A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about my very practical, if somewhat less than pretty, laundry room. Well, the use of the word very may not have been super accurate. You see, when it came to washing and drying or getting in and out of the room in the dark, baskets in hand, it was a very practical space.
When it came to ironing, an essential part of the laundry process...eh, not so much.
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Recently however, I received a few ironing supplies from Brabantia and everything changed.
My laundry room is downstairs. When clothes were dry...and presumably required ironing...I had to lug them upstairs and get the iron out...which was stored, here.
In my kitchen, under a cabinet, on my lazy Susan, behind the toaster and the mixer.
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You think that's bad? Well, the ironing board was in a closet in the hall, tucked into the side wall...blocked by extra rolls of paper towel, the wrapping paper organizer (a total misnomer by the way), covered up by old Halloween costumes, gowns I've worn only once and a giant faux, floor length fur coat I thought was super fashionable and just had to have about a decade ago.
Ah, live and learn.
Obviously, getting the board in and out of that space was daunting.
Hence the wrinkles.
So when my lovely new ironing board and iron store from Brabantia showed up, you can imagine my excitement.
First of all, the ironing board was stunning, bright blue, with a pretty feather design. It was certainly an upgrade from the tattered, burned and plain grey cover my current board was sporting.
My daughter remarked that it would look great hanging in her blue bedroom.
So far, two thumbs up.
The rave reviews continued in the basement where my husband examined it. He was super impressed with the heavy construction. The board is solidly built. It was very sturdy when set up, did not wobble or bounce, locked in place nicely and had several height options to make ironing comfortable no matter your size.
Hmm. Perfect for a petite teenager who wants to worship the artwork. She can admire it while ironing at an appropriate height for her stature.
The mesh frame was different to me. My old board has a solid slab of metal with holes in it. This top allows steam to flow more freely though the material, yet it feels perfectly solid.
The Heat Resistant Iron Store is a nifty product that allows for organized, compact and attractive access to your iron and board. The iron can even be put away while it's still hot.
I love that feature. I always worry when there's a hot iron hanging around.
I was really excited about this piece, because, well, we've already discussed my current storage situation.
Now, I am not the tool girl, so I enlisted my husband to help me out, but after watching him do it, I could've easily done it myself.
The Iron Store came with screws and anchors. I did not need the anchors, as our wall is solid wood. My husband loved the way the holes for mounting were positioned. He said that they made for simple leveling.
Installation was a breeze. We settled on a height, drilled the screws into the wall and voila, instant storage. Even in a room with extremely limited wall space and a low ceiling, this set up worked out beautifully.
Okay, but how did it all function?
The clothes came out of the washer, were hung on the rack and when dry, I grabbed my ironing board from the wall, set it up, plugged in my iron and got to work.
As expected, the board's large surface and mesh top made ironing a breeze. The board did not wobble and the shelf on the end of the table gave me a safe place to tuck the iron in between garments. The lovely feather cover remained taut and in place, so I never had to pull at it or smooth it under my shirts.
When I was done, I unplugged my iron, let it cool to the point that the steam stopped coming out of the top, then set it in the Iron Store and wrapped the cord around the base. I easily collapsed the ironing board with a quick motion, locked the legs in place and hung it on the iron store hook.
In the old ironing days, that board would be left propped up in the hallway for days until I could get the energy to wrestle the closet and the iron would be sitting on the stove, with me yelling at everyone that walked by that it was hot, until I was sure it was completely cooled off. I could not put it under the counter if it were even a smidge warm.
Needless to say, this experience has been a laundry dream!
One little note about the ironing board. If I had the room, I would keep it up all the time. It has such a nice, ample workspace and it really is so sturdy, I could see myself using it as a folding table or an additional sewing area. The flexible height adjustments make it suitable for those tasks and I could always use another table for laying out and pinning fabric.
Besides, I know how important ironing is in the sewing process, but because of the aforementioned obstacles I usually skipped that step.
Now, I'm an ironing junkie.
Who's got wrinkles?
I'm ready to iron!