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Congratulations! You’ve spend the last 18 to 29 years raising them, and now you’ve finally gotten them out of the house. What will you do with their room now?
You can start by covering up that old baseboard heater with a new baseboard heater cover with easy snap-on installment. Then you can think about the rooms you already have in your house and which from the following list you are still lacking and strongly desire.
Preserve Childhood Room
You could take the classic empty-nesters-longing-to-preserve-the-past option and do absolutely nothing. Then when your son or daughter comes home to visit, they will find their room in the exact same way that they left it. This can make the child feel more welcome to return, and the parents more connected to them while they are away.
Or, you can forget about that, let the past be preserved in other ways like photographs and precious memories, and do something that you’ve always wanted to with your now empty room.
An easy, and practical idea is to turn the room into a guest room. Then your child can still sleep there when they return from wherever they left to, but then you can use it for other guests as well, and they won’t be creeped out by your child’s strange teenage decorative ideas. You can replace their juvenile High School Musical bedspreads, with more classic and universally accepted blankets, pillows, and sheets. You can even give the room a theme if you so desire.
Or you can turn the empty space into the craft room that you’ve always wanted. Whether your craft is sewing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, writing, scrapbooking, wood carving, bird house building, or whatever else you may or may not be good at, using your child’s old bedroom might be better than using the kitchen table like you used to when your kid was still at home. Now that they are out of the house, spoil yourself a little, and use his or her old space for creating your own masterpieces.
Another fun idea is to use the space for a game room, or play room for kids. You can get the pool table or air hockey table that you’ve always wanted. Maybe even a ping pong table. Or you can install a large flat-screen TV and an Xbox and use the space to throw back and relax.
Or if you have little kids still in the house, or grandkids that visit frequently, you can use the space to fill with toys for little ones to play with and keep them entertained.
Or, now that you have a room to yourself where no one can judge you or see you sweat like a pig, you can use the room to hold you’re New Year’s Resolution exercise equipment. And if you don’t end up exercising in the room, you can use it to store the large equipment until you can send it back.
And lastly, if you have lot of work to get done at home, but have never had a decent quiet place to do it, you might consider turning the room into an office. Whatever you choose to do with their room, make sure your child knows that the decision wasn’t personal and that they are still loved, or whatever.
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.