Built In bench seat Radiator Problem?

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Forum topic by adam77 posted 04-01-2009 03:49 PM 2570 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2009 03:49 PM

My step mom wants an built in bench seat in front of a window, but theres a hot water baseboard there. Is there any options vents etc?

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#1 posted 04-01-2009 07:39 PM

Our house has the large old cast iron radiators and I’ve made covers for most of them. I started with basic casework (rails & stiles) and on some, I used the decorative metal screening on the front and sides. On others I used wood slats, spaced about 3/4 inch apart. The tops are all solid wood (ours are 24-36 inches high, so no seats here!) and I lined the underside of the top and wall behind the radiator with foil faced insulation.

We have noticed no difference in heat in any of the rooms. In fact, the walls above the radiators now stay clean, where before the natural air current coming off the radiator would carry dust up the wall.

With baseboard, you could use the metal screening or put standard vents in. If you browse through the big box stores you’ll find a number of vent options.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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