Add a Built-In Ironing Cabinet

Better Homes and Gardens Contributing Editor Danny Lipford shows you how reduce clutter in your laundry room by installing a built-in ironing board cabinet.

Choose an Ironing Board

Fold-down ironing boards are a great way to reduce clutter in your laundry room and keep the iron ready to go at a moment's notice. They can either be surface mounted or recessed into the wall. A recessed cabinet with a built-in work light provides a low-profile look.

Find the Right Location

When installing a built-in ironing cabinet, try to locate it in the same stud cavity as an existing electrical outlet to keep from having to fish wires through the wall. Before making any cuts, plug a light or radio into the outlet, and turn it on.

Turn Off Power

Flip each breaker in the circuit breaker box until you find the one that turned off power to the outlet.

Check Behind the Wall

After locating the studs on either side of the opening, cut a small hole in the center of the space where the ironing cabinet will be located with a keyhole drywall saw, and feel to be sure there are no wires or pipes in the way.

Cut a Hole to Size

Mark the cutout dimensions for the unit, and cut the hole to size with the drywall saw.

Frame the Opening

Measure the distance between the studs, and cut two pieces of 2x4 wood to frame the opening at the top and bottom. Screw the top piece in place flush with the opening.

Drill Hole for the Wire

Drill a hole in the bottom frame to accept the electrical wire before installing it.

Put the Wire in Place

Feed the wire from the outlet through the hole in the bottom frame then attach it flush with the opening.

Insert Cabinet

Once the wire and frames are in place, slide the ironing cabinet into the opening.

Attach Cabinet to the Wall

Secure the ironing cabinet to the studs on each side with screws.

Connect Wires

Hook up the electrical connection using wire nuts, and mount the door on the unit.

Turn On Power

Turn the power back on, and check to be sure everything works properly.

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