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Date: 11/19/08 5:45 PM

I just lost my ironing board in a recent move and now need to replace it. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what brands to look for when I replace them? I had a really nice pad that was a Martha Stewart brand that I think I'd gotten from her website but I don't seem to see any products for sale on her site any more. The pad was a bunch of thick cotton strings sewn together and was great to iron on. I have no idea what this fabric is called and am having trouble finding a replacement. Any suggestions are welcomed.
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Date: 11/19/08 7:54 PM

I found my ironing board at a thrift store. It's a VERY sturdy three legged model, so it doesn't rock and it could hold up a Buick (not that I've ever needed quite that much strength). I'd heartily recommend poking around a thrift store for one. I think it was about $2. The extra thick pad I bought for it was kind of expensive, but the ratty old mattress pad it came with just wasn't quite doing it for me.

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Date: 11/19/08 9:08 PM

I have an inexpensive Target Ironing table which as held up so far but when I washed it a lot of the inside batting came loose in the washer aaaaaand made their way to my other clothes...not good.
I do have "Shark" iron which has great steam and I would be another. Best Iv'e seen lately.

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Date: 11/20/08 2:05 AM

I just purchased an ironing board on yesterday. Check out Linen & Things (they are going out of business and everything is at least 20% off). I wanted something sturdy. Its got a built in silicon mat on the end to hold my gravity steam iron . It also has a built in sleeve press board, and a shelf on the bottom. Its 48x19 in size. I can't recall what brand it is, but it is on par with the Rowenta Ironing boards. They also had the rowenta ironing board covers which had really nice padding.

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Date: 11/20/08 6:19 AM

My DH "built" an ironing board to my specifications, using a metal shelf unit with wheels, and a short, wide ironing board that was intended to hang on a door. The result is like this one, but without the laundry bag and supports on the pointed end of the board. This arrangement wouldn't work for someone who wants to fold the board up and put it away, though. I like the sturdiness of the Golden Hands ironing board mats, though I beef it up with a few layers of washed wool - not absolutely necessary, but I like the extra padding. To cover the board, I use a Golden Hands gridded cotton cover that looks like
this. Having a grid marked on the ironing board is really convenient, and I'm kind of dependent on it now.

I buy the Golden Hands products at Mary Jo's Cloth store in North Carolina when I have a chance to stop there every couple of years.



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Date: 11/20/08 8:03 AM

I hate ironing boards, they are too often wobbly and they waste precious storage space with the folding legs. Here is my solution, an old Ikea computer desk with a top added for height and a folded old wool blanket under a cotton top that I made.

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Date: 11/20/08 9:37 AM

I use Target's European size ironing board for the additional space and iron holder.

But, I made my own cover using a layer of wool blanket. It's awesome :)

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Date: 11/20/08 5:57 PM

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions. I will start researching!

JT

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Date: 11/21/08 2:58 PM

Quote: Cidell
I use Target's European size ironing board for the additional space and iron holder.



But, I made my own cover using a layer of wool blanket. It's awesome :)

Why is it good to have a layer of wool blanket?

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Date: 11/21/08 4:24 PM

I bought an ironing board sometime in the 1970s. It is sturdy and has metal tubular legs and folds for leaning against a wall or in a closet. It is a nice size, larger than some, and takes a standard cover. I bought one of those fiber glass covers at a Quilt Show. I loved it except that it got so hot I kept burning my fingers. A few weeks ago I replaced it with the nice padded cover I got at the local drug store for about 15 dollars. No problem. I left on the pad that came with the glass one, so I have a really padded board now and I am not burning myself.

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