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How far above baseboard heaters should curtains be?

Last Updated: 23rd April, 2021

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The bottom of your drapes should end at least 10 centimetres (four inches) above your heaters or, if your drapes run floor-to-ceiling, at least three centimetres above the floor. Make sure you have at least five centimetres (two inches) between the back of the drapes and the front of your heaters.

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People also ask, is it safe to have curtains over baseboard heaters?

Although homeowners know to be diligent when using space heaters, many overlook safety when using more permanent heating options like electric baseboard heaters. To avoid this potentially deadly problem, keep curtains and other flammable items 12 inches away from baseboard heaters.

One may also ask, should curtains be longer than the window? The higher the curtain rod, the taller the window will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window, if you can. One rule of thumb is that they should sit 4-6 inches above the window frame.

Similarly, how far away does furniture need to be from a baseboard heater?

In fact, you should place furniture at least 6 inches away from the heater to avoid obstructing its air intake.

Can you put a sofa in front of a baseboard heater?

Baseboard heaters typically need at least 12 inches of space in front of the heater. You can place a couch or chair in front of a heater, but it must be at least a foot away. A door that comes within 12 inches in front of a heater is a fire hazard, just like furniture that is too close to a heater.

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Daniell Zhimirov

Professional

Can baseboard heaters cause a fire?

A baseboard heater, like any other, can of course cause fires if used incorrectly or while in disrepair. However they are unobtrusive and just as safe as any other form of electric heating.

Jue Dascalu

Professional

Is it safe for curtains to touch a radiator?

The main mistake that people make is to fit heavy floor-length curtains over both the window and the radiator below. This traps the heat in the window space and does not let it into the room. Correctly fitted curtains should not cover the top of the radiator, but should stop just below the window ledge.

Barna Zaidi

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Can you hang curtains in front of radiators?

With a large radiator cover in the way, hanging regular floor-length curtains that can close is simply not possible. One way around this is to hang the floor-length curtains you want but use stationary panels (meaning they do not close).

Jeferson Sagilde

Explainer

How do you arrange furniture around baseboard heaters?

You need to focus on the center of the room when placing the large furniture pieces. The sofa, loveseats, chairs, coffee table and arm chairs should be located in the center of the living room. Therefore, you give the air produced from baseboard enough space to flow.

Anibal Dworschak

Explainer

Can you put furniture in front of a radiator?

Never put furniture in front of radiators - it will damage the furniture and stop the heat moving around the room. The same goes for curtains.

Leovigilda Menarguez

Explainer

Are baseboard heaters expensive to use?

Electric baseboard heaters cost around $75 – $100 and another $100 – $150 to install per unit. These are the least expensive and least efficient of the two. The electric baseboard heater warms up quickly, much like a toaster, the coils heat up and radiate outward.

Hania Gambhir

Pundit

Can curtains cover vents?

Nic, no real worry about covering the vents with the drapes. They make plastic covers that use magnets to change the direction of the air flow. They stick out about four inches and can be placed so the air will blow up or down so it has a way to get out from behind the obstruction.

Steinar Botta

Pundit

Can curtains catch fire from a radiator?

The water circulating in those “radiators “ is at about 70 degrees Celsius, and will not put anything on fire. The main objection to having long curtains hanging over the radiator,is that it either reduces the convection airflow,or directs it away from the room and up a window.

Araceli Wilhelmy

Pundit

Can I leave my baseboard heater on?

Baseboard Heaters are hot water circulating, electric and steam. Which system do you have? Electric is safe to leave on because it has has a thermostat to shut off when a set temperature is reached. Circulating hot water is safe and shuts off when the house thermostats temperature is reached.

Kia Seminara

Pundit

What are the pros and cons of baseboard heating?

If you are thinking about getting a hot water baseboard heater, you should be looking into its pros and cons first.
  • Pro - Saving Money.
  • Pro - Energy Efficiency.
  • Pro - Constant Flow of Warmth.
  • Pro - Straightforward Installation.
  • Pro - No Risks of Toxicity.
  • Con - Low Heat.
  • Con - Takes Longer to Warm Up a Room.

Felipe Aparisi

Pundit

Can you put a refrigerator in front of baseboard heat?

The problem with baseboards is you can't really put permanent furniture blocking them because they heat the back of the furniture rather than heating the room. Couches are ok to pull out a couple inches from the baseboards, but kitchen cabinets and refrigerators definitely can't go in front of baseboards.

Ayaan Wacker

Teacher

Do baseboard heaters use a lot of electricity?

Like other forms of electric resistance heating, electric baseboard heaters offer 100 percent efficiency. That means 100 percent of the electricity consumed by these heaters is used to produce heat. Many of these units offer efficiency ratings of 78 to 95 percent, making them much cleaner than baseboard heating.

Romaysa Farooq

Supporter

What is the correct length for curtains?

Typically they range from 63 to 144 inches long. If you take care to measure from the floor up, you will be able to find the height that you will need to hang your curtain rod to have a proper drape for your curtains.

Selena Bredehoeft

Supporter

How far below a window should curtains hang?

In traditional style, the curtain rod is about 6 inches above the top of the window, and it extends beyond the window 3 inches on each side. The curtain will hang 3 inches below the bottom of the window sill.

Lichun Kuntzle

Beginner

Where should curtains drop to?

The higher the curtain rod, the taller the window will appear, so fix your curtain rod closer to the ceiling than the top of your window, if you can. One rule of thumb is that they should sit 4-6 inches above the window frame.

Usua Ablanedo

Beginner

Do I need curtains if I have blinds?

Many options in shades and blinds can achieve the same effect. Whichever you choose, you want the window treatments to accent the furniture in your room, not vice versa. Blinds and curtains can complete the look of a room, and make it feel like home.

Hatou Molis

Beginner

What height should a window be from the floor?

First, the head height or top of the window, should be the same in any given room or visual field. Typically this is about six foot – eight inches off the floor with an eight foot high ceiling or 8 feet off the floor if the ceiling is nine or ten feet tall.

Andi Hermosilla

Beginner

Can baseboard heaters catch on fire?

Baseboard heaters are generally considered safe, and fire danger is fairly low. However, if these heaters are used improperly, there is a risk of fire. The following are safety and maintenance tips to prevent a fire hazard and to maximize heating potential in your home.