An ironing board is a practical item.  It’s pure function is to provide a surface on which we can iron our clothes, a task many of us loathe.  So does it matter what ironing board cover you have?  No one sees it right?  I’m a believer in the ‘Whistle While you Work’ philosophy.  I want to get some enjoyment out of even the most boring tasks (like ironing) and do it in a pretty setting.   So I want a pretty ironing board cover …. and it’s proving a challenging search to find one.

ironing board cover

Garden Green Ironing Board Cover from Not On The High Street

Size & Fit

Before you go looking for a new ironing board cover, first check what size your ironing board is.  You need to know the length and width of your ironing board, and make sure the ironing board cover you buy is big enough for your ironing board.

If your ironing board cover is bigger than your ironing board, secure it by tightening the draw string or use velcro straps to hold the cover in place and stop it slipping.

ironing board cover correct fit

Feather Grey Ironing Board Cover from Dandii   |    Brabantia Ironing Cover Fasteners from John Lewis or find similar at Master Distributors

What’s Available

Whilst there are some choices available for ironing board covers, I was a little disappointed that the range was limited.  Perhaps not many people want to buy nice ironing board covers?

ironing board covers

Top Row – Blue printed ironing board cover from Kmart   |   Yellow geometric ironing board cover from Kmart   | Spots and dots ironing board cover from Spotlight

Second Row – The Laundress ironing board cover from The Butler Trading Company   |   Iron On ironing board cover from Spotlight   |   City Love ironing board cover from Sass Home

Third Row –  Tilly ironing board cover from Sass Home   |   Sphere ironing board cover from Sewroo   |   Bower ironing board cover from Spotlight

Bottom Row – Taupe Spot, Robyns on Twig and Black spot ironing board covers from Eastbourne Art


None of these take your fancy?  In the past I’ve made my own.  Use heavy weight cotton for extra durability.   Here are two tutorials to try:


Tutorial on Apartment Apothecary


See the tutorial on The 36th Avenue

So what do you think?  Does it matter what ironing board cover you have?  Yes it has to be pretty or who cares?