The main benefits of wooden ironing boards are their sturdiness and the aesthetic pleasure derived from their old-fashioned appearance. Wooden ironing boards generally are best when placed in one stationary location.
Most old ironing boards are made of wood, with oak providing extra strength, and softer woods thought to provide better stain removal. Old wooden ironing boards also can be repurposed into such home furnishings as a sofa table, dessert table or closet shelves. One drawback of wooden ironing boards is that with their sturdiness comes added weight, which makes them much less portable than ones made of lightweight metal.