I'd really like a new ironing board - ours is very small, about 20 years old and now the cover has split again. It's just a Beldray type with a wood board. I had covered it with a good thick pad and metallic cover.
I was looking in John Lewis and all the ironing boards seem to be metal mesh with really insubstantial covers that look like they'd fall off in a moment? Are they all like this now? Are they better to iron on? What sort of cover is best? I use my board for crafts and sewing too so need a good firm pressing surface.
The mesh is supposed to allow the steam from the iron to go straight through clothes and through the board so it works better than a solid board.
Personally, I have not found the Brabantia ironing board we got from John Lewis to be any better than cheaper boards we have had in the past - maybe a bit more stable and durable but no better really for ironing on.
The mesh design is supposed to mimic professional ironng boards in industrial laundries that have small holes drilled in a solid stainless steel board and a vacuum chamber and pump under the board to suck the steam through the clothes. Coupled with floor standing steam generator irons though they are really in a different league to domestic ironing.