As I''ve probably mentioned in earlier reviews, I have a particularly small bedroom, and I am always trying to think up ways to give myself more space. A while ago I had the idea of buying a small bookcase to put on my desk, so that I could line up my books and other items without taking up floor space. I chose this Baby Bookcase from Argos, cheap at only GBP12.99, and with dimensions small enough to suit me. These are: H82.5, W65, D16.5cm. The bookcase comes in various finishes: I chose the beech as it would go best with the furniture already in my room. I reserved it on the website and went to pay and collect. It was pretty heavy, but I was able to carry it by myself. Luckily the Argos store is only about ten minutes from my house! The weight is 9kg so this should give some indication of how heavy it is to carry. It comes packed flat, which makes it much easier to carry, but obviously then you need to assemble it yourself... ***Assembly*** It is recommended that 2 people assemble the bookcase, but I managed to do it myself, and seriously, if I can do it then anyone can! I didn''t find it too arduous either. There was some balancing of the various panels needed in order to screw them together in a non-wonky manner, and when it came to hammering the nails into the back panel to fix it to the structure, I may have got some of the nails a bit skewiff. However, the unit is still standing over a year later so I must have done something right! It''s a lot sturdier than the price might suggest. The 2 shelves (thickness 1.5 cm) are adjustable ? you select where you want them to go before fixing them to the unit. It''s worth pointing out that the shelves don''t actually stick to the unit ? they balance on some sticky-out things (don''t know the technical term!) inside the unit. This isn''t a problem when you''re using the unit ? it has shown no sign of being unsteady or collapsing ? but if you move it, it''s best to remove the shelves before doing that. ***Use*** I''ve used the bookcase to store books, DVDs, makeup, storage boxes and a jewellery box, as well as other random items. I haven''t paid attention to any weight limits, but I''ve put quite a lot on the shelves and they show no sign of wear or damage. The wood seems to be hardwearing, and any marks can easily be removed with a cleaning cloth. ***Conclusion*** I definitely recommend this ''baby bookcase'' if you need a small bookcase to store books, DVDs or anything else you would like to keep on display. It''s attractive, sturdy, long lasting ? and very cheap! Highly recommended.
~*~*~ Argos Beech Baby Bookcase ~*~*~
When we moved into our current home I knew I wanted bookcases to fit in the alcoves, however these alcoves are really slim. I got on the buyers bible aka the Argos catalogue out and started my search for a bookcase, or actually two in my case.
~ What is it? ~
This is a small two shelf bookcase, it is finished in a beech wood effect. The shelves are adjustable and can be placed at different heights.
~ Why did I choose this one? ~
My initial reason for eventually choosing this one came down to the price. It was in a 50% savings sale so I ended up paying a very low £6.49 for this and as I needed two it ended up working out that I was getting two for the price of one. Not only did the price attract me but it looked small and that is what I was after.
The bookcase has a height of 82.5cm, a width of 65cm and a depth of 16.5cm, which as it worked out was just about right for where we wanted them to go.
~ How does it look? ~
It actually looks quite good when it is put together. It came flatpacked in a simple white and blue thick cardboard package, once opened I could see that every single piece needed putting together, it came with all the fixings so that was a good thing.
The instructions were clear but it was easy to work out anyway.
Once put together the back piece needed to be tacked into place and when complete it looked good, I was expecting it to look a bit cheap due to the price however once in their place and filld with my items it looked a lot more expensive than it was.
~ Overall ~
I am very happy with these, the shelves can be put in various places to make the most of the space. The shelves are very narrow but they are more than capable of holding a book without it hanging over the edge. They are solid and look great.
They can hold a good amount of books and a massive amount of DVD's and computer games.
They do the job very well.
It's not a huge bookcase but it certainly holds what I need it to and more. They fit neatly into the space I have available and look neat and tidy.
I have mine pulled out slightly from the wall so I could sit a lamp on top and whilst the bookcase is narrow it is more than capable of holding a lamp.
You could also stack these if you so wished to do so in order to make a taller bookcase but Argos do stock taller cases anyway.
They are quite heavy for something so cheap and are not flimsy in anyway, they not only look good but are also solid too.
~ Price & Availability ~
These are available from Argos priced at £12.99.
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When I split up with my husband and moved in to a privately rented house with my son I pretty much had to set myself up again from scratch as we didn't take much with us in terms of furniture. I didn't have much money really and so some items I did look to budget buys and some of them worked out well for me whilst others didn't so much! One purchase that worked out really well for me was the argos value range baby beech bookcase and I actually have three in my home now.
The reason that I chose the value range baby beech bookcase was primarily for the £12.99 price tag. At this price I was able to buy a book case for at the bottom of the stairs as well as one for both my son and my own bedrooms. Whilst I was looking for a functional piece of furniture it was paramount that it wasn't going to cost the earth too and this item really did fit the bill.
