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An ironing board storage rack mounted on a white laundry wall, with an ironing board hanging from it

Overview

The laundry can be one of the messiest rooms in the house. But this easy-to-make ironing board storage rack and shelf will help keep clutter to a minimum. This D.I.Y. project helps you create an industrial-looking rack to hang your ironing board on and a handy shelf for your iron. 

Steps

1Work out your design

We're making this ironing board storage rack and shelf out of pre-determined lengths of galvanised pipe and galvanised fittings. Because the shelf is going to be carrying a bit of weight, you need to make sure that it's the right width so that it can be anchored to the wall studs. The measurements provided in this project are based on studs that are 500mm apart. 

Tools and equipment for the job, including a power drill, lengths and joints of metallic pipe, spray paint, a can of paint, paintbrush, a stud finder, tape measure, wall brackets, clamps and more

2Measure the plywood for the shelf

Measure and mark the 15mm plywood for the shelf. Make sure it's wide enough and long enough for the iron to sit on. Our shelf measured 400mm x 170mm. Put on your safety glasses, earmuffs and dust mask. Clamp the ply to the workbench and cut it with the circular saw. 

A piece of timber being cut to size with a circular saw

3Mark and drill a hole in the plywood

Because the shelf will be supported by the galvanised pipe, you need to drill a hole in the plywood wide enough to fit the thickness of the pipe and one of the 15mm elbows. Where you put the hole will depend on the design of your shelf and the size of your iron. Put on your safety equipment, clamp the ply to the workbench and, using the 32mm spade bit, drill a hole.

A bore spade drill bit drilling a wide hole through a plywood shelf to be threaded onto an ironing board storage rack

4Assemble the galvanised pipes

It's a good idea to do a dry run and lay out the pieces in the design of your choice. Clamp one flange to the workbench to give you a starting point. Place the other flange at the desired width, which in our case is 500m. Then use a combination of joints and different lengths of pipe to get from one flange to the other. For example, working from the top, we started with a flange, then screwed a 100mm pipe, an elbow, a 150mm pipe and a 200mm pipe.

An ironing board storage rack being assembled from metal pipe

5Build the ironing board holder

For the ironing board holder, which will be on the same level as your other flange, we started with a length of 100mm pipe and screwed it into the flange. We then screwed an elbow onto it. Working across to the left, screw a 100mm pipe, a T, a 100mm pipe, a T, then a 100mm pipe then an elbow. When using the Ts for this section, make sure they are facing the opposite way to the flange and the final elbow is pointing up. Attach the brass end caps to the ironing board holder. When building the storage unit, remember to leave space for the shelf and plenty of room to hang your ironing board when putting your final design together.

An assembled ironing board storage rack made from metal pipe

6Paint the shelf and storage unit

Now it's time to get creative with paint. First, remove the shelf from the unit. We spray painted our pipes black and the shelf a bright yellow. It's also worth spray painting the screws and saddle clamp black so they match.

An ironing board storage rack being spray painted black

7Fix the shelf to the storage unit

Once the paint is dry, put the shelf into place on the storage unit. Secure it to the pipes using the cordless drill, saddle clamp and the 20mm screws.

A yellow painted shelf being fixed to an ironing board storage rack

8Attach the storage unit to the wall

Use the stud finder to locate the studs in the wall where you're going to attach your ironing board storage rack and shelf. Use the 20mm screws to attach the unit to the wall. 

An ironing board storage rack being mounted to the wall with a power drill

9Hang up your ironing board

Now the job is complete you have the perfect place to store your iron and ironing board and help you keep your laundry cleaner and more organised.
An ironing board storage rack mounted on a white laundry wall, with an ironing board hanging from it

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.