Hi everyone! I moved a few things around in my sewing room and wanted to share a space saving idea for your ironing board and few little tips too!
An ironing board, in any size, ranks pretty high in my craft room...right up there with my sewing machine and a sharp pair of scissors. You can't sew or cut wrinkled fabric, you need to iron your seams open and the finished sewing project isn't truly finished without a good press!
Well, I found a new spot for my ironing board. It's on top of the bottom section of an old hutch.
Come on in and see and lots more too!!
Here's an old picture of my sewing room. I have since dis-assembled that hutch. The top part is on my desk and the bottom is under the windows with my ironing board on it.
It's the perfect floor space saving idea. I can use the ironing board and the bottom hutch is filled with crafting supplies.
It's a two for one space saver.
You can still adjust the height that you need. Mine is set all the way down due to the height of the cabinet.
My board is on a storage cabinet, but yours can be on any piece of furniture that works for you.
You could put it on an old kitchen table ( legs cut down to fit the size you need). Then you could use under the table for storage, file cabinets, boxes etc. Half the table top could be ironing and the other half as a work surface.
Here are a few other ironing tips for you.
A silicone mat to prevent that brown scorch on your cover. When I'm ironing, I have the tendency to leave the iron flat and then grab it again quickly. Leaving it flat can cause brownish marks on the ironing board cover. The silicone mat prevents that.
I also have a magnetic pin dish.
The magnetic parts dish is from the automotive store. Mechanics use these and attach them to the car...then nuts, bolts and screws go in the dish so they won't lose them.
For sewing, the large magnet sticks to the ironing board and the pins are safe and sound. You can't knock this off at all.
It had a super duper magnet on the bottom.
Another benefit of the ironing board on top of something is the space UNDER the board. Great for your pitcher of water to refill your iron.
So technically, that's 3 areas in 1 space...the ironing board, the space under it and the storage from the cabinet.
and don't forget your old toothbrush holder to store scissors by your ironing board. If you keep scissors in each area of your sewing craft room, you'll never be searching for them again.
I also have a old mini ironing board that was my mom's. I covered it with new fabric and it's great for ironing quilt blocks and small projects right next to my sewing machine.
If you can't have your ironing board onto top of something, another tip is to have this configuration I had a few years ago. Place your ironing board perpendicular to your sewing desk. Then lower it to your chair height. It's perfect to iron as you go without getting up out of your chair.
Bring it even closer to your chair, at that same desk height and it will carry or hold the weight of your quilt as you sew it.
I've also used an "over the door" ironing board. They are another great space saving idea. I can't use it anymore, because the doors next to my sewing machine are exterior doors. The hooks are too small and don't fit over the wide door.
Hope you can use some of the ideas I shared today.
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!