hum, when i saw that it 54" cover, i thought this must be big and loose. i figured i might need to wash this first before i put it on the ironing pad. Well, to my surprise this cover was so tight, i could not even put it on, i had to ask my son to help me. He gave up after few tries, i end up on my own to put this on. At one point i got my fingers stuck in it, it was painful.