How to Install Baseboard Heater Covers

Installation Is A Snap. Here’s What You Need To Know.

There have been so many finned tube element manufacturers over the last seven decades it’s likely you have no idea which company made your baseboard heaters. The majority of these firms are long gone – along with the possibility of getting replacements for parts that went missing or need replacing. To solve this problem, Baseboarders® offers a simple one piece, one-size-fits-most design that complies geometrically to about 95% of all hydronic (hot water type) baseboard heaters ever made.

Remove existing endcaps and front panel from your baseboard heater.
Snap the endcaps onto your new Baseboarders cover.
Drop the fully assembled Baseboarders cover over the original heater back plate.

No Back Plate? No Problem!

Sometimes the back plate (the piece of metal behind the heating element that's attached to the wall) is missing or cannot be used when installing new baseboard heater covers. We have a simple solution using easy-to-install wall brackets.


Ensure the wall behind the baseboard heater is patched and painted up to 8″ above the finished floor. (Up to 10” above the finished floor if using the Premium Tall style.)


Locate the nearest stud (or some solid material behind the sheetrock) at both ends of the heater.


To make the job easy, locate and drill a pilot hole a minimum of 7″ above the finished floor. This is only a recommended height as you can install the panel higher off the floor if you like. (Drill a pilot hole a minimum of 9” above the finished floor if using the Premium Tall style).


Using the screws provided, secure one WB001 wall bracket at each end of the heater. Use a third in the middle for additional support and for 6′ and 7′ lengths.


The wall bracket will produce a thin gap between itself and the wall. This gap will receive the lip on the back side of the Baseboarders® panel as illustrated.

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Get even more detail on how to custom cut, order custom lengths, and install with these step-by-step guides.