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Posted on: 3/4/04 10:58 AM
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My ironing board is always in the way- my mother bought it for me at an an auction before I was married - let's just say a loonngg time ago. It worked fine I guess, and anyways I am more motivated to buy new patterns and fabric than a new board. However, my sewing area is not huge, the board legs were always getting in the way and I was forever tripping over it so I decided to devise a more efficient ironing area.

To that end I bought 2 heavy duty rolling plastic storage units- the kind with pull-out drawers. I had to shop around a bit to find ones the correct height for me. (hey customized!) I took the rolling feet off and placed my ironing board on top of the 2 storage units that are set side by side. My pattern master binder fits between the units, as does my rolls of tracing paper (which is newsprint ends of rolls sold for $2 by our local foodbank as a fundraiser). Now if I ever want to neaten up the area I can just flip off the ironing board and set it behind the plastic cabinets.(as if that ever happens!)

The extra storage space is a real bonus as well. I can keep an extra pair of scissors, tape measure, pins etc right at hand. I store my interfacing, stabilizer as well in the small top drawers. Patterns are all neatly stored numerically in the bigger pull out drawers. The zip lock bags that I store patterns in fit the drawers perfectly and I labeled the front of each drawer with the numerical sequence (ie 2000-4000)

I have looked around on the internet and have seen systems similar to this - but a lot more expensive. You could adapt this as well with shorter storage units if you want to have your iron rolling chair height but do not have a height adjustable board.

I hope this sounds clear!

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Mary Ann said... (5/6/10 8:58 AM) Reply
Thanks for a neat idea!
OliviaB said... (5/4/10 12:11 PM) Reply
excellant idea and easy on the pocketbook as well.
ConnieBJ said... (3/6/04 7:28 AM) Reply
It doesn't really move about -the legs on my board are pretty compact- I haven't looked closely at newer ones to see how flat they lie when closed. Pheobe's suggestion about a board is great. As for the openness- the front unit is set back about 18" which leaves room for circular items. My units are 40"- but as I said I shopped around for the height that I wanted - I am tall (over 5'10")and wanted nore height than most people would want.
Phoebe said... (3/5/04 11:24 AM) Reply
What a great idea! My ironing board is a permanent fixture near the sewing machine and serger but I am forever trying to figure out where to put my ironing aids (sleeve board, ham, etc...) I'm not sure my current board would work with it's adjustable legs but a length of 3/4" plywood cut to ironing board shape then covered with a standard cover would do the trick!!!!! Now if I can only remember what I did with our circular saw... Thanks! Oh, as to the question of sliding things underneath, try using a sleeve board instead. With one end being next to the wall and the other with an iron-holder, I haven't been able to use my ironing board ends in years.
SewVeryTall said... (3/5/04 4:26 AM) Reply
I like the idea of having storage under the board, but what about the loss of it being open underneath, so you can slide something circular [skirts, dresses, pants, etc] onto it? I also wonder about what PamJr asked.
LSBCATS3 said... (3/5/04 3:56 AM) Reply
Great idea! I would love to see a picture. How tall are your storage units?
PamJr said... (3/4/04 9:07 PM) Reply
An interesting idea, but how do you keep the ironing board from moving around?
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