I actually reserved my items to pick up in a local store but they are available for home delivery but I do think the cost is £5.95 and so it seems only worthwhile if you are likely to be purchasing quite a few items. The book case comes flat packed and weighs 9kg. I found it easy enough to carry the book case out to the car individually and they fit nicely in to the boot of my mum's car.
When I got the boxes home I opened them up and laid all of the pieces up against the wall so that I could check that they were all there. I was pleased to see that the instructions were simple enough looking and there weren't too many steps as I am not the worlds best at building furniture it has to be said! The book case was easy enough to build even for me and whilst it is advised you have two people whilst building it I didn't feel the need for this and was able to do it on my own. I am sure most people could manage to build this quickly....it perhaps took around thirty minutes as a maximum.
When built I have to say the book case looks great quality and there is no way that it looks as though it costs just £12.99 in my opinion. The pale beech colour fits in nicely with the neutral tones in my house. The size of the book case is perfect as well for my needs as I wanted a book case that wouldn't stick out too much from the wall and so the 16.5cm depth really was perfect. The whole dimensions of the book case are 82.5cm high, 65cm wide and as I said 16.5cm deep and so it isn't an obtrusive piece of furniture at all.
My one and only issue with this piece of furniture is the fact that you have two good sized shelves and then one which is not as big as the others and in my opinion is nowhere near big enough for putting books on and so we tend to store my son's pencil case, homework and such like on the one in the hall as well as brushes and make up wipes and such like on the one in my room. The shelves can be positioned where you like and I guess the fact that both my son and I have some large books or photo albums that we want to store on the case that we have ended up with a rather small shelf but this isn't a huge issue, just one that is a little frustrating. In terms of fitting things on the book case we do have some large A4 sized hardback books which fit on the shelves just about and certainly with regards to my son's thinner books you can fit plenty on the book case despite it not being huge in size. DVD's or wii games can also be stored on the book case and I think they are really handy for just storing odd bits and bobs. The one in my son's room is covered with lego as a kind of display on the top of it where as the one in my room has my make up on top of it, and the one in the hall has photos and a large yankee candle jar!
As I mentioned I have had these book cases for over three years and in all cases they are still looking really well and do not look cheap at all. The shelves on them feel secure and are not showing any signs of bending under the weight of books or anything. The whole unit just feels well made and durable and I would have no qualms in recommending this one to you.
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When I first moved into my home three years ago I had to start from scratch in regards to furniture. My nan had kindly given me her old square big back television complete with it's own stand. The stand however didn't have any room for my big collection of DVD's so I set about looking for a cheap storage solution. Argos is my first port of call for these types of things, I found this baby bookcase on their website and thought it would be perfect.
I was quite heavily pregnant when I purchased this so I left my mum to go and collect it and put it together while I supervised. It looked quite simple to put together, my mum done it easily by herself and she isn't the greatest at DIY. When it is fully assembled it is of a nice size at approximately 80cm high, 65cm wide and 15cm deep.
The bookcase served its purpose brilliantly, when placing the first DVD into the bookcase I was impressed in how well it fit in. The DVDs fit side by side with a couple of cm of shelf left in front of the DVD's. I also stacked DVD's on top of the main row, there was room for three DVDs on top of each other. There was just enough room for all of my DVD's on the three shelves.
I loved the bookcase until my daughter started to climb up it! The bookcase is quite lightweight and even though it was full of DVD's it still started to tip over with my daughter climbing up it. It meant that I had to find it a new home where my daughter wouldn't get any chance of climbing up it. It now lives inside my fitted wardrobe. The bookcase now has a new use and stores all of my beauty bits and bobs, lotions and potions, my makeup box, accessories... you name it it's probably on it!
There are three shelves on total, one being the very bottom of the bookcase. The two shelves in the middle are movable so if you wish to put something quite high on the bottom shelf, you can move the one above it to make room. There are holes already placed in the backing to allow you to move the metal shelf support up a notch. I haven't needed to move any shelves but I would imagine it's quite simple to do.
I purchased this bookcase for only £10 almost three years ago. I definitely think it is worth this amount and more! Although it's cheap, the quality isn't lacking and it looks good. It is quite lightweight so if you do have children that like to climb, it wouldn't be ideal around them, but it is a great storage solution whether it sits. Recommended!
I recently moved into a new room which has no shelves to speak of, so I need somewhere to store some stuff and make it look less Spartan. Given that my finances are tight at the moment, I was definitely looking for something that has a lowish price, and that's actually portable enough to carry home myself (and avoid delivery or cab charges). After browsing through the Argos catalogue, this seemed perfect for me needs, and at 14 pounds, a bargain to boot.
