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There are several advantages to living in an apartment. When there’s a problem with the plumbing, air conditioner, or heating, you don’t have to worry about fixing it. It’s the landlord’s responsibility. Of course there are some downsides as well. One of the most frustrating things about living in an apartment is the frustration that comes with not being able to make any major changes to the interior without losing your security deposit. Fortunately, there are some ways to make the space your own while you’re living there without compromising your deposit. Here are just a few:
1. Use removable wallpaper and/or decals to add personality. Real wallpaper is a major pain to remove and your landlord won’t appreciate the extra work. But if you purchase wallpaper that comes with a pre-applied adhesive, it will peel right off when it’s time to move out. It’s a great, inexpensive way to add some of your own flair to a room.
2. Swap out outdated hardware. Does the cabinet hardware in the kitchen and bathroom scream "70s"? If so, replacing the hardware with something more modern is one of the easiest and least expensive things you can do. Head to a local home improvement store and you’ll find dozens of options at a range of prices. Just make sure to keep all of the old hardware in a safe place so you can reinstall it before you move out.
3. Use mirrors to make a small space seem larger. Something most apartments have in common is that that there’s not enough space. Simply hanging a mirror or two in a smaller room can make it appear larger than it is. Other ways to create the illusion of more space is to make use of the height of a room. Use floor to ceiling bookshelves and curtains to maximize the height dimension of the room.
4. Is your apartment building older? If so, you may have those unsightly baseboard heaters from decades past. You can modernize the space by purchasing inexpensive baseboard heater covers. They can be installed in seconds by snapping them in place and they’re equally easy to remove when it comes time to move out.
5. Use alternative adhesives. Any landlord will tell you that one of the main reasons a renter loses his/her security deposit is the excessive number of nails that were driven into the walls. Use alternative adhesives like wall putty to hang pictures and other lightweight things. Of course you’ll want to stick with nails or even screws if you’re installing shelves or mounting a television. If in doubt, ask your landlord first before putting holes in the walls.
6. "Remodel" the kitchen. Nothing dates an older apartment like the kitchen. Since you aren’t free to tear out the counters and replace them with something more modern, you can purchase faux granite wrap countertops that peel and stick to the existing counters. You can also purchase faux stainless steel wrap to give old appliances a new look. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but it’s easy to remove when you have to move out as well.
7. Finally, you can invest in textiles like area rugs, throws, decorative pillows, and drapes. The best thing about textiles is you can take them with you and use to decorate a new space so it’s an investment that you can get a lot of use out of.
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Are your old baseboard heaters worn and becoming an eyesore? It may be time to upgrade your home with decorative baseboard heater covers.
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.