Saturday, February 24Not Your Ordinary English-Tagalog Dictionary

What is Ironing Board in Tagalog? Origin and Evolution of Design

The ironing board in Tagalog is called “kabayo ng plansta,” where kabayo means “horse” and plantsa means “flat iron.” No one knows when Filipinos started to call the ironing board “kabayo.” Nonetheless, this ironing tool is long and narrow and looks like a horse. In Spanish, the ironing board is calledburro de planchar,” where burro means “donkey.”

ironing board in tagalog
Vikings ironing board and “kabayo” in the Philippines

The Vikings in the 9th century were believed to have invented the ironing board. These boards were about 1 foot long and made of whalebone but had no legs. The Vikings used heavy pieces of glass to smooth their linen. When the flat iron was invented, kitchen tables were used as ironing boards or longer boards that were supported by two chairs. 

The patent for the first ironing table was awarded to W. Vandenburg and J. Harvey on February 16, 1858. However, it was only designed for ironing sleeves and pant legs and is far from what ironing boards look like today. In 1861, Isaac Ronnie Bord obtained a patent for his ironing table with an adjustable flat horizontal surface for ironing bed linen. 

On August 14, 1866, S.A. Mort of Dayton, Ohio received a patent for her folding ironing board. Her invention had a removable pressboard and was designed to iron dresses, skirts, and linen. Meanwhile, Canadian-American mechanical engineer Elijah McCoy of Ypsilanti, Michigan received a patent in 1874 for his portable, foldable ironing board. 

Meanwhile, African American dressmaker Sarah Boone of New Haven, Connecticut received a patent on April 26, 1892, for her ironing board. Aside from being foldable, her ironing board was reversible, which allowed users to iron both sides of the sleeve. It was also in the 19th century when ironing boards started to become common in households. 

In the 1940s, all-metal foldable ironing boards were introduced and became a hit in the market. The board has a cover pad so that it won’t get too hot during the ironing. The J. R. Clark Company in Minneapolis invented the metal mesh cover for ironing boards. This allows steam heat to escape, thus, preventing the board from rusting or damage. 

In the Philippines, the “kabayo” also used to be made of wood. Although there are still some of them, most Filipino households now use metal ironing boards. They are lightweight and have rubber footings to protect the feet and eliminate floor damage. Philippine-made ironing boards are very easy to fold and come in beautiful pads.

Use kabayo ng plansta in a sentence.


Huwag mong kalimutang itiklop yung kabayo ng plansta pagkatapos mong gamitin.


Don’t forget to fold the ironing board after using it.

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