I have a new ironing station! I shamelessly copied an Instagram photo Thelma (Cupcakes 'n' Daisies) shared last week. I dragged my husband to Lowes and we easily found what we needed to create this ironing board and storage shelf. The entire project took less than a couple of hours to complete, believe it or not.
We got a four tier chrome shelving unit. They come five tiered, but due to my space constraints, I wanted the 14" shelf depth rather than the deeper shelves offered in the five tiered unit. The cost for the shelving unit was about $50. The unit is 37.5" wide, 14" deep and 53" tall when assembled.
Obviously you do not want to iron on a surface that is 53" high, unless you are a giant, so some customization of the legs has to be made to make the unit shorter. My husband used a hacksaw to saw the metal legs down to a height of 37". He said it was easy, and I took his word for it.
For the top, we needed a board. We could have used particle board, thick plywood etc, but we found an already cut hardwood board at Lowes. The one we chose cost around $15. There were various sizes to choose from and we selected one that measured 16" x 48". It was 3/4" thick, which is important. You don't want a flimsy board. The fact that this board was the right size and already cut was a big plus.
While my husband assembled and customized the shelving unit, I covered the board with two layers of quilt batting and a length of fabric. We used a heavy duty staple gun to turn the edges under and staple the batting and fabric all around the underside of the board.
The finished height of the ironing station is 38" once the board is resting on the top. We did not secure the board to the shelving unit, as it seems to stay perfectly in place. I think the two inches of batting and fabric on each underside keeps it from moving. The board does not slide around, it sits nice and flat and is a wonderfully firm surface for pressing.
To celebrate that, I picked up my new annual iron! The T-Fal I got last year worked great for its year of service, so I replaced it with another one (slightly different model) at Walmart.
I am super excited with this new ironing station, and kept going upstairs to look at it all evening. I am thrilled not just with the improved ironing surface, but those three shelves are fabulous for storage.