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If you live in a small home or apartment, you must make the most out of every inch of usable space. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible in areas that have radiators. Unsightly and immovable, these heaters often limit what you can do with your space, preventing you from fully implementing your style. Learn how to effectively dress up your radiator space and use it to your advantage.

Use a Radiator Cover

Before you use any other methods, you should purchase a decorative baseboard heater cover. Your radiator will instantly look better, and the cover will protect any children and pets from accidental burns. Your baseboard heater will look more appealing, but your redecorating doesn’t have to stop there.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

A fresh coat of paint is one of the most effective ways to update any area of a home. Adopting a new color scheme can make your style stand out and draw attention away from the less attractive aspects of the space. This will also give you additional opportunities to assign the radiator space a specific purpose.

Hide the Heater Entirely

If you’d rather not invest in a new paint job, you can also draw attention away from the heater by hiding it behind a piece of furniture. This method allows you to actively use the space while hiding the heater from plain sight. It’s important to remember, however, that you shouldn’t block the airflow through the heater, as this can increase your risk of fire. Also make sure the piece of furniture doesn’t touch the radiator, especially if the furniture is upholstered.

Install Floating Shelves

Baseboard heaters often have a bit of wall space above them, which you can use for various tasks. Installing a set of floating shelves above the heater can create additional storage space for things such as books or plants. This will ultimately help you make use of the space while implementing your design.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.