So you’ve decided to decorate your home. Now what? Whether you’re furnishing a new home for the first time or you’ve decided that your home just needs a new look, decorating can be a very difficult task. A mistake many homeowners make is being too anxious to jump right in with an interior decorating project without taking the time to plan it out properly. This can result in costly mistakes which will haunt you for years until you can afford to redecorate again so it’s best to take your time and do it right the first time. Here are some things to consider before you even begin.
Take a close look at your home as it currently is
Before you do anything else you should start by evaluating what you already have. Make a list of everything you like and dislike about the current state of your home décor. Are their certain textures, fabrics, or colors that you want to carry over when you redecorate? Which pieces do you plan on incorporating when you redecorate and how will that affect other design decisions? Resist the urge to make the same decisions you made the last time around just because it’s familiar to you. Don’t be afraid to do something totally different if it’s what you truly want.
Write a wish list
This is probably the most fun part of planning an interior design project. Here, you pretend that there is no budget and simply dream about everything you want for your home. Make a list of everything you need regardless of cost. Once you have a master list, then you can start to prioritize and think about practicalities and budgets. But you need to have that dream list to start with.
Consult magazines and the internet to start gathering photographs of home interiors that you like. This will help you, or your interior decorator if you plan to hire one, get a feel for your personal taste. Try not to spend hours and hours in a single day poring over photos. Break it up over days and weeks to let your mind rest and really get a feel for what you want.
Consult your better half.
If you have a spouse or significant other, even if he/she isn’t as interested in interior decorating as you are, it’s a good idea to consult him/her to make sure you’re both in agreement about the general direction your interior decorating plans are going. Once you begin making actual purchases, chances are he/she is going to start to care so at least let him/her look over your photographs that you’ve collected or maybe head out to a home improvement store together to look at merchandise.
Figure out what you want
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is you want. Maybe you know you really like a certain photo of a bedroom you saw online but you can’t figure out what element about it you really want. Try to look at the types of photos you’re attracted to and look for patterns that pop up again and again. Maybe it’s a color, a pattern, a texture, or just the way the furniture is arranged. You can’t start the project until you know what it is you like.
Narrow things down
Chances are you have way too many ideas at this point to do all of them. It’s time to start zeroing in on the aspects of your vision that are the most important. You may have to let go of certain ideas to allow you to focus on other ones.
Don’t feel like you have to do it overnight
If you do have a large budget and want to knock out this interior design project in a single go, that by all means do it. But don’t feel pressured to decorate the entire home all at once. The average homeowner can’t afford to buy everything they need for their home so decorate in stages. Maybe focus on one room at a time. By collecting pieces over time you can be more patient to make sure you’re selecting the absolute best things for your home.
There are specific things to remember no matter how easy a project is. Use these tips on changing baseboard heater covers to make the process run more smoothly.
When the time comes to replace your rusted and outdated baseboard heater cover, it isn’t often clear where you should begin with the process. For some, this project may seem confusing and can lead them to push it off. Learn how to measure and cut a steel baseboard heater cover; it’s really not as hard as you might think!
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.