Mini ironing boards are useful for more than being used in smaller spaces, they are also perfect for a number of ways when it comes to sewing.
Much of the time during a sewing project you may find that you also require an iron on hand or close by. To press seams, create a tuck or simply readjust some fabric.
This is where a tabletop mini ironing board comes in as it is easy to put up, doesn’t take up a lot of space and is perfect for small quick ironing projects.
Now that you know what’s all the rage with mini ironing boards, let’s look at some of the best ones on the market.
1. Brabantia Table Top Ironing Board
The Brabantia ironing board is a great addition to any sewing space due to its ease to install and take down quickly.
It’s not the smallest board out there, coming in at 90 cm (35 in) long and 30 cm (11.8 in) wide, but I find that it is the perfect size for both your small projects and mid-sized ones such as blouses and other small garments.
It’s the right size to set up on a large desk, kitchen counter, or dining room table, but its leg design is also ideal for using it on your lap (which is how I use it most of the time).
It has a metal mesh frame, so you can steam irons on it without worrying about sogginess and funky smells. Also, if it does get dirty, you can wash the ironing board cover in the washing machine for easy cleanup.
This board has sturdy legs with anti-skidding rubber tips, and it won’t warp when you use pressure on it, which is difficult to find in a smaller ironing board.
I could rave about this board for days, so if it seems like it would be a good fit for you, it probably is. It also has a 10-year satisfaction guarantee in case you aren’t happy with it or if it breaks, so you can always return it or reach out to Brabantia’s fantastic customer service department for a replacement.
- Has a machine-washable cover
- Made of aluminium mesh, perfect for steam ironing
- Features a hook on the back for simple storage
- Large enough for pressing and ironing medium-sized projects
- Has a spongy, smooth surface that won’t wrinkle over time
- Cover reflects heat to speed up ironing
- Comes with a 10-year satisfaction guarantee
- Features two designs
- It might be too large for working in a very small space.
- The legs are very short, so you may have to bend over if your work surface is not very tall.
2. Metaltex Jeanette Sleeve Tabletop Ironing Board
This tiny mini ironing board is perfect for the smallest projects, coming in at 42 x 12 cm (16.5 x 4.7 in). This board is for sleeves, but it’s got a long, narrow design that makes it perfect for pressing seams on longer pieces of fabric (and shorter ones, too).
I’d highly recommend this board for quilters since the size makes it perfect for smaller seams and squares. I also love this one for ironing out small items from lace to ribbons.
It has a sturdy aluminium frame with a collapsible design to make it incredibly convenient to store.
It’s also sturdy and features long bars with anti-skid feet on the bottom for a durable, solid ironing surface.
The cover is also machine-washable and comes in five different colours (although they are all very bright colours).
Though this ironing board like many of the others doesn’t have adjustable height it is still a great addition to any sewing space. It is great for sliding on garments to allow a more tubular ironing motion perfect for sleeves and t-shirts.
- Durable and reliable
- Small enough to fit almost anywhere
- Has an anti-skid, durable frame
- Comes with a padded cotton cover that’s machine-washable
- The collapsible frame can be a bit stiff the first couple of times you set it up.
- It doesn’t have a mesh frame for steam-ironing.
- The covers only come in very bright neons (which might be a pro, depending on your taste).
3. Household Essentials Steel Table Top Ironing Board
The Household Essentials Table Top Ironing Board is a great option for any compact space or sewing room as it is small, easy to use and easy to store.
As the name suggests, it’s steel, making it beyond durable. It is perfect for mid-sized tables and workspaces, coming in at 80 x 30 cm (31.5 x 12 in), and it’s the happy medium between my two other top picks.
This ironing board is collapsible, and it has a sturdy slide-out shelf for your iron. I love this feature, especially for working on a tabletop where you likely have your iron cord pulled tight from an extension cord where you’re likely to trip.
This board is also steel mesh, so you can use a steam iron on it. In addition, the size is very versatile and will work well for things as large as blouses and smaller skirts.
It also comes with a hook that goes over your door for simple storage, and the frame folds down to make it slim enough to slide behind a shelf or table. However, it’s a little heavy (2.4 kg or 5 lbs) though still much lighter than a traditional ironing board.
The ironing board also has a steam iron rest so you don’t have to worry about your iron being in the way or yourself being burnt.
- Incredibly durable and long-lasting
- Features a mesh frame for steam ironing
- Has a convenient iron rest
- It’s the perfect size
- Easy to store and comes with an over-the-door hook
- Has a machine-washable cotton cover
- Has sturdy, non-slip legs
- The padding is a bit thin for some people, and you may want to add quilt batting or an ironing cloth to make it thicker.
- It is heavier than aluminium ironing boards.
4. Amazon Basics Ironing Board
The Amazon Basics ironing board actually comes in three different sizes; 50 x 12 cm, 59 x 36cm and 77 x 29cm. Each of these is perfect for both garment construction and small sewing projects.
