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How to Open, Adjust the Height, and Close an Ironing Board!

by Household Essentials • July 15, 2016

It's a simple task, and we feel like we should know how to do it. Yet somehow, getting the ironing board out and set up is surprisingly difficult.  We've got step-by-step instructions on how to open, adjust, and close your ironing board.  Simple, yes. We'll tell you how we do it, and you can share your tricks of the trade too!  Because even though it should be simple, how to work an ironing board isn't always something we're taught.
 

Find the Lever Press

Look at the underside of the ironing board and find the lever press and the notched height-adjustment bar. Almost all ironing boards have a lever press near the edge of the board.  Some boards will have one press; others will have two (though you usually still only need to press one).  The lever press is used to open and close the board.   

There should also a notched bar in the same area as the lever.  This is height-adjustment bar.  There may be 4 notches or as many as 10.  For continual adjusting bars, there will not be a notched bar.  Instead, the open/close lever press also adjusts height.

Now you have 2 options for easily opening your ironing board.  The first starts from the floor; the second starts from standing on end.

Option 1: Lifting from Flat

  1. Place the collapsed ironing board flat on the floor in front of you.
  2. Grasp the ironing surface with both hands, with one hand on the lever press and the other hand opposite it. 
  3. Squeeze and hold the lever with one hand while simultaneously lifting up on the surface of the ironing board as you stand. The ironing board should lift up and open as you stand.
  4. Release the lever when the board is at a comfortable height, usually about the height of your hip.

Option 2: Leaning forward from Upright

  1. Stand the board on its rear legs so the nose of the board points upward. 
  2. Stand beside the board with one hand on the lever press and the other hand on the opposite side of the board (your arm should be laying across the cover).  Squeeze and hold the lever press. 
  3. Keeping the rear legs on the floor, lower the nose of the board until it is parallel to the floor.  The legs should unfold as the nose lowers. 
  4. Release the lever press when the board is level and at a comfortable height, usually about hip-height!



How to adjust the height of an ironing board:

For ironing while standing, the top surface of the ironing board should be even with your hip.  For ironing while seated, the ironing board should be just above your hip so that your legs can fit comfortably under the board.
  • Notched Boards: With the board open, press and hold the lever press.  Push down on the board to lower it and lift up on the board to raise it.  Release the lever press when the ironing surface is even with your hip when standing, or just above your hip when seated.  Press down firmly, but carefully, on the board to ensure it it seated fully in the height-adjustment notch.  The first notch is the highest position; the last notch is the lowest position possible for the board. 
  • Continual Height Adjustment Boards: With the board open, press and hold the level press.  Press down on the board to lower it or lift up on the board to raise it.  As before, release the lever press when the board is hip-height while standing, or just above hip height when sitting.  Unlike notched boards, there is no "click" into place.  Instead, the board locks exactly where the lever is released.  Press down firmly (but carefully!) on the ironing surface to check that the leg position is secure.



How to close an ironing board:

1. Find the lever press on the underside of the board.  Place one hand on the press and the other hand on the opposite side of the board.
 
TO THE FLOOR
2. Pressing the lever press, squat to the floor, bringing the ironing board with you.  Try to keep the board more or less level as you do this. 
3. Lower the board all the way to the floor and release the lever. 
4. Raise the board so the nose points upward. 
5. Secure the folded legs in the leg-lock. 

TO STANDING
2. Pressing the lever press, lean the board backward toward the rear feet, raising the nose of the board upward and lowering the back end to the floor.   The front feet will rise off the floor as the legs fold close. 
3. Secure the legs in the leg lock.
 
 

So, there you have it!  How to open an ironing board, how to adjust the height of an ironing board, and how to close an ironing board!  With a little practice, you'll be a pro.  
 
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Comments - 1 Response

Alda Pearson
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:34:30 PM EDT

I have had this Polder ironing board for years and today it won’t fold, can you tell me what to do? HHE RESPONSE: Hi. I'm not familiar with Polder boards, but I expect they are similar to ours. Check to see if the lever mechanism is locked or blocked. That is, is there something blocking the board from closing: at the hinge, legs, lever, etc. Your best bet would be to contact Polder directly.

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