“ Brand: Argos „
I bought this toy storage when it was about half price and I think that price is great for it. (was about £13) though would not pay any more for it. It was easy to put it together but I was a bit concerned at first as some of the wood sticks are quite bended, but they still function well afterall.
There are 9 canvas boxes which are great to seperate different type of toys, though with my little one after some time they are all messed up with everything, so they are not that organised as I imagined it before.
The colours of the boxes (red, blue, yellow) are really bright, they are perfect for a child's bedroom.
The boxes are better quality as I thought, my daughter is playing with them loads and they are keeping their shape well.
The size is good for children to be able to reach their toys when they want to play. Though the bigger teddies can't fit in, but that's not a problem as there are plenty little things to go in it.
I'm happy with it, and would recommend it if you are looking for toy storage.
When moving house from a fairly large flat to a smaller, more compact house I was looking for multiple storage options for everything. One of the main things was my sons toys. I wanted to have a few plastic boxes that could be stored in the cupboard or in the shed if there became too many without being ruined but on the other hand I also wanted something that had easy access, looked neat and tidy and was suitable for children. I came across this particular unit whilst browsing the Argos website.
*~* Price and Availability *~*
I paid just £12.49 for this unit as it was half price. The normal selling price for this is £24.99 and can be purchased in both Argos and Homebase. I have seen similar units being sold in Smyths toystore but I cannot say if it is the exact same make etc.
*~* Packaging *~*
The packaging for this is very basic. It comes packaged in a plain brown cardboard box with simple plastic wrapping to protect the wooden 'poles' in transit. Apart from this there is no other protection at all but it doesn't really matter as wood and linen don't exactly need to be protected from anything.
*~* The Unit *~*
The unit came flat packed and so I was required to add in about a dozen screws. It was very simple and although I really can't recall but I'm sure that the required tools were included in the box. The intructions were clear and well laid out. Even for a DIY disastress I very easily managed to put this together. Again depite my flaws once up this unit was sturdy and even and extremely stable.
The baskets were very easy to assemble. It was a case of unfolding them and adding in the assigned coloured cardboard in the bottom. The slotted easily into the wooden frame with plenty of space and of course with 3 colours there are various stacking options.
The unit very neatly sits against the wall and doesn't jut out into the room much at all which for me is an excellent added advantage. My son found the baskets easy to take in and out the unit with no trouble at all. Even at 2 and a half he had no problems.
I was suprised with just how durable the baskets are. Each of the 9 has various toys included but one of the baskets at one stage was filled to the brim with various little metal cars and even though the sides were bulging the basket didn't loose shape and after cleaning it out it pinged back to the way it was.
*~* My Opinion *~*
I am so glad I bought this unit and if I had space anywhere else for one I wouldn't hesitate to pick one up. At the price I paid I feel I got an excellent bargain but would happily pay full price to have the benefits of this unit in my house. It is cheap, easy for children to use, brightens up my sons bedroom, is suitable for both genders, holds plenty of toys, fits neatly in the room and overall is a fantastic storage solution. 5 stars from me, it is definately recommended.
I really wanted some nice storage for my daughter when she turned one something other then the large plastic boxes as these arent very accessible for her. I saw this (in Purple and Pink) in the Argos book and thought it would be perfect. My mum got it for her and put it up before brining it round and she had to phone me as she was very concerned about the size. (I had mentioned I wanted it for books but it wouldnt fit books in) It is alot smaller then what I thought the picture looked like. I think it makes it look like the compartments are larger but they are not very big at all.
It has been durable and lasted nearly 3 years only now its starting to fall apart at the sides. You get 9 coloured canvas boxes wach with a handle on the front and the inside bottom part pulls out. In them we can fit all the little bits and pieces all kids seem to accumulate, crayons, small books-anything A4 size+ wont fit, jigsaws and then teddies. It has actually been more useful as a teddy storer then anything.
For the price (£25) it is a good stable storage solution and great for things that our child may want at hand, to get on their own rather then asking for a certain box out so child friendliness is definetly a 10 if it was abit larger it would be perfect and I would have a lot of these lined up in the play room!
The Argos 3 Tier Basket Unit is available from Argos or Homebase for £24.99. It's a brilliant budget storage unit for all those little children's toys like construction toys, and action figures. The kind that you want to keep seperate and not get lost in the bottom of a big storage box.
This comes flat-packed in a surprisingly tiny box. In fact the box was so small and light (about 5kg) that I thought I'd been had at first. Thankfully, it looks a lot bigger once assembled than the packaging led me to believe it would be! So much so that we now own two of these.
Putting these together was fairly simple, The wood is very thin, and I did actually split a small section from being over zealous. I do feel I should have known better considering the price tag though, and with a little more care (and a little less brute force), no more pieces were damaged during the construction process thereafter.
Once assembled, the baskets (which also come flat-packed) slot into place easily but snuggly. It looks really great once assembled and I like that it sits neatly against a wall, and that these can be lined up smoothly too thanks to the flush sides. The version we've bought includes three baskets each in red, blue and yellow, though I've also seen a girl's pink and purple version available in the catalogue which appears to be the exact same model - just with different coloured baskets.
Getting the baskets in and out of the unit is easy enough, as they've left enough space between each row to achieve this smoothly. The boxes are surprisingly sturdy considering they're only canvass and cardboard. We have one filled with MagneXt (which includes heavy magnet parts) and though it bows slightly as you lift it off the rack, it doesn't bend and it hasn't given way.
For just shy of £25 this is a bargain buy way of sorting out a child's toys. In fact I could see it being good for a few different storage solutions. It's a really good size for kids, as it's only 65cm tall, so even a two year old will be able to reach the top baskets. It's cheap, convenient and well enough made to be a good buy. It won't last forever, but then neither do small children!