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These days, homeowners are very interested in creating nice outdoor living spaces the blur the lines between indoors and outdoors. Do you like to entertain guests? On nice evenings would you like the ability to relocate to the backyard? If so, then you’re going to need some nice, outdoor furniture. Here are some tips for picking the right stuff.
Start with a list of activities
Before you can buy any furniture for your outdoor living space, you need to think about all the various ways that you might use that space. Do you have a large backyard with a pool that you’ll use for pool parties? Is it a smaller space where you’ll primarily barbecue or sit around with drinks? It will probably be helpful to head out into the space with a tape measure to plan out how much space you will have for the various furniture you will need. You can then take those measurements with you when you go out to shop.
Choose durable materials
The most affordable outdoor furniture you can find is going to be made with cheap materials that won’t hold up very well when exposed to the elements 24/7. It’s going to be better in the long run to spend a little more on furniture that can last many years. Some good options include teak and cedar, powder-coated metal (such as aluminum and iron, and various plastics and fabrics. Try to find products that use UV-stabilizers which will help to minimize the fading of color when the furniture is exposed to sunlight. If you’re looking for something upholstered, try to find weather-resistant fabrics. It may even be worth it to you to invest in a roof overhang to provide year-round shade and protection from the rain. Make sure you read the instructions that come with each product as these will tell you how to care for your furniture.
Not only do you want your furniture to hold up well against the elements, you want it to last through heavy use. Inspect each piece of furniture carefully, especially the joints. Metal welds should be smooth and gap-free. Wood joints should fit snugly. Avoid furniture that has glued or nailed connections. Inset screws or wood dowels are going to be better.
You probably aren’t going to find all of the perfect furniture in a single store, and even if you do, it’s still a good idea to look at a number of stores. Shop on holidays to find the best deals. If you’re patient and willing to go to a number of different stores, chances are you’ll find everything you’re looking for at the right price.
Mix up styles
Don’t feel like you have to buy all of your furniture from a single outdoor collection. In fact, you don’t have to purchase a single matched set of anything. Play around with different textures and materials. They don’t have to be the same in order to go together well. Blending classic and contemporary designs can also yield some interesting results.
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.