How to Make the Ironing Board of Your Dreams!

Make your dream ironing board and pressing station with this easy IKEA hack.

Lazies, My rickety ironing board was affecting my projects and I needed a better option. I wish I had realized this years ago. Pressing my beautiful projects was a game of tug-o-war, trying to make my sewn project look nice while my ironing board was shifting and moving as I pressed. In this article I’ll show you how to create the ironing board and pressing station of your dreams with this simple IKEA hack! I’ve been sewing since I could reach the ironing board, and I pride myself on my pressing skills. But it never occurred to me that I could have a better pressing station until now.

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1. Buy or Make an Ironing Board Topper

The Big Board is a brand of ironing board topper, shown here leaning against the wall. It’s a 22″ x 59″ plywood base with rounded corners and a lip on the bottom designed to sit on top of a standard ironing board. I like it because it’s great for pressing the large pieces of my bag projects or fabric yardage. The Big Board comes with a cotton cover and cotton batting-like pad, trimmed to fit the board surface.

Ironing board with pointed tip and plywood ironing board topper.

Note: To make an ironing board topper, you’ll need a piece of plywood, some lengths of wood to create a lip on the underside and make a cover/padding. Go to this inspiration blog post for details.

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2. Purchase and Assemble IKEA Norden For The Base

The Norden sideboard is a sturdy construction which will provide the stable base for your board topper. The Norden is the right height for work while standing plus it includes shelves and drawers for sewing storage.

Assemble just the base of the Norden and leave the top off for now. Work on an elevated surface for convenience. If you’re an IKEA fan like I am you might spot the teal Raskog tucked under the work table. For more inspiration like this, follow my IKEA Sewing Room Ideas Pinterest board.
Busy work table with IKEA Norden being assembled.

Move the base into place. The bottom shelf is stationary, the other shelf is adjustable. Above that is space for two sliding drawers.

View of the IKEA Norden wooden sidboard furniture before the top is added.

3. How to Modify the IKEA Norden for a Pressing Station

The top of the Norden is 1/2″ too wide to fit inside the 16″ wide lip of my Big Board. Measure the lip of your topper and Norden to confirm. A neighbor with a table saw trimmed the Norden top to size for me – thank you! If needed, check to see if your local Lowe’s and Home Depot offer cutting services.

Close up of plywood ironing board topper showing the wooden lip around the underside.

Trim 1/2″ from one long edge of the Norden top before assembly. Note: You don’t need to trim the top if you build your own plywood topper. Make sure to construct the lip of your topper to fit the Norden.

Detail of where to trim the top of the IKEA Norden for this pressing station project.

4. Add a Cover and Padding to the Pressing Surface

I use a fiberglass Miracle Ironing Board Cover. Fiberglass reflects heat back toward your project for more efficient pressing, plus it will not scorch and adhesive resists sticking to it. The Miracle cover comes with a foam layer and I added another layer of cotton batting between the top cover and foam.

Detail of the fibers and fabrics covering a plywood pressing surface.

Want to improve your pressing skills? Check out my Pressing Tips for Professional Results.

5. Finish Assembling the IKEA Norden Sideboard

I added the top with the trimmed edge oriented toward my work space. This edge will be covered by the lip of the Big Board topper. The drawers and shelves of the Norden are accessible from both sides, meaning there’s no definite ‘back’ side. If I use this piece for something else, I can paint or put this edge against a wall.

View of trimmed edge of IKEA Norden sideboard top.

6. Add the Sliding Drawers

The two sliding drawers are roomy and simple. They slide open to both sides so I can access them from either side of the pressing station.

Sliding drawers and shelves of IKEA Norden wooden sideboard.

7. Test Fit the Topper For Proper Height

Place your topper on the Norden. Make sure you like the final height of your station and can slide the drawers open. 

Big Board pressing surface atop the IKEA Norden.

The lip of my Big Board was blocking the drawers so I added a layer of cardboard cut from the IKEA boxes for the perfect height.

Pieces of cardboard atop the IKEA Norden.

You can just see the top edge of the drawer near the lip under the topper.

Close-up view of pressing surface topper where it meets the IKEA Norden sideboard.

8. Comfort and Ergonomics While Pressing

Make sure you have ‘elbow’ room in the work area around your dream pressing station. I moved the new station up against the built-in cabinetry for convenience. Keep enough room between the wall and the station to stand, move around, step back from the board to allow room to hold something up and arrange it for pressing. For more inspiration, follow my Pinterest board: Ironing Board and Pressing Station Ideas

Complete pressing station showing nearby storage, pressing surface, anti-fatique mat.
An anti-fatique mat on the floor next to the ironing board offers extra support while pressing. I have another mat in front of my work table, too.

Here’s a good option for an anti-fatique mat:

9. Utilize Shelves and Drawers for Sewing Organization

The Norden shelves are perfect storage for my small table top ironing board and a few storage bins. The base of the small board collapses for storage, but I use it regularly, so it’s convenient to leave it set up. Clear storage bins allow me to see what’s in them. For more organization and storage ideas, follow my Pinterest boards Ironing Board and Pressing Station Ideas and Sewing Organization Ideas.

The finished pressing station with storage bins and pressing equipment on shelves.

Small bins and table top ironing board.

10. Organize Ironing Tools & Pressing Supplies Nearby

Spend some time organizing your new work area to keep your ironing notions and pressing supplies nearby for easy access including:

  • Pressing hams
  • Wooden clappers
  • Small ironing boards
  • Extra irons

Built-in cabinetry with open shelves storing small ironing boards and pressing notions.

11. Sewing Supply Organization Ideas

Boxes of clear drawers are stacked and offset to create storage nearby:

  • Zippers
  • Pressing sheets/cloths
  • Buttons
  • Thread
  • Ribbons
  • KAM snaps

Storage boxes stacked for efficient craft supply organization and storage.The open areas between boxes work well for large, pretty, or colorful things which brighten my space.

Sewing Decorations in My Studio

I love having sewing-related decorations in my studio. Here are some cute sewing themed wall clocks. I found this cute clock by Moda is a recent addition which I found it at the Fat Quarter Shop here.

Close-up of an orange colored sewing themed wall clock. A clock like this is a perfect sewing gift for stitchy friends

I made the blue and black Lazy Girl sign for my company logo years ago. Below that, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts made the Lazy Girl sign using pieced letters from her Alphabet Soup book.

Display of fabric signs made by applique and patchwork for Lazy Girl Designs pattern company

Want To See More – Tour My Whole Sewing Room
A corner of my studio is dedicated to my pressing needs. Take a tour of my whole sewing room and craft space and follow my Sewing Room Tours Pinterest board.

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IKEA hack for Norden sideboard and an ironing board.


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