How to install ironing board on the wall
To install your wall-mounted ironing board, you’ll need these tools:
- Stud finder
- Drywall saw
- Drill bit
- Two-foot level
- Screws and screwdriver
- Metal garment/coat hooks
- Tape measure
The cabinet housing your wall-mounted ironing board is designed to fit in a 2×4 wall stud with 16″ on-center spacing, meaning it can be installed in any house—old or modern. The exact spacing you require for the board is indicated in the manual that comes with the board; consult the manual for the exact measurements you need to work with.
Generally, though, the ironing board has a standard height of 36-38″ from the floor. So ensure that you have enough space as you choose the location of your ironing board. The good thing is that most of the locations where you would typically install an ironing board have this allowance, be it the laundry room or any other room. The average board can be adjusted to a higher height, so add 2-3 inches of space to cater for this.
Likewise, check that there’s enough space for the board’s operating horizontal position. Measure and mark the wall spacing of your board cabinet. You can then cut the opening in readiness for the installation.
Next, install the requisite cable(s) for the electrical connection. For this step, you definitely want to contract an electrician if you’re not one yourself. They will make the connection and ensure that all safety precautions are followed. Since irons are heavy power drawers, it’s best to have an electric circuit—complete with an electrical outlet—dedicated to the iron so the circuit breakers in the rest of the house don’t trip anytime you use the iron. Your wall-mounted ironing board comes with lights, but if it doesn’t or if you’re using a separate light head, your electrician will follow the installation instructions enclosed in the light kit.
Thereafter, follow the installation instructions that come with the board to install hinges to the cabinet door, drill pilot holes in the frame—you’ll use these to install the door—mount the hooks on the back of the door, mount the cabinet in the cutout, drill drywall screws into the side of the unit to secure it to the wall studs, and lastly, attach the door using screws, ensuring that the hinges align with the holes you drilled on the cabinet frame.
Features to consider while buying the best wall mounted ironing board
Now that you’ve decided to buy a wall-mounted ironing board, what features should you consider as you choose a board? We tell you below.
Prices for wall-mounted ironing boards begin at $120 and can be as high as $300. Lower-priced units aren’t necessarily of lower quality; it may just be that they have few or basic features, whereas higher-priced units almost always have more features and perhaps more intricate designs. Boards made from costlier, more durable materials like steel are also priced higher than those made from cheaper materials like plastic. If you’re lucky to get a discount, it can bring down the cost significantly, depending on how big the discount is.
Wall-mounted ironing boards mostly come in two types: those that have cabinets and those that come with mounting plates. In the former, the board goes inside the cabinet, and the cabinet is then installed in the wall. The result is a neat wall fitting where your ironing board stays hidden in plain sight. Boards with mounting braces are similarly installed in the wall, but they require a far smaller cutout than those with cabinets. The board is designed to fold into the wall, so it takes up a smaller space.
Wall-mounted ironing boards come in different sizes. Some are shorter than others, and some are wider than others. Choose a size that adequately meets your needs. The board can also be long and narrow, short and wide, or long and wide, so choose the size that best suits your ironing requirements. If you mostly iron small items, a small board like Nisorpa Wall Mounted Iron Board may suffice. If you regularly iron large garments, choose a larger board that will allow you to iron your clothes quickly.
The best wall-mounted boards come with detailed installation instructions and all the necessary installation hardware, including mounting brackets, reinforcing boards, and the right size of screws. Always confirm what’s included in the package before buying any board you’re interested in. If the board doesn’t come with instructions on how to install it, it’s likely that you’ll struggle to get it installed properly. And if some of the hardware is missing, it means you’ll spend extra to buy what’s missing, and you may not know the right hardware if it’s not listed.
The mounting materials need to be sturdy to fully support the board and the weight that you exert on it while ironing. When the mounting material is weak, you’ll soon find yourself looking for a replacement because it won’t last long. If you’re going for a mounting plate, you especially want to choose one that is made out of steel or metal as opposed to a less sturdy material like plastic.
Choose a board with a durable cover, one that you won’t need to replace after a few uses. The best covers are also colorfast and will not transfer colors to your clothes as you iron. If possible, go for a cover with a non-stick, reflective coating. This type does not absorb the heat from the iron, in this way protecting your clothes from heat damage. In addition, ensure that the cover is removable for easy washing.
Some covers are machine washable, and this makes cleaning them all the easier. Among the best cover options is cotton, especially when it has a silicone or Teflon overlay.
Ironing boards in general are durable, and wall-mounted ones are no different. Things like the material used to make the board, the quality of workmanship employed in making the board, and the quality of mounting accessories all contribute to the board’s durability. Common materials used to make these boards are solid wood, MDF, and steel, and all are strong and durable. Iron-A-Way Built-In Ironing Center is an example of a durable MDF ironing board.
Ensure that the ironing board comes with all the accessories needed to install it. This just makes the process easier, given that you won’t have to figure out what components are missing or where to buy them and in the right size.