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How to Install a StowAway In-Wall Ironing Board
by Household Essentials • October 04, 2016
Whether you have one or are thinking about getting one, we have your installation covered! See the isntallation video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb-lU97RcCg.
Now, let’s install the StowAway In-Wall Cabinet Ironing Board!
What You’ll Need:
- Stud finder
- Drill with 3/32” bit
- Tape measure
- Drywall knife/saw
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Stowaway, with cabinet, door, cover, hinges, hook, 4 Phillips drywall screws (1 5/8”), and 10 Phillips panhead screws (5/8”)
The Short VersionBetween the 16-inch-on-center framing studs of your wall, cut a hole in your drywall / sheetrock that is 14.25 wide x 42.25 tall, and 25 inches above the floor. (At this height, the ironing board will stand 36 inches high at its lower height; adjust the cutout's height off the floor +/- to raise or lower the board height). Attach the hinges to the door and mark where they will attach on the cabinet with a pencil; attach the hanging hook. Set the cabinet in the cutout and screw it under the shelves on both sides to the framing studs. Now mount the door and ironing board cover.
Let’s Break It Down
i.e., The Long Version
Anywhere that you have 16-inch studs on center with enough clearance in front and on the sides for the board to open. And, of course, a power source to run the iron. It is handy to consider where you are mostly likely to iron. Some great options are closets, laundry rooms, kitchens, and master bedrooms!
Where can I install a StowAway In-Wall Ironing Board?
Here’s a checklist to keep track of your space requirements!
- Studs that are 16 inches on center
- Nearby electrical outlet (or a licensed electrician to install the accessory light kit)
- 45 inches of space for the board to open in front
- 33 inches from center on either side of board for full rotation (66 inches across)
Most ironing boards are at about hip height. To figure out the right height for your cabinet, measure the hip height of the shortest person using the board. If using the board standing up, measure the distance from floor to hip standing. If using the board siting down, measure the distance from floor to hip sitting down!
How high should I make my cutout?
Use this formula to calculate your installation height:
Cutout Distance Above Floor = Hip Height – 10
For a quick compare: with a cutout 25 inches off the floor, the board’s height with the 36 inches at its lowest and 38 inches at its highest.
Measure twice; cut once.
Step 1) Rough Cut
- Determine how far from the floor to make your cutout: (Distance from floor to hip) – (10) = Distance from floor.
- In your desired location, find the studs in the wall and mark their edges.
- Between the edges of the studs, pencil sketch your cutout: 14.25 wide x 42.25 high, and the distance you calculated above (for a standard board height of 36 inches, we recommend 25 inches above the floor).
- MEASURE THE BACK OF YOUR STOWAWAY AND COMPARE YOUR MEASUREMENTS TO OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. ADJUST AS NECESSARY.
- Re-measure. Check that your sketch is between the studs and that the bottom of the cutout is 10 inches lower than where you want the ironing board height to ultimately be.
- Drill about an inch inside the pencil sketch, making an opening for your sheetrock / drywall knife to pass through. Rough cut opening into wall, angling your knife so the back of the opening is larger than the front (to reduce likelihood of cracking), cutting just outside of the line.
You must choose: Left or Right?
Step 2) Install Accessories
Hinges and Hook: Do not over tighten screws!
- Find the predrilled holes in the back of the door and the hinge slot above them. Slide the hinge into the slot and align the plastic end over the holes. Attach the hinge to the door with 2 panhead screws. Repeat with remaining hinge.
- Slide the door over to the cabinet, with the cabinet tilted up on its side as if the door were opened (now’s the time to make sure: left or right!). Align the hinges so that the stop guides on the hinges overlaps the inside of the cabinet and the stop guides are flush with front of it. Mark the position of the mounting holes on the cabinet with a pencil. DO NOT INSTALL THE DOOR YET as it keeps the cabinet lighter for install in step 3.
- Confirm the direction your door opens. Then, install the hanging hook 1/2” from the side of the door and either 6 inches (left opening) OR 2 inches (right opening) from the top of the door, using 2 panhead screws.
Safety First: Lift with your legs, not your back.
Step 3) Fit the Cabinet into the Cutout
- Lift the cabinet into the cutout, laying the bottom in first and gently sliding the entire cabinet into position.
- Carefully fold down the board. Screw the cabinet to the wall studs using 1 5/8” drywall screws (available at your local hardware should the screws included strip during installation) placed approximately 1 inch below each shelf on both sides of the cabinet. The cabinet should be attached to the framing studs by no fewer than 4 screws.
- Put the cover on the board! (Place the tapered nose of the cover over the nose of the board, then draw the cover back and around the sides and end of the board. Smooth out wrinkles. Give it a good iron later, too!).
Step 4) Attach the Door
- Align the door with the cabinet frame and screw it into place using the remaining panhead screws. Since you already marked the holes in step 2, this should be very easy! Still, it is helpful to have another set of hands for this part.