The new board is almost 19 inches wide. While it's shorter than usual by about five inches, it has a sturdy pull-out section for the iron that makes up for the length. My last board had a skimpy metal piece to hold the iron that broke off within a month. Note the lovely ripply hanging bars on each side for ironed things. Also, you can see there is a shelf underneath in the top photo. The padding is nice and thick, too.
The metal piece for hold the iron cord actually works, too. I've never had one of those before.
I ironed a couple of shirts to see if the extra width would make smaller areas more difficult but didn't notice any difference. Well, actually I noticed that I could move the shirts around without the iron shimmying even when I left it upright on the board. Those extra inches of width should also make ironing large pieces of fabric easier, too.
(As I was writing this, I was thinking that getting this excited over an ironing board may mean that I need to get out more. That was quickly followed by the thought that I could go to the fabric store! You know you're addicted to fabric when...)