The arrangement of life, as a rule, rests on the fragile female shoulders. The many responsibilities that every woman performs every day takes a ton of time and effort, and ironing is no exception. To greatly facilitate this process, as well as save precious meters of living space, you can use the built-in ironing board in the cabinet.
Features and Benefits
Surely every woman after ironing raises the question of where to remove her so that she does not interfere and does not spoil the interior of the room. Thanks to the latest developments, solving this problem turned out to be quite easy and simple. A cabinet with a built-in ironing board is an excellent solution for everyone who appreciates a practical approach to solving this problem.
Compared to a conventional ironing board, the model built into the cabinet has many advantages.
- The main advantages of this configuration include convenience during operation . There is no need to carry and fold the board after finishing ironing. She just cleans the closet. In addition, it is securely fixed not only in different positions, but also from different angles thanks to a convenient transformation mechanism.
- Thanks to this built-in design, space in the room is significantly saved , which is especially important for small-sized apartments, studio apartments, as well as for any other premises of a small area. And the closet itself practically does not take up space in the room and looks rather aesthetically pleasing. You can choose a model in the same style with the already installed interior items.
- The undoubted advantage of a cabinet with a built-in board is the ability to install this design in any room , whether it is a living room, kitchen, hallway or even a corridor.
Regardless of the model, the ironing board built into the cabinet has its own device. The design consists of an ironing surface, a support and a transformation mechanism. The most complex element of this design is the mechanism by which the board is pulled out of the cabinet and displayed in the desired position.
As a support, there can be either a box or a special element screwed to the ironing surface. The ironing surface itself is no different from a regular board, its location depends on the model. Initially, the ironing surface can occupy both horizontal and vertical position. As a rule, the design of many models can take several positions.
The transformation mechanism also depends on the type of model. As additional elements designed for a more convenient layout of the board, various devices can be used.
The spring unit makes it much easier to control the structure. Some models have a slide attached to the ironing board, thanks to them the design leaves at the right time. Sometimes this configuration is additionally equipped with door closers.
Their presence allows you to easily fold and unfold the surface for ironing.
Depending on the placement in the cabinet, the built-in boards are divided into two main types - folding and sliding.
The hinged board is located in the cabinet in an upright position. It can be fixed both on the wall and on the cabinet door. The fixation of this design is carried out either using a special lever, or using a magnet.
In order to bring the board into working condition, you need to release it from the latches and swing it to the side, and then spread out the support and adjust the desired height. After ironing, these actions are carried out in reverse order.
The hinged design can also have a slightly different format - a neat wall cabinet with a board and a mirror. In appearance it is a simple cabinet with a mirror surface, behind the door of which there is a small space where the ironing board is placed. In order to bring the board to working condition, you need to move the door with a mirror surface to the side and lower the board to a horizontal position.
With this design solution you can visually expand the space. Manufacturers have different configurations of this design. The cabinet door can be hinged, and can be moved to the right or left side.
An equally convenient option is a retractable folding ironing board. As a rule, it is installed in the drawers of any cabinets or chests of drawers. Sometimes the board is located in the drawer of the kitchen set.
The ironing board built into the cabinet has a slightly different design compared to the folding option. Here the base, or rather, its wide part, is attached on both sides to the guides. Unlike the hinged version, the retractable design is very compact. The design, or rather the surface for ironing, can be folded in half, or can completely fit in a drawer.
In order to start ironing, you need to pull out the drawer, lay out the surface and lock in position. If the sliding option is equipped with a surface that cannot be folded out, then, as a rule, the box in which the surface is located is able to transform in the desired position.
In this embodiment, the front panel for the convenience of positioning the board from a vertical state goes into a horizontal position.
On sale there are options where, in addition to the ironing surface, there is a place for other things. A cabinet for storing a vacuum cleaner and a board is the best option for small apartments, as well as for owners of studio apartments.
The folding or retractable version of the board can be placed in a corner cabinet. To do this, you need to purchase a design with a swivel mechanism, which can be folded out in two directions. In addition, some manufacturers produce a convertible cabinet where, in addition to an ironing board, folding shelves are mounted. A very convenient configuration that allows you to fold both already ironed linen and prepare things for ironing.
In addition, in such cabinets there are shelves on which to put the iron and other items used in the ironing process.
Ironing surface can be presented in several ways.
- The cheapest material is particleboard . Over time, boards made of such a material become uneven, since this material is deformed due to exposure to hot steam.
- More reliable and durable material is wood .
In order for such a surface to be resistant to moisture and high temperatures, it is treated with special compounds.
- Tabletops for boards are also made of metal . It is much stronger and more durable than a wooden coating. High temperatures and humidity are not terrible for them. For the passage of steam in the surface there are holes. As a rule, countertops made from solid sheets of metal have significant weight.
- Lighter surfaces are made of metal mesh . Such a mesh is better at letting steam through and has less weight, but it is less durable compared to an all-metal worktop.
- In addition, some manufacturers produce countertops made of special thermoplastic , which is lightweight, durable and resistant to steam. The only minus of thermoplastic worktops is the high price.
Covers, as well as countertops, are made of different materials. The most commonly used cotton is metallic thread. Thanks to this combination, things are ironed faster due to good heat transfer.
There are covers made entirely of cotton. To soften the surface, as well as to prevent the formation of marks on things, felt is used.
Any built-in ironing board has a length and a width determined by the widest place of the countertop. The size of the board, regardless of type, depends on the dimensions of the cabinet.
The most compact are the retractable boards. The width of the structure varies between 35-50 cm, and it is usually slightly less than the width of the box. The length of the drawer, as a rule, is always greater than the length of the structure and depends on the length of the surface intended for ironing. For models with a non-folding surface, it is more than 100 cm, and for models where the ironing surface folds in half, it is more than 50 cm. The height of the entire structure usually does not exceed 13-15 cm.
The length of a hinged board built vertically depends on the height of the cabinet and is less by 30-40 cm. The width of such a cabinet depends on the width of the ironing surface. The difference between the values ranges from 12-20 cm. The cabinet depth is within 6-12 cm. The dimensions of the countertop itself are 128x38 cm.
The height of the ironing board in the unfolded state is directly dependent on the installation of the cabinet, since the supporting element of the board abuts against the structure.
How to choose?
When choosing an ironing cabinet, first of all, it is necessary to pay attention to its dimensions and correlate them with the place of the proposed installation. In addition, you must verify the strength of the built-in design itself.
To do this, even in the store you need to deploy it and see the reliability of the mounts. In addition, for boards with hinged fastening, you need to pay attention to the reliability of the latches in an upright position. The reliability of the fasteners is the guarantee that, with frequent use, the structure will not be torn out together with the cabinet wall.
When choosing a cabinet with a built-in board, it is better to pay attention to the design with a rotary mechanism that allows you to set the surface at the right angle. When decomposing, the board rotates 180? and fixed in the optimal position every 15 ?.
When choosing, it is better to pay attention to cabinets with additional shelves and niches, thanks to which you can put a lot of necessary little things.
Beautiful ideas in the interior
Without a doubt, the most beautiful and stylish are cabinets with a mirror. Such a mini-wardrobe fits perfectly into any style. Today, the market offers many options not only in size, but also in color. The mirror itself, mounted on the facade, can be decorated around the perimeter with a baguette overlay.
You can install such a drawer not only in the rooms, choosing as much as possible in color and size, but also on the insulated balcony.
If there is enough space, you can install more overall models, where in addition to the board there is a place for the stepladder.
In addition to mirrors, the facades of such cabinets can be decorated with paintings or other elements that match the style of this room.
You will learn more about cabinets with an integrated ironing board from the following video.