My soul is now mortaged(!) but you're right that the Beard isn't going to fit on my baseboard. My plan (such as it is) is either to overlay the baseboard with a sheet of hardboard or (more likely in the long term) to dismount the column and fit it either straight onto the table or onto a DIY platform.
I do take your point about choosing an easel to fit your most popular paper size. However, after the advice I've had here and a long chat with the gents at Photon Beard, I think (and hope!) that the big beast'll fit the bill.
...A mind like a steel trap; things wander in, get mangled