Moving into your new apartment is the greatest step you make to welcome yourself into the world of adulthood. But of course, it won’t come easy, especially if you start with a small space. Having a small space also means that items that you’ll have around should be small too. An ironing board is not exempted from this.
Common household ironing boards are huge and are inconvenient to have for small apartments. Storing them will also be a problem as even the storing size will still be huge. Sadly, ironing isn’t something you can completely pass up. It takes away the wrinkles your clothes have, giving you fresher clothes that boost your self-confidence. What’s more, is that it improves the quality of your clothes and ensures that it will stay with you for a long time.
Small ironing boards are now being manufactured that will fit well for small apartments. Each of these ironing boards also has its own way of being stored that also doesn’t require much. In this article, I have mentioned the top three ironing boards there is, along with a list of things to consider, should you want to check out ironing board for yourself. Stick till the end of this article for a little ironing hack when an ironing board is not yet in the budget.
Our Top Picks of Ironing Boards for Small Apartments
I’ve highlighted in this article the best of these ironing boards each with different ways of being stored. In this manner, you will have an idea of the different ways of storing these small iron boards, and what are the best ironing boards that have such a way of storing.
Whitmor Tabletop Ironing Board
- Very affordable
- Compact and lightweight
- Easy to store
The Whitmor ironing board is a foldable tabletop ironing board with a retractable hook. The hook allows this item to be stored in your closet, simple and convenient. There is no need to assemble this ironing board. All you have to do is fold the steel legs flat or compact storage. The legs are equipped with no-skid protectors to enhance the stability of the iron board.
The iron surface is designed with vented holes to enhance the steam flow from the iron and removes the wrinkles faster. Its padding is made up of foam, covered with scorch-resistant cotton. No need to worry about burning the covers. The covers come in blue and a multi-colored design that would easily suit your preference.
- Assembled Dimensions: 29 in x 12 in x 5.5 in
- Storage Dimensions: 28.5 in x 12 in x 0.7 in
- Item Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Xabitat Wall Mounted Ironing Board
- Folds flat against the wall
- Doesn’t take any space from existing storage
- Doesn’t weigh much
If you don’t have much storage space but have a space on your wall, you can easily put up the Xabitat Wall Mounted Ironing Board. No need to find space for storage as it can be folded flat against the wall when not in use. There’s not much to worry about the hassle of installing as it can be put up with just four bolts that are included in the pack. All you need is a simple screwdriver and/or drill and you are on your way.
Worried that it will easily bend or give in because of the weight? There’s no need for that. The iron board is supported by mild steel that reduces bending and flexing under 25 lbs of weight. The ironing board surface is made up of professionally machined perforated steel that allows steam to escape much faster. It helps remove wrinkles quicker and provides a sturdy ironing surface. The cover and pad are made of cotton that is non-reactive to iron, reducing the damage to your clothes due to pigment transfer.
- Ironing Board Dimension: 37 in x 15 in
- Folded Thickness: 0.8 in
- Load Capacity: 25 lbs.
Facilehome Ironing Board
- Discrete solution – board hidden behind door
- Can be mounted almost anywhere
- Additional storage shelves inside
The Facilehome ironing board isn’t just your regular ironing board. It is doubled as a storage cabinet, perfect for keeping your iron and some items for storage. What’s even better is that it triples as a dressing mirror. Now you can definitely check yourself out before you head out for your work or on your date.
It can easily be mounted on the wall with the use of triangle brackets instead of leg supports. The triangle brackets make the cabinet more stable and safe from falling over. Plus it has pre-drilled holes to further support the cabinet. The ironing board itself is made up of metal plates, which makes it sturdy and very durable. The cover is made up of waterproof cotton ironing fabric that helps you remove the wrinkles on your clothes more effectively without damage.
- Overall Dimensions: 37.4 in x 14 in x 6.89 in
- Mirror Dimensions: 33.5 in x 10 in
- Item Weight: 37.9 lbs.
Things to Consider When Purchasing an Ironing Board for Small Apartments
The ironing boards I’ve mentioned aren’t the only ones there is. So before you decide on one, it’s better to know what more options you’ll have. It is especially important if you have a limited budget too. You can check on Amazon or your local department stores for some more items.
But what should you consider when checking out for small ironing boards? I’ve listed six things that I found to be essential when looking for the ironing board that would fit your apartment and your needs.
Type of Storage
Before you head out to the store or check out Amazon, the first thing you need to do is to identify the places where you can store your ironing board. It would greatly dictate the type of storage you should go for when you do your shopping.
Do you have a free space on your wall for a mountable ironing board? Will there be stored under your bed or a small storage room where you can place your ironing board? Things like that should be considered.
An ironing surface is an important thing to consider. The bigger the ironing surface is, the more comfortable it is to iron your clothes. However, having a big surface would mean that it will need more space for storing and when in use. So, choose a surface that big enough for comfort, yet not too big that it will take a huge area in the apartment.
Sturdy Ironing Boards
There are two subcategories that you should consider under this. The first one is the material. It goes without saying that good material produces durable and long-lasting products. Choose ironing boards that are made of metal or steel to make sure that your board is generally strong.
Another subcategory is designed. The design of your ironing board will also add to the sturdiness of the item. Make sure that the design of your board will translate into the steadiness of the item. You won’t need to worry that the board will tip over and possibly cause accidents.
Nature of the Cover
Ironing board cover and padding are usually sold together with the ironing board itself. The padding should be thick for a great outcome. There is also an assortment of the texture of the cover. Choose the one with non-stick qualities and that is able to transfer back the heat of the iron back to the clothes. This will smoothen, not only your clothes but also your ironing chore.
It isn’t as essential as the above-mentioned items but would still be a great addition to your iron board. Checking if there is an additional iron holder would decrease the chance of accidentally burning your clothes. But, if you aren’t a klutz like me, then you can easily do choose an ironing board without feature.
Other Additional Features
Because every space count, ever space-saving feature would be greatly appreciated. For example, the additional medicine cabinet in the FacileHome Ironing Board will be a great additional space-saving feature for your small apartment. So make sure to look into it too.
Ironing Hack: Ironing without an Ironing Board
Let’s face it. Moving out will be costly and there are a lot more things than you need to prioritize that you end up with little to no budget for an ironing board. But you still need to show up to work or school looking fresh without a wrinkle on your clothes insight. Let me share with you a little hack that I learned from my mom.
If an ironing board is still out of the budget, don’t worry about it. You can keep saving until you can buy the one that suits you best, or wait until your next payout. In the meantime here’s what you can do. There are two things that you need to make this work. The first one is a flat surface. The tabletop, your desk, or the floor would fit the job well, just make sure that the floor is clean for this. The next thing is towels, bed covers, and other cloth that will act as a buffer of the heat so it won’t affect the surface you are ironing on. There you have it. You can still iron your clothes while waiting for your ironing board.