The ironing board is an often overlooked item in the planning and design process. But it does not need to take up a lot of space and is easily incorporated in any type of room. Luckily there are a lot of great solutions for dealing with an ironing board from the simple and inexpensive to the professional and costly.
Some of the following solutions I have in my own home, some of them are sold and installed by Connecticut Closet and Shelf. Please be aware that all prices, dimensions and weights are approximate.
Table Top Ironing Boards
Advantage: simple, portable, inexpensive
Disadvantage: ironing surface (table, or other top) needed
I still own and use the magnetic mat. It works well even though I dislike to use it on top of a washer or dryer. Both are ergonomically too high for convenient ironing.
Door Mounted Ironing Boards
Advantage: simple mounting – no tools necessary, inexpensive, can utilize behind the door space
Disadvantage: users often complain about it being not sturdy and firm enough during ironing
Wall Mounted Iron Board Holders
Advantage: simple installation, often includes iron holder, inexpensive, can be installed in a closet, can hold different size boards
Disadvantage: more effort to unfold and set up, board needs clear floor space to set up, make sure that it fits your boards T or Y legs.
I personally have the Household Essential holder and love it. The holder is heat resistant and a fairly hot iron can be stored on it. I do not use it to hang a board, just to store my iron. Or even simpler: attach two hooks for hanging your ironing board as seen here from Clover House.
For DYI ideas check out Pinterest.
Wall Mounted Ironing Boards
For wall mounted boards I found two that I really liked:
$210-$240 (37’x12’ ) ca. 23lbs
Advantage: wall mounted, foldable and compact, swivels and can be inclined, sturdy construction
Disadvantage: heavy, not full sized
I considered buying the Haefele but because of its weight decided against it. I would recommend to attach it only to studs or wood blocking.
$105 (32” x 12”) 11lbs
Advantage: light weight, easy installation, compact, protrudes only 1.5” when folded down, fairly inexpensive, sturdy enough construction
Disadvantage: doesn’t swivel, visible, no cover, not full sized, ships from Ireland so additional shipping charges ($28 to East Coast US)
This is the one I ended up buying. Shipping to the US was fast and easy (about 2 weeks). I bought it directly on Etsy from the manufacturer which was also the cheapest solution, it also sells on Amazon. It works well but it is best used for smaller and occasional ironing.
Advantage: ironing board is hidden behind cabinet door.
Disadvantage: more expensive, may need professional installation
There are a number of manufacturers that sell ironing cabinets. Some of them have to be recessed some can be surface mounted. The price ranges from $200-$500
Some companies are:
We recommend and sell the Iron-Away boards in our showroom. They come in a combination with adjustable swivel, electrical outlet, timer and in 42” and 46” long boards. They can be surface or recessed mounted and are available with a number of different door styles.
Excellent shopping sources with reviews:
Build Into Cabinet Drawer
Advantage: hidden behind cabinet door
Disadvantage: can only be installed in certain sized cabinets, may need professional installation
The most sold vanity board is probably the Rev-A-Shelf which we have installed numerous times as well. It can be installed in any cabinet with a width between 14.5” and 21” and comes in two depths either 16” or 20”. The 16” depth sells at Shop.com for $110 and the 20” on Amazon for $150.
Some great research sites are: