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Humans are living at a faster pace than ever before. In today’s hectic world, it’s more important than ever for people to have a place they can retreat and recover and prepare for another day. The bedroom is the ideal room in the home to serve this purpose. Homeowners should view their bedroom as a quiet retreat and there are a few things homeowners can do to achieve this. Here are seven tips to follow to turn your bedroom into a quiet retreat.
Plan for function
When you’re doing interior decorating, regardless of which room you’re working in, you need to focus on function first. It doesn’t matter if it looks good if the space isn’t comfortable to you and isn’t functional. For the bedroom then, you want to start with the mattress since the primary function of your bedroom is sleeping. There are a lot of factors to consider when buying a mattress. You have to think about size (queen, king, California king), firmness (plush, firm, extra firm), and composition (pocketed coils, memory foam, or hybrid). Keep in mind that depending on your bed, you may or may not need a headboard and this will determine which headboards you can buy. Other functionality considerations are blackout shades if you plan on doing a lot of sleeping in and reading lights for late-night reading. Also consider a dresser for storage.
Figure out the mood and aesthetic that works for you
The bedroom is a place of rest and relaxation so you need to make it a quiet place that sets the right mood for you. The word "quiet" means something different for everyone though. For most, it will probably mean soft, neutral, cool colors such as muted grays or blues though some might prefer brighter colors and patterns.
Every room in the home needs a focal point, and in the bedroom, that’s usually the headboard. If you’re going to go with a large, patterned headboard that really stands out, then the other furnishings should be a little neutral so as not to compete with the focal point. However, you can also go with a more neutral headboard and more brightly colored bedding to make the bed itself the focal point.
Have space on both sides of the bed
Something about having the bed pushed up against the bed makes the space look more confining. Though you want to get the most out of your square footage, it’s better to center your bed so there’s at least 30 inches of space on each side so you can easily climb into bed from either side. Some nightstands on each side provide plenty of tabletop space and storage.
Choose appropriate lighting
Each bedroom needs a central, overhead pendant light to illuminate the entire room upon entering. This draws the eyes upwards and adds a decorative element. Bedside lights are also a must but it must be tall enough (at least 28 inches or so) to have a presence next to the headboard. You can hang sconces over each nightstand if you don’t want bedside lamps that take up tabletop space.
Select the right bedding
Only you know your sleeping preferences. Do you want a mound of pillows and a pile of blankets or do you want to take a more minimalist approach for bedding? The bed sheets themselves can become part of the decorative design so consider patterned sheets as opposed to solid. Choose high quality bedding that will really stand out.
Buy a rug
No one ones to wear shoes when they’re relaxing in the bedroom so invest in a good-sized rug, especially if you have hard floors so your room is cozy and warm. If possible, try out the rug in the store by placing your bare feet on it to make sure you like how it feels.
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.