The Non-Bulky Ironing Board Alternative That's Perfect For Small Laundry Rooms

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If you have a small laundry room, then you know that space is at a premium. Between your washer and dryer, laundry baskets, and anything else you store there, finding a place to stash your ironing board can feel like a daunting task. Yes, there are pull out ironing boards, but they require the appropriate cabinetry, which your space might not accommodate. Luckily, you can purchase an ironing mat, turning your washer or dryer into the base of an ironing board. And if you're looking to keep expenses low, you'll be pleased to learn that most options are relatively affordable, like the Houseables ironing mat from Amazon for just under $14. 

Keep in mind that if you have a stackable washer and dryer, this hack won't work. You need a counter height surface, so even a washer and dryer installed inside a cabinet is the perfect base for this ironing mat. You might be wondering why you need an ironing mat and why your counters or appliance tops don't suffice as-is. For starters, ironing mats mimic the cushioned surface of an ironing board cover. These covers are ideal for transferring your iron's heat and steam directly to your clothing. Additionally, countertops can sustain damage from irons and their high heat levels (not to mention steam), especially quartz. But this type of mat can turn most surfaces into an ironing work station, protecting it in the process.

Benefits of using an ironing mat

Aside from their cushioned pads, most ironing mats have built-in magnets that prevent them from sliding around on your washer or dryer. This won't work on a wooden counter, but it'll work on top of your metal appliances. Aside from their ease of convenience, ironing mats are perfect for renters. Some people install ironing boards on their walls, but this could void your lease if your landlord doesn't allow you to drill holes into sheetrock. If this is the case, an ironing mat is ideal. And if you don't have a washer or dryer in your home, many versions of this mat can practically be used on any surface. 

If you want an alternative way to iron your clothes and laundry without a board and don't have a mat handy, use a thick towel (or two) and iron your clothes on top of these instead. This alternative to an ironing mat is free and should work well. But if you purchase an ironing mat, you won't have to worry about it taking up much space. These iron alternatives are compact and can be stored in a drawer or closet when not in use.