When doing interior decorating, there are times you really should splurge on something that’s going to last for years to come and be a wise investment. But there are also opportunities to stretch your budget. The following money-saving tips are designer-approved to get you a professional looking interior design for less money.
Few things are as cost effective as a new coat of paint. You can paint your home’s entire interior for a few hundred bucks and that’s including all the materials you’d need to buy. You can do a single room for a lot less. You can also use a coat of paint to make old furnishings like new again for a fraction of what it’d cost to replace it with new furniture.
Found natural objects
The best art is often organic and it’s free. If you’re someone who likes to take walks or go on hikes, keep an eye out for interesting rocks, tree stumps, roots, or other natural elements that can be hung up or displayed somehow in your home.
Thrift store art
Another way to get cheap art is to buy it second-hand. You might be surprised at what people simply give away. You may have to sort through a lot of bad to find the good but you will occasionally find good artwork for much less than it’s worth if you’re patient enough to keep visiting all the local thrift shops.
Yet another way to get artwork is to enlist the work of your children. Children’s art doesn’t have to be tacky or inferior. Go online for inspiration. For the cost of a few materials and a little time spent researching crafty art projects for children, you can end up with some surprisingly high quality stuff you’d be proud to put on display in your home.
While there are certainly home improvement projects that should be left to professionals, there are many things you can do yourself to decorate on a budget. You probably shouldn’t attempt to install hardwood flooring but you could probably tile a backsplash yourself. You probably can’t craft your own custom cabinetry for the kitchen but with a screwdriver and an hour of your time you can install your own cabinet hardware.
Baseboard heater covers
Installing new baseboard heater covers is about as simple as it gets. Use measuring tape to find out how many feet of covers you need and place an order. It simply installs over your existing baseboard heaters by snapping into place. It’s another inexpensive way to give a room an entirely new look.
Finally, you can take advantage of holiday sales to purchase big ticket items like appliances or furniture. Since these items are likely to take most of your budget, it’s a good idea to be patient and careful in selecting the right items at the right price to get the most out of your budget.
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The following DIY secrets can help you with your redecorating and home improvement, get great results with limited funds...
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" will be compatible with our standard cover.
Any measurement greater than 9 3/8" 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" will fit our standard cover.
A measurement of 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" 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" inches from the wall will fit our
Any measurement of less than 3 1/8" 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 use the self-tapping screws to secure them to the top of your existing wallplate.
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 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™ 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.