The slim design and adjustable heights of an ironing board make it functional in many ways. Ironing boards are a must-have household tool that you can find in nearly any home. Beyond its intended function for clothes, its portability, lightweight design and flexibility make an ironing board a surface of several purposes.

An ironing board has several functions.


It is the padded surface of an ironing board that provides a moderate amount of cushioning to give the surface a "give" for pressing down on clothes to get the wrinkles out. The padding also absorbs some of the heat and steam in an insulating way and transfuses it back into the clothes as its heat rises during the ironing process. The slim shape of the narrow end of an ironing board makes it possible to iron narrow parts of clothes, such as the shoulders and sleeves of shirts. Its overall slim design makes it possible to iron skirts and dresses without folding them in half, by slipping them over the entire ironing board surface.


It is easy for crafters to gravitate towards the ironing board's padded surface; they can work on their projects up close and at a comfortable height to see what they are doing. The padded surface acts like an expansive pin cushion that makes it convenient to pin and stabilize intricate pieces of a project together, such as when making a garment or quilt.

The ironing board isn't limited to sewing craft projects. however. Hobbyists will find the ironing board a convenient one- to two-person adjustable surface for working with tedious, time-consuming projects, such as putting together model cars and airplanes and jewelry making. With the right project lighting, an ironing board is one of the most ideal surfaces for creative projects.


When you need an on-the-spot table solution, an ironing board can answer that problem. Perhaps you have limited space but need a quick buffet for a special dinner gathering. Place a rectangular board cut to the length and width of the ironing board on top. Cover it with a long table cloth that reaches the floor to cover the ironing board's legs.

Make the ironing board function as a fold-away desk. Using a smooth board with a finished surface as the work surface, place it over the ironing board, and locate the unit in an area of your home that is comfortable to work in. As a desk, you can make the board wider than the ironing board but must anchor it to the ironing board, perhaps with straps or screws.