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Calendria
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Date: 8/18/12 8:00 PM

my ironing board is tipsy (not drunk but still tipsy) and i have a hard time finding a good one that can take a good ironing cuz sometimes I have to pres hard with the iron and ironing board doesn't always stay sturdy cuz of that.

any ideas?

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Date: 8/18/12 8:44 PM

I would also like to know which name brands are good ironing boards. My old one squeeks terribly when I iron, so I can't use it at night when my family is sleeping...I'm a chronic insomniac. I'd like something very sturdy, but still collapsible so that I can store it in the closet.

I don't really like what I see at Target or Walmart.

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Date: 8/18/12 9:39 PM

yeah hopefully someone here will answer

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Date: 8/18/12 11:57 PM

For me it isn't so much the brand that matters as the leg style does. For many years my board had the upside down "T" shaped legs. It got really tipsy over time. I'm much happier with "H" shaped legs. They seem a lot more steady & just to be sure (on a tile floor) I added a rubber tip to the end of each leg. (The rubber tips you see on canes or crutches. A medical supply place carries them & GAVE me used ones!)

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Date: 8/19/12 6:07 AM

I also need a STURDY, non-wobbly ironing board. Extra-long would also be nice, for ironing my dresses, which are ankle length. I still need that tapered top, for shoulders, etc, so I doesn't work to press long dresses on a padded table, like yardage.

I'm not handy, so making my own isn't an option.

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Date: 8/19/12 10:52 AM

I found my super sturdy reinforced with steel rods, ironing board at the thrift shop for $1.

It looks to be from the 1950s.
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Date: 8/19/12 11:11 AM

Some years ago I bought a relatively expensive ironing board at Taget and it was horrible. While it didn't wobble and it did have the iron rest which was handy, the problem was the metal mesh of the top which wasn't rigid enough. It would give if I pressed hard on something. Silly thing.

I also felt the space underneath an ironing board was a waste. It could be storage, at least for my pressing tools, instead of a bunch of unusable criss crossing of metal legs. In the end I created a pressing top out of an old tall desk and a top which worked 1000% better than any ironing board. I thought I might miss the nose of the board for pressing things like shoulders etc. but I don't miss it at all. Any odd shapes are easily pressed with a ham or tailor board or any number of pressing tools one can buy, make, or improvise. One of those mini table top ironing boards can be placed on top of the pressing table and there you have an ironing board "nose".

I have my pressing top still, but if I were to start over I would look at kitchen islands. There are tons to choose from at every price point with every imaginable style and storage configuration. Some examples at kitchensource.com

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Date: 8/19/12 12:43 PM

My favorite ironing board is an inexpensive old wooden one I bought for hanging on my laundry room wall as decoration. I think I paid around $10 bucks at a garage sale and had to clean it up some, although they may cost more like $50 in a regular antique shop. Its solid wood top that I made a cover for is perfect for ironing fabric and patchwork pieces! Old Wooden Ironing Board

I also have a ridiculously expensive one was that's fine for regular ironing but, in my mind, not nearly fine enough to justify its price! Brabantia Deluxe Ironing Board

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Date: 8/19/12 4:26 PM

thanx for the help. am still looking.

not something I need super asap, but I do need one for future. thanx.

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Date: 8/19/12 5:36 PM

I don't like using my mums ironing board. It wobbles around and tries to eat my fingers when i fold it up.
Tend to use the wood board on the floor i dance on covered in a towel.

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