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The Tabletop Ironing Board: Saving Space

Updated on September 27, 2011

Not Much Space? Maybe You Need a Tabletop Ironing Board

When I was in college, I did laundry as seldom as possible. However, there were always those items that really needed to be ironed to look nice. Luckily, I had a tabletop ironing board that fit neatly under my single bed and didn't further cramp my tiny dorm room.

These mini ironing boards give you a good hard, flat surface upon which to iron and yet take up very little space. On this page you'll learn just a bit more about their advantages and disadvantages and find a few tips for picking out the best one.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Tabletop Ironing Board

A tabletop ironing board is significantly smaller than a traditional model. If you don't do a great deal of ironing, then these smaller boards simply make sense. They can also be handy if you sew or craft and just need something small that sits at the ready as you work.

Of course, the biggest advantage to these mini ironing boards, is that they don't take up much space. For anyone who lives in a dorm room, small apartment, or condominium they fit perfectly. They can be tucked away under the bed, in a closet, hung over the door, or even stored on a shelf.

You also don't need a lot of room to set them up. If you lack floor space, that's not a problem. Any flat surface will work for setting up a tabletop ironing board. Many will balance well even on a bed.

If you do a lot of ironing of course, these smaller boards may not be a good choice. Or, if you tend to iron large items. They're generally fine for T-shirts, shirts, shorts, and pants, but ironing a table cloth or floor length dress isn't convenient with these boards.

Choosing the Right One

When choosing a tabletop ironing board there are a few things you might want to consider:

  • Size
    Look at the dimensions, you want it small enough to fit in to whatever storage space you have and yet large enough to accommodate the clothes you want to iron. A length of 30-32 inches and a width around 12" is generally sufficient.

    If space is really tight, there are some models that not only collapse, but will also fold in half.

    In situations where space is really limited or portability is a prime concern, then an ironing blanket can be considered. These are especially useful when traveling as they can fold up and be placed in your luggage.

    There are also specialized tabletop ironing boards that are made specifically for pressing sleeves. They are narrow and allow you to easily slip a sleeve over the end and down the length of the board. These are great for anyone who sews.
  • Storage
    Some units will have a hook to allow you to hang it on the back of a door. If you want to be able to do this however, and the ironing board you want doesn't have this feature, you can buy a hook separately.
  • Pad and Cover
    Like any board, you'll need a good pad and cover. Some of these tabletop models come with the pad and cover, others require you to purchase them separately.
  • Construction
    Clearly you want something that is sturdy and durable. Most of these boards are metal, some are chrome, and some provide a wood top. Metal and chrome tend to be the most durable and light weight.
  • Other features
    Having a built in tray for your iron is very handy. Such a tray helps protect surfaces from a hot iron and makes your work more streamlined as well.

    Another nice feature on a tabletop ironing board are legs that have rubber feet. This helps assure the board won't slip as you're ironing and will also help protect the surface where you set the board.


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      Table Top Pads 6 years ago

      The ironing board I receive is small, compact and is easy to fit in most storage places. The board feels rather cheap and flimsy, but that's to be expected for this low price.I bought this ironing board knowing that I do not iron many things.It is small, compact,and would be great for a small apartment as it stores easily.The iron bay at the end stores underneath for space conservation when not in use, but when in use it creates a safe and stable place for that ever-so-hot iron.

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Looks like a great idea! Thanks for the info.

      Love and peace


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      PaperNotes 7 years ago

      Tabletop ironing boards are really space savers compared to regular floor ironing boards. My aunt who sews dresses have this cute board for ironing small pieces of clothes after she has sewn them.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, Oh how I need one of these! my ironing board fell to pieces before my eyes! lol and now I have to lay it on the floor and iron at the moment, I think I had better go get one before my back gives out! ha ha cheers nell

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Here is a good trick, just iron your clothes that form the outside layers. Of course my inside layers get ironed as well because my wife does it. lol

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I don't iron, my husband does and because he irons lots of uniform shirts, we have, of course a deluxe floor model!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I have one. Nice hub.

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      So that's how they work? I have the attic! Great info, mulberry!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      My daughter-in-law gave me one of these. And in these tiny NYC apartments - it makes soooo much sense. It tucks away so easily in my closet - as a matter of fact I cannot even find it.

      A sensible solution to limited space issues.