RÅSKOG + JÄLL = cute ironing board on wheels
I was organizing my sewing room and frustrated by my big ironing board that was blocking access to my fabric storage cupboards.
I had the RÅSKOG cart already in my sewing room but that only collected clutter, so I decided to solve two problems in one hack.
- IKEA JÄLL ironing board
- RÅSKOG cart
- A plank of wood of approximately 5 cm x 60 cm x 9,5 cm (2″ x 24″ x 4″)
- 8 wood screws
- A screwdriver
- A saw
- Optional: 2 IKEA SUNNERSTA jars
- Optional: Fabric, wadding and a sewing kit plus double-sided tape for the pincushion
DIY ironing board on wheels:
1. The first thing is to fasten two pieces of wood planks to the cart tray. I used two planks that are 28.7 cm long and 9.2 cm high.
Related: Handy sewing trolley
2. Flip the tray over with the planks in position. Screw the planks onto the tray via the grid holes.
3. Then get the ironing board and strip its cover off. Detach the legs too. The next step is to fasten the frame of the ironing board onto the top side of the planks.
The JÄLL ironing board and RÅSKOG cart are a perfect fit!
4. Use countersunk screws to fasten the ironing board frame to the wood.
The ironing board frame should rest firmly on the wood and the edges of the cart tray. For safety, do ensure there is no wobble or imbalance.
5. Next, you can cover the ironing board with the original fabric that came with it. But I felt that it was a bit thin so, added a layer of extra felt to prevent grid marks on my fabric. This step is completely optional and the ironing board works just as well without the extra felt.
6. Place the cover over the felt and admire your new ironing board on wheels.
Adding ironing tools & accessories
As I plan to use this ironing board mainly to iron seams that I have sewed, I decided to add a small pincushion to the side of the cart. This too is optional.
To keep the back of the pincushion flat, I added a piece of cardboard and fastened it to the cart with some double-sided tape.
Lastly, I filled up the cart with all my ironing tools — press cloths, a bottle of water to fill the iron, a can of spray starch, a spray can of water, a tailor’s clapper and a tailor’s ham and sausages.
Just keep in mind that the temperature and the moisture levels may rise near the top compartment so this is not a place to store things like sewing patterns or magazines!
I also hung IKEA SUNNERSTA containers from the side of the cart to store bias-tape-makers, seam tape, scissors and other such small things.
How long did it take? And cost?
The main hack (fastening the ironing board to the cart) took maybe a half an hour. During the second half an hour I made the little pincushion.
The hack didn’t cost anything, since I had the 8 screws already in my storage and the wood. In fact, the piece of wood was originally picked up from the bins of the local hardware store where a customer had left it after sawing his purchased wood to his preferred length.
What do you like most about the hack?
I like that it works very nicely. I have already used it a lot.
Before, I had many of the ironing tools here and there and I had to spend time looking for them when I needed them.
Now they are all there readily available, in one place.
I also like how people have responded to the hack. I have got so many great comments about it!
What’s hardest part of the hack?
The hardest part was to figure out the way to fasten the ironing board to the cart. I originally thought about adding hinges but the shape of the cart made it hard.
Then, I finally realised that the top compartment wouldn’t be very good for storing things anyway because of the heat and the moisture from the steam iron, so I took another approach and just added two pieces of wood in between the top compartment bottom and the board.
What to pay special attention to?
Use countersink screws, especially at the ironing board side.
Looking back, I should have done this hack years ago! The full tutorial is on my blog post here.
~ by Katja Kuitunen