It comes flat-packed in a long narrow cardboard box. I wouldn't say it was precisely easy to carry, less because of the weight (not bad at about 9kg) but more because of the akward shape, but I managed well enough.
Once unpacked, it was fairly easy to figure out which part is what, helped by the thankfully detailed instructions. You do need a medium cross-tipped screw-driver to assemble it (which I didn't have, so I had to wait for a friend to bring one over) as well as a hammer for the little nails that attach the back to the size. It was fairly easy to assemble once you have the tools, and I personally found it easier to attach the bottom panel, one side panel and top panel before attaching the other side panel, though I'm sure other people might find a different order works better. In any case, it's important for the case to be straight before you attach the back. The shelves you just slide in once you fix the metal supports (there are holes for that purpose on the side, so you just pop them in). The instructions reccomended fixing it to a wall but I didn't do that, as it's small and short enough not to be much of a hazard even in the unlikely event it does fall.
Once assembled, it looked really good in the room space and while small (85x65 cm), you can fit a fair amount of stuff on it, as it has three shelves and the top can be used as a shelf too (I mostly keep decorative candles there). I managed to fit most of my books (but only because those are the books I amassed in two months in the UK) and have some extra space so I finally have an excuse to go shopping. You can easily adjust the height of the shelves, which is really useful.
My verdict: great value for money, and I like the look. I would ideally like something bigger, but for people who already have other bookshelves/have really limited space, this is a great solution.
When my son became engrossed with books and stories they were stored in a box under his bed, however the books were starting to spill out and were getting crumpled and all sorts and so I wanted to find a bookcase that would fit in his miniscule bedroom without taking up too much room but be large enough to hold and keep his books neat and tidy. Whilst having a browse through various sites their prices were astronomical and I decided to visit the fail-safe Argos.I came across the 'baby bookcase' which instantly drew me in with the name, is sounded like it would be smaller than a regular size which was exactly what I was looking for and so I had a closer look and decided to purchase not one but two.
I used the reserve service online which is a very handy and useful tool as it means you don't have to travel all the way to the store and be disappointed by the lack of stock. t was easy enough to add my reservation number to the machine and pay the money required. These are originally £12.99 however I had to wait a couple of weeks to purchase and by the time I did these were down to £6.49 which was an excellent buy I thought.
The bookcases come flat packed which for some may be a problem but I found it much easier to transport home in their unbuilt state. On opening the box I was presented with all the pieces with enough polystyrene for protection but not so much that it was too much which I was glad about. There were instructions included and the 'tools' required to build, so even for the DIY shy of us we have no excuse for not purchasing this item. I found it extremely easy to build, even without extensive knowledge of flat pack furniture. The only problem I encountered was that I didn't have a hammer to attach the back board to the wooden frame. It wasn't too much of a problem as I used the bottom of a screwdriver to get them in which was easy enough but it would have been better had I had a hammer. All the holes were drilled where they should be and I liked that all little bits and pieces came in separate plastic bags which prevented me from loosing any. The instruction sheet was detailed enough for me to assemble the bookcase but not so much so that I felt like an idiot which I was pleased about.
Once assembled the bookcase had the following dimensions 83cm high, 65cm wide and a depth of 16 1/2cm, firstly I found the height awkward, there are 2 shelves that you can put in yourself however the height prevents you from having 3 equally even sections (and being me this is a VERY annoying problem), secondly if you wish to store box files or lever arch folders then be aware you're probably only going to be able to use two shelves which although it's not a major problem it is still a problem in my eyes. I have two of the cases and one holds box files on the bottom shelf, DVD cases and items of that size on the middle shelf and tiny flat baskets on the top shelf holding post it notes, pens etc. So there isn't a lot of height to get things in there, however as this is a baby bookcase I can't really complain too much.
Onto the width which I feel is an excellent size, I currently have 5 box files on the bottom and could quite easily fit on another 2 which gives plenty scope for holding many items. My son has a shelf filled with DVDs and it manages to hold 42 which I personally think is excellent.
Finally we come onto the depth which holds my biggest bugbear of all. I understand this is smaller than other cases and this is not a problem, it is however a pain and looks rather silly that only half of a folder can fit onto a shelf, even a wired A4 notebook does not fully fit depth wise onto this bookcase and as someone who wanted to use this as a bookcase for study materials it is a bit pointless for me. On the other hand it holds majority of my son't books adequately without too much overhang depth wise.
Although I love this bookcase (mine is in the walnut colour which is darker to the beech one shown above) and it fits in extremely well with my colour scheme there are a lot of things that I have problems with. Firstly not only the depth and the height that prevents you from fully utilising the space of the shelves, but the strength of the shelves isn't all that great. My son has many books which hold multiple stories in them and I keep them all on the same shelf, unfortunately although only a few months old the shelf is now bending under the weight and now looks silly. I would advise to keep heavier books and folders on the bottom shelf to avoid this happening.
