Having your first child is one of the most exciting moments of your life. One of the things that first-time parents enjoy most is getting the nursery all ready to go. Though it’s easy to get carried away since you’re understandably anxious to get everything ready, it’s a good idea to take some time to really plan it out so you end up with a finished product you’re happy with. Here are some tips for designing a beautiful nursery.
Design a nursery that can grow and change along with your child
Your baby won’t be a baby forever and it would be a shame to spend so much time and money designing a nursery only to have to throw everything out when your little one outgrows it. Rather than just a traditional crib, purchase one that can convert a toddler bed. Rather than buy a changing table that can’t be used for anything else, buy a vintage dresser and fashion a changing table to be attached to the top. When you no longer need the changing table, remove the top part and you have a dresser that will serve your child throughout his/her growing up years. Purchase a gliding recliner rather than a recliner and ottoman combo since you’re more likely to get use out of the former in another room in your home down the road.
Design with yourself in mind
Sure the room is ultimately for your baby but you’ll be spending a lot of time in it too, especially in those early years so don’t forget to design with yourself in mind. Have a design that’s calming for you. It’s a good idea to have a nook where everything you might need is within arm’s reach. Near your glider, where you will feed and calm your baby, have a table with a lamp and any other items you might want there. For instance, you may want a few books to entertain yourself as your child falls asleep.
Add a rug
For a wall-to-wall carpeted nursery, a large area rug is a great addition since it can add some color to the otherwise bland carpeting. It’s also going to keep your carpets in better condition which is especially crucial since children have a knack for making messes.
Most nurseries tend to conform to a certain standard. But just because it’s a room for a baby doesn’t mean it has to have muted colors and a simple design scheme. You can have bold colors and design elements to create a wow factor.
Make it gender neutral
A gender neutral nursery is a good idea for a couple of reasons. For one, ultrasounds have been known to deceive parents, technicians, and even doctors. Also, even if you’re set on having one child, you don’t know what the future may bring and it will be nice to have a nursery that doesn’t need to be overhauled if you have another child of the opposite gender later on.
Make it safe
Of course every room in your home will need to be baby-proofed but it starts with the nursery. For example, if you have a baseboard heating system, your child could burn him/herself or can wedge toys into the heating element creating a fire hazard. Baseboard radiator covers can make your heating system safer for your child.
Source: Chicago Parent
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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 less than 3 1/8" (76mm) inches from the wall will fit our standard cover.
Any measurement less than 3 1/8" (76mm) 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.
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.
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.
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.