• Installing a Built-In Ironing Board

    Built-in ironing boardA built-in ironing board will save space by concealing it behind a cupboard door. When needed, simply open the door and fold the ironing board out. It is a highly convenient setup that will add a bit of traditional charm to your home.

    Tools and Materials:

    •  Drywall saw
    •  Tape measure
    •  Pencil
    •  Hammer
    •  Cordless drill
    •  2×4 lumber
    •  Pre-constructed built-in ironing board
    •  Wire cutter/stripper
    •  Wire nuts
    •  Screwdriver
    •  Stud finder
    •  Straightedge
    •  Circular saw

    Step 1 – Pick the Location for the Installation:

    Pick an area in your laundry room to install the built-in ironing board. Because there is a power outlet that will be wired into the back of the board, choose a spot that is directly above an existing outlet. You’ll tap into that line and splice a connection.

    Step 2 – Locate the Studs on Either Side:

    Run a stud finder along the wall on either side of the outlet to determine where the studs are. Make sure you locate both sides of either stud. Mark their location on the wall and trace a line up with a straightedge. These will be the outer vertical borders of the ironing board.

    Step 3 – Cut Out Test Hole:

    Turn off the circuit that powers the outlet directly below where you’ll place the ironing board. Next, cut out a hole just big enough to reach your hand inside the wall. Check to make sure there are no pipes or wires that will get in the way when you make the full cut.

    Step 4 – Cut Out Hole for Ironing Board:

    Measure the dimensions of the ironing board box. Trace lines equal to this size on the wall between the studs at a height that is suitable for an ironing board. With the drywall saw, cut out the square hole in the wall.

    Step 5 – Brace the Hole Above and Below:

    Cut 2 pieces of 2×4 to a length to fit them between the studs. They will be used to horizontally brace the board box. Drill a hole wide enough for the wiring in the bottom brace. Tap them into place with a hammer so that they are flush against the top and bottom edges. Secure the braces with screws set at an angle but sunk into the wood.

    Step 6 – Install the Ironing Board Box:

    Slide the ironing board box into the hole and secure it to the studs on either side with wood screws. Run the wire up into the box and connect the power supply to the circuit. Fit the door onto the ironing board box, turn on the circuit and make sure it has power.

    If there is a problem, turn the circuit back off and check your wiring connections. Make sure that all the right wires are pigtailed together correctly and that wire nuts are properly used. Turn the circuit back on after you have made any adjustments and check the power again. With your built-in ironing board in place, you no longer need to rely upon a freestanding, fold-up ironing board. Simply fold it back up into the wall, close the door and enjoy the extra space it affords you.

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