Alternative Uses For Radiator Covers

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A radiator cover is a surprisingly effective addition to your home heating, with some experts estimating that they can increase the warmth in your room by up to a third.

As well as being a great way to maximise the heat that you receive, radiator covers are attractive too, and are available in a wide range of styles and designs. With such an attractive exterior, you’ll want to show off your radiator cover as much as possible! Here are a few alternative uses for radiator covers that could inspire you to transform your home.

Storage shelf

If you’re a little bit short on storage and shelves in your home, the amount of room a radiator takes up can be frustrating. Although it’s essential to create lots of warmth, the space is inevitably wasted.

This is where a radiator cover can help. As well as protecting against the possibility of burns from touching hot metal, a radiator cover makes the space functional once more. With the heat from the radiator directed out into the room, the top of the radiator is ideal for using as a shelf. It’s a good idea to refrain from keeping anything on here which is particularly heat-sensitive but other than this small restriction, there’s no limit to how you use this area.

Radiator covers can be a really useful way to maximise space in a more compact bathroom. Even if you have a small radiator cover, the space can be used in lieu of a traditional shelf for storing bathroom essentials.

Magnet for pets!

If you’ve got a feline friend in your home, you’ll already be aware of their habit of nabbing the best seat in the house.

Cats love nothing more than being warm and cosy, which is one of the reasons you’ll often see them curled up on the bonnet of a car, not long after the engine has been switched off.

If you choose a radiator cover which has a large space on top, you’ll be creating an instant new home for your kitty. Warm and elevated, a wooden radiator cover is the perfect space for your cat to relax on – just throw in an extra cushion for true feline luxury.

Scrap the coffee table

If you like a clean and minimalist look but still need a space to place items on, a radiator cover can double up. This gives you the chance to scrap cumbersome and dated pieces of furniture such as a coffee table, and instead use the new space you have available.

A radiator cover works especially well in this capacity in spaces such as halls. You won’t need to squeeze in a console or hall table, and can instead use the area on top of the radiator cover for whatever you need.

Discover bespoke radiator covers

Jali offers a range of made to measure radiator covers, suitable for both small and large areas. An affordable option for every home, speak to us today to find out how you could transform your living space.

Choosing A Summer Colour Palette

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You wouldn’t want to dress the same season after season, so why should your home? Turn your home from a cosy winter hideout to a fresh and bright summer home by adding a splash of colour to your furniture. This simple trick can make your home as seasonal and stylish as you!

One great way to do this is through coloured furniture. Furniture is an easy and effective way to bring some optic feng shui to your living space. Now that summer is here, there’s nothing like a bright and fresh colour palette to enhance your furniture’s appearance. So, what colour palettes should you choose to enhance your home’s summer attire?

Pale Blue and Orange

Pale blue and orange works fantastically well by conjuring up days spent at the beach, as a large orange sun begins to set at the end of a fun-filled day.

A Summer in Paris

The combination of red and white can help you reminisce on summer vacations in Paris. Include hints of checked fabric to really get that real Parisian feeling.

Go Floral

There is nothing more summery than a bunch of bright flowers, so why not choose some furniture that resembles your favourite summer bunches?

Blue and Green

Blue and green should never be seen right? Wrong! A light tone of blues and greens can bring the best memories of freshly cut summer grass and a crystal clear sea into your home. Remember to keep to lighter shades to keep that summer feeling!

These four colour palettes will not only bring the summer inside your home, but switching from darker tones to these bright and breezy palettes can make your living space look and feel bigger as well!

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Top Tips For Installing Radiator Covers

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Everyone likes to feel warm and cosy, and radiator covers are the ideal option – adding up to 30% more heat into your home. Attractive and practical too, radiator covers provide a beautiful veneer to cover up the boring metal appearance

However, although the design of radiator covers may be hard to resist, you might be worrying about how to install the cover without professional help. Never fear! Help is at hand with this guide below – but you’ll soon realise that installing a radiator cover is much less hassle than you thought…

Measuring up

Never assume you know the dimensions of your radiator; before investing in high quality radiator covers make sure you know exactly the size you need.

Many modern radiators come in a standard size, but this isn’t always the case. Some homes may have had smaller or larger radiators installed, leaving you with the need for a made to measure cover. Similarly, older homes may include radiators which are a different size. It’s therefore essential to get out your tape measure before purchasing what you need.

When you’re measuring your radiator, don’t forget to make sure you allow enough room for the nozzles and valves you want to be covered too. The height is measured from the floor up; it’s not just the height of the actual radiator itself.

Once you have your full set of dimensions, you should add around 2.5cm to get the size of radiator cover to buy. This provides the necessary air circulation around the radiator while it’s in use.

Fitted or free-standing?

Many types of radiator cover come in a flatpack and must be assembled before being fixed in place. You should also find out if they come with their own mounts, making it simple to attach your radiator cover to the wall, even if your DIY skills are fairly basic.

Some types of radiator cover are freestanding. This means that once you’ve put all the pieces together, it simply slides into position and doesn’t need to be attached. Although this design is obviously much simpler, there are limitations. Freestanding radiator covers aren’t as secure and are therefore unsuitable for many other uses, such as shelving or storage.

Attaching a radiator cover to the wall may mean a little more work at the outset, but in the longer run, you’ll appreciate the extra options it provides.

Choose your design

Browse through the enormous selection of radiator covers we offer here at Jali, and you’re certain to find the design that matches your decor. With bespoke and made to measure radiator covers too, why not speak to a member of the team today to get yours ordered?

Where Should You Position A Radiator?

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A radiator is a cost-effective means of heating a room, providing an affordable solution and consistent warmth, right where you need it.

Radiators have traditionally always been placed on an exterior wall, typically below a window, and most people don’t ever consider moving them. However, it’s now surprisingly easy to relocate a radiator in your room, providing more options than ever before. Here are a few ideas about the best place to position a radiator.

Out with tradition?

If you’re keen to have your radiator relocated into a different part of the room, there’s nothing to stop you making the switch. Nevertheless, there are some benefits to having your radiator below the window, so it’s worth thinking about it carefully.

The exterior wall, and the window above, are usually the coldest spots in the room. Having a radiator here helps to prevent cold air from entering, and immediately dropping downwards.

Although a radiator can help to counteract the seepage of cold air, in reality double glazing and good insulation means that this is far less of a problem. If you’re in an old, draughty property, keeping your radiator below the window might be a good idea, but for modern homes, it’s far less essential.

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Get creative

Improvements with technology mean that you can now place your radiator wherever you want in your room, without the need to be hampered by piping. Relocating a radiator isn’t a big task and provides lots more flexibility with the design of your space.

Where possible, try to locate the radiator so that it won’t be behind any large items of furniture. Ideally, the space in front of the radiator will be clear and free of clutter. This provides the best chance of heating the room effectively.

Curtains can be another problem for radiators; long or mid-length curtains can seriously affect the amount of heat given out.

Decorative yet functional

Wherever you decide to place your radiator, investing in a radiator cover could be a smart move. You can get bespoke and made to measure radiator covers which are surprisingly affordable. These match with radiators which aren’t the standard shape or size, and can even fit snugly into alcoves or recesses.

As well as improving the appearance, a radiator cover can help cut down costs. One of the biggest factors for deciding where to position your radiator is the loss of heat. A radiator cover prevents the heat from moving backwards, and instead forces it out into the room. This creates a far more effective method of heating, saving you money in the process.

Radiator covers offer the solution to getting the perfect position for your radiator, keeping more of the warmth directed into your room. If you need any help or advice about radiator covers, contact Jali for free information and guidance, and a no-obligation chat about how we can help.

 

Updating Your Home On A Budget

There’s lots of ways to increase the value of your home, as well as update the overall appearance, but many of these cost big bucks. From adding an extension to converting the attic, home renovation isn’t cheap.

The good news however is that you don’t need to spend a small fortune to update your home. Here are just a few ideas which could make a surprising difference to how your property looks.

A Lick of Paint

Everyone knows that giving your walls a fresh coat of paint will make the room look brighter and cleaner, but there’s no need to stop there. Many other parts of your home would also benefit from being painted and it could completely transform the overall look.

The front door is the first thing that visitors see, and painting it could give you instant curb appeal. You’ll only get one chance to make a first impression, and a freshly painted front door will make a world of difference.

Inside, you can paint lots of different elements, both big and small. In the bathroom, you can even buy special paint to update your bathtub and the surrounding tiles. Whether you change the colour or just refresh the existing decor, it will make your bathroom feel like a different room.

Cover Those Radiators

Radiators are a necessary evil in many homes, providing an excellent source of heat – but not looking particularly attractive.

Radiator covers are the solution, a great way to maximise the heat distribution in the room while giving a much-needed facelift. You can pick a radiator cover in a style that suits your decor; you’ll find a wide choice, from simple and modern to more ornate, intricate designs.

The heat from radiators can easily be lost behind curtains, but a radiator cover is functional as well as attractive, forcing the heat forward and into the room. So much more than just an attractive feature, a radiator cover can provide real benefits too.

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Don’t Forget Fixtures and Fittings

Finally, by simply changing your fixtures and fittings around your home, you can make a significant difference to the overall look.

These are the kinds of details that can often be missed, but by changing a drawer handle or a cupboard knob, you can instantly update the appearance. Look around your home and you’ll find lots of other small accessories that can easily be updated without blowing your budget, such as taps and light switches.

