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Troubleshooting the hot iron storage area

When purchasing a premium, built-in ironing center, ensuring your iron fits well is a top concern for most customers and rightly so. That’s why the ironing centers presently on our website are designed to fit most modern irons on the market today.

Some older models are not always able to provide storage for the ever-changing irons of today’s market. 

We recognize as irons continue to change in shape and size, there isn’t an across the board guarantee that an iron will fit and guidance is needed.

Follow these tips to learn more about getting your iron to fit properly.

Is your iron positioned correctly?

Your ironing center features both a hot iron storage area and a hot iron rest, but only one is designed to store the iron. The hot iron storage area is at the very top of the cabinet and includes a silver heat shield on the inner right wall of the cabinet. Place your iron on the shelf so that the side of the iron is facing you and the sole plate of the iron is facing the inner right side of the cabinet. The cord will hang off the side of the shelf. 

This is the only place the iron is designed to be stored. The hot iron rest, which has it’s own heat shield, is designed as a place to set your iron while adjusting your garment, but is not intended to be used as a storage location for the iron.

Hot Iron Storage

My iron still won’t fit

You’ve placed your iron properly in the hot iron storage area, but it still won’t fit just right. How do you know another iron is going to do better? What is the size of the storage shelf?

While we have no control over the size and shape of irons that manufacturers produce, there are some tricks behind why some irons fit and why a few irons do not.  

Irons that are widest at the front and sleeker towards the back have the best track record of fitting well.

Front View

The hot iron storage area provides a shelf that is 7 1/2″ wide, 12 1/2″ high, and 4 3/8″ deep. Because of the narrow tip of the ironing board that rests near the top of the cabinet, there is a 2″ wide space on the right side of the shelf that allows for a wider iron. This maximizes the space needed for your iron and creates an overall depth of 5 5/8″.

Irons that are widest at the sole plate can utilize this space well.  The top view angle above shows the usable hot iron storage space and helps visualize the space for the iron. Irons that are narrower towards the back generally fit well in the storage area.

Top View

Do you have a list of irons that fit?

Though often requested, we simply are unable to list all the specific irons that fit into our ironing center’s  hot iron storage area. Retail irons available today are made by manufacturers who continue to change the shape and size. For this reason, we cannot guarantee the fit of a specific iron or provide a list.

Presently, we sell a Maytag iron that continues to fit well in our cabinets.

Irons for Older Models

Ironing centers purchased prior to 2014 do not feature this premium sized hot iron storage shelf. For these cabinets, we often recommend a compact, household iron.