Made to Measure
We mainly deal with oak veneer, this is American white oak, we supply this in untreated oak, natural oak with clear lacquer, this is the only option in the radiator cover builder however we can also supply other stains and veneers however these are not very popular options but are available you need to email us for more information and quotes.
NOTE:- the machined edges of the boards are not veneered. Other than for an untreated cover, we would normally colour the edges as close as reasonably possible to the surface colour if you need more information then please contact us.
We can also stain the oak board to suit mahogany colours and various other stain colours, you would need to contact us for this option and we can send out samples for you to approve.
Pattern oak veneered grilles can only be sourced in the oak finish and we can also supply the horizontal or vertical bars although alloy pattern grilles are very popular on the veneer finished cabinets.
We need approx 60mm – 6cm or 2 1/2″ gap between the top of the radiator and the under side of any obstruction for the cover to fit as normal, if you do not have this space available then we would advise making the cabinet higher than the dado rail and we can make a cut out to go over the dado rail in the side panels of the cover and the dado rail will run behind the cabinet, you would need to contact us to get this added to your order as we will need some specific measurements checking for us.
The Made to Measure radiator sizes only goes up to 2285mm, the height to 1070mm and the depth to 250mm – what if I need it bigger than that?
Yes we can make to bigger sizes but there are various factors we need to consider e.g. size of grilles available, size of material available, if the courier service can carry the item to you etc. please contact us for more information of if we can manufacture and can we deliver the cover, it is best to supply your radiator sizes fo width height and depth and specification of the cabinet required and also a delivery post code so we can estimate the delivery cost
The skirting board cut out is a straight up vertically at the specified depth then curved at the top to accommodate most usual types of skirting at the desired height. Remember when measuring the skirting board to err on the large side because if its a fraction too small the cover won’t fit. If you require a different shape, eq a square cut to go round some boxing or its a more complicated cut out for laminate floor beads or extra pipe works etc then leave us a message with you order or email after with pictures if necessary. We don’t recommend trying to cut to the exact contours of the skirting board as it only takes the floor, walls or skirting to be slightly out (and they usually are) and it won’t fit, we would advise this is best done onsite by a tradesman. If your skirting board on one side is different to the other we can also do this for you.
Normally you would need 60mm- 6cm or 2 1/2″ minimum for the cover to fit as normal, this is made up of a 30mm air gap between the radiator and the inside of the cabinet, the material is approx 18mm-1.8cm or 3/4″ for top shelf and then 10mm- 1cm or 1/4″ to use the drop-on fittings.
However if you have less space available than 60mm we can use other method’s, we can reduce the air gap for you even down to nothing but we would still need 20mm-2cm to fit the top shelf material to fit between, if you have less space than 20mm then contact us with photos and we do have other options available.
If your radiator is in a narrow hall way we can reduce the depth of the cabinet but however there is a limit to the slimming, as a guide line to help you understand how narrow the cover can be manufactured, you need to first check the depth of your radiator from the wall to the furthest point forwards, it is best checking at various places for the deepest point.
from the deepest point of your radiator we need to allow 10mm – 1cm of air space minimum to make the inside of the cabinet, then the front panel material of the cabinet is 30mm- 3cm, then the top shelf of the cabinet over hangs the carcass, we can reduce this to 10mm- 1cm, so you need to allow 50mm – 5cm on top of your radiator depth to determine the depth of the cabinet, when placing your order please leave us a message or email after order to let us know you would like the cover reducing to a minimum depth and if possible your radiator deepest measurement so we can work this out for you and confirm with you before manufacture or contact us for more information.
The Studley has round shelf corners as standard, the New England has the corner chamfered which also has no sharp edges but can also be supplied rounded, but the Old England is normally square, we can change this to round corners if required, please leave a message with your order or email us after order with any specific requests, there is no extra charge for this.
It is if you are patient and careful!
It’s easier and gives a better finish if you paint the sections before assembling them and it’s worth rubbing down with sand paper in-between each coat with fine sandpaper to get the best finish.
It’s better in the long run to remove the grilles first (mark their position if not already marked) even if you plan to paint the grilles too. (A metal grille definitely needs removing first to avoid getting paint on it). Use a lightly loaded mini roller with high density foam rollers (not an emulsion roller) for the grilles – they work well on the rest of the cover too.
Don’t be tempted to try and paint the inside edges of the grille pattern – not only is it hard but they look better with paint just on the surface. Its best to use 2 coats of water based mdf primer/undercoat first and ensure you rub down with fine sandpaper between coats. …………….Or you could just get us to spray paint it! – either just the primer/undercoat or also the top coat with our standard colours or your choice of colour.
Generally up to 740mm (74cm) width of your radiator will result in one grille panel, 740mm – 1350mm (135cm) width of your radiator will result in two grille panels, and from 1350mm – 2050mm (205cm) width of your radiator will result in three grille panels, and 2050mm and above will result in four grille panels.
