For homeowners with pets, it can often feel like you’re being permitted to live in a space that actually belongs to your furry friends. Homeowners put up with a lot to accommodate their pets but they should still feel free to decorate the space as they see fit. The following interior design tips will help you find that balance between a space that’s comfortable for you and your pets.
Don’t rule out wood flooring
The age-old rule for owning pets has always been no wood flooring since little paws will make a million little scratches over time. But you don’t have to sacrifice wood flooring if that’s something that’s important to you. You simply have to go with a harder wood that’s naturally more scratch resistant. Oak is one of the hardest wood flooring products you can buy and because it has more grain that your typical wood flooring product, it does a better job of hiding any scratches that do accumulate. If you don’t like the look of oak flooring then you might consider hydrocork. If you don’t care about wood flooring then any durable hard floor option like vinyl or tile will work. Carpet traps odors and is harder to maintain with pets about but if you’re up to the challenge that’s an option as well. There are odor resistant, short pile carpets available that tend to hold up better with pets.
Hide the pet accommodations
Are food and water dishes and litter boxes cramping your style? Of course pets need to eat and drink and do their business but many homeowners prefer these accommodations be out of sight. Consider placing food and water dishes in a bottom drawer that’s close to the floor. You can place something under them to raise them high enough so they’re comfortable for your pets to reach. When it’s time to eat, simply open up the drawer and when they’re done, close it again. There are also stylish litter boxes that are disguised within ordinary looking furniture like end tables.
Softer fabrics like microfiber are less likely to be clawed through by pets. Leather, though more expensive will endure a lot more abuse than faux leather and minor scratches and wear and tear will actually make it look better. There are also ultra-durable fabrics like crypton that are stain-, water-, and odor-resistant.
Customized dog/cat doors
Off-the-shelf dog/cat doors tend to look like an afterthought and they disrupt any interior design scheme you have going on. Instead of making your home’s design take a back seat to your pets’ needs, consider modifying or somehow customizing your dog/cat door so that it looks integrated with your interior design.
Baseboard heater covers
Baseboard heaters offer a number of advantages over central heating but their proximity to the ground isn’t one of them if you have pets about. Baseboard heaters need good airflow to work properly and pet hair can clog them up faster than the eventual build-up of dust. Also the heating elements could pose a risk to curious pets. A good solution is a nice baseboard heater cover which not only protects your pets but make it easier to keep clean. Just make sure to run your vacuum attachment across the baseboard heater covers every time you’re vacuuming the room.
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.