Any one have built in ironing boards? Are they the same size as a regular board? How do the built ins compare to the freestanding boards in terms of ease of ironing large items like bedding?
I have one and I like it, however it is smaller and not the greatest for ironing large items likes sheets.
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Thanks chloe45 for your response. I think I'll stick with free standing as size is important.
I have one too, and I agree with Chloe45. It's not as big as a regular ironing board.
But I love it. I'll gladly give up the extra surface space for the convenience of a built-in. It's so easy to take down, use, and put right back up. And I don't have to worry about finding a good place to store my ironing board!
I have one w/space for the iron, lint remover and sprays.
It does have electric and a light. I LOVE IT !!! I had a basic one at my last house and even for the extra money, I could not live w/o it....
I iron as I wear, so I use it at least 4 x a week. I would go nuts if I had to drag the board and iron out that many times for just a touch up or a pair of jeans....
I rarely do large pieces and if I have to, I just put a chair to hold the ends off the floor. I iron way more small things than large.
I can't really say I prefer one over the other all around. When it comes down to certain types of ironing, I find it helps to have both types of iron.
I use the stand up iron board for larger items like sheets and the smaller built in model for smaller items like dress shirts, pants, etc.
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I guess it's a tradeoff between convenience and size.
Our house (13+ years) has a built-in. It is smaller. However, I don't iron frequently. When I do, it's to iron for same-day wear. Usually a single item or two.
When I'm sewing, especially if I'm ironing fabric to prep for cutting, I need a bigger surface and I will pull out my old ironing board. I keep it in a closet upstairs but only for sewing.
I even use the built-in for the tablecloths, again, only twice a year perhaps.
The convenience of the built-in outweighs the size issue all but once or twice a year for me. If pressed (pun intended), I could give away my traditional board and live with only the built-in.
I ironed on a built-in ironing board for years when I was my mom's unpaid maid. It had its advantages, mainly convenience.
As an adult I prefer a stand-up ironing board, though sturdy ones are getting harder to find. Generally speaking, the older the board, the better.