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One of the most exciting things about being a homeowner for the first time is the ability to customize and decorate your home just how you like it. One of the biggest downsides to renting rather than owning is being much more limited in what you can do with the space. It’s yours but it isn’t fully yours and your landlord probably has some restrictions about what you can and can’t do. Here are some tips for making your rented space your own for as long as you’re living in it without breaking any rules.
Be clear of the rules
Step one of course is making sure you know what you can and can’t do to start. Most landlords are fine with nail holes in the walls and it won’t cause you to forfeit your security deposit but some landlords may have rules against it. Larger holes in the walls such as those needed to mount a television may not be allowed. Most landlords won’t let you paint the walls but some will so long as you put it back as it was before moving out. Read over your contract and make a list of any questions you have for your landlord about decorating that aren’t answered in your contract.
Assuming painting the walls isn’t allowed, or it’s just too much work, you can purchase some peel-and-stick removable wallpaper. Unlike traditional wallpaper that’s much more permanent and a major pain to remove, removable wallpaper peels right off without leaving any sticky residue so it won’t compromise that all-important security deposit or get you in trouble with your landlord.
Art and accessories
Purchasing artwork, throws, decorative pillows, and other accessories are a fun way to personalize your space without breaking any rules. If your landlord isn’t okay with nail holes in the walls, you can purchase mounting tape, putty, or strips that allow you to mount picture frames and artwork without making any holes or leaving any sticky residue.
Swap out hardware and fixtures
You can make some minor upgrades to your rental without getting into any trouble with your landlord. For example, you can swap out pulls or knobs for the kitchen and bathroom cupboards and drawers. You can upgrade the shower heads in the showers and the faucet in the kitchen. You can Also purchase new light fixtures. Your landlord may be willing to subtract from your rent the cost of some of these upgrades, but if not they may be okay with you leaving these upgrades behind. If the landlord wants everything back to how it was, store all of the old hardware and fixtures in a designated space and swap everything back when you’re moving out. You can take them with you for your next home or apartment.
Baseboard radiator covers
If your apartment or rental home has unsightly baseboard radiators, having them torn out and replace with a more modern heating system is probably out of the question and it would cost more than you’d want to put into a rental anyways. Baseboard radiator covers are an inexpensive and easy-to-install solution that will make those old baseboard radiators look much more modern and attractive. You can remove them easily when you move if for some reason your landlord prefers the old, ugly baseboard radiators.
Source: Homes and Property
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.