How to Measure Ironing Boards for Your New Ironing Board Cover

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Ironing boards simplify the ironing works in various ways mainly because they are easy to use. Most of the ironing boards are bought either without a cover, or the cover is not appealing enough or it is weak.

Therefore, you are required to put another one on the ironing board. Not only does a cover on an ironing board improve the ironing efficiency, it also lengthens the life of the board so that you can use it for long. Having a cover reduces the chances of burning the ironing board. It also beautifies the board. If you haven't got either yet, check out our ironing board reviews here.

Now, back to changing your ironing board cover, you need to take measurements of the board first and the following steps will guide you through the whole process.


  • ​A ruler or measuring tape
  • ​The ironing board to be measured
  • ​Scissors

​Old Cover Removal

​The first thing you need to do before measuring the ironing board is to get rid of the older cover so that you can get more accurate measurements. Old covers may hinder the measuring process to give out wrong measurements because they are extra and unwanted material.

​Width Measurement

​When the ironing board has been stripped off the old cover and left bare, it gets easier to get the correct dimensions. Using a measuring tape or ruler (depending on the size), take width measurements of the ironing board. Measuring the ironing board at its widest point will enable you to have an average width dimension. To measure, only the top is required. Wrapping the measuring tape around the board will only give wrong results; therefore, it is not necessary. Write down the results you get for width measurement.

​Length Measurement

​To get the length of the ironing board, get the measuring tape to measure with (because rulers are limited to a certain dimension and using them will require pausing to write down each measurement which is time-wasting). From the nose to the tail, that is where you are going to get your measurements. Accessories like the iron rest plate are not to be measured because they are not covered. The new cover must reach both ends that is why taking measurements of the length is mandatory.

​Nose Shape

nose shape

After taking your measurements, you have to determine the shape of the nose of your ironing board to get the best fit of the cover. Ironing boards have different nose shapes.

Some are rounded, tapered others blunt, as a result, it is very important to take note of which shape the nose is to give your ironing board the perfect fit.

​Getting the Cover

Once you are done with the measuring steps, it is time shop for the new cover from the store. To change the cover on your ironing board, you need to choose one that has a heavy felt lining. Mostly, you will find that some boards have a foam pad as the liner.

The foam pad, with time, loses shape and can easily be damaged. Using a felt lining maintains the shape and requires minimum replacement.

old cover removal

​The pad to use should be between four to eight millimeters thick to prevent transferring the mesh of the board to the garment. Another thing about the cover is that, if you don’t like the padding, you can always change to the one you like. Many covers found in the store come in a standard size to fit most ironing boards but this doesn’t exempt you from having the right measurements beforehand. Sizes of the covers are usually listed in the packaging so that you are able to find the exact size you are looking for.


​Having used an ironing board for more than a decade, it tends to wear out and the foam used inside causes it to lose shape. You don’t want this to happen during the ironing process because a damaged foam/pad causes the ironing board to work inefficiently. With this in mind, taking ironing board measurements help in achieving the right cover to replace. It even makes work easier because, when you have the right size cover, fitting it on to the ironing board gets easier. No fabric is lost.

About the Author Harry Thompson

Gaining a BSc Honours in building/ property maintenance at the University of Portsmouth Harry went into the field of renovating properties. Along the journey, he has developed a wide variety of home & garden DIY skills such as installing new kitchens and landscaping gardens.