Ironing boards provide a firm, stable surface where you can press your clothing without damaging work surfaces in your home. But while they are indispensable, ironing boards can be rather bulky and difficult to store. Creating an inwall, hidden ironing board can solve this tricky housekeeping dilemma, keeping the cumbersome tool safely stowed but also available at a moment's notice.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Stud finder
- 36-inch by 12-inch ironing board with leg
- Hand saw
- 1/2-inch plywood, 18 inches by 40 inches
- 2 small door hinges
- 1 small cabinet knob
- 1/2-inch wood screws, 4
- 1-inch wood screws, 8
- 5-inch screws, 8
- 16-inch two-by-fours, 2
- 2 ironing board mounting brackets
Locate the studs in the wall where you want to place your inwall ironing board. Studs are spaced 16 inches apart, so one cavity will provide enough space to place the ironing board.
Measure up 34 inches from the floor along the inside of the wall studs. This is where you will install a horizontal wall stud.
Measure and mark an additional 6 inches up from the 34-inch mark. This will be the location of the second horizontal stud, which will be used to close the cavity along the top of the ironing board.
Cut the 16-inch by 40-inch space from the wall using a hand saw. This will empty the cavity directly between two wall studs.
Measure 1 inch on the outside of each stud at both the 34-inch and the 40-inch marks. Cut this 1-inch by 40-inch section away from each stud to expose the wall studs on each side of the cavity.
Place one 16-inch two-by-four between the wall studs at the top and bottom of the cut-out cavity. Angle two 5-inch screws at each end to join the 16-inch two-by-fours with the existing wall studs.
Mount the two ironing board mounting brackets to the bottom 16-inch two-by-four section. Attach the mounting brackets to the ironing board and secure them to the bottom two-by-four by driving 1-inch screws through each bracket hole. Fold the ironing board up into the cavity for proper storage.
Place the 18-inch by 40-inch section of plywood on a flat surface with the 18-inch edge closest to you. Measure in 3 inches toward the centre from each corner along the 18-inch edge.
Attach one hinge at each 3-inch mark using the 1/2-inch screws. Let half of each hinge overhang the bottom edge.
Measure in half the width of the plywood 1 inch from the 18-inch edge opposite you. Use the drill to attach the cabinet knob at this mark.
Place the 18-inch by 40-inch wood piece over the cut-out space, lining the outer edges of the plywood with the existing drywall. The hinges will be on the bottom edge of the wood, and the knob will be along the top.
Attach the hinges to the 16-inch two-by-four section using the 1-inch screws. Open and close the door to ensure proper movement.
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