How to Install an Ironing Center

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Stud finder
  • Carpenter's level
  • Drill and bits
  • Combination square
  • Electrician's fish tape
  • Keyhole saw
  • Hand saw
  • Screwdriver
Materials Required
  • Ironing board cupboard
  • 1 1/2-in. Drywall screws
  • 2x4 lumber
  • Romex cable

Before You Begin

To decide where to install a built-in ironing board, use your old one to simulate where to locate it. Choose a place that is near an electrical outlet and with enough space to walk around the board when it's extended. Also consider a comfortable working height. It's usually about 2-feet above the floor. These instructions are for installing a pre-wired unit with a work light and receptacle outlet for the iron. Some models include a timer that cuts off the switch when the board is raised and the door is closed. These built-in units come pre-finished and unfinished. If the unit requires paint or stain, do the finishing before installing it in the wall so it's easier to work on.

Carefully read and follow the manufacturer's directions that come packaged with the unit. These general directions give you an overview of the installation process. If you have no experience working with electrical projects, hire an electrician to do the wiring phase of this project. Sometimes it involves running a new electrical line; if there is a nearby receptacle, the job involves making the connection between new and existing cables at the outlet.

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  • Step 1 : Find wall studs

    Find wall studs

    The unit is designed to fit into the space between two 16-inch wall studs and to locate them you need a stud finder. Run the device across the surface of the wall and its sensors light up as the density increases. The sensors should pick up whether there's any heating ducts, electrical wiring or plumbing lines, which you want to avoid. If you're unsure, bore a 2-inch hole into the wall and use a flash light to look for any obstructions.

  • Step 2 : Mark the wall

    Mark the wall

    To locate the unit first determine its height and use a carpenter's level to make sure it is level. Follow the manufacturer's specification for the dimensions of the rough opening of the unit. You can also hold the unit against the wall and use the back as a template for drawing a cutout line with a pencil. Make sure the rectangular outline is square and its vertical lines are plumb. Then draw a cutout line around the unit on the wall.

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