In this blog post I give you ideas on how to iron without an ironing board..
An ironing board is essential in any household, but it is an investment that some homeowners may not want to spend on. A board also needs some changes to the arrangement in your laundry to have it available for use any time.
If you decide to pin it to the back of the door or to fold it after use, there is the set up process to go through every morning.
Instead, invest in an ironing blanket, and you can iron your clothes on any surface in the home. You only need to find a surface that can stand the heat of an iron and give you ample space to work on your clothes.
Sometimes, you just want to remove some creases and setting up the ironing board is a process. That’s why you should identify another ironing area that has no clutter and there is nothing you need to set-up or fold to use the space. For instance, a table is always ready for use.
The most important factor to remember when looking for an alternative to the ironing board is finding a surface that is flat, sturdy, and heat resistant. Even though it is heat resistant, you will use an ironing blanket to protect the surface from excess heat.
Your choice should be close to a power source so you can connect your iron. Preferably, it should not be across the room such that the power cable runs along the floor where it can trip other occupants.
The surface you choose should be larger than the clothes you are ironing. Additionally, the blanket or towel to layer the surface with should be larger than the clothes you want to iron.
Here are a few options when an ironing board is not available.
As we began by saying, the surface should be sturdy and flat. A floor is flat and sturdy. Every house has a floor, and you don’t need any preparations or other resources to access one. Floors are heat resistant.
The most popular flooring materials are wood, tiles and cement. A floor is also comfortable because you can seat as you iron a lot of clothes. Some tiled floors have patterns that may show on your ironed clothes. Therefore, find a thick towel or ironing blanket to lay on it. If there’s a carpet on the floor, it will add extra protection for the surface.
How to iron clothes on the floor
- Clean the floor. If it is made of cement, sweep, mop it, and let it dry. For a wooden floor, just sweep it and it is ready for use. Choose a section of your house that has less foot traffic or you will inconvenience everyone when you iron clothes. An area with a lot of foot traffic is also dirtier.
- Cover the floor with a towel or a woolen blanket. This layer protects your floor from an iron’s heat, and also prevents any dirt marks on your clothes from the floor. Whatever you choose should be clean or it will leave prints on your clothes.
- After ironing, store the iron box away from occupants. Do not leave it on the surface you were working on.
If a floor is too low for you, a table is the next option. You don’t have to bend or kneel to iron your clothes on a table. There are different types of tables but the best is a wooden table.
If is strong, and the surface may not be affected in case you bang an iron on it as it is the case with a glass counter table. Wooden tables have great edges just like an ironing board so you can iron shoulders easily.
However, tables have a smaller surface compared to floors. Therefore, you may have to iron a portion of your garment at a time. Ensure the garment you are ironing does not hang and touch a dirty floor or surface.
How to iron on a table
- Choose a table with a good height so that you can iron regularly without back problems. The best tables to iron on are tables with a wooden top.
- Find a table that is close to a power source or move it close to one to avoid having a cable crossing the room. With the power source close to you, it is easier to switch it off if you need to get clothes to or from the other room.
- Wipe the surface, place a blanket on it and iron your clothes. If you wipe it with a wet item, let it dry before you place a blanket on it. If the blanket is rough, add a table cloth or a bed sheet over it so that the blanket’s pattern does not leave prints on your clothes.
- Store the hot iron away from occupants once you are done ironing.
A Kitchen Counter
It is one of the best alternatives because there is a power source next to it and it is a large working surface. Most counters are made of tile, which is heat resistant and strong. However, some counters might be a bit high and you may have to stand on tip toes to reach the furthest corners of your garment when ironing. If your counter has dents or cracks on the surface, find a thick blanket that can even the ironing surface.
How to iron on a kitchen counter
- Choose a section of the counter that has less traffic or is rarely in so you work on a surface that has no dents.
- Clean the surface. The grease stains may not stick to your clothes because you will have a blanket between the surface and your garment, but it will leave a mark on the blanket. Grease will also make the blanket or towel slide as you iron. Ensure the surface is dry and there is no water on it. Stay away from a surface that is close to a tap being used by the rest of the household as you iron.
- Lay a blanket or towel over the surface you need. Add a bed sheet if the blanket is rough. The more layers of fabric you have, the higher the height of the surface. If the counter is already too high to work on, just use a thick towel instead of an ironing blanket.
- Fix the iron in the power source. Preferably, the power source should be on the wall next to the counter you are using. Avoid running the iron’s cable across the room to get some power lest anyone trips.
- Work in an area with sufficient lighting because your back will be to the room. You should be seeing what you are doing. If your kitchen counter is an island, you have greater advantage because of the lighting.
- Unplug the iron and place it in a corner once you finish ironing your clothes.
Your bed is a great alternative to an ironing board for so many reasons. Most importantly, it is close to your closet so you can get anything you need to iron out and back into the closet. Secondly, it has a large working surface that you can work front either side. You can seat while ironing.
You can iron a bed in the morning just after a shower when you need to press a garment fast and dash to work. There is no movement of furniture needed and no preparation work such as cleaning the surface. The only disadvantage is if your mattress sinks and the surface looks warped and you won’t iron the shoulders of shirts and blouses as you would on a table.
How to iron on your bed
- Remove the duvet or any lacing bed spread to reveal your bed sheets. The duvet is puffed and it will not give you a firm base. Additionally, if your ironing towel is not thick, you might damage the surface of your duvet or lace bed cover.
- Place an ironing blanket over the bed sheets. Add a clean bed sheet over the blanket to even the surface. If the surface still feels warped, fold another blanket and use it as the first foundation over the bed sheets before you lay the ironing blanket.
- Store the hot iron in a corner of the room after you iron your clothes.
Some homes, such as studios, do not have the space to add an ironing board including storage space. In addition, it is not an ideal investment for people who are always relocating and living in small spaces. You might damage the ironing board as you move.
With these examples of places to iron your clothes, it is clear that you can wear ironed clothes without buying an ironing board. You only need to find a spot that works for you in terms of the kind of clothes you want to iron and the height you need in an ironing surface.