While most people focus their efforts on acquiring the best iron possible for their needs, many don’t put quite as much consideration into their comfort levels while they do the ironing. Many choose to stand, but the advent of adjustable height ironing boards now mean that you have the option to sit while you iron as well.

So what are the key differences, outside of the obvious body positioning? Here we take a look at some of the benefits of both so you can choose the ironing position that suits you best.

Benefits of Standing While Ironing

The traditional standing position offers a number of benefits that make the process of ironing a little quicker.

More Flexibility

When you iron while standing, you maintain a higher degree of control over the board and iron. You can easily move around the ironing board, allowing you to get into the more difficult to reach areas on an item of clothing, plus your elevated position means you generally have a better view of the clothing. This increased flexibility can speed up the ironing process, while ensuring that you get all of your clothes ironed to completion.

It Keeps You Active

Many people spend their workdays sat at a desk in a sedentary position, which over time can lead to a number of health issues. By ironing while you are standing up you will keep your body active, ensuring you can lower the risk of experiencing some of the conditions associated with constant sitting, which include heart disease. Of course, the effect will be minimal and we aren’t claiming that standing while ironing is a real equivalent to exercise. However, it certainly makes more of a difference to your overall health than sitting.

Benefits of Sitting While Ironing

Of course, there are reasons why some people may choose to sit while ironing too, especially since the rise of roller irons, so here are just a few of them.


While standing while ironing may help keep you active, it can also prove uncomfortable. For example, many tall people may discover that their ironing boards limitations result in them having to hunch over while using the iron, which can actually cause damage to the back if done for an extended period. Further, ironing while seated offers additional lumbar support, allowing you to enjoy a household chore in comfort.


The simple fact is that some people are not able to iron while standing up. Chronic conditions and disabilities can make it difficult, or even impossible, for a person to stand while doing the ironing. For these people, the process is made much easier by being able to iron while seated. This is why so many ironing boards can have their heights adjusted and locked, suiting the needs of the individual.

The Final Word

So with all of that being said, what choice should you make while ironing? The simple answer is that you should iron in whatever way makes you feel most comfortable. Both methods have distinct benefits, so give each of them a try to find out which works for you.