I have long coveted one of those built-in ironing boards. Not that I iron all that often, but I despise hauling out the ironing board, setting it up, and then putting it away when I’m done. Such a lot of work for a job that I’m not crazy about in the first place! I kept telling my husband, “I’d iron more if you’d install for me one of those built-in systems.” But my husband would just grunt about money at me from behind his computer screen. I guess he knew that I was really going to just spritz his shirts and throw them in the dryer even if he installed me the best of ironing systems.
Of course, that was before we became environmentally conscious. Once we began to realize how much energy we were using from throwing our shirts in the dryer, we changed our ways. Do you know what we did? We wore wrinkled clothes.
But now I’m trying to learn to sew. It is a slow process, but something I am determined to achieve. Sewing requires lots of ironing, and my sewing machine is located in a place where it is impossible to set up our ironing board. Hence, I again began my plea for a built-in unit. My husband pointed out his original objection to this plan – the cost.
Why these built-in units should cost so much is anybody’s guess, but they cost upward of $150.00, and that is for the no-frill’s versions. If you want a built-in ironing board with such luxuries as a door, a rack for your iron, or perhaps a plug-in for the iron, then expect to pay more.
I, cheapskate that I am, did not want to spend $150 on the ironing board when I could be using that money for craft supplies. Besides, the room is too small for an elaborate built-in system. All I wanted was a way of folding down a mini ironing board.
My husband obtained a table top ironing board at a yard sale for fifty cents and began studying the problem. After spending quite some time frustrating himself, he declared it couldn’t be done.
I, however, was not ready to give up. The problem with our home, due to the fact that we had shelves above it, was that we needed the iron to fold downward instead of the traditional upward movement. Finding a hinge that would allow for the board to move this way and provide the necessary support was the holdup, my husband said. According to him, it just didn’t exist.
When a woman wants something, she finds a way, and this woman wanted something. It really wasn’t all that difficult; all I did was hit the search engines. Where my husband had been searching the local hardware stores, I searched yahoo. I not only found one hinge that worked, I found several.
My husband was pleased with my discovery, and went back to work on the problem. Never let it be said that he is one to be upset about a woman showing him up! He was thrilled for my happiness and also happy to have an interesting project to work on.
As it turned out, it was an easy project as well. The only issue was the fact that the mini ironing board had legs, but my husband worked around those by attaching a piece of wood to the board for the hinge to then attach to. The legs are non-functional, but they don’t inhibit function either.
The hinge cost, with shipping, a whopping $28.00. The company had ones as cheap as $15, but I wanted this board to be sturdy. The hinge came two in a pack, so now we might also put a folding table outside.
I know that this $30 home improvement will get me years of pleasure as I learn to sew. Not only that, but it adds yet one more interesting feature to our home should we wish to sell.
Will we iron our clothes more often or stay with the wrinkled look? Only time will tell whether our appearance will actual improve, but our home has been improved with the newly installed ironing board!