The smallest is great if you want to be able to press a lot of thinner tube-like pieces such as the sleeves on a jacket whereas the 77 x 29cm is perfect for tabletop ironing and a much broader spectrum of ironing projects.
One of the best features of the mini ironing board is that it folds flat so it is easy to store when not in use.
The mini ironing board also boasts a v-shaped hook perfect for hanging up when not being used, a safety lock when folded and extra thick padding for a smooth ironing experience.
The frame is also made from heavy-duty steel which makes it perfect for those tougher projects that need a little more pressure. You can also have safe knowledge that the mini board isn’t going to move during use as it has anti-slip foot caps.
I would easily say this is one of the best tabletop ironing board on the market as it is versatile, easy to use and even easier to store.
- Anti-slip foot caps
- Heavy duty steel frame
- Thick padded top
- Hook for storage space
- Different heights, shapes & sizes available
- Can be hard to fold away & put up
5. Beldray Tabletop Ironing Board
The Beldray tabletop ironing board is a great choice for any sewing room or small space as it is easy to use and easier to store away.
The mini ironing board measures 73 by 31 cm and measures 15cm tall.
The distance between the feet underneath measures 59cm in case you wish to place this over another surface or rest on a cabinet.
The cover is 100% cotton making it a great ironing table for crafts and sewing as you can rely on the cotton cover to withstand plenty of use and heat.
The tabletop ironing board is lightweight, easy to move around and easy to use, especially for sewing rooms and small spaces.
It also has enough room for small household ironing from kids’ clothes to adults’ t-shirts and shorts.
I would highly recommend using the Beldray mini ironing board if you work in a small space and don’t have space for a full-size ironing board.
- Easy to store
- Easy to use
- Perfect size for pressing seams
- The padding is quite thin
6. Cedarwood – Table Top Foldable Ironing Board
The Cedarwood tabletop foldable ironing board is the ultimate sewing companion as this folds in half perfect for storing and even carrying around with you.
This is the best mini ironing board for sewing retreats, ironing on holiday and those who don’t necessarily have a designated sewing space in their home. As it folds up so small and compact you might even forget you own it!
The mini ironing board boasts many great qualities from adjustable non-slip feet, an elastic fitted cover and a strap attached making it easy to hand on a hook in your home.
The measurements of the Cedarwood foldable ironing board are 40.5x31x7cm when folded, 81x31x11.5cm unfolded and the weight is 1.45kg.
The surface area of the ironing board is 81 x 31 x 11.5 cm. This is a little larger than some of the others on the list but it is perfect for a variety of sewing projects.
Personally, this is the best ironing board on the list as it is the most sturdy, lightweight and super compact.
- Extremely compact & foldable
- Elasticated cover
- Anti-slip foot caps
- Strap for hanging
- Shorter than others on the list
7. Duwee Table Top Ironing Board
The Duwee Table Top Ironing Board is a great addition to a sewing room, it is within the average price range and is a sturdy ironing board.
The ironing surface measures 36 x 64cm making it a great size for numerous sewing projects and even everyday ironing tasks.
There is a compact metal ironing rest attached to help create a great station to leave you iron on while you work without the danger of burning the board or accidental burns.
The mini ironing board is made from a steel frame with legs that fold underneath flat for perfect storage and is easy to slot somewhere discreetly when not in use.
You can also find a handy little hook on the back of the board to allow it to be hooked on the back of a door or within a cupboard for easy storage. The hook is also retractable.
The small ironing board weighs 1.96 kg so it is super lightweight to lift and use, perfect for anyone who may struggle with a full size ironing board.
A great quality of this ironing board is the mesh top which is made of 0.7mm thickness steel. The mesh style of the board reflects the heat back to the clothes for a faster and more accurate ironing process.
- Sturdy steel base
- non-slip cap
- Retractable hook
- Iron rest
- The iron rest doesn’t fit all size and style irons.
8. Kleeneze Tabletop Ironing Board
The Kleeneze Ironing Board is a wonderful companion in the sewing room or in small home spaces as it is compact, easy to put up and take down along with coming with multiple designs to suit any space.
The mini ironing board measures 73L x 33W x 15H centimetres. It is 1.1 kg in weight making it one of the lightest mini ironing boards on the market.
The frame is a metal frame with a mesh top allowing the heat from the iron to reflect back up to the fabric for faster ironing times and better results.
The ironing board is lightweight and easily portable making it a great ironing board for those who have a small space or don’t have a permanent sewing space.
The cover on the board is 100% cotton and has a subtle pattern so you don’t have to worry about the ironing board clashing too much with your home decor.
You will find that the legs fold under when not in use making it perfect for storing in small slim spaces.
- 100% cotton cover
- Steel base
- Easy foldable legs
- Not very sturdy
- Legs can be slippy