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The majority of adult Americans don’t get the recommended amount of sleep each night. Insufficient sleep leads to decreased mental health and productivity so it’s crucial that we take steps to get more sleep each night. Believe it or not, there are several interior decorating ideas you can try in your bedroom to get more sleep and reduce stress.
Bring plant life indoors
Though it’s been a long time since humans lived out in nature, there’s still an innate connection to nature hardwired within us. Studies have shown that people are less stressed and anxious when there is plant life in our immediate surroundings. So find ways to incorporate some plant life in your bedroom to facilitate better sleep and restfulness. If you don’t have a green thumb, make sure to choose plants that can skip a meal or two without dying.
Use soft task lighting
The invention of electricity made life easier in many ways, but it completely ruined are wake/sleep cycles. That’s because lack of light causes the body to produce melatonin, the chemical responsible for making us feel tired and regulating our sleep/wake cycle. Harsh artificial light, especially in the evening hours, are a major reason we have a hard time getting to sleep. By having soft task lighting such as a bedside lamp or reading light in the bedroom, you can turn off brighter ambient lighting overhead as you get ready to go to sleep.
While sheer curtains may look nice, they’re not ideal for getting restful sleep. Streetlights, headlights from passing cars, and any other artificial light sources outside your window can diminish the quality of your sleep so for the bedroom, at least, get some thick curtains that block out light.
Stow away the electronics
Gadgets like tablets, or smartphones are one of the main culprits for not getting enough sleep. If you’re one of those people that can’t resist the temptation to use these devices in bed, then you should start leaving them out of the bedroom altogether. Larger electronics like TVs that can’t be hidden away in a drawer can still be out of sight. There are TV cabinets with doors that close, blocking the TV from view. Many electronic devices give off a faint glow even when turned off so it’s important to keep them completely out of sight or out of the bedroom altogether.
Cool, muted colors
Save the bright, bold colors for other rooms in your house. Stick to browns, blues and greens in light tones for the bedroom. Greens and browns have been found to reduce stress, probably for the same reason that plant life reduces stress: it appeals to our innate desire to be close to nature. Blue has been found to actually lower heart rates and have an overall calming effect.
Clutter has a way of messing with our psyche and can even keep us up at night so it’s crucial that everything in your bedroom be in its proper place before you go to bed. Part of that is just tidying up each night before bed but it’s also a good idea to find ways to incorporate storage solutions throughout your bedroom to facilitate tidiness.
Temperature and noise regulation
Fluctuations in temperature or noise levels can make your sleep restless so it’s important to regulate both of these as much as possible. A high quality mattress with gel beads embedded in the foam will help regulate your body temperature while you sleep. A ceiling fan above the bed can keep you cool in the warmer months and it creates white noise that can block out distracting sounds. Central heating and air kicks on and shuts off periodically throughout the night and is less ideal, especially if you’re a light sleeper. For cooler months, you may want to use a baseboard heating system for the same reason, Baseboard radiators use electricity or hot water to heat the room and are quiet all through the night. You can also purchase baseboard heater covers to make them more aesthetically appealing.
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.