Use An Ironing Board As A Space-Saving Table

Short on space in the kitchen but cooking up a storm? An ironing board can give you that much-needed extra place to put your open cookbook, pots or other items.Food writer David Lebovitz offers this tip on his blog, as well as several others that can help you deal with all the dishes and tools involved in cooking, such as soaking your dishes in the sink to make them easier to clean later (you can instead use a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent for an effective overnight soak).

One of the best things about the ironing board tip is, besides not taking up a lot of room in your kitchen, the ironing board folds away after you're done. Because ironing boards can be wobbly, though, best to use it as a shelf for your cooking tools rather than an actual counter you work on.

Check out David's other tips in the article below or tell us your kitchen space hacks in the comments.

My Favorite Kitchen Tip, Ever [David Lebovitz]


    When I was at uni and was renting with a partly furnished house, I was using the ironing board for a couple of months for my laptop before wanting to invest in a table. Even then, I'd find myself going back to the ironing board because it was so portable and adjustable. I could use it almost anywhere!

    I'm waiting for the next riveting story...
    "Use The Floor As A Space-Saving Table"
    seriously LH is scraping the bottom of the barrel these days.

    I know a guy with an table top mounted on an ironing board. He modified the legs to give them a wider reach thus more stability.
    His place is pretty small so it does dual duty as his coffee table and dining table.
    Now I think about it I can see his mod being useful for an adjustible-hight workstation like the stand-up desks featured here previously.

    I use an old, good-quality ironing board as a keyboard stand (musical keyboard not computer keyboard). I can easily adjust it to standing, chair, couch or floor hight.
    The keyboard has screw holes in the bottom and I've screwed it on so I can just fold it away upright in a cupboard when I need the space. This keyboard never leaves the house so it's not an issue having it permanantly attached.

    mine has become an excellent adjustable surface for my force feedback steering wheel when i'm playing GT5, forget all those expensive racing seats, it works perfectly and folds away to nothing

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