Hey Friends! This week I’m sharing another tutorial from my One Room Challenge laundry room project. This time it’s the DIY ironing board and iron holder that I made to better organize the space. What’s super cool about this project is that I was able to use scrap wood which meant that I only had to pay for the hooks and the hanging bracket. Scrap projects are always my favorite since it’s essentially free. Yes, I know that I paid for the lumber at some point but it’s been sitting in my garage for who knows how long so sort of free scrap wood and freeing up space in my garage is a total win!
Before I started the One Room Challenge my laundry room was MEH… I had my iron still in the box on a wall shelf and the ironing board was stored on the floor next to the dryer.
And here is the after… SO MUCH BETTER. I now have a dedicated place to store my iron and my ironing board and was able to get it off the floor to make space for the rolling storage cart that I made.
I made the dimensions 12-1/2″ in width, 14″ in height and it sticks out from the wall just over 7″. Note that these dimensions fit my iron and ironing board well but you may need to customize the dimensions a bit if yours are drastically different in size or design. I added some tips on what to measure in the tips for a successful build section later in this post.
This build only uses a few materials and tools and is a great project for a beginner woodworker. Here is a breakdown of exactly what you’ll need. This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click-through and make a purchase.
1×6 x 96″ board (you can use a smaller board if it is available. You will only need a little over 30″ in total length)
1×2 x 96″ board
(2) Wall hooks
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My finish choices
If you are interested in replicating the finish that I chose, here is a breakdown of my process.
- Build the ironing board and iron holder but wait to attach the hooks and wall bracket until after you’ve applied the finish.
- Fill any holes from brad nails or knots in the wood with wood filler
- First sand with 120 grit sand paper
- Then, sand with 220 grit sand paper
- I used Varathane Briarsmoke stain (only one coat was needed)
- I applied 3 coats of Minwax semi gloss polyurethane (sanding with 320 grit sandpaper in between coats)
Tips for a successful build
As I mentioned before, you’ll want to measure your iron and ironing board before you start building since you may need to adjust the dimensions slightly to make it work for you. If you’re still confused, here is what I mean.
Determine the design of your ironing board and measure
Look at the feet of your ironing board. Here is what mine looks like and the dimensions. The total length of the “foot” is 14″ and it’s about 7-1/2″ on center.
Now, there are many ironing boards out there that don’t have straight feet. They look more like the image below. The ironing board holder may need to be wider or taller to make a design like this work.
Measure your iron
The shelf is designed so that the iron can fit on it. You could either place your iron face down like I have or place it upright if the length of your iron is too long for the shelf. My iron dimensions are 4-5/8″ wide x 5-1/2″ deep x 10-1/2″ tall if you were to stand it on end. The shelf dimensions are 5-1/2″ x 11″.
Hanging your DIY Ironing board & Iron Holder
I went with a french cleat to hang it on the wall. The one’s from Hangman are great because they come with a built in level for the wall piece so you know that it’s level. The wall mount bracket that I used was 10″. Don’t judge the back of the ironing board and iron holder. This side is against the wall so it doesn’t need to be pretty!
As always, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope that these build plans will help some of you improve the organization of your laundry rooms! If you make this please share on social media using #handmadeweekly or @handmadeweekly.