Hygena Furniture Reviews
Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Drawer Bedside Chest
I have recently been reviewing bedroom furniture that we previously have had and currently have, the range that we currently have is the Hygena Strand Range, and one of the items we have is the Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Draw Bedside Chest. In our bedroom we have our bed against one wall so only have the need for one chest of draws next ... to it so with this range we were pleased that the bedside chests didn't come in pairs and that we could purchase then individually.
As with all of the furniture in the Hygena Strand Range the packaging is quite minimal due to the chest of draws already being assembled. There were strips of cardboard covering all of the corners and edges of the draws and then the whole thing was fully wrapped in clear plastic to help protect it and also hold the cardboard in place.
Personally I feel that the bedside chest could have done with a little more packaging as one of our chest of draws arrived dented and damaged where something had fallen on it during delivery, however this didn't cause us too much of a problem as they were quickly replaced within a few days.
The Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Draw Bedside Chest is basically a small version of the larger chest of draws we bought, it has the same modern and contemporary look to it, it is basically a small chest of draws with a strong sturdy frame and a rounded top.
It comes with an oak effect finish which for us is ideal as it is not too dark and on the other hand not too light. The bedside chest comes with 3 equally sized draws on metal runners allowing them to open and close smoothly, they also have a long thin brushed chrome handle in the centre of each draw, all of which matches the larger chest of draws we bought.
The bedside chest is the ideal size to have next to your bed, it measures 75cm (H) x 50cm (W) x 44cm (D) for us this is the ideal height it keeps everything within easy reaching distance whilst you are in bed. As with the larger chest of draws due to the curved top you cannot have this flat to a wall along the sides, there will always be a gap, this wasn't too much of an issue for us as the chest fitted perfectly into the gap we have next to our bed.
As I have mentioned the Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Draw Bedside Chest comes fully assembled, the only thing we had to do was unscrew the handles from inside the of the draws where they were kept to prevent damage and screw them in place on the fronts. This is all we had to do with the chest of draws which was ideal as it saved so much time.
As with the rest of the Hygena Strand Range we purchased the 3 Draw Bedside Chest from Argos, this is currently being sold for £144.99, when we purchased ours it was a little bit cheaper than this. I do think that this price is a little on the high side for just a bedside chest of draws, however I didn't really mind paying a little bit extra especially after the bad experience we had we had with the first range of bedroom furniture we purchased.
We have had our Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Draw Bedside Chest a while now and have been extremely pleased with the quality of it. It is extremely sturdy and of a decent size to keep all of our belongings in, the large top allows us to keep all of the essentials nearby.
The oak finish is just the right shade for our room and the whole thing looks of an excellent quality. The chest of draws is a little bit pricey, however this is worth paying for the good quality you get. I would highly recommend the Hygena Strand Assembled 3 Draw Chest and would definitely buy furniture from this range again.
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Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Drawer Chest
As you may see from a previous review when me and my Husband moved into our house we purchased ourselves new Bedroom furniture which barely lasted a year, we had to replace the whole set due to it falling apart and we decided to replace it with the Hygena Strand Range. One of the items we bought was the Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw ... Chest, it contained 1 less draw that the previous set we had however this didn't really matter too much and would be worth it if it lasted longer that the original set we had.
The Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw Chest came with minimal packaging as the chest of draws came ready assembled, it came with thick cardboard wrapped around the corners, base and top of the chest and then the whole thing was wrapped up in thick polythene to protect the whole unit and also hold the cardboard in place. This was literally the only packaging that the chest of draws came with and when we unpackaged it the top of the chest of draws was all dented with a piece broken off, something had obviously fallen on it prior to it being delivered so personally I would say that better packaging is required to fully protect the chest of draws, however this wasn't really a problem as they were quickly replaced within a few days and the new set came in perfect condition.
The chest of draws has a contemporary and modern look with a rounded top to it, it is divided up into 5 large rectangle draws which are on easy glide metal runners, each draw has a long thin rounded brush chrome handle.
The Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw Chest is of a reasonable size measuring 116cm (H) x 90cm (W) x 45cm (D) we do not have huge bedrooms in our house and this chest of draws is large enough to accommodate all of our belongings without taking up a large amount of room.
The whole unit is very sturdy and stable, the flat top and height of the chest allows us to have it at the bottom of our bed with a TV on it, there is no worry of the unit falling apart with the TV on as there was with our original chest of draws we had in its place.
The rounded edges to the top sides of the chest of draws means that you can not have it flat against a side wall, there will always be a bit of a gap, however this is not a problem for us.
