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looking for an ironing board

Ralphetta | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

My ironing board is about 45 years old and I keep looking for a replacement because I’m afraid it’s going expire any minute!  I just love this thing.  It is a Proctor Silex and measures 14 1/4 X 57.  The shape is what makes it so wonderful.  It is a rectangle on both ends.  One end folds down diagonally, so the point is off to the side instead of in the middle.  I can lower the board, flip up the end and have a wonderful big  table to baste, and sew on while watching TV.  When it’s flipped up I can evenly press really big pieces of fabric.  (I haven’t had to take it clear down in about 30 years ’cause I have a sewing room.)  I’m sure that the average housewife hated that “funny” point and I thought I could probably get one cheap on Ebay, but I’ve been looking for a long time.  Does anyone have suggestions of somewhere else I could look?  Or, a different board that didn’t cost a fortune? 


  1. user-51823 | | #1

    what is too much $ to you? i have seen them but was not paying attention as i wasn't in the market. i think it was target or bed bath & beyond.

    1. Ralphetta | | #2

      Really??? I looked in regular stores a few years ago and then just gave up and haven't checked Target, etc in a while.  Are you sure it had that strange point?  I couldn't find anything that made a rectangle on both ends. I will definitely look in the next few days.  If it's at Target, I'm sure it would be within my budget.  thanks

      1. user-51823 | | #3

        i did see the fold down point, i just can't swear which store i was in. i do remember that at the time, i couldn't believe how many different styles and prices of ironing boards target had; it was too much choice for me LOL.

  2. sewnutt1 | | #4

    I still use an ironing board my dad rescued from someone's tras 30+ years ago! Though it is a traditional pointed end design, it is sturdy.  Why?  I bought another one for a second home and it had the crossbar that rests on the floor.  Very tippy, especially when used on carpet.   My old one basically has four legs and they spread out as the legs reach to the floor.      Since it is old it is hard to close up to store but I am lucky to be able to leave it out in my laundry area.

    Couldn't you cut a new top for an old board to your specs?   Be sure to use thick enough would so you can counter-sink bolts into the ironing board top.   That way you could get exactly the length, width, and shape you want.

    1. Ralphetta | | #5

      The top of mine is still working, but the base is getting wobbly.  (it's almost 50 years old!)  I like the flexibility of the top and it would be difficult to duplicate. Someone said they had seen similar boards in Target, etc., but all I see are the traditional pointed ones.  Mine is still functioning, I'm just trying to plan ahead for its  inevitable demise.

      1. lilah | | #6

        Someone gave me a board like this several years ago but I don't have room for it.  I think it has a bent leg, or I would offer it to if you wanted to pay for the shipping.  Maybe you can get someone to firm up the base on yours.  Or see if the top can be removed and put on another base. 

  3. Elna | | #7

    I bought a Rowenta ironing board at Tuesday Mornings two years ago. It is made in Germany. It has a top that steam goes through, and is oversized on the top. 19"x47" It is real nice, but it doesn't have the drop down side.


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