Mike and I recently built an ironing table for my new craft room. I’m really happy with how it came out. It’s got a 20″x42″ rectangular ironing surface, which will be great for ironing lengths of fabric and in-progress projects. (I’ll still have a normal board for ironing garments.)
Here is a brief rundown of how we made it. First, I have to thank Custom Style for posting about how she made a plywood ironing board top, as we basically just copied her method. Second, I have to give credit also to Attire For Your Inner Fire for posting about how she put wheels on an Ikea Expedit/Kallax shelving unit, as that provided us the idea for how to add portability and height to our table.
-One 2×2 Ikea Kallax (formerly Expedit) shelving unit
-Two sets of Ikea Kallax casters
-Three sets of Ikea Kallax two-drawer inserts
-One Ikea Kallax cabinet insert
–Panyl vinyl stickers, three sets for Kallax drawers and one set for a Kallax cabinet (I used the Moroccan pattern in the pewter color)
-A piece of 3/4″ birch plywood, cut to 42″x20″ (or your desired size, Home Depot cut it for us)
-10 1-1/2″ x 2′ x 2-3/4″ L brackets
-20 #8 5/8″ phillips pan head screws, 2 for each L bracket (make sure the screws are not longer than your plywood is thick–sometimes 3/4″ plywood can be slightly thinner than 3/4″ in actuality)
-Enough aluminized ironing board fabric to cover your plywood (I bought 2 yards of 44″ wide at JoAnn’s and had some left over)
-Either enough 1/4″ thick cotton batting to cover your plywood, or 1/8″ thick to cover with a double thickness (so you would need twice as much)
-Staple gun and staples that can go through several thicknesses of batting over plywood
Start by placing your shelf unit on top of your plywood, centered. Trace around it, and then install the L brackets so they are just on those lines. Screw down the L brackets (you probably want to drill pilot holes, but be careful not to drill through all the way). You should place three L brackets evenly spaced along the long sides, and two on the short sides. Place your plywood top on top of the shelf to make sure it fits. Do not actually attach the top to the shelf.
Then install the Kallax casters following the included directions from Ikea. At this point this is what our table looked like (before I had removed the darker colored drawers we used to have in there).
Gather your Kallax drawer and cabinet fronts. Make sure they are clean, ready for the Panyl stickers to be applied.
Apply the Panyl stickers according to their included instructions. They are pretty forgiving if you need to move them because they didn’t come out straight at first.
Assemble the drawer and cabinet inserts according to Ikea’s directions. Put them in the shelving unit.
Staple the cotton batting to the plywood top.
Follow the batting with the ironing board fabric
Place the top back on the shelf. I did not bother to actually screw the top to the shelf, because it stays in place without doing that. Then you are done!