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Hiring an interior designer is expensive and outside the budget for many homeowners. For those looking to get the most out of their interior design budget, they want to make the design decisions themselves. Of course, it’s not as easy as it might seem. If you’ve got limited knowledge about interior design, here are seven steps to help you start thinking like an interior designer.
1. Ask the right questions. When a professional interior designer approaches a project he/she doesn’t just start moving furniture around and repainting the walls. A professional designer is going to have a list of questions for the homeowner to get a feel for what he/she wants out of that space. When you as the homeowner are taking on the job of an interior designer, you need to ask yourself those same types of questions. What’s the end goal? What’s the function of that room? What’s the best way to use that space? From there you can begin to visualize the finished product and start creating a concrete plan.
2. Have a feeling in mind. Interior design is about more than just appearances. A room has to have the right feel to it as well. Think about the purpose of the room you’re designing and what you want people to feel when they’re in that room. Perhaps you’re going for a warm, cozy, welcoming feeling for a guest bedroom. Maybe you want an open, airy feeling in your kitchen or bathrooms. Start with a feeling, rather than a look, and go from there.
3. Dream, sketch, decide. Fortunately for you, it doesn’t cost anything to dream. Before you begin an interior design project, you can jump on the internet or head to your favorite home décor retailer. Don’t forget a sketchbook. As you browse the internet or stores, jot down any ideas or products that stand out. Don’t worry about cost at first, just let your imagination go wild. Eventually you’ll need to factor in cost, create a budget, and think more practically but a dream is a good place to begin.
4. Start hard. When interior decorating, homeowners have the tendency to start with the easiest, most fun projects first. But it’s better if you start with the projects that you’d rather put off. Do you need to replace the carpets? Remove the wallpaper. Start with the time intensive, expensive aspects of the project while you still have the energy and then when you’re worn out, you can turn your attention to the more fun aspects of the project.
5. Take a risk. Resist the urge to play it too safe. It’s your home so take some liberties in decorating it. Paint one wall a bright, vibrant color or select some accent pieces that really make a room stand out from the rest of your home. Fortune favors the bold.
6. Mix styles. While it’s typically a good idea to have some unifying design aesthetic in mind when doing your interior decorating, you shouldn’t feel like you have to follow that design theme to the letter. That can stifle your creativity. You can experiment with blending contemporary and classical styles so long as they complement each other to get a unique look.
7. Wait on the little details. Putting the finishing touches on an interior decorating project is probably the best part. But it’s easy to get carried away and spend too much on non-necessities if you rush into it. They’re called finishing touches for a reason. Save them for last and don’t go overboard.
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The holiday season is approaching faster than expected, and the clock is ticking to get your home ready to host family gatherings. But cleaning isn’t the only thing you should be thinking about. With family members congregating in your home, this is also the perfect time to upgrade and liven up that space. Use a few of these easy upgrades for your home during the holidays to get you started.
With winter fast approaching, our baseboard heaters have become an essential part of our everyday comfort. However, despite how much we need them to keep us warm amidst frigid temperatures, they could become a hazard for younger family members. As such, you must take additional steps to childproof your baseboard heating systems to prevent a tragic accident from occurring.
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.