DIY Ironing Board

March 31, 2014Allison Murray
Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

I must admit that I’m kind of one of those weird people who likes to iron. These days I don’t really have a lot of reason to since I work from home, but I enjoyed, so much at the end of the week carefully ironing all of the clothes I had worn to work and hanging them up neatly.

I get that this is weird and totally not the norm to feel like your spray can of starch is a valued possession and your ironing board something to be handled gently and taken care of. Which is why I got pretty darn ticked off when I went to pull my ironing board out and it was just a metal frame. GAH!

Now I totally do remember taking the cover off to use as a pattern to make a new cover but it would appear that I lost it. And where the stinking foam went, who the heck knows?!

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But I NEEDED to iron my fabric for my project over at iLoveToCreate tomorrow. So instead of spending an hour to an hour and a half running into town to hit Wally World and back home I dug around in my garage.

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

All in all this thing cost me ZERO dollars and ZERO cents and I’m pretty darn proud of that. I almost just ordered that nail gun but considering that my dinky fella’ has always had me covered up until this point, and Daddy is going to let me use his when we upholster headboards, I don’t really need one. So I went and spent that $23 on fabric. Plus another $12. Oops.

For this project you will need:

  • Old shelf board (mine is that pressed board, composite type of stuff) – scrap plywood, something like that
  • Old towel
  • Staple gun (I wish I had this one)
  • Hammer if your staple

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

Here is my shelf. It quite literally was a shelf on the garage wall at one point in time. I have no idea what happened but in garage saling through my own crap I stumbled into this perfect future ironing board. P.S. this sucker is heavy!

First I popped off the brackets and gave the shelf a decent clean with all purpose cleaner.

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

Next I took an old towel (actually a craft fail from many, many years ago that I now want to retry!)  and stapled it to the back side of my board.

Now, this is what happened to me… my staples only went halfway into the hard compressed board stuff. So I figured I’d have to pull them out and tack down with some little nails but these suckers didn’t want to give way. So instead, I just smacked those little things down until they were flush enough that they wouldn’t scratch my table top. Stapling…nailed it.

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

Next I tacked down the towel at the corners on both the length and width pieces of towel. I came along and trimmed the excess up and then stapled acros the little ridge to make it nice and flush. Again, I finished my staples up with a good whack from my hammer. And now I can’t get Thor out of my head…

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

I did the exact same thing for the fabric that I covered my towel with. Now this fabric I love the pattern of BUT in the excitement of finding this and I MUST BUY 2 YARDS OF IT NOW! I didn’t realize how thin and scratchy this stuff was. It is truly awful and has been sitting in my drawer with nothing to do but irritate me. But now that fabric has a perfectly reasonable use. And my fabric shopping decision making is redeemed.

Making a DIY ironing board is simple and with a little garage or storage shed raid can be a free to cheap little project for you.

And while it is heavy, that has actually worked in my favor. Since I’m clumsy and what not it keeps this thing on the table when I need it. Plus, it easily stores up against the wall in my closet. Now if I can only figure out a way to add a handle. Then we’ll really be cooking!

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Comments (7)

  • Cuero&Mør

    March 31, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Nice!! Thank you so much for the idea!! I was looking for one but didn´t like what was finding…now I can make my own, yes!!

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  • Kim Waknitz

    March 31, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Great idea, going to make one this weekend. How about adding a kitchen cabinet handle on the end.

    1. Allison

      March 31, 2014 at 7:07 PM

      That’s a great idea! I’ll need to get a handle where the screws go through the front side and I’ll be set!

    2. onel

      April 1, 2014 at 4:21 AM

      Oh, I love the kitchen handle add-on idea too! I’m sure you are the first person I’ve ever known to enjoy ironing! Good for you ;) Thanks, Allison for the cool DIY =)

  • Lix

    April 1, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    You are quite literally my hero right now. MY HERO.

  • Teacup

    June 4, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    o.m.g. I love this! I’ve been wanting to make a little portable ironing board (don’t need a full size one) and just haven’t wanted to spend the money on heat-resistant batting for it. I can definitely snag a cheap towel for this, though! Just need to buy a staple gun…

  • Eli

    September 11, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    I love this Idea, I didn’t want to spend the money and don’t have the room for a traditional board not to mention the fact that I don’t iron often. I just wanted a small board for crafting projects. Thank you!

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