*Today’s post was made possible by Baseboarders, and features gifted product for the purposes of a candid review. All opinions are my own.
I’ll be honest. When we moved into our first home that came with baseboard heating, I was really nervous. Up until that point, we had always had our heat come from a heat pump and ducts/grills in the house. The idea of gas-powered heat was intimidating, and I remember being so anxious when I heard the hot water heating the pipes all along the walls in our new home. It creaked and moaned, and I just had had no experience with that.
Eight years later, I can tell you honestly that I love baseboard heating. Now that we’re used to it (both of the mid-century homes we’ve lived in had it), I think I’d actually opt for it in all of our future homes. The rooms stay cozy and warm all winter long, and it’s such a smart, easy-to-understand system. The one thing I don’t love about baseboard heating? The look of those old original metal covers at floor level in our rooms.
In my experience, those old covers are usually scratched, dented, and they just generally look dingy thanks to 60+ years of use, and I actually took to painting most of the original covers at our old house. I didn’t really want to do that here in our new home, though, because it’s tedious work, and paint really does have a hard time sticking to the metal surface of these types of heaters.
Instead, as you may remember from this past summer, I teamed up with Baseboarders to update the look of our old baseboard heater covers. It was super easy to install these sleek, modern covers, and instantly updated the look of our heaters. I thought it might be good to share an updated review of Baseboarders covers now that we’ve been using them for four months or so—and especially now that we’ve been using them with real heat running through them, of course!
The gist? We genuinely love everything about our Baseboarders heater covers. Like I said, they’re very easy to install, and four months later, they’re looking brand new. That’s saying something considering the fact that I’ve painted around them, have three pets who claw at them when their toys get stuck underneath, and I’ve moved furniture across them multiple times. They aren’t scratched at all despite the constant contact, and any paint splatters from room makeover projects easily wipe up thanks to the powder-coated steel material of the covers themselves.
Those photos above show what our original baseboard heaters looked like in the house, and you can keep scrolling to see a few detailed before/after images. If you’d like to see more photo footage of our “old versus new” baseboard heaters, click back here to reread my introductory post from the summer. That post goes a little more in depth about things like manufacturing and installation, too.
What you may be picking up on is the fact that the old baseboard heaters stuck out like a sore thumb because of that long open slit along the top portion of the heater cover. That slit caught the eye, which drew inevitable attention to it, and the opening also allowed lots of dust, dirt, and pet hair to get into the interior portion of the heater, making it work less efficiently.
Now, instead, the new perforated Baseboarders heater covers cover the entire heating element to keep it cleaner, and that also makes it blend in more easily with the walls and existing floor moulding. I was worried about the fact that our Baseboarders covers came in white and our moulding is painted a cream color, but the white complements the cream nicely. I would definitely recommend these, even if you have a contrasting trim color.
Ultimately, there’s no way to entirely hide your baseboard heaters visually, but these covers make them look so much sleeker and minimal. I truly have nothing but glowing things to say! Click here to shop covers for your own home, and use my code “DREAMGREENDIY10” for an exclusive discount now through January. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to update the post with more pertinent information as needed.