I had a very large ironing board like this years ago, but had, alas, to leave it behind when moving - as it was just one too many large items to go in the van. The neighbour loved having it as a parting gift though! So it was great to get another one of a good size, this has always been a second large ironing board, I have a very small one in my sewing workroom as well. The great thing about it is the whacking great ironing surface, it makes ironing those pesky duvet covers a doddle. If like me (despite the two ironing boards) you hate ironing, having the proper size does make it easier and quicker, less folding and re-folding as you work, etc. Its also great if you a quilt maker as most smaller boards just won't take a large quilt top or large sections of one that easily. If you're running a B and B and don't use a laundry this would prove its weight in gold. The same goes, if like me, you have family all living a long way away and have to frequently get beds ready for weekend visits, etc. I like the addition of the silicon holding plate for the iron on this model, a update on my old very large Brabantia - the ironing surface inevitably got brown heat marks on it at times. The mechanism for putting it up and down seems to have been simplified too, as this seems easier to work, this time around. The one downside is having to find the space to put it away out of sight when that spare room is in use. Fortunately it goes into a large cupboard - but that the only one downside I see with it. That and having to find a space large enough to put it up and use it in the first place. However, if you've got the space, I would advise getting the biggest ironing board you can fit in, it does, surprisingly, make the task a lot easier and less hazzle. Would highly recommend.