Do you ever find yourself in a full-on battle with your ironing board when trying to close it? You’re not alone. These things can be very tricky to navigate.
The mechanisms can be confusing, and sometimes a bit scary. We’ve gotten a few jammed fingers in our time! But there’s no need to wonder anymore, because we’re here to teach you how to fold up an ironing board. Properly.
- Locate the lever. Press it while holding the board firmly with your other hand.
- Slowly lower the board to the floor while keeping the lever pressed.
- When it’s on the ground, release the lever.
- Lift the board onto its tip. Keep the legs secure.
- Use the lock to secure the legs.
Types of Ironing Boards
There are three different types of ironing boards. Some are easier to fold than others. Today, we’re focusing on the standing ironing board, but we’ll give you a brief explanation of all three.
These are great for people with low storage space. They fold up to a compact size so you can slot them behind the couch, under the bed or in a cupboard.
Tabletops have a smaller surface area, so you can stand them on a table, floor or on top of a washing machine. From there, you can iron as normal. When folding, just collapse the legs and put it away. Some fold in half, in which case you just bend in at the seam before storing.
These also work for people with little storage space. But they’re pretty convenient, too. You just pull them out from their space on the wall and get to ironing. No need to faff around with legs and locks and other things.
These boards are secured to the wall, so make sure to choose your prime spot before installing! To fold, most products allow you to fold it up gently before it locks easily into place.
3. Standing Ironing Boards
We’re going to focus on standing ironing boards. They’re the most common choice and the ideal option for large loads of laundry because of their surface size. The legs are collapsable, too.
These boards fold in when you’re done, and out when you want to stand your board up. Most have adjustable legs, so you can alter the height depending on who’s doing the ironing!
How to Fold an Ironing Board on the Floor
One option for folding your ironing board is to do it on the floor. This is an easy option for most people! Especially if you’re not used to folding ironing boards up yet. Follow these simple instructions:
- Start with the board upright, in the ironing position.
- Locate the lever press. Put one hand on it.
- Hold the opposite side of the board with your other hand. Hold very carefully, especially if you’re new to this! It can be quite easy to squish a finger during this process.
- Slowly press the lever. As you do this, lower the board to the floor so that it’s flat on the ground.
- When it’s on the floor, release the lever. Notice how pressing the lever allows the legs to fold in or out, but when you let go, it locks into place.
- Lift the board off the floor at an angle, with the rounded part pointing up.
- With one hand, hold the board firmly. With the other hand, secure the legs into place with the lock.
How to Fold an Ironing Board When Upright
- Press the lever with one hand. Use your other hand to lean the board back towards the rear feet.
- Let your ironing board point straight to the ceiling with the rounded end.
- Keep pressing the lever. You’ll notice the legs collapse into the board while you tilt the ironing board back.
- Once the legs are fully folded, secure them with the locking device.
Other Tips for Folding an Ironing Board
Before you go, read our top tips for folding an ironing board! These will help make this often annoying task as easy as possible.
- This might seem obvious but always remember to remove your iron from the board before folding it. You don’t want to break your iron or burn yourself in the process!
- You can always tip the board onto its flat end before lowering the legs. This is a technique favored by many and it gives you a good view of what you’re doing.
- If your board has two lever presses, you’ll only need to press one. This is just an option depending on what side of the board you’re on.
- Always lock the legs in place when you’ve collapsed them. This stops them from swinging open again when you carry it to your place of storage.
- Know the underneath of your board well. Have a look around there at how the board collapses so that you don’t squish your fingers while closing your board. Always open and close the board slowly as an extra safety measure.
- Don’t fold the board immediately after ironing since it might still be hot to touch.
More questions? No worries — we’ve got the answers!
Fold It Safely
The most important thing when it comes to folding up your ironing board is: do it safely. You don’t want to scare yourself from ironing ever again because of a bad experience with getting your finger jammed.
Experiment with different ways of folding up your ironing board. You’ll find what works for you, whether it’s on the floor or upright. And soon enough, you’ll be able to fold it up in seconds.