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oooh love this idea! I keep my ironing board in the laundry room because it's big, bulky, and unsightly but it would be so nice to have one that fits in the sewing room/office. If you figure out how to do this, please share!!
My husband has been a finish carpenter for 30 years. From our experience, the trick is a specialized drawer guide set (the metal you see alongside the underneath of the ironing board). These drawer guides are pricey because they have to hold a good amount of weight safely (think of a toddler crawling up on it, etc.), plus glide smoothly in and out. Maybe $100 or more a set. Also the original drawer front (wood piece) has been hinged with special hardware so that it can be dropped down out of the way. Any custom kitchen cabinet place should be able to hook you up. Maybe not something you would want to rely on staff at the big box stores to figure out for you - but rather - go to a smaller store where the staff work directly with the area carpenters on new homes/showcase homes, etc. My two cents worth!
I so need to do this and reclaim that part of my worktable back!!!!!
This post made me immediately go and check out pull out ironing boards (and also wall-mounted fold-down ironing boards too). The ones sold online/in stores here in the UK range from £60-£100+ GBP($98-$164 USD) ouch!I wonder if for the style in the picture you posted (the pull-out, drawer-style) something could be made DIY style at home? I.e. using full-extension drawer slides/drawer runners and a way to mount the top of a normal regular ironing board to the top of the runners? Perhaps the runners could be mounted to a flat piece of wood, and the ironing board attached to the wood? Or if the wood were plywood perhaps it could be covered in cotton batting/wadding and then with thick cotton fabric so that it became a pull-out pressing board - that way you could dictate the size of board you wanted to use?I've just Googled and in the US 'Home Depot' have these full-extension drawer slides(2-pack) for $12.48 per pair (Model # D80616C-ZP-W, Internet # 202200643, Store SKU # 432668)In the UK 'Homebase' has the drawer slides/runners in different sizes (eBay has them to of course!)
@Claire (aka Seemane)Wow Claire thanks for doing all that research! I was wondering the same thing.I was wondering if you could alter a laptop drawer and make one that way.
@Kathleen FrancesYou're very welcome! (I love researching stuff hehe!) Re: laptop runners/slides - if you have an old set of runners then it wouldn't hurst to try (especially if they're only sitting around going to waste) - but I wonder if they're built to take only light weights? The links I have above seem to be built to take more strain perhaps? I suppose it's all down to how heavy you'll be pressing down with the iron, and if you'll be pressing heavy fabric (curtains? etc.) on it to weigh it down too much. Plus... hmmm [thinks to myself] I wonder how you'd stop it from rolling-back inside accidentally during pressing?
The house I grew up in had one of these! It was right between the two sewing machines (my mom's and the kids'). It was wonderful.
A handy idea for small space. To place my iron stand is always a problem for me. With kids it is hard to manage placement of things. This idea is good. I think it would work for my house. Custom furniture
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