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After your home and your car, your furniture is probably the third largest investment you’ll make. While buying the wrong piece of furniture isn’t nearly as bad as buying the wrong house or the wrong car, it’s still a costly mistake that you either need to live with for a while, or spend some money to fix it. Here are six of the most common mistakes homeowners make when buying furniture.
Not measuring enough
You cannot measure enough times. Measure the space, measure the furniture you’re considering, measure the space again, then for good measure (ha!) measure the furniture again. It’s said that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and that’s certainly the case with furniture buying. Not only do you need to make sure the furniture fits in the space you intend it to go, but you have to make sure it fits in all the doorways, elevators, and stairwells between the store and that place as well.
Furniture that doesn’t match the rest of the home
Just because you like the look of a certain piece on the showroom floor doesn’t mean you’ll like how it looks in your home. Ask the store clerk for a swatch of the fabric, or at least the color, so you can take it home and look at it side-by-side with your paint color, flooring, and other furniture in the room.
Furniture that doesn’t fit with your lifestyle
Some people get so caught up in the appearance of the furniture that they never stop to think about the potential problems. Certain materials are delicate and probably aren’t a good choice if you have kids or pets. Light colors are going to stain more easily and should be avoided in households with pets or young children. It seems silly, but some people purchase furniture that achieve the look they’re going for but isn’t actually comfortable.
Being too much in a hurry to buy
People will sometimes spend months finding the home that’s just right. They may spend weeks finding the right car. At the very least, plan to spend a few days selecting furniture. Don’t head to the nearest furniture store, pick everything you want in an hour, swipe your card and have it all delivered that very week. Shop around, give yourself time to find deals, and make purchases at several different locations.
Give no thought to maintenance
Some pieces of furniture will require more in the way of maintenance than others. Ask the store clerk when buying something with wood about the finish and how to properly take care of it. Do the same in regards to fabrics and leathers as well.
Spending too much
Furniture stores rope you in with a zero percent introductory rate on a store credit card and then they approve you for an amount much larger than you were planning to spend. But stick with your budget and never spend more than you can afford to repay. If you do decide to apply for a store credit card, be absolutely certain you can pay it off in full before the introductory period is up or you’ll pay interest retroactively to the time of purchase.
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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.