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The Board Ironing Board--sadly disappointing
on August 12, 2011
When I purchased this ironing board, I was so excited because of all the other great reviews out there. I sew clothing and need to iron a lot of fabric every day, so I needed something sturdy, large, and reliable. Well, when I opened the box, there were no instructions for this board (for the end where the iron is supposed to sit). I figured out how to raise and lower it just fine, but the accessory table on the end is weird. I just never got it. It wants you to push down the middle section and put these rubber stoppers in it, and it just doesn't make sense for an iron--my iron didn't fit well there (there's no pictures of any irons to show you how to place your iron there safely--it's just not user friendly), and it was just more of a hassle.
Then, that same accessory table thing just kept causing more problems. The cord of my iron would get stuck in between it and the board CONSTANTLY during use. I tried several different configurations of the board and iron, but it just kept happening, and it was really annoying. And from looking at it, it cannot be removed unless you "rig" it off somehow.
The board top itself is wider, but not longer than any traditional board--and with it tapering at the end, still didn't seem larger to me.
Next, yes, it's sturdy, but really not as sturdy as I would have imagined it to be. It's almost like the board needs to be weighted down more (heavier than it is at the bottom).
Also, the board surface itself during ironing puckers a lot, which is hard to explain actually, but here goes: whenever I am ironing close to the narrow end of the board (now the entire length of the board), the iron pushes down on the surface and it pops up and down a bit--that just shouldn't happen.
Overall, if I'd have paid $30 for this, I'd be happy and satisfied; but paying around $100 is just not worth it. I am returning this, and picking up a new ironing board from a local shop instead that I can try out before buying it.
UPDATE: December 2011. So, I ended up having to keep this board because my iron leaked all over it the night before I was to send it back, and the water stain just wouldn't come out! My mother-in-law was recently in town, and commented how she didn't like it--the cord from the iron gets stuck, even when you put it through the end part (which is where the instructions need to be included to set it up). She couldn't believe that I'd paid so much for it. It still isn't very sturdy, it pops up and down while ironing or pressing, and for the life of me, I cannot get the cover to look clean, no matter how often I wash it (and it's not a standard cover that can be replaced easily, I probably have to special order it through the company). That's another thing, the cover is not the best--it constantly needs to be repositioned because the sides come up onto the top while ironing, and the white part of the cover (around the edges) is not "heat resistant" if that's the right word for it. If, while ironing, the cover shifts and the white part ends up on the top of the board, it will burn into the iron, so then I have to clean my iron. These are things that just shouldn't happen with a nice board. Now, understand, I iron EVERY SINGLE DAY because I sew for a living. So, this is why I am so critical about this board. I just feel that it really is overpriced, and not perfected as a board.
UPDATE 1/9/13: Okay, so I'm still using this board. I figured a few things out about it that may be helpful to others. First--the cover that comes with this is the main problem with this board! I bought a new cover: Polder Heavy Use Replacement Ironing Pads and Covers. And now this board is actually performing sooo much better! The cover that it came with was so thin and cheap that I ended up just throwing it away after a few washings. The new cover I bought for it really makes the board! I did have to have my husband spray Rustoleum on the bottom part of the board because I noticed that the steam from my iron was leaving a lot of water on the underside of the board--and it was beginning to rust out under the cover! After spraying with the Rustoleum and the new cover, it's like a new ironing board--I actually am staring to like it more--so I bumped up the stars to 3/5 (keeping it at that because of all the modifications and etc that I have had to do to it since buying it).