Many homeowners, and even some renters, choose to hire a professional to help them decorate their living spaces. After all, not everyone feels confident in their ability to decorate a home in a way that’s cohesive and attractive. These professionals are called interior designers or interior decorators and while these terms are often used interchangeably, they’re two different professions but with some things in common. So what’s the difference between the two and is it wise to hire one?
What sets apart an interior designer?
An interior designer will almost always have some kind of degree in design. Their specialty isn’t so much about decorating a finished space, but designing the entire space such as when first building a home or when remodeling it. They are a part of the process from blueprint to finished product and they handle many important tasks such as coordinating with architects/contractors, obtaining any required building permits, and making sure the project adheres to local building codes. While an interior designer isn’t required for a new home or remodeling project, an interior designer can help you think about the purpose of each room and consider the best structure and lighting to maximize the functionality and aesthetics of each room in your home.
Interior designers are also likely to belong to professional organizations and they most likely can get discounts from vendors who sell carpets, wood flooring, lighting fixtures, and other materials you’ll need in your home.
What can an interior decorator do?
Unlike interior designers, interior decorators don’t need a degree in design although some may have one. Interior decorators specialize in the finishing touches. They have an eye for scale, colors, and textures. Interior decorators typically start by listening to your ideas and looking at photographs you’ve found online to get an idea for your sense of style. Many will even accompany the homeowner to shop for accessories for the home.
As you’d probably expect, an interior designer will cost more than an interior decorator. Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $500 per hour for a professional designer depending on their level of education, years of experience, and their reputation for high-quality work. An interior decorator can cost anywhere from $50 to $250 per hour.
Should you hire one?
The answer will of course depend on your goals for your home. If you’re building a new home or planning a significant remodeling project and you want to get the most out of the design, the cost of an interior designer may be a good investment.
If you’re just trying to redecorate and would value the opinion of a person who specializes in it, then the cost for an interior decorator may be wise.
If you’re hoping to stretch your remodeling or decorating budget then you may want to forgo the expertise of a professional designer or decorator to get the most out of your remodeling or decorating budget. There are plenty of simple home improvement projects you can do on your own such as repainting or re-wallpapering. You can focus on simple upgrades like installing baseboard radiator covers, replacing light fixtures, upgrading kitchen and bathroom fixtures, or swapping out cabinet hardware. These kinds of upgrades won’t require the help of a professional but they’ll still make your home look like new.
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.