There’s nothing better than being warm and cozy inside your home with a good book or a favorite television show while it’s cold, dreary, and perhaps snowing outside. Winter is fast approaching and now is the time to transform your home into a cozy sanctuary from the storms. Here are a few tips for making your home cozier this winter.
Purchase an area rug
If your home décor feels like it’s missing something, it’s most likely a rug. A nice area rugs acts as a bottom layer to your home décor. In an open concept home, especially, an area rug can tie together the elements in one room to define it as a separate space than nearby areas. It also adds texture and pattern to a room that may be lacking. If you’re one of those people whose feet is always cold all winter long, you’ll appreciate walking across a warm rug rather than hardwood or tile floors.
Pillows and throws
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to add to the coziness factor of your home is to purchase a few inexpensive throws and pillows for your sofas, loveseats, and recliners. It’s another fun way to add textures, patterns, and colors to your home décor and a blanket is always in reach when you sit down to watch your favorite show or read a good book. Since throws and pillows are cheap, you can easily swap them out if your personal taste changes.
Find ways to incorporate books into your home décor in every room in your home so there’s always a book within reach. There’s something about curling up with a good book on rainy or snowy days that makes it even more enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be an elaborate floor-to-ceiling bookcase. Hang a floating shelf or use an end table and just place two or three books in every room.
Artwork always adds a nice personal touch and makes a home feel cozier. You can scatter art by a favorite artist throughout your home or you might even consider creating a gallery wall to showcase a single artist or a common theme. Just avoid winter landscapes if you’re going for a warm, cozy atmosphere.
There’s something psychological about organic materials that just makes us a little more relaxed. Opting for more woods, stones, and textiles in your home instead of plastics and metals will create a more natural environment and will be much cozier in the winter.
Baseboard heater covers
Though covering up those old baseboard radiators with shiny new covers won’t make your home any warmer, it will make you more excited every time you go to use them, and you’ll be using them a lot all through the winter.
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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.