Ironing boards can be large, bulky, and a bit unwieldy to handle. Luckily, most of us don’t have to iron as much as our grandparents did. But, the fact remains, it’s a task most of us don’t savor. Today, there are wall-mounted ironing boards that can save space and make the task much easier and faster.
On this page, you’ll learn more about these fold away ironing boards and the various features that add a lot of conveniences. You’ll also get to browse some of the popular models that are available.
Choosing a Wall Mounted Ironing Board
A wall-mounted ironing board can save space and make ironing an easier task. Learn more about some of the available features to help you choose the one that’s right for you.
Some wall mounted ironing boards are full-sized boards and others are compact for those who do less ironing or simply have less space to work within the room. Be sure you know the dimensions of the board itself to assure it offers a surface area large enough to do the type of work you want it to do. However, you’ll also need to consider the dimensions of the entire product as compared to the space you have available. You’ll need to know not only the height and width but the depth or how far out the cabinet will protrude from the wall. Then you’ll need to assure that there will be adequate space for the board itself to be brought down into position for ironing. Some models will have legs to provide needed stability, but others offer a design that doesn’t require legs; another space saver.If space is truly tight, but money is also, then a tabletop ironing board might be another option to consider.
You’ll want to consider how the ironing board will be mounted. Some are designed to mount on the surface of the wall by mounting them on a stud. Others are mounted between studs and require a wall recess. If you will be placing a wall mounted ironing board near an electrical outlet, you can opt for a model that doesn’t have an electrical system included. This can be a saving. However, when this isn’t possible, some of these units include an electrical system that allows you to keep the iron plugged in at all times and store it as well. Such units often have an insulated storage area for the hot iron and a timer to assure it’s turned off. They may also offer a spot or task light for convenience.
- Adjustable Board
Some of these ironing boards allow the user to rotate or swivel them. Some offer 90-degree rotation and others 180 degrees. Either way, such boards are especially useful in small spaces. In addition, some of these units allow the height of the board to be adjusted. Most are appropriate to be used while standing but some can be adjusted to allow use while being seated as well.
- Other Convenience Features
Some of these fold-out ironing boards offer an iron rest while others may have storage shelves where you can keep your iron and related items. Some may also feature extendable clothes rack or garment bar to provide a complete work station. Most will come with a padded cloth cover, but you should check to be sure, in case it needs to be purchased separately.
- Style and Finish
Certainly, if your ironing board will be visible, finding one that suits your tastes can be important. Some are simple metal devices, others have a wood cabinet. You can choose from a variety of veneers and some have raised panels to make them blend with woodwork. Many are unfinished, allowing you to choose the stain or paint you wish to apply.