Friday, September 25, 2009

DIY Wall Mounted Ironing Board

My little guy decided to do a little slice and dice on his finger during his battle with the wall mounted ironing board so I am taking some PTO. Sorry no Feature Friday today.

But, as a consolation prize I will show you the ingenious ironing board that my hubs built for me one Christmas. W have a really narrow laundry room that consists of one wall of cabinets over the appliances and one wall with a shelf and rod to hang clothes. No place for an ironing board. Yep, that is totally dirty laundry on the floor. I did laundry yesterday, this stuff multiplies like rabbits!



I do not want an ironing board set up in my bedroom and I am way too lazy to actually set it up and take it down every time I use it (Can you tell I don't iron much? That is what the clothes hanging rod is for, eliminate ironing, hang stuff up with it's warm. ;) ). I would love one of those pretty ones hidden in the cabinet, but let's be real who has $150 for that? So, my hubs took the cover from my college table top ironing board and went to work.



Mind you he did this while keeping it secret from me. Isn't he inventive? At first I was like, wow... an ironing board...for Christmas. But now, I absolutely love it (accept for the whole maiming my child part). It is mounted in the 1/2 bath next to the laundry room. Oh, and the iron holder is from Ikea.

*EDIT: I asked my husband for a supply list for anyone who wanted to try to replicate it. He says...

I just made this up as I went along....

The screenshot has a good image. The hinge can be used as fence or shed door hinges. Print the picture and go to your local hardware store and you won't have trouble finding it.

Supplies: (most I had on hand)

$5 cheap small ironing board (i just bought it for the cover and cotton padding and discarded the metal frame)
1x12 (used the same piece for the ironing board and the square-with-rouded-corners base. (you could replace this with a thick piece of plywood)
2x4 - Just needed a small one, you can get one big enough for free at any construction site. This is the base that screws to the wall.
1x4 - I used this because the 2x4 wasn't quite thick enough and the ironing board would fall down
1x2 - I used this to make two runners by the hing. This is what keeps the ironing board level (otherwise the hing with just keep going down)
1 large Fence hinge
1 longer bolt and nut to use as a swivel (as I didn't buy an expense swivel bolt)
2 big sqare washers (about 1/8th inch thick. (Maybe the square washer is 1-1/2" x 1-1/2") Really it was just nice to have a filler that allows for turning for the space between the ironing board and the square-with-rouded-corners base. I had these big square things on hand.
5 1-1/2" lagg bolts for the hinge. - Mount it o to the wall, make sure that at least one row hits a stud.
2 1" bolts and nut - that hook the hinge to the square-with-rouded-corners base. Notice in the picture the nut is on the bottom.
5 3-1/2 " lagg screws to scre2 it to the wall.
4 square (i think 1/2" by 1/2") rubber feet - You can's see them, but I have 4 rubber feet that provide stability between the ironing board and the square-with-rouded-corners base.
8 washers - I used washers on the bolts with nuts and the lagg bolts.
A dab of grease.

I didn't completely tighten the bolt used as a swivel. Just snug enough you have to actually try to make the thing turn. I had a problem with the bolt loosening over time, so I actually used a clear glue to prevent that.

This was by no means under $5, but all the mounted ironing boards I found were $170 or more and I think I was around $30, but I did have some of it on hand. So I saved about $140 dollars.

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10 Comments:

It's All In The Blog said...

wow that looks awesome!
now all I need is the laundry room and I can get started ha!

Homespun Emily said...

I just found you from TipJunkie. Looks like a great blog! I'll be back. Thanks.

Becky said...

I love husbands who are handy! They are the best!!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, that is cool. Does your husband give lessons? Maybe he should write a tutorial! :)
Thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

What kind of hardware did he use?

Jay said...

Thanks for posting this. I found you on google. I used the picture to build my wife one for our small laundry room. I built it with a lazy susan so it could swivel into the hallway. A little tip for those who might see this: search online for ironing board covers prior to building so you know their dimensions before you build. I built our board 36x12 because it was a convenient size based upon the plywood I bought. I found exactly one boring cover that would fit it. I would have had many more options if I did it the other way around!

kat said...

Remodeling my laundry room and just found this. I too can't afford a fancy expensive folding table. I'll be building it, single mom renovating old house, so could you give a little bit more info on the hinge, is it one that snaps up, a fence hinge??? and how about the swivel. Thanks so much
Kat

Michelle said...

Kat- I added a supply list to the post. Good luck!

Preeti said...

I have been looking to have something like this for a while now ... without the pricetag .. this looks really well done.However I a ma newbie and am have trouble following the directions, specifically:

1. 1x4 - I used this because the 2x4 wasn't quite thick enough and the ironing board would fall down ?
Where does this piece go .. its not clear how this would prevent falling down
1x2 - I used this to make two runners by the hing. This is what keeps the ironing board level (otherwise the hing with just keep going down)

What are runners ? unable to visualize how thsi works.

Sorry for the starter questions.

Thanks for the wonderful post.

Preeti

Michelle said...

Preeti-

here are the answers to your questions from my husband, the one who built it.

1. 1x4 - I used this because the 2x4 wasn't quite thick enough and the ironing board would fall down ?
Where does this piece go .. its not clear how this would prevent falling down

It actually goes on the face of the 2x4. 2x4 are actually 1-1/2 inches x 3-1/2 inches (they are 2"x4" when cut, but then each side is planed smooth.) Same with 1x4. It is actually 1/2 inches x 3-1/2 inches. What I really needed was the full 2" otherwise the ironing board hit the wall before the hing was straight up, causing it to fall down. So I just faced the 2x4 with a 1x4, giving me the extra 1/2 inch I needed. If you used thinner bolts and swivels and rubber feet, you may not need the extra 1/2 inch.

1x2 - I used this to make two runners by the hing. This is what keeps the ironing board level (otherwise the hing with just keep going down)

What are runners ? unable to visualize how thsi works.

The hinge I used was not designed to keep the ironing board hozontal. Just like it would go straight up, it would go straight down (well almost straight down) and I need something next to the hinge that would cause the ironing board to stop when horizontal. If you have a hinge that does this, then you wouldn't need these, but if you use the same hinge I used, you need these. Once you have built everything else and have it attached to the wall, put the ironing board horizontal and then place these.