other’s space because the other person is already used to it being furnished a certain way and the other will surely want to make a few changes. But whether you’re both moving in to a new space or one is moving into the other’s, there are a few pieces of advice that can help you make this transition as smoothly as possible.
Consult an interior designer
You don’t have to pay a fortune to have an interior designer manage the entire project from beginning to end, but it is a good idea to consult with one, if only for an hour. Bringing in a neutral third party for help can give you both some ideas you may not have thought of and it can resolve some arguments before they start.
Designate a space for mail, keys, and other little odds and ends
We don’t have the exact numbers on this but a good percentage of divorces/breakups result from not having a designated space for all the odds and ends that get dropped off when you first come through the door. So decide right off the bat where mail, keys, and other little items will be placed.
Embrace the quirkiness of your partner and his/her belongings
They say birds of a feather flock together but there’s also truth to the saying, opposites attract. Your partner will undoubtedly have little quirks that seem strange to you and he/she will likewise have artwork or other furnishings that isn’t really your style. Learn to embrace these things. Occasionally there may be real deal-breakers where you’ll put your foot down but you’ll be more likely to get your way in such disagreements if you’re willing to compromise on other things so choose your battles carefully and learn to embrace your partner’s interior design tastes.
Make the most of your outdoor space
A nice outdoor space can be an extension of your living space and can be a great place to relax. No matter how great your relationship, it’s great to have a space where you can be away for a little bit to meditate and just be alone.
Unless you’re moving into a significantly larger space, chances are you’ll have too much stuff for the space, especially if you’re both fairly well established before moving in together. If each of you have a sofa and there’s only room for one, you may have to settle it via rock-paper-scissors. Be willing to part with things you simply don’t have space for and things will go much more smoothly. If you must, you can spring for a storage unit until you can move into an even bigger space later on.
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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.