Small Space Solutions: The Ironing Board Dilemma

Ironing boards are a necessary evil, but finding a space for them in small apartments is often a serious challenge. This weekend, after months of discussion, we finally convinced Mom to replace her 20+ year old ironing board with something newer and smaller; something in fact that she could tuck away with ease...

Because the ironing board lives in a very narrow hall closet along with the vacuum and stepladder, the old one had gradually been battered into a wobbley thing that needed to be propped up on a book to provide an even ironing surface; we are determined to prevent that from happening again.

We looked at all manner of ironing board hangers in various stores, but our strange old doors are super-thin wood in the center panel which meant nowhere for the anchor screws to go. We finally found these two u-shaped hooks at The Container Store that allowed us to screw into the thick solid part of the hall closet door to hang the ironing board. Mom is thrilled, the new board is protected from the vacuum, and now we can see how desperately the closet needs to be painted (perhaps a November project!)

How have you solved the great ironing board dilemma in your small space?