* Post posted today thanks skaters, and features the gifted product for express review purposes. . All opinions are mine
Before John and I moved to Waynesboro, Virginia, in 2015, we had never heard of base heaters. Is it regional? Of course, I know it era The thing is – baseboard heaters became popular during the 50’s and 60’s – so it only makes sense that our mid-century homes would be outfitted with baseboard heaters.
I really like the baseboard heating. Our gas powered system makes our home feel warm and cozy during the colder months of the year, but living with it is certainly full of compromises from a design perspective. There’s no beating around the bush: Baseboard heaters are ugly. Over the years I’ve learned how to decorate (and photograph) around these unsightly wall units, but generally I have to ignore them as much as possible. Yet, that is!
I was surfing the internet a few weeks ago and happened to come across the brand skaters. I found that they make stylish modern covers that can easily be installed over your existing base heaters to get them looking brand new in just a few minutes without any kind of demo or professional help. It’s made of galvanized steel—22- to 24-gauge, depending on the style you choose—and powder-coated to help prevent rust.
The before/after on their website gave me a lot of hope We know we can use these covers to update our old baseboard heaters, and I’m really excited to prove exactly that to you in today’s post. After doing some more research on their website, I was able to confirm that they are very safe to use with a system from the 1960’s. sThe panel’s one-piece construction allows for good airflow around the heating element, while keeping fingers (and feet!) away from the heater itself, making it safer for children and pets. It was a very easy choice to do after reading that.
Since this was the first time I had installed something like this in our home, I decided to start small. I chose three primary rooms and heaters for my renovation: the one in the corner sitting area off the kitchen, the dining room, and my home office. I specifically chose rooms where baseboard heaters were particularly visible and unsightly to get the most for my money.
First, I removed the old base heater covers, and Units are sized exactly as directed by the Baseboarder website. I measured the height off the ground, the height of the heater unit itself, and the depth. It was really easy, and I finished this job in just a few minutes. I then passed those notes on to the Baseboarders, and they were able to fit us in with the right sheets for our house. A week later, the box of new covers arrived, and I started to install them.
To be honest, I was a little nervous about putting the covers on myself because I’d never done anything like this before, but it was so easy. I took off the existing baseboard heater end caps, removed the front panel, and then stored it in our basement in case we (or the next homeowners) decide to reuse or recycle it. Next, I unbolted our Baseboarders, placed the new end caps on the outside edges of the new front Baseboards, and then lowered the entire assembly down over the existing bare baseboard heater unit.
Each Baseboarder assembly took about five minutes to install, and the end result is amazing! The rooms we’ve installed feel more modern and fresh, and although I was worried about what the new bright white units would look like next to the off-white trim, I think the combination is really nice and clean looking.
Click here to watch a short video, which does a great job of showing how easy it is to install, plus it gives some extra details on how the covers are actually made, too. I really can’t say enough good things and have told everyone I know to get them! My parents are definitely considering upgrading their baseboard heaters to these covers, and I have plans to continue replacing the rest of our old baseboard heaters with new ones later this fall. I’ll be sure to update the post if I run into any issues once they finally get some heat in the winter, but I don’t expect any issues at all. Leave a comment if you have a question, and I or my Baseboarders rep will get back to you!