I hated, hated, hated my ironing board. Always felt too small. I had seen those ironing board toppers at a couple of quilt shows, but when your way of getting one home is on an airplane, that isn't going to work.
A half sheet (more or less) of plywood, a few wood strips, some screws, staples and ironing board covering fabric were all the materials needed. Using instructions found online here, it didn't take me long to make my very own topper.
The finished size of my topper is 22" wide by 60" long. I can iron an entire fat quarter on it not to mention how much easier it is to handle yardage.
Now I love, love, love my ironing board.