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Radiators have been a part of homes throughout the world since the rise of the industrial revolution. With the increase in available of piped in fresh water, piped gas, and heating options, everyone was lusting after these new home luxuries that raised the standard of living. Radiators were one of the most popular since they provided a way to provide an effective and smoke-free heating option to homes that had previously only known the comforts of fireplaces with their draft chimneys.
One of the most prevalent items in these homes following the rise of popularity of the radiator were radiator cabinets. It didn't take long for it to become apparent that radiators had some rather common safety issues, they weren't always good at spreading the heat around, and anyone who came into contact with them would leave with a nasty scald if it was running at full tilt.
Radiator cabinets were designed with multiple uses in mind, to make the best use of the space at hand, and to seamlessly fit in with the decorative thematic of the home. Some of these uses were extremely creative, especially in a time period where technology didn't provide alternative methods for the techniques at hand. Radiator cabinets were used for holding food in preparation for serving, helping to provide a great staging method for meals in a time when microwaves and tightly temperature controlled ovens weren't a thing.
It also made bed and bath time far more pleasant, as radiator cabinets were regularly built with warming areas for linens, allowing you to slip into a nicely warmed bed or dry off with a warmed towel after your bath. All this while simultaneously keeping your bathroom or bedroom nice and toasty warm. Definitely the heart of comfort.
Most of the original, and creative, uses of Radiator cabinets have been obviated by the advance of convenience technology, but that doesn't mean them any less useful, or artistic. Radiator cabinets are commonly made to serve as a new counter-space or windowsill. While they aren't necessarily designed to be functional, one common design is to put in faux doors to make it look like additional storage.
They've also been designed to serve as the base of bookcases, or extra work space in kitchens. Radiator Cabinets have also been specially designed to take the original functions and techniques and put the effects of modern engineering into account to improve it.
Along with being aesthetically appealing, they are engineered to ensure that you get the most out of the heat they put out. They are vented at the bottom to draw in the cold air from the lowest possible point, and then have vents along the front to push the heat out into the room, away from the wall and where it can be used to best effect before wafting to the ceiling.
Modern designs have also been able to focus on ensuring safety without compromising the heat flow. Children and pets getting hurt by contact with the hot iron coils has become no less of an issue, which is why cabinets are made to protect them by creating a space that both enhances the function, creates beauty, and puts the hot coils out of reach.
Multiple elements come together to create a comfortable and beautiful home, a stylishly decorated room can lose its appeal if it's too cold or stiflingly hot. The overall experience of a room can be ruined if you just can't get comfortable and settled. Radiator covers can help with this by making sure your heating unit does its best possible job at circulating heat throughout the room.
Most radiator covers are designed with a cold air intake on the bottom that pulls in air and then processes it up through the radiator and out through the exit vents on the top. Instead of a straight rise to the ceiling like you get with a bare radiator, the vents on radiator covers help to direct heat away from the wall and out into the room, resulting in a warm and comfortable environment with great circulation.
This also translates into electrical savings for you as the radiator will heat more efficiently. No more dormant spots of hot air, and no more heating your ceiling while the rest of the room remains chilly and cold. If you're looking to hide your radiator and improve its economy while working it in to the seamless style of your room, look for providers of radiator covers today.
Companies like 3Dmodular provide radiator cabinets with modern designs and styles, including the ability to have them produce custom designs. These companies work to combine the design sensibilities of days gone by with the touch of modern engineering and style. Modern materials really help to enhance the way these work, and while you can make them yourself, there's nothing like involving a specialist to make sure you get a beautiful, long lasting design that will enhance your home and save you money.