You can order a cut-out or hatch using the online process for the made to measure service this is not available on the pre determined sizes covers.
The cheapest way to access the thermo valve is a simple cut out (a hole!) which is fine if that part of the cover is hidden behind furniture or close to a wall.
A hatch is a more elegant solution – have a look in the gallery section for more details, the handle on the hatch is a rounded wooden handle painted the same colour as the cover but we do also have silver or gold handles, if this is required please contact us after or email us with your choice, the change of handle is free of charge.
Made to Measure covers and our pre determined size covers all lift easily off the brackets which hold them to the wall as they all come supplied with our drop on bracket system, so if you access the valve infrequently for maintenance etc this can be done easily.
the grilles on all our radiator covers are fixed in position and do not remove as described above there is no need for this as you can remove the whole cover very easily.
if you need access to a thermostatic radiator valve our Made to Measure covers can have a cut-out or hatch manufactured if you select this option in the made to measure webpage and supply the dimensions asked for this is described in made to measure radiator cover page.
All our radiator covers use hidden ‘drop-on’ brackets to hold them against the wall; they could be left freestanding but it’s not recommended because a) floors/carpets are often not level so the cover probably wouldn’t stand straight, and b) even if it did we recommend using the brackets to avoid it toppling over if knocked – especially if kids or pets are running free.
If you can use a drill it’s easy to fit the brackets (check for hidden cables or pipes!). The cover just has to be lifted up a centimetre to move it away from the wall (remember that if there is a window sill or similar just above the rad ideally you need 30mm air gap, 18mm for the thickness of the top shelf then the 10mm to ‘drop’ the cover onto the brackets so ideally 58mm minimum. If you have less than that we can supply alternative brackets that don’t need the extra 10mm above. There are at least 2 with each cover – more for large ones.
Definitely; Our covers are hand made from 18mm premium MDF and the front panels are glued and screwed together in traditional fashion. They are fully sanded and smoothed both for untreated covers and before every stage of the painting/varnishing processes which you may order.
The 4 sections arrive flat packed and fit together easily but securely with screws through pre-drilled guides. Additional angle brackets are provided for the side panels in case of attack by runaway Hoovers.
We regard our Made-to-Measure covers as pieces of sturdy furniture you would be proud to have in your home.
Yes, just a No2 Pozidriv screwdriver is needed – but a power driver makes life easier, if the cover is fixing to a solid wall then a power drill will also be needed, the cover comes with the full fixing kit to assemble and fix to the wall.
We have a detailed set of illustrated instruction on our website please click the link: Assembly instructions
Tip; it’s easy for us to assemble covers single-handedly because we are used to it. If you are doing one for the first time a spare pair of hands makes life much easier.
We have terms & conditions the link is in the footer at the bottom of every page please click the link if you need to know any more information contact us using the contact us page also at the bottom of the page if you have a specific question then contact us on 01274684000 monday to friday 8:30-4:00 or email [email protected]
Our lead times are displayed at the top of the page. It’s impossible to be totally accurate as there are so many variables and to avoid disappointment we tend to wait until an order is totally finished before contacting the customer to arrange a delivery date. If you have a deadline then by all means let us know and if we can achieve it we will, if we can’t achieve it we will let you know.
If you are local to us in the west yorkshire region or if you order a larger amount of the cabinets from us we may deliver it ourselves to minimise handling.
Normally we use a national carrier network (tuffnell’s) to deliver on a next working day service (except remote areas). The majority of deliveries the carriers have the full day to deliver within the service agreement. Unfortunately neither ourselves nor the carrier can give an estimated delivery time.
We pay for a next day ‘signature’ service which means that (apart from remote areas) the package will arrive next day and a signature is required on delivery; this is important for various reasons but particularly regarding the possibility of damage. If the packaging shows any evidence of damage please deal with it as follows; If there is any evidence of damage to the contents or it seems likely that the contents could be damaged, refuse delivery and inform us immediately. If the damage appears to be restricted to the packaging and you are happy to accept it, please endorse the delivery note ‘packaging damaged, contents not inspected’. Please then check at your earliest convenience and if there is any evidence of transit damage to the cover advise us without delay.
We use a number of carriers to try to get the best service to your area. There are certain areas which attract a surcharge which we will have to pass on- the more remote the higher the charge.
If this is the case we will advise you first, Northern Ireland & southern Ireland the Highlands and Islands for instance so we do reserve the right to decline an order.
The Channel Isles require separate customs and delivery arrangements so we will not process an order from these destinations until the delivery cost/charge is agreed, these usually need a port forwarding company to deal with the delivery.
Yes we carry stock of all the grilles featured on the made-to-measure flat pack section either as a full sheet or cut to your requirements. Click the link ‘Grilles’ to view all our shop items including the grille screening panel options that we offer for sale online with quick dispatch and next day delivery if needed.