Measuring for our covers
We will come to your home and take all the measurements required for your radiator cover, if you live fairly close by. If you do live far, far away, here are the measurements we require. You will notice that there are lots of measurements. The reason for that is that we do, indeed, make your cover a bespoke size. We make it just right. If you have two radiators that are exactly the same, but one has been mounted 100mm higher on the wall than the other, your radiator covers will be exactly the same, except one will be 100mm taller.
Notice that I expressed that measurement in millimetres. We would like all the measurements in incie-weencie millimetres. Thank you.
Now, before you get out the tape measure, let's look at this slimline radiator. It will help me to explain some of the reasons for the many measurements we desire. The height of the cover will usually be about 60-80mm above the radiator. This allows the air to heat up and get out of the confined space, without wasting too much energy heating up the underside of the cover's shelf. If the gap is even larger, you can see through the radiator cover, over the radiator, to the back of the wall. That isn't so attractive.
Likewise, the bottom of the cover, the cover's own "skirting board", is generally just higher than the bottom of the radiator itself. If it is smaller than the height of floor to bottom of radiator, then you can see through the cover and too the wall/skirting board behind. Here is an example of that sort of thing. Now, to avoid this it often means that our covers' skirtings are higher than those in your home. My feeling is that this is quite alright if your skirting boards are painted, especially if painted white. If, on the other hand, your skirting boards are stripped or varnished in a dark colour, I would prefer that the base of our radiator cover gave the impression that the skirting boards simply wrapped around the cover, as if it had always been there.
In the case of this slimline radiator, we would normally not bother trying to match the skirting board shape or size.
Modern skirting boards are often very small (i.e. cheap). If we match their height, the radiator cover usually ends up looking top heavy. But note the possible obstacles. The dado rail is just close enough to get in the way. We would have to make the cover end just under it or just over it. In this case we would choose just under. Note too the that vertical facing at the wall end (usually this would be a door facing) would be an obstacle if it had been a little bit closer. Sometimes there is only the tiniest gap between the thermostat and a door facing. This makes things really tricky. In the case of this example radiator, the flow of human traffic might impinge on the depth of the radiator cover shelf. If people walk round this corner alot, and cut the corner, the shelf would probably not overhang much. And we would aim to make the depth of the cover really neat. If the radiator and its cover were in a spacious hallway, and a phone and lamp were meant to sit on it, then the shelf would have a much larger overhang and we might give the internal depth an extra 20mm.
Well, that enough for now. Doubtless, I will get around to finishing this page, like the rest of the website, in a year or two. Meanwhile, get measuring.
radiator total height (from floor to top) _____________________________
height of bottom of radiator from floor _____________________________
width (maximum width including pipes) _____________________________
depth (from wall to radiator front) _____________________________
thermostat position and orientation of thermostat left/right
thermostat orientation vertical/horizontal
height to the top of thermostat from ground _____________________________
skirting boards total height _____________________________
height (from floor) to start of moulding _____________________________
depth (usually 18-30mm) _____________________________
shape (supply sketch or cardboard profile)
colour and species of skirting boards or floor to match (e.g. original purpley french polish on Douglas Fir, laminate natural oak floor, stripped yellow pine) _______________________
corner of wall
depth of top shelf desired (normally 40mm overhang over cover) _______________________
Of course, sending us a photograph of the radiator wouldn't hurt at all!