Be Inspired by Jali

For more ideas and inspiration about how to update your home, including our range of bespoke radiator covers, get in touch with our knowledgeable team today.

Top 4 Benefits of Radiator Covers

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With conflicting views on whether radiator covers are effective in terms of efficiency and whether they actually add a design element to your home or become a hindrance, it can be difficult to know whether you want this addition to your home. Whether you view radiator covers as an energy efficiency tool or a cosmetic improvement to your home, radiator covers also have other benefits.

Childproofing

Despite the two key benefits of style and energy efficiency, radiator covers are also essential for childproofing. The heat from radiators can be a dangerous element in your family home and with younger children around it can very easily be an accident waiting to happen. While many replace their radiators with a low surface temperature radiator which is inexpensive, the actual act of getting one installed can be a long and arduous process.

Ultimately a radiator cover is a cheaper and offers a more aesthetic option. The functionality of a radiator cover is designed to prevent burn injuries that can occur when the heat from the radiator is too high by limiting the access to the radiator. Many radiator covers offer access through the front panel, allowing you to be able to get to the radiator when you need to without exposing it entirely to the little hands and feet around the house. You can also fit the radiator cover to include electrical sockets as it helps to hide them from those little hands and feet.

Additional Shelf Space

As many radiator covers follow a decorate cabinet design, by purchasing a radiator cover you also have an additional option in terms of shelving space. While you cannot place anything inside your radiator cover cabinet, there is plenty of space on top. From ornaments and family photos, there’s room for it all! This transforms your radiator cabinet into a multipurpose piece of furniture to add a decorative yet functional flair to your home.Jali radiator cover

Energy Efficient

As we’ve already briefly mentioned, radiator covers offer better energy efficiency in your home, provided that they have proper and effective backing, as this helps to distribute the heat evenly. Provided that the radiator cover has evenly spaced ventilation gaps which also work as a design aspect, there is nothing to block the heat produced by the radiator. As the heat is encapsulated in the radiator cover cabinet, it is released slowly through the ventilation gaps in the front panels, this can keep your house warmer for longer with less energy used.

Hallway Feature

It can be difficult to make your hallway look exciting past decorating it with family pictures and the odd mirror. By adding a radiator cover you also add an additional design element which breaks up the monotonous layout of most hallways. Thanks to the ornate and beautiful patterns available on most modern radiator covers, the cabinet design of most radiator covers look less clunky and obstructive and much more stylistic.

The fretwork grills also allow for more coordination in your decor as they can match an existing pattern in your hallway. Don’t be afraid of painting your radiator cover in different colours and patterns in order to make it stand out or even to fit in better with your existing decor!

 

At Jali, we offer a range of radiator product as well as a variety of household furniture. To find out more about the bespoke products we create contact us or take a look at our products.

 

Making a feature of your hallway

A hallway is the portal to your home, which is why it’s well worth investing in making it a beautiful space. From colour and accessories to furniture, there are many different things that you can do with a hallway to ensure that it reflects you and the personality of your home. The possibilities are endless!

Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite tips for ensuring that your hallway is a feature in your home.

Think colour

When it comes to decorating a hallway, there are a few different directions you can go in. If you have a smaller space then a neutral colour palette is a great way to amplify the light, and help to create the feeling of airiness and space. You can then look to inject statement accessories in a select colour palette, such as lampshades, artwork, or rugs if you want to bring some vibrancy.

Alternatively, if you have a larger area to play with, you may want to go bold with deep, dark walls – or even coloured tiled floors for a luxurious feel. Play with textures as well as colour for maximum impact; we love deep dark tones paired with beautiful smooth brass or copper accessories.

Give your radiators some love

Many hallways include a radiator, which can be annoying for people looking to create a beautiful space; after all, most radiators are not particularly attractive. However, that doesn’t have to mean that your dreams of a statement hallway are no longer achievable. Make sure that every single part of your hallway gets some love by investing in decorative radiator covers, which can help to hide away some of the less attractive elements of a room, and instead turn them into a feature to be proud of.

Whether you’re going for a minimalist look or want to opt for something more detailed and vibrant, radiator covers are an excellent way to make a statement. Plus, they can also help your home be more efficient, as they push the warm air forwards into the room. Check out some of our beautiful bespoke radiator covers.

Don’t forget the details

A hallway doesn’t have as many elements to play with as many other rooms in a home, which is why you have to make sure that all the details count. From door handles to lampshades and rugs, make sure that you’re using everything you have in your toolbox to bring the space together. Invest in a floor lamp to bring some ambience to the area later in the day, or dot the walls with mirrors, artworks and wall hangings to bring a touch of eclectic chic to those passing through.

You can also use your radiator covers to provide yourself with some extra storage or even use them for alternative uses. For example, you can cover the gas and electric meters without making them difficult to access, thanks to the removable front panel of most radiator covers.

