This post from our co-worker Ann Sheehan is called "Ironing Boards for all spaces" and it will help you decide which ironing board will fit in your home or apartment. Four sizes are described.
Page last modified on 2017-10-29
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Having a flat, solid surface on which to iron clothes has always been a must-have. Centuries ago, a long piece of smooth wood placed between two chairs did the trick - and it was called an Ironing Board. From that idea evolved the many different types of ironing boards that exist today. With a little research, you can find the type that will best fit your needs.
Portable Ironing Board
Definitely the most popular type since it can be moved anywhere and adjusted to different heights. This allows any sized person to iron, while sitting or standing. These ironing boards are wide and long so everything from California king-sized bed sheets to United States Army pants to a small child's Halloween costume can be pressed on it. It is lightweight to allow for easy portability, and then easily folded up and stowed away. You need to make certain that the legs are firmly planted on a solid surface to prevent any mishaps when using this type of an ironing board.
Sleeve Ironing Board
By contrast to the popular portable kind, this type is very small and compact and sturdily sits on top of a table or a sewing machine chest or even a regular sized ironing board. It gets its name because it is great for ironing shirt sleeves, but is also useful for pant legs, small appliques and doll dresses. You should only use this type if you have experience ironing, as the small surface can be difficult to work on and may result in painful mishaps.
Built-In Ironing Boards
This type is often found in older houses and is usually located in the kitchen or basement. Washing machines and dryers as we know them today were non-existent when these homes were originally constructed, so an ironing board was built into the wall and located near the laundering wash tub to make the chore more efficient. Like many other things, built-in ironing boards are making a retro comeback in new and remodeled houses today. The downside to a built-in ironing board is if it is not located near where you want to iron something, then it is very inconvenient.
Over-the-Door Ironing Boards
Great for small apartments, dorm rooms, motels, etc. They have handles that can be temporarily attached to the top of any door, then removed and stored in a closet or a drawer or even a suitcase. Extra care needs to be taken when using this type, as it may not be very sturdy. And you want to make sure no one is going to barge through the other side of the door while you are ironing!
Deluxe Ironing Boards
As with a lot of things nowadays, ironing boards also come in a souped-up deluxe version. Along with a full-sized ironing board, there is also an iron rest, removable laundry bags, and a hanging bar for pressed garments. Wheels allow it to be moved anywhere, yet the entire station easily folds away when not in use. This type can be pricey, but if do a lot of ironing this is the perfect workstation for you.
But here is my question. Wood obviously has not been used to iron clothes on in well over a hundred years (unless you count throwing a bathtowel down on the floor or dresser.) So why is the apparatus still known as an Ironing BOARD??
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