built in ironing boards

How to pick an ironing board cabinet, built-in or surface mount?

Built in ironing board cabinets can be custom made to work in nearly any situation. There are two main types of built in ironing boards that are normally offered: a built in cabinet for a new construction home or surface mount cabinet for an existing home.

Built in Ironing Board Cabinets

You can purchase a built in ironing board cabinet that is meant to be installed in a new house, and the ironing board cabinet will actually be placed inside the wall so that only an inch or two for the door frame remain on the outside of the wall. These cabinets are the ultimate space savers since your iron and board can actually be stowed within the confines of your wall, thus saving an extra few inches of your space. It also makes a great way to hide an ironing board behind a nice finished door, enabling you to install it in nearly any room without worrying about having to move the tacky folding metal ironing board out of a living area before guests come over to the house. It can simply and quickly fold up and weight inside the wall until the next use.

If you are still in the planning stages for your new house, it is a great idea to plan an extra outlet for your built in ironing board cabinet. When the ironing board cabinet is being installed the outlet can be placed inside of the cabinet so that you have the complete ironing center available for the most convenience possible.

Surface Mount Ironing Board

If you already have an existing, finished home, unless you are willing to do some remodeling work, the surface mount ironing board is the choice for you. It is an ironing board cabinet that is installed on the surface of your wall and can be placed in any room or location long after the completion of a house. If you have an outlet nearby on the wall at the same location as the ironing board cabinet it still provides the convenience of quick ironing access. You can still hide the ironing board a matching cabinet to the rest of the furniture in your room but it does use a few more inches of space in your room, as compared to a surface mount ironing board.

Ironing Board Installation Tips

Installing your wall mount ironing board is actually quite simple. The fold down ironing board cabinet is designed to fit in between studs that are on 16" centers.  When you have selected a location for the built in ironing board cabinet, carefully cut the sheetrock using a utility knife. Then cut the correct rough opening in the sheetrock and remove it along with any insulation that is in the area that the ironing center is to be placed in.  Then, use the supplied screws to attach the sides of the in wall ironing board to the studs.  Use the supplied finish screw caps to disguise where the screw holes are located.  Now you are ready to install the ironing board covers and pads that are supplied with the purchase of your in wall mount ironing board cabinet.