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You might think of interior design as more of a residential issue, but it also affects business decisions and consumer impressions. For instance, people who find a business aesthetically pleasing are more likely to return to it. The senior living industry combines business and housing, so décor considerations are especially important.
Important first impressions
Adrienne Faulkner is president and CEO of Faulkner Design Group, a business that has a finger in all sorts of living quarters. She said, "First impressions matter when people are shopping for a senior living community, and the adult child of a prospective resident is an important part of the equation. That’s why communities need to appeal to multiple generations."
Mixed-use developments gain popularity
In its 21 years of business, it has created 350,000 living units for all age demographics, ranging from student housing to 55+ communities. Previously, senior living centers were designed with only the elderly residents in mind, but designers are beginning to realize the importance of appealing to the adult children of future residents as well. "[The multigenerational environment is] getting more headway," Faulkner said. "We’ve done a ton of mixed-use [developments] around the country. The way we’ve upgraded units in multifamily is so badly needed in senior living, in terms of layout and room use."
More services expected to be provided
The exterior of a senior facility is important for curb appeal’s sake. People won’t step through the door if they don’t find the outside of the building attractive, but interior considerations are just as, if not more, important, Faulkner said. One aspect she expects to see gain momentum is bringing more services into senior living areas. She compared the idea to fancy hotels whose lobbies have Starbucks, juice bars, exercise rooms, etc. Cruise ships are another good example of this because they have to appeal to such a wide range of ethnicities, ages, and demographics.
"We’ve been doing health and fitness in multifamily forever," Faulkner explained. "But the hospitality aspect, such as different dining opportunities-it’s important to have the environment feel like they’re at a luxury hotel." Senior living communities might consider building those services into their design, or including rentable space for third-party operators to bid on.
Maintain quality and detail
Another thing Faulkner emphasized was the need to maintain the same level of design quality throughout the community. "You could have this beautiful environment at a community," she said, "and then you get to the unit and it’s the cheapest faucet, the cheapest carpet, etc. You need to keep the expectation up all the way through the community."
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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" (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.