If you’re looking to iron in a tight space or store your board into a cupboard when it’s not in use, this article will help you find the perfect fit. We’ve pulled out the measuring tape to check the length, width, height and folded dimensions of a wide range of boards.
For detailed reviews, check out our best ironing boards review article.
What is the average ironing board size? The standard size of an ironing board is usually 15 inches wide and 54 inches long with wider boards becoming more popular by the day. The height is adjustable and can usually range from 27 to 39 inches off the ground.
When folded, the collapsed frame will sometimes stick out past the board around 10 inches, so keep that in mind when considering where to storage.
What are the Standard Ironing Board Sizes?
There are no actual standards (unless you consider Brabantia’s own measurement system) but you can organize most ironing boards into the following size categories.
1. Mini and Tabletop Ironing Board Dimensions
- Width: 12 inches
- Length: 32 inches
Quick to set up, lightweight and portable, tabletop boards are great for a quick iron or garment touch-up, and even better on space and budget, making them perfect for students. Height is usually not adjustable but this can be overcome by choosing the appropriate table height to work on. See more info in our mini tabletop ironing boards review.
2. Small and Narrow Ironing Board Dimensions
- Width: 12 inches
- Length: 43 inches
If it is convenience you’re after then a compact ironing board may be right for you. It’s lightweight design, weighing in at about 7.5 pounds, can be set up with ease, and are particularly good for those who struggle with heavier boards. It’s often as long or even a little longer than “larger” boards to compensate for the narrow design. See our full review of the best small ironing boards available online.
3. Regular Ironing Board Sizes
- Width: 13 inches
- Length: 53 inches
Even though this is considered the “regular size” ironing board, most people will choose the next size up because it offers a much more comfortable ironing experience.
This board will accommodate most ironing situations, but falls a little short if you plan on using your board for larger loads or bigger items. Check out our detailed review of the most popular ironing boards.
4. Larger and Wider Board Sizes
- Width: 18 inches
- Length: 49 inches (slightly “stumpier” design)
Larger, wider boards tend to lose some length as they get wider and are best for those who do heavy-duty ironing and are looking for stability and good surface area.
The weight of these larger ironing boards tends to vary greatly sometimes by 10 pounds or more. If you do want to fold these bigger boards away, however, their folded thickness measures between 3 and 4.5 inches. Check out our full large ironing board review.
5. Specialized Quilting Board Measurements
- Width: 19 inches
- Length: 55 inches (with extension)
While the shape and make of specialized ironing boards may differ, we’ve found the general width is about 19 inches. With the adjustable height of between 30 and 38 inches, you can set it up flush with your sewing table. These boards are a bit heavier, weighing in from 20 to 29 pounds. Check out our details quilting ironing board review.
Built-in ironing boards are a great solution to having a neat and organized laundry room, or even if you just want a designated, orderly laundry spot. The board is between 38 to 41 inches and the actual cupboard is between 40 – 50 inches high and ranges between 12 – 16 inches wide, with a depth of +/- 7 inches. View our detailed ironing board cabinet review.
Over the door ironing boards are smaller. 41 to 42 inches and 12 to 14 inches wide. With a weight of +/- 7.5 pounds, they come with specially made door hooks that fit both standard and bigger doors, so you can be sure your door won’t be damaged. Check out our top over door ironing board selection.
Another great option if you’re looking to make the most of smaller spaces, perhaps in an apartment, kitchen, laundry room or even a wardrobe, a wall-mounted board is ultra-practical. They come in all sizes. Although some models do cope well with heaver ironing loads, in general, it would suit singles or couples. It’s also a good option for elderly people who don’t want the trouble of setting up a heavy board. Check out the wall mounted boards we’ve reviewed.