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Interior decorating is an art that takes time to master. First time homeowners anxious to decorate their new home for the first time make some crucial mistakes the first time around. Here are seven of the most common interior design mistakes you’ll want to avoid.
The term scale, in interior design, means the size of a thing and proportion refers to a thing’s size in relation to other things. You have to get the scale and proportions right to have a successfully decorated space. Because so many homes today are built with open floor plans, there are wide open spaces that are huge and they tend to be the trickiest to work with.
First time home decorators get so caught up in thinking about how a room will look and how it will feel that they forget to consider how the room will be used. Interior decorating is just as much about function as it is about aesthetics so homeowners should consider the purpose of each room and the activities that will go on there when choosing how to decorate it.
Going overboard with themed rooms
There’s certainly nothing wrong with a themed room but you have to be careful that you don’t get too carried away with the theme. Also, choose themes that are meaningful to you otherwise it just won’t make sense.
First time homeowners are especially guilty of this mistake since money is often tight after purchasing a first home and they’re anxious to fill all the nooks and crannies with various furniture. In the long run, you’ll spend more money if you’re frequently buying, and then replacing lots of cheap particle board furniture. Cheap furniture that comes in a box and requires assembly isn’t built to last and is more fitting for a dorm room. It’s better to collect nice furniture slowly that cheap furniture all at once.
Furniture up against the walls
Homeowners want to maximize the square footage of each room so they push all the furniture right up against the walls but this isn’t ideal for conversation. Scoot all the furniture inward a little; even though there’s a little less space, it will allow for more intimate seating arrangements and better conversation.
Too many accessories and too much artwork
After the larger furnishings, your accessories and artwork are the finishing touch that completes the look of the room. But there’s a fine line between complement accessories that look nice and clutter that distracts. Keep you accessories and artwork in check or the space will begin to look messy.
Making everything match
Home fashions stores and show rooms display merchandise that belongs to a collection. Homeowners see it as convenient to purchase the entire collection since it’s a ready-made set and it’s sure to look good. But you don’t want your home to look like something out of a magazine, you want it to be your home so try to mix and match different pieces from different collections to find your own style.
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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" (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.