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DIY Slide-Out Ironing Board
By: Maureen Wilson
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Hiding your ironing board has never been easier! Watch this video from Maureen Wilson and learn how to make a slide-out ironing board that you can stow under your sewing table or desk.
You’ll need a piece of real wood that’s at least one inch thick. Don’t buy MDF, because that can swell and warp when you iron with steam. The length and width of this board is up to you, and is only limited by the size of the table you’re attaching it to, and the length of drawer slides you can purchase. My sewing table is only 20 inches deep, so my board can’t be any longer than that. If you’re buying the board new from a home improvement store, save yourself some time by asking them to cut it to the length you want. You’ll have to cut the angled corners yourself.
Also pick up a 2×4. You’ll want to cut two pieces that are the length of your drawer slides. The width should be okay, as long as it’s between 3-4 inches. Unless you have a built-in table that sits flush against the wall, you will also need to cut a piece to be the false back. This should be the width of the ironing board plus 4 inches (because it must screw into the back ends of the other two boards); it gives the drawer slides something to stop against. Again, most big home improvement stores will make these cuts for you if you ask.
You’ll also need a set of side-mounting drawer slides. These can be purchased at any home improvement store. Lowe’s carries them in lengths up to 30 inches. Choose slides that are about 4 inches shorter than the length of your ironing board. That allows you to angle the ends of the ironing board. Also pay attention to the load rating, I’d recommend choosing slides that have at least a 50 Lb. rating.
Finally, you’ll need screws that are long enough to go through the 2×4 and into the underside of the table– without poking through the top of the table.
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