How to Build a Wall Mounted Ironing Board

Wondering how to get a wall mounted ironing board without exceeding your budget? Build your own! 


how to build a wall mounted ironing board

If you like to have a clutter-free, organized home or want to make the most of your limited space, then a bulky ironing board may not be the best choice for you. What you need is a wall mounted ironing board that takes less space and adds to the aesthetic appeal of your home.

It’s even better if you can  build your own wall mounted ironing board as you can save money, too! Read on to take a look at how to build a wall mounted ironing board without spending too much!

How to Build a Wall Mounted Ironing Board from Scratch

Building a wall mounted ironing board is easier than you may have imagined. However, when you are building your wall mounted setup from scratch, it is best to have at least basic skills as you will work with different tools and equipment.

For this setup, you will need an old shutter to build the cabinet. Once the cabinet is ready, you can install an over-the-door ironing board on it to make a wall mounted ironing board. Over-the-board ironing boards are easily available at Target and most other supermarkets for less than $30 or so.

It generally takes about 3 to 5 hours to build a cabinet and install a wall mounted ironing board if you are familiar with the tools and have the required materials on hand. 

What You Will Need

  • Over-the-door ironing board 
  • Tape measure 
  • Circular saw 
  • Paint and paintbrush 
  • Drill/driver
  • Screws and screwdriver 
  • Bar clamps 
  • Rafter square

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s how to build a simple yet elegant wall mounted ironing board in 5 simple steps.

Step 1 – Find a Vintage Shutter

The first thing you need to do is find the perfect vintage shutter. It will act as the door of the cabinet holding the ironing board. An old decorative shutter can cost anywhere from $25 to $75. However, you will probably have to do some searching to find the perfect shutter.

The best place to find a lovely shutter is a yard sale. You can also visit a salvage yard. However, if you don’t want to use an old shutter, you can also opt for inexpensive operable shutters available at a home center. But keep in mind that an inexpensive operable shutter is unlikely to match the ambiance and vintage vibe of an old shutter.

Make sure the old shutter you pick is not covered in lead paint. If it is, brush a coat of clear polyacrylic. Once the old paint is sealed, you can repurpose the shutter and make a cabinet for your wall mounted ironing board.

Step 2 – Take Measurements for the Cabinet

Measure the shutter to determine the width and height of the cabinet you want to build. Use a measuring tape for this purpose. The height of the cabinet will be the same as the length of the shutter. To determine the top and bottom boards’ sizes, subtract about half an inch from the width of the shutter.

Step 3 – Build the Cabinet

Mark the measurements on the board. Use a circular saw and rafter square to cut the board along the markings. Fasten the board together to create the structure of the frame. Use bar clamps to hold the top and bottom surfaces between the sides of the frame. Use a drill to make holes for 1 ½ inch wood screws and drive the fasteners.

Now, you are all set to add the back of the cabinet. Cut 3/4-inch plywood to match the inner dimensions of the frame you build. Drill pilot holes and use wood screws to secure the back through the top, side, and bottom.   

Finally, it’s time to add the shutter door—Drill pilot holes to hinge the shutter to the cabinet. Use a screwdriver to drive the fasteners to make sure you don’t strip the soft metal in the process. Don’t forget to knob at the front to complete the cabinet!

Step 4 – Install the Over-the-Door Ironing Board

Once the cabinet is ready, you can add the over-the-door ironing board. Secure the board and the iron rest to the back panel of the cabinet. The hanging bar will be secured to the inside of the door. Use the fasteners provided in the box for securing the rack and the iron rest. However, it is best to use studier 3/4-inch No.10 screws.

Step 5 – Paint the Cabinet & Hang It!

Your wall mounted ironing board is almost ready! The only thing left to do is paint the cabinet so that it matches the shutter door. It is best to remove all accessories and the board before you get down to painting the cabinet. Doing so will result in a better finishing and help avoid errant brushstrokes.

Once completely dry, fix the board and accessories and hang the cabinet on the wall using heavy-duty fasteners designed for the wall type. Your DIY wall mounted ironing board is ready for use!  

The Bottom Line

This brings us to the end of our budget-friendly guide on how to build a wall mounted ironing board from scratch in 5 steps. The best part is that you can get as creative as you want. The key is to look for the perfect shutter that goes with your décor and adds a lovely ambiance to your home.

Take your time to find the ideal shutter, and you’ll have the perfect wall mounted ironing board in no time. Try this DIY project to save living space and money in one go!  


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