If you’re interested in making your hallway a heavenly space, or indeed any other room in your home, then get in touch with one of our friendly team today to find out more about our beautiful bespoke furniture.

4 home styles that demand radiator covers

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Radiator covers take any well-designed interior to the next level, and then there are styles that just wouldn’t be complete without them. While Victorian, Moroccan, Hamptons, and Baroque style interiors share little in common, they do all look vastly better with radiator covers.

Victorian

Victorian homes that still house original features add great value to the property. Stained glass windows, decorative trims around doorways and windows, geometric tiled hallways and patterned wallpaper are all characteristics of a traditional Victorian home. Floral patterns and elaborate design details were a strong trend found throughout these homes so a floral pattern and intricately detailed radiator cover would fit in perfectly.

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Moroccan

Moroccan style interiors typically contain intricate and highly symmetrical patterns, floral motifs and bold colours. Of course Moroccan styles stem from islamic art and culture., Beautiful archways and curved doorways are original features of this style, and traditionally the colour scheme reflects either desert or ocean hues. Plush upholstered furniture and heavily patterned rugs are staples of Moroccan interiors, as are geometric, colourful tiles. Floral, geometric and star patterned radiator covers in brilliant reds, oranges, greens and blues would fit a Moroccan style interior with aplomb.

Hamptons

The Hamptons, where New York’s rich and famous get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax by the sea. A lot of white is used, with blues and reds making up the three most predominant colours in this laid-back style. It’s not just the colours of the American flag that are key to this look; stars and stripes on furnishings are also characteristics of the Hamptons style. Woods and other natural materials create a homely feel that is not over-the-top, while nautical themes run throughout. This style is very versatile with our radiator covers with star, striped and criss-cross radiator covers being the most suitable to fit this look. White would be the most obvious colour, while a red or blue cover would stand out for all the right reasons.     

Baroque

The elaborate and opulent style known as Baroque gained popularity in the 17th century. One of its most famous proponents was King Louis XIV who had the Palace of Versailles decked out in bronze sculptures, intricate tapestries and large chandeliers. The Baroque style screams grandeur and typically uses furnishings with lots of whites, yellows and reds of different hues and a whole lot of gold. Oversized mirrors with gilt frames, crystal chandeliers and richly woven carpets with intricate detailing are all characteristics of this style.

While we don’t have specific baroque style radiator covers, there’s nothing to stop you from painting one of our radiator covers and adding the trademark gold leaf of the Baroque style to regal criss cross style fretwork. Our majestic fleur-de-lis patterned radiator cover also goes hand in hand with Baroque-inspired interiors.

Our radiator covers come in many patterns, shapes and sizes. There are also several colours and finishes to pick from, and they can be customised to perfectly fit around your radiator. Click here to see our full range of radiator covers.  

 

Style up your storage, for less!

One size, or style, will never suit everyone. At Jali, we believe in great design for all, and lots of choice, so your furniture will fit your space, your taste and your budget perfectly.

Jali bespoke double cupboardClever customer Tony has taken full advantage of our online options to create unique storage units for different spots in his home, enjoying all the advantages of bespoke but without the expense!

Jali bespoke cupboard with fretwork doorsThe two cupboards Tony designed show just how versatile the Jali system is.

The double cupboard, above, has Shaker-style doors and a deep plinth.

The smaller cupboard, left, has no plinth, so the fretwork doors, in pattern 2152, can make the maximum impact.

Tony also chose our radiator cabinets for his home. These are freetstanding by default, but like our cupboards, drawer units and bookcases, they can be easily modified on our online Designer to fit snugly against one or two walls, according to need.

Jali bespoke radiator coverAnd we give you a choice of solid or fretwork doors when designing Jali cupboards or wardrobes – you can even design and order doors on their own to upgrade kitchen or bathroom storage!

So like our loyal customer Tony, discover the joys of styling up your home with Jali – more joy every day, and much less to pay…

-Annie

 

Renew and refresh your room, with real wood veneers!

Décor looking a little drab? On the hunt for good-looking storage you can put together fast? Jali furniture in real wood veneers gives you the best of all worlds. It’s easy to assemble and only needs finishing with a suitable oil to protect its natural beauty.

i303Choose our pale and very interesting oak finish or pick rich walnut for a darker, sophisticated impact. Both options have unique markings and figuring that comes from the trees from which it was cut.

The Jali team then ensures all the parts that make up your order are skillfully made and will fit together perfectly.

The result: stunning, bespoke furniture that brings a touch of nature indoors, to make your room look really special.

So if painting isn’t really your thing, or you just fancy a change, take full advantage of our real wood veneers. They’re good for the planet and they won’t ever go out of fashion. Isn’t Mother Nature a darling? She really knows how to make a style statement, one that is guilt-free and will give you pleasure for years… bless!

-Annie