This particular chest of draws comes in an Oak finish with a strand type wood grain to it, the colour is ideal in our opinion as it is not too light but not too dark, when we purchased ours there was no other colour to choose from but again we were not too bothered by this as we found that the Oak was ideal for what we wanted.
As I have mentioned the Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw Chest comes ready assembled, the only thing we had to do was to unscrew the handles which had been screwed on the inside of the draws and fix them in the correct place on the front of each draw. We found this a much better idea than having to put the chest of draws together ourselves, the only thing we found with the draws being ready assembled was that getting them up the stairs was a bit tricky, however we were lucky and the delivery men offered to take them up for us, I think if I had had to try and help my Husband take them up the stairs we would have struggled as they would not have been the easiest thing to carry.
We purchased our Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw Chest from Argos, this product is still available from here and is currently being sold for £259.99, when we purchased ours we paid quite a bit less for them, however this was a little while ago and from I can remember we did get money off for buying more than one item at a time.
Personally I feel that the current price is a little bit on he expensive side, however the chest is strong and sturdy so I would expect it to be a bit more expensive than the original chest we bought that fell apart.
We have had our Hygena Strand Assembled 5 Draw Chest for quite a while now and we have been extremely pleased with it, it is so much stronger and sturdier than our original chest of draws, the frame does not wobble at all and you do not have to worry about whether it is going to collapse on you.
The draws are of a good size and me and my husband can easily fit all of our clothes etc in them. The chest looks stylish and will go with most styles, whilst I do feel it is a little on the expensive side, I would rather pay a bit more and know that it isn't going to fall apart.
If I had to mention one disadvantage it would be that on a couple of the draws the hardboard bases have bowed a little, however this wasn't too much of a problem as we fitted small blocks to the underside of the draw where they cannot be seen in order to support the bases of the draws where we have slighter heavier things in them.
Overall we have been very pleased with the chest of draws and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to replace their bedroom furniture.
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Hygena Strand Assembled 2 Door Wardrobe - Oak
Ever since moving into our house me and my husband have always spread our things between our bedroom and our spare bedroom with me having a built in wardrobe (actually the old airing cupboard) in our room and him having a wardrobe in our spare room, however with this now being turned into a nursery we decided to was time to get a proper ... wardrobe for him to use in our room. It was only a few months ago that we purchased new bedroom furniture for our room, we ended up with the Hygena Strand Oak furniture, I was a little concerned as the store we bought it from has since closed down but we were pleased to discover that it was also available in Argos so we decided to buy it before they discontinued the range. We had a choice of two sized wardrobes but opted for the Hygena Strand Oak Assembled 2 Door Wardrobe, the next size up would have been far too big and taken up a lot of space in our room.
We ordered the wardrobe online and the only option was to have it home delivered, not that this was a problem as there was no way we would be able to get a wardrobe home from the shop. When it arrived I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with how it was packaged, although I expected this from when we ordered the other furniture from the same range, this is how the furniture comes in packaged to Argos, it simply consisted of a cardboard box type lid on the top of the wardrobe and one on the bottom with strips of thick cardboard down the edges to prevent those from becoming damaged, the handles were screwed on the inside of the wardrobe and wrapped in clear plastic to keep them from being damaged, the whole thing was then wrapped in clear plastic although I do not think this would offer a huge amount of protection from it becoming damaged during delivery. The delivery men insisted that I checked the item before they left due to the small amount of packaging on it and I was pleased to discover that it was absolutely fine, especially as they had just struggled all the way upstairs with it for me, and I must stress that the poor packaging is not down to Argos but the company that supplies them.
The wardrobe comes ready made with just a small amount of assembly, colour wise it is not what I would call a particularly dark oak colour and you can clearly see why it is called Strand Oak as it does have quite a prominent grain to it, the next issue we had was whether the colour and grain was going to match our existing furniture, although it was from the same range we bought the two chests of draws we have nearly a year ago so they could have quite easily changed it slightly, once fully unwrapped and in the light we had nothing to worry about, the wardrobe was still the same mid-oak colour with a prominent grain pattern to it, it was a perfect match and looked as though the whole set had been purchased together.
