Only quilters would get e***d about this....
I was fed up with trying to press a queen-sized quilt or 90" backing
on that ridiculous standard ironing board, so I was looking at those
"European" babies - shoot, they're still only 18" wide, have a pointy
end, and cost $80!
So, I went to Home Depot, got a 2x4 piece of 1/2" thick MDF
(medium-density fiberboard, for those of you who don't watch Norm and
Steve), went to TSWLTH, got 2 yards of Teflon ironing board cover
fabric, two yards of muslin, and a piece of 1/2" foam ***.
I made a "sleeve" of the Teflon and muslin, with the Teflon wider so
that it would cover the sides, put the foam on the board and covered
the whole shooting match with the sleeve, set it on top of my regular
ironing board - it works
like a charm!
It's heavy enough that it's stable, light enough that I can lift it,
and most importantly -
I CAN PRESS AN ENTIRE HALF-YARD OF FABRIC AT ONCE!!!
Total cost? About $15.00. I didn't really need 2 yards of the teflon,
probably could have gotten away with a yard and a half.
Bonus is that I can now iron my 6'4" husband's shirts a heck of a lot
faster - I can iron the entire back at once.