By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Wherever in your house your laundry appliances may be located, it's mighty convenient to have a designated place nearby to iron clothes. An ironing center lets you do just that while avoiding clutter. It consists of a narrow cabinet with an ironing board that unfolds for use. The cabinet is designed to fit into a wall cavity between two studs or be surface-mounted on the wall; it's pre-wired with an electrical system to power an iron, so it should be located near an outlet.
DIY Hassle Alert
To figure out where to insert an ironing center into a wall, you might have to do some detective work to find a wall with a cavity free of plumbing lines and near a power source. If there's no electrical outlet, you'll have to hire an electrician to add a new one, which will add to the cost. To locate a surface-mounted unit, simply find a wall near an electrical outlet for the power source.
Use your old ironing board to determine the best place to install a built-in ironing center. Find where there is the best lighting and allow for enough space if you iron large items that fall on the floor. You want room to walk around the board when it’s extended.
A carpenter will charge $574 to install an ironing center, which includes labor and material. If you have experience with carpentry and electrical work, you can buy the unit for $400 and install it, saving 30 percent.
Ironing centers are sold at home centers and online at www.ironaway.com, where you can see a larger selection and download installation instructions for either a recessed or surface-mounted unit.
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Now you know the average cost to install an ironing center, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020