The right ironing board can be the difference between a tedious chore and a quick-and-easy household activity – and that's a lot!

Since an ironing board is a household essential, there are certain important features you'll need to consider when choosing the one that would best suit your needs. These features may include fabrics, ironing board cabinets, and other significant characteristics.

This guide will help you narrow down your choices from convenient board designs to board sizes. Choosing an ironing board may not seem like a big deal to some. However, purchasing the right one can help in terms of productivity and efficacy.

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What are the different kinds of ironing board models?

Ironing boards come in various models. Before picking one specific design, you need to figure out whether you're looking for an ironing board that will be placed in a fixed position or one that is movable.

Popular portable ironing board models include:

Metal Gray Freestanding Ironing Board
Durable Functional Freestanding Ironing Board
Colorful Cotton Stain-resistant Ironing Board
Deluxe Elegant Freestanding Ironing Board
Steel Top Freestanding Ironing Board
Modern Metal Freestanding Ironing Board

Alternatively, you can also choose a space-saving over-the-door ironing board. These models are also portable, allowing you to hang them on different doors. However, they are not appropriate for heavy-duty ironing. Moreover, tabletop ironing boards are convenient for those with smaller rooms.

White Simple Tabletop Ironing Board
Compact Tabletop Ironing Board with Iron Rest
Functional Compact Sleeve Ironing Board
Blue Practical Compact Tabletop Ironing Board
Portable and Compact Tabletop Ironing Board
Scorch Resistant Tabletop Ironing Board
Forward Facing Over the Door Ironing Board

Those who want their ironing board in a fixed position should have a built-in unit or an ironing board cabinet. These types of ironing boards look neater. Some common built-in ironing board models include:

Non Electric Built-In Ironing Board
Modern Electric Built-in Ironing Board
Built-In Center White Ironing Board
Functional Maple Built-in Ironing Board

How to pick the right ironing board's size according to its usage?

The ironing board's size is an important feature you should consider. For instance, you'll need a longer and wider ironing board when occasionally ironing men's slacks and suits.

Because of their small size, tabletop ironing boards can easily fit on top of a table. Common measures are 39 inches long and 12 inches wide. This size is favorable for small apartments and dorm rooms. Shorter ironing boards are appropriate for smaller sized clothes.

Medium ironing boards typically measure 48.8 x 15 inches. These are ideal for medium-sized families with few varieties of clothing sizes. Medium boards can also handle steam and normal irons and have adjustable height features.

Those with large families usually opt for large ironing boards. A 48.8 x 17.7 inches ironing board is ideal for heavy ironing needs. These larger boards offer more ironing options than smaller ones.

Which ironing board padding is preferable?

A thick and resilient ironing pad has a good cushion and can absorb steam overflow.

Ironing board pads are typically made of felt with a thickness of 4 mm to 8mm. The thicker the better. Thick fiber pads last longer.

A good board pad has vent holes on the surface. This allows steam to get in and out.

What fabrics work best for ironing boards?

Ironing board covers are all made of different fabrics, such as muslin, silicone, cotton, and Teflon. However, not all fabrics are durable and robust.

Metal Blue Freestanding Ironing Board
Mesh Screen Premuim Ironing Board
Over the Door 100% Cotton Ironing Board
100% Cotton Cover Freestanding Ironing Board
Collapsible Plastic Freestanding Ironing Board
Tabletop Metal Mesh Ironing Board

What special features should you look for in an ironing board?

To get the most out of an ironing board, make sure you pick special features that target your specific needs.

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