As I have said the wardrobe does need a small amount of self assembly but this is nothing complicated and literally consists of removing the handles from the inside of the wardrobe and fixing them in the pre-drilled holes on the outside, you do not even need to do any measuring to make sure they are level this has all been done for you. The chests of draws we have have a rounded trim along the front of them, the wardrobe has this same trim so that it matches the rest of the set, this trim is the other part of the self assembly, you simply need to unwrap it (it can be found inside the wardrobe wrapped in cardboard and plastic) and then screw it onto the top of the wardrobe along the front edge. Now this seemed simply enough but is actually where we encountered problems, after examining the trim we found that this had holes drilled in it and came with small screws to fix it in place with, however when we had a look at the top of the wardrobe it seems that they had forgotten to drill the holes in the top of the wardrobe, the instructions clearly said that all you needed was a screwdriver, however there was no way we were going to get the screws in without holes to screw them into meaning we had to mark our own holes with a drill. Now obviously this isn't a massive problem and something that could easily be solved, however we didn't expect to have to get the drill out just to fix the trim onto a pre-made wardrobe. Once in place the trim was an exact match to the rest of our furniture from that range making the wardrobe blend in perfectly, its just a shame it wasn't a quick and simple job as stated in the instructions.
The Strand Oak Wardrobe we purchased was the 2 door version, although you can get a 3 door with a mirror on one of the doors, the doors on this wardrobe are just plain, they have wide boards to form the edges of the doors with one across the middle of each door and then a panel of the same wood inserted in so that the doors are solid, it then comes with 2 brushed chrome door handles that need fixing in place, again these match the rest of the range, I particularly like the design of the handles as they are quite large and the brushed chrome effect means that they do not become scratched easily.
The whole wardrobe felt very sturdy even before we pushed it in place against the wall, it is very well made, we had purchased cheaper bedroom furniture when we first moved into our house and this fell apart about a year and a half later, however the pre-assembled Hygenia Strand Oak furniture is much stronger, the back of the wardrobe is made from the usual thin board stapled in place as is the case with most furniture you buy nowadays, however they rest of the wardrobe is very well made and strong, it does not feel as though it is going to fall apart within a few months.
For us the size of the wardrobe was important, we didn't want anything too small as it needed to be big enough to accommodate everything that was in our existing wardrobe in the spare room, however we didn't want anything so massive that it was going to dominate the room, we already have a large chest of draws from this range in our room so anything too big was just going to be over the top. The 2 door wardrobe was the perfect size for us measuring 196cm(H) 84.4cm (W) and 53.6cm (D) this was ideal for what we wanted as it was a similar size to what we already had, and now it is in place it blends in perfectly and does not look like it is dominating the room
Inside the wardrobe is quite basic, there is nothing fancy just a chrome hanging rail for your clothes and also a shelf going the whole width of the wardrobe, the shelf is made from a thick wood in the same Oak colour as the rest of the wardrobe and the hanging rail comes ready screwed in place so you do not need to worry about getting this up securely. The rail is basically a thick sturdy looking chrome pole, once all the clothes were hung on this it proved to be as strong as it looked and did not bend or bow at all, the shelf was the same, we put quite a bit of stuff on this and again it easily withstood the weight without bending at all. The height of the rail was ideal as it meant my husband could easily hang all of his clothes on it and still have a large amount of space in the bottom of the wardrobe, had the rail been lower then the space at the bottom of the wardrobe would have been wasted, by having it positioned slightly higher you can make the most of all of the space inside, again ideal for use especially as we have been use to spreading out over two room for the past 2 and a half years.
As I have mentioned we purchased the Hygenia Strand Oak 2 Door Wardrobe from the Argos website, however it is also available in Homebase as these are now part of the same chain. We paid £309.99 for our wardrobe, this is a little more expensive compared to the shop where we purchased the rest of the set from, however we had no choice as that shop had now closed down. I do think however that it is good value for money, the wardrobe is still reasonably priced compared to some other brands and despite this is it very well made and is also strong and sturdy, some cheaper furniture you can buy (and I speak from experience) is very weak and flimsy and falls apart after just a short time, this does not seem to be the case with this. In my opinion I would say it was worth the money.
I would definitely recommend the Hygenia Strand Assembled 2 Door Wardrobe it is very well made and strong and sturdy. This is of a decent size to fit your clothes and anything else you keep in your wardrobe without being too big and dominating the room. For us the real bonus was that it comes ready made all you have to do is screw on the handles and the trim on top, although the trim wasn't as simple for us but this could have been a one off and wouldn't put me off the wardrobe at all. I would say that this is reasonably priced, whilst I was a bit disappointed because if I had bought it at the same time as the rest of our furniture I could have saved some money, however at just over £300 I would say this was worth the money for a well made wardrobe, this is certainly a brand and a wardrobe that I would recommend.
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