A very long time ago, my grandpa constructed a built-in ironing board at our house. It's right there in the wall, with a door that opens and the board folds down. It's really nice, and is MUCH more sturdy than the free-standing kind. But what about if you need to iron in a different place?
For crafting, I like to be able to be in other parts of the house sometimes, especially when natural light (for photos) is needed. Small ironing boards are very handy, but still a little bulky. Look at what my dad made me:
These are just small boards that are covered with some padding and a couple layers of muslin. They are the best! I can take them anywhere. And I can work on a table or on the floor (as I often do).
Today I used them while fusing plastic bags. Not only did I have natural light for pictures, but I could also be closer to fresh air. A serious plus, as these bags were especially smelly!