Because it doesn’t require the formal education that interior design does, the job title of interior decorator is quickly growing in popularity. If you’re someone that takes a lot of pride in your home decor and especially if you’re always getting compliments on your home, you may be cut out for this highly competitive line of work. But for every successful interior designer, there are a few that aren’t. Here are some things you should consider before you embark on this particular career.
It’s hard to get noticed
Because interior designers are required to have extensive knowledge about architecture, structural engineering, plumbing and electrical work, and building codes, a bachelor’s degree or higher is required. Interior decorating on the other hand only requires a good eye for color, texture, and spatial arrangements. But because the bar is lower for decorators as opposed to designers, there’s a lot more competition. You don’t need a license, a place of business, or a degree and you’ll find no shortage of people online offering their services in your community.
It takes passion
Standing out in such a crowded marketplace requires real passion for the work. If interior decorating is something you kind of enjoy or have a knack for but you don’t think about almost constantly, it might not be for you. The best decorators are the ones who are always thinking about interior decorating and different ways to do it. If you don’t have passion for it, you’ll burn out quick.
You have to read minds
Even though you’re the decorator, the homeowner gets the final say. Your job as the decorator is to figure out exactly what it is the homeowner wants even if he/she can’t put it into words very well. Good interior decorators know how to ask the right questions and even more importantly, they know how to listen and figure out what it is the homeowner wants so they can make it a reality.
You need a stellar portfolio
When you’re an interior decorator, nothing else matters as much as your reputation. That means to be successful you’ll need to build up an excellent portfolio. This will be harder at first since you can’t put together a portfolio without work and you can’t get work without a good portfolio. A good place to start is with high quality pictures of your own home. You’ll want to purchase a good camera so you can take pictures that do your decorating work justice.
You have to study
Just because you don’t need a degree doesn’t mean you don’t need to study. One of the challenging, but also exciting things about interior decorating is that it’s always evolving. That means you have to stay on top of ever-changing trends. A good way to do this is to subscribe to the top interior design and home decor magazines. The internet is also a great resource for interior decorating research.
Charge what you’re worth
When you’re an interior decorator, you set your own price. This is a very fine line since you won’t get much work if you charge more than you’re worth. But more often than not, decorators sell themselves short and charge less than they should. If you really want to increase your earnings, offer to actually do a lot of the work yourself, not just consult. Simple projects like installing baseboard heater covers or creating a floral arrangement are easy enough for you to do on your own and you don’t have to share the profits with anyone else so make it a point to learn to do a lot of decorating projects yourself.
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.