Any steady surface can be converted into a tabletop ironing board with a few simple materials. It’s not difficult to plan and construct an ironing board to fit your space and needs; there are reveal possibilities available, so choose the most appropriate one for your own needs. Take some basic precautions against damage to underlying furniture, and iron wherever is convenient for you.
An ironing board requires a heat-resistant surface; a protective cover that allows the iron to glide over the cover without sticking; and a support of some kind. Thermal fabric provides heat resistance, while fabrics designed for outdoor use offers durability. Don’t overlook the old-fashioned solution of a worn bed sheet as cover.
Cover the board with padding such as an old towel that has been double or triple folded, followed by the heat resistant fabric and then the protective cover. Ironing board cover hooks expedite the task.
Exercise caution when using print fabrics for the cover, as bleeding dyes can quickly ruin a garment. Test the fabric for colorfastness by ironing a piece of scrap cotton on it. A piece of fabric that hasn’t been dyed at all is a better choice.
The type of table support offers plays a role in the effectiveness of your homemade ironing board. Choose a solid base such as wood or a temporary base of heavy-duty cardboard. Alternately, opt for the greatest portability in a roll-up pad.
Use a well-dried plank of wood to avoid resin stains. Choose a piece between 1 and 2 feet long, 8 to 12 inches wide and 1 inch thick. If desired, shape one end into the rounded point of a traditional ironing board. Smooth all edges with sandpaper.
Add optional legs by attaching supports of the desired height to the board with hinges, approximately 1/4 of the way from the ironing board ends. Install the hinges near the center of the board, allowing it to stand angled slightly outward from the center when open.
Cut several layers of corrugated cardboard to the desired size and shape to make a lightweight base for a homemade ironing board. Glue the layers one on top of the other, and allow the glue to dry. While not as durable as wood, this method provides some support without adding much weight. An optional trim of paper tape around the edge gives a more finished appearance. Cover with the necessary padding and fabrics.
Cut two pieces of thermal fabric in the desired size. Stitch together, leaving one end open. Insert padding between the layers of thermal fabric, then cover with protective fabric. Sew lengths of ribbon or trim to the cover to make it easy to secure in the rolled-up storage position. For a quick cover, use a pillowcase. This ironing board can then be put atop any hard surface and even used while traveling.