Now that winter has almost wrapped up throughout the country, it is finally time to put the t shirts on and get ready to welcome summer. With the change of season come a few essential responsibilities and changes that you need to implement in your home in order to enjoy the weather to the max. Keeping valuable equipment like your heaters protected and safe from the elements is an essential in order to ensure their extended use over a long period of time. Like other equipment that is regularly used, heaters too can develop their fair share of problems like rust, dents, and other forms of damage. Whether you have an indoor baseboard heater or other type of Space Heater, you can use heater covers to keep your valuable equipment safe till its use in the next winter season. If you are looking for info on how to build your custom heater covers, you are in the right place. Read on to find out some of the best designs and cost effective ideas for making your very own heater covers.
How to Build Your Custom Heater Covers:
Depending on the size and type of your residence, such as a single bedroom apartment or a multi storied house, the type of heater you use will vary. If you have a large yard that you use for entertaining guests or just enjoying the chilly weather outside, you may also have an external heater. Regardless of the type and size of heater you use, these tips should cover most of the basics when it comes to designing your very own custom heater covers:
- Determine the Type of Design You Want to Use:
Now this is the first step in making your own baseboard heater cover. There are literally hundreds of options, but the most common ones are briefly described below:
- The Crown Molding: Highly professional and giving off a great finish, wooden Crown Molding is an excellent way to make a cover heater without having to remodel your entire room or make any complicated modifications. You can also paint it to match the rest of your room, making this design an excellent choice for your home.
- Heater Covering Bookcase or Cabinets: If you have some more time on your hands, or are handy with tools, this one is just perfect. Depending on the size of your baseboard heaters, this type of cover relies on using one or more wooden shelves to act as a cover. You can build an entire bookcase that stretches up to your room’s ceiling, or build a stylish modern set of cabinets. It is worth adding here that the cabinets will understandably not be used for storage, unless you add additional shelves above or on the sides.
- Steel Baseboard Cover: In case of a radiator covers or baseboard heater, you can also use steel sheets to make a box cover. A number of attractive designs are readily available and just require basic assembly.
- Wooden Heater Covers: Your imagination is the limit with wooden heater covers, which can be modified to any shape or size. You can use scrap wood or pine wood boards from a home improvement store and get started.
- Measure Everything – Twice:
Now that you have chosen the type of design for your heater cover, it is time to get started. The first step is measuring your room, the heater itself, the surrounding area, and the distance to any nearby furniture or fittings. You also want to take into account the space that should ideally be left open for walking around the room without feeling too crowded. Access to your blueprints is ideal, since that will allow you to plan everything in great detail and avoid covering up any vital fittings or switches that may be in the way.
- Get the Right Tools:
If you are working with large wooden boards, you will need a table saw. You may also require an electric or hand drill. Roofing squares can be used to draw lines and mark wood, and a jig saw can help add vents inside the boards. It goes without saying that essentials such as a hammer, nails, and tape measure must be on hand throughout the process.
- Safety First:
When you are working around your loved ones, it is even more important to store equipment safely, and avoid leaving any loose fixtures around. Ideally, you should close off access to the room you are working in so that someone doesn’t walk in and accidentally hurt themselves.