If you have kids, you know they have a hundred toys. No matter how much cleaning you do, it seems like there is still a never-ending pile of toys on the ground. It is the biggest reason parents opt to have playrooms for their children. If you are going to be remodeling a room as a playroom, here are the basics you need to know.
Choosing the paint colors for a playroom is going to be one of your first steps. Of course, you want the room to be as safe as possible, and sometimes older homes have lead paint on the walls. If that is the case for you, you will want to remove the lead paint very carefully as to avoid exposure to you or your family members and paint over it. You also want to get baseboard heater covers to keep little fingers from getting pinched in the heaters.
Opt for neutral colors when you paint. Children’s playrooms bring a lot of different colors throughout the space, so neutral colors on the call will make it feel less chaotic.
Storage, storage, storage
The next thing you need to do is figure out your storage situation. With all those toys, you need to find a way to give them all a place and keep them hidden away. Even if you never clean the playroom, it’s nice to know there is a place for everything. It also helps when teaching your little ones to clean up after themselves if there is a place to put everything.
You can get regular shelving and put storage boxes on them or you can get cupboards. Some people even build in the cabinets to store toys away.
Consider book space
Having a place in your playroom for books will help cultivate your child’s love for reading. You can put up bookshelves along the wall that let the books act as decor for the room as well.
It is also a good idea to have a "reading area" where your children can get comfortable with their books. Some people get play tents with pillows and blankets while others throw in a couple of bean bags.
Creativity is key
A big part of child’s play is giving them an opportunity to get creative. That means putting things in the playroom that encourage creativity. One popular way of encouraging creativity is to have a chalkboard wall where your children can always color on the wall if they want. It is a very popular trend right now. The only thing to note is that you should avoid chalkboard walls over carpet because they can get really messy.
Another option is to have a table with arts and craft supplies nearby. If you have very young children, and you are worried about them getting into the crayons or markers without you in the room, just make sure you store them on a high shelf.
Anchor everything down
Whether in a playroom or a bedroom, all shelving, TVs, and other heavy furniture should be anchored to the wall. Before you know it, your kids could have climbed up to get their favorite toy just to have the furniture crush them. Anchoring down your furniture is a safety precaution that should be taken in every room but is especially important in a playroom where your children may be spending time alone.
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.