Hide your ironing board

Where do you put your ironing board when it is not in use? If you have a designated spot where you do all of your ironing you may want to check out the Wall Mount Ironing Board. You can hide your ironing board in plain sight and no longer keep it under your bed, in the closet, or in the middle of your laundry room. Other clutter-free storage options for your ironing board include wall-mounted holders, like what you might find in a hotel closet, and over-the-door holders, with or without accessory storage.

All of these options are better than the one that my wife and I currently have — ours just sits on the floor in the middle of our laundry room. I’m eager to give one of these alternatives a try.


This post has been updated since its original publication in August 2007.

20 Comments for “Hide your ironing board”

  1. posted by Michael on

    $195?!?!? I’d raher wear wrinkled clothes

  2. posted by PJ Doland on

    You could just as easily make your own. Personally, I buy wrinkle-free shirts that don’t require ironing.

  3. posted by Chris E on

    Are there any worthwhile boards which aren’t free-standing–which is to say, better than plywood and a towel?

  4. posted by Leslie on

    The trouble I have with wall-mounted ironing boards is that I often use both ends of the board: the “pointy” end for yokes of shirts and the like, and the “square” end for ironing long, flat surfaces (like shirttails). So how to access both ends of the board if it’s bolted to the wall?

    I have an ironing board caddy which I have hanging in my cloest; it includes a spot for the iron and starch/water spritzer. About twenty bucks (Canadian) at a hardware store, and it suits me fine. It would also fit behind any door. Works for me!

  5. posted by Andrew on

    Ikea do a mini ironing board (about 30ins long) that has a ‘hanger’ at one end. It hangs up on your clothes rail. However, because the ‘pointy’ end isn’t as long, it’s harder to get whole garments on there (to avoid ironing fronts and backs simultaneously), nor is it long enough to do a whole leg o’ trouser. But mighty concealable nonetheless.

  6. posted by Erin on

    We got rid of our ironing boards and irons entirely and use a clothes steamer exclusively. There’s no board to drag out and set up and it’s SO much faster than ironing with no danger of putting in a crease where you didn’t want one or burning/melting the fabric. The only thing it doesn’t do is make sharp creases, but most of the pants that need those are dryclean only, so no problem. It’s really made a huge difference for us!

  7. posted by Bob on

    You’re lucky, my wife keeps ours in the middle of our living room

  8. posted by Jeri Dansky on

    I’m with Erin – I got rid of my ironing board and iron on Freecycle when I realized I hadn’t used them in years. Hardly anything I own requires ironing, and those few things I take to the cleaners. (And if that situation changes – not likely, but you never know – I’ll look into getting a clothes steamer.)

  9. posted by David on

    I have a problem similar to Leslie’s. Unlike most people, I iron using the square end of the board. There’s more surface area and, well, I’m just used to it.

  10. posted by Nathania on

    Mine is in the coat closet! The iron sits on the shelf at the top of the closet.

  11. posted by Debbie on

    My fantasy house has a laundry room big enough to leave the ironing board up in at all times. It’s just so handy that way, and I’m much more likely to iron. Decorative covers are available, and you could always paint or otherwise decorate the legs.

    Currently I have a washing machine in the kitchen, drying racks in the bedroom, and clotheslines in the back yard. The ironing board is used in the living room and stored in a closet off the living room.

    Like others, I use both ends of the ironing board and I also like it to be long.

    So I’d like a laundry room to hide all this stuff in. Mmm, laundry room. Even having one in the garage would be okay, though we’d sweat our brains out in the summers.

    P.S. Would a steamer work on large pieces of fabric?

  12. posted by Heather on

    We have two coat hooks screwed into the back of our “junk room” door. The ironing board hangs quite nicely out of the way. Total cost, about two bucks.

  13. posted by Leanne Sanford on

    I fold mine up and slide it upright and in between the washer and dryer. We don’t have a laundry room, just a closet in the hallway with bi-fold doors. I just set it across the tops of the washer and dryer. This way I HAVE to put it away because otherwise I don’t have access to the washer for the next load. So it always gets put away.

  14. posted by Mike Hester on

    Mine hangs from a door. It folds down when I need it. I found it at Wal-Mart. You can only use the pointy end, but that’s good enough for me.

  15. posted by Nat on

    We got rid of our ironing board after many years of leaving it hanging on the back of our laundry room door. Honestly, we don’t have anything that needs to be ironed on a regular basis. However, we did keep the iron. We just use a towel on top of the washer and dryer. We also have a small Jiffy Steamer. When I used to be a costumer, we used standing steamers for everything with excellent results except some silks which crisp up better with an iron. Steamers definitely work on large pieces of fabric. Think of all those wedding gowns that are steamed, not ironed. Also, don’t underestimate the steam while you shower technique. The trick is the use your hands to help smooth out the wrinkles and give tug on the fabric.

  16. posted by Laura on

    Any wall-mounted or sized-down ironing board is going to be less useful and harder to use than a real full-size ironing board. If you have a whole laundry room, why don’t you want an ironing board in it? It’s a room for *laundry*, after all. Ways to store or hang a board when it’s not in use, on the other hand, work quite well.

  17. posted by John on

    Because of our limited space, we decided to go for the lifestyle fold-awy ironing board and it works a treat. It’s super quick to deploy and put away which is what we like most about it – shame about the ironing part though.

  18. posted by laura ann on

    I am retired and live in active wear, seldom dress “up”. Nothing is ironed in years, If shirts are wrinkled, I just shake them several times. Most my clothes are wrinkle free except cotton shirts and capri pants. jogging pants are knit cotton. My mothers generation were ironing addicts. My iron is over thirty yrs old.

  19. posted by Pat McD on

    If you sew, an ironing board is an essential tool. I’m thrilled to have it set up near my sewing table in my basement–which is not far from the washer & dryer. And nearby, I store my sleeve board, a small ironing board perfect for smaller items, plus a tailors ham, a clapper, and several press cloths. I’m fortunate to have room to leave the ironing board up all the time. When we lived in small apartments, we used a wall-mounted rack in a closet to get ironing board & iron out of the way when not needed.

  20. posted by G. on

    I’m glad I’m not the only one pointing out that an iron and board are essential tools for sewing. Although you *can* get by with something smaller than a full size ironing board, a full size one makes pressing those long seams a bit easier. I’m guessing the commenters from 2007 don’t sew at all, or very little? I’m fortunate to be able to leave my board and iron set up all the time since DS moved out. Prior to that it had been stored in the sewing room, and set up and taken down every time I needed to use it.

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