Ironing boards are essential household equipments in every home. Because of their heat-resistant and smooth surface they make this task much easier than for example, just a blanket or a bath towel over the table, as my mother did it long ago.
Nowadays you can find various texts, so it makes it difficult to choose the right one.
In many households the foldable or portable board is the most common one. They have scissor action legs and the height is adjustable, either you want to sit or stand during this labor. To adjust the right height may help you not to get back pain. On the side often is an iron rest. This helps to have the iron on a secure place. A fold out garment rack might be a very convenient feature, so that you can store the just ironed cloth on a place, where they do not get wrinkles again until until you have finished everything and put them back in the closet. After finishing, it can be folded down and stored in a small place. There are even special board hangers, so that you can store it on the wall or behind a door.
Tabletop lighting boards have short legs, so that they can be positioned on the top of a table or a counter. You can put them even on the bed or on the carpet for quick ironing, but please take care not to topple over the hot iron, which may set on fire or other bad injuries.Some sorts can be folded down or folded in half to fit into the smallest space. Although they may be very small they do not need to lack in different features. They can have an iron rest or / and a smaller iron boards for the sleeves.
Another option might be an ironing mat or blanket. Usually boards have under the heat resistant and repelling linen a grid. This grid is good for not rising up all the moisture. Also in between is a thick layer of fiber pad to easier smooth out the wrinkles. If you use just an iron mat I personally would advise to put a bath towel under it, so that it can absorb the moisture during ironing and it helps also to protect the under surface.
Very good looking and comfortable are wall mounted or built in ironing boards in a drawer or closet. With this you do not need to set them up every time, which helps saving time and work. But they need a fixed place and are usually more expensive, because they need to be installed.But nowadays there are also very easy install ones.