How to build a hidden ironing board

Written by erica porter
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How to build a hidden ironing board
Hidden ironing boards are ideal for small spaces. (ironing image by jovica antoski from

A hidden ironing board combines all of the conveniences of having an iron-safe work surface with the appealing look of a tidy cabinet. The hidden board is installed inside an existing cupboard so that when you are not using it you can just close the cabinet door. You can build your own hidden board in a cabinet near your ironing area; just make sure the bottom of the cabinet is at the height where you want the board to rest when it is open.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board without stand
  • 1x2 wood
  • Power drill
  • Screws
  • Plywood
  • Table saw
  • Swivel plate
  • Gate hinge

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  1. 1

    Remove the shelves from a cabinet that is tall and wide enough to accommodate the ironing board. If there are any pegs sticking out of the cabinet walls, you should remove them too.

  2. 2

    Attach the strip of 1x2 along the lowest horizontal edge of the cabinet. Use a power drill and screws to secure the wood inside the cabinet. This wood will allow you to attach the ironing board to the wall properly.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of plywood the size of the swivel plate with a table saw. You need to mount the lower side of the swivel plate onto the plywood with a power drill and screws.

  4. 4

    Mount the top of the swivel plate to the underside of the ironing board, on the end further from the point. Attach the swivel plate as far down on the board as possible, without it hanging over the end.

  5. 5

    Secure the gate hinge to the strip of wood inside the cabinet with screws and a power drill. The pointed arm of the hinge should be pointing upward.

  6. 6

    Place the ironing board inside the cabinet, pointed end up, with the padded side against the wall and the swivel plate on the outside. The board should be between the back of the cabinet and the arm of the hinge.

  7. 7

    Attach the hinge arm to the wood on the swivel plate with screws.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a cabinet with a magnetic latch to keep the ironing board safely held in place.
  • Never leave a hot iron unattended where a child can get to it.

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