It doesn't look cheap unless of course the shelf buckles under the weight but it is a lovely piece of furniture and I personally would recommend it for displaying decorative items, paper backed books, or DVD's. I wouldn't in the future use it as a proper bookcase however. Due to the flaws I feel it has Ican only award this 3 stars as it really isn't useful for it's real function, however for the price and the uses it does have I still feel it is a worthwhile item to have in a house, it definitely makes a lovely addition.
Recently while moving flat I realised that I didn't have enough storage for my DVDs. So I went onto the Argos website, as I was planning to order a number of items from there, and had a look. I found that most of the lower-medium priced specific DVD racks were too pricey for what I wanted or just weren't to my taste. Then I came across this under "storage", and thought that at £10.79 that would do the job for me!
I had this delivered along with a number of other items, and delivery was within the allocated time but I do think that Argos saying delivery will be between 7am and 6pm is a bit much. They use Home Delivery Network so I realise that maybe they can't be more exact, but it meant I had to plan to stay at home all day. Delivery was £5.80 regardless of how much I ordered.
The bookcase comes packaged in a narrow box, and is for self assembly. It weighs 13.5kg, so although the size of the box would not be awkward to carry I think I would have struggled with it on the bus home had I gone to the shop to buy it - no problem with a car though, and it would take up next to no space in the boot so you could buy loads of other stuff on the same shopping trip!
The instructions that come with the bookcase are very easy to follow, although they do say at every stage that "Asking someone to help you would be a good idea at this point". At no point did I think it would be easier to assemble if someone was helping me! The assembly is incredibly easy. You need a Philipps screwdriver and a hammer. You put the frame of the case together with wooden dowels and screws, and then nail the back in place (all these are provided). Make sure you get the back straight as I had to pull out the second nail because it was squint!!!
Once assembled, the bookcase is nice and sturdy and an excellent size (82.5cm high, 65cm wide and 16.5cm deep). There are two shelves to insert. The shelf supports are good quality metal with rubber coverings, and you choose the height of the shelves yourself. A word of warning - once you push the supports in, they are very hard to pull back out (I had to use the pulling end of a hammer once I realised I had it wrong) so make sure you are sure about where you want them! Once you slide the shelves in on top of the supports they are wedged in very securely and unlikely to move if the bookcase is knocked.
I am absolutely delighted with my little bookcase. So delighted in fact, that I went straight back online and ordered another! Now I have two and they both look great. I have them filled with DVDs and books, including some hardbacks, and they are not wobbly or sagging from weight. The only issue with size is that I wanted to put some larger size hardbacks in one, but in order to make one shelf high enough for that, I would have had another shelf space too small to stand either DVDs or small paperbacks up in so they would have had to lie on their sides. That was when I decided to rearrange and had problems with the shelf supports...
Quality wise, I really can't fault this. I've never bought solid wood furniture but I have bought more expensive wood-effect bookcases in the past, and I can see no difference between the quality of them and this mini bookcase. The only possible gripe would be that the back panel is not one sheet, it is made up of 4 panels held together on the outside by what appears to be brown parcel tape. But once it is assembled you can't see the tape and you can barely even tell it is not one panel, so that would not be a complaint from me!
This bookcase is outstanding value for money, and ideal for a small space or even if you just don't want a larger lumbering bookcase taking up space! These are small and light coloured and really very nice.
I have been looking for a small bookcase for my bedroom for a while without success, everything I saw either online or in a shop would be too tall or too deep. Everything that is until I read a review by BOMBA on here on this Beech Baby Bookcase from Argos. It sounded perfect at the time and now a couple of weeks later I have the perfect bookcase next to my bed.
This is a flat pack bookcase and comes in a tall narrow cardboard box, I thought it was quite heavy to carry although my son in law said it wasn't and he was the one carrying it so who am I to contradict him?
It was so easy to put together that I did it alone, and this from the woman who cannot successfully assemble ANYTHING even having to throw away a brand new DVD rack recently because I made such a pigs ear of it! This Baby Bookcase though was extremely simple to put together, I found it a little bit fiddly to get the two sides attached to the base before putting the top on but nothing that propping the bookcase against the wall couldn't fix.
All of the wooden pieces of bookcase were there, which is a surprise in itself when discussing Argos furniture, and I also liked the fact that all the screws, bolts etc. came in little plastic bags so that none can be lost or accidentally thrown away with the box. All of the holes were drilled in the correct places and there was a very well described instruction sheet telling me how to put together the bookcase.
One thing worth mentioning here, if you are buying the bookcase for upstairs then I would suggest you assemble it in the room where it is going to live as although this is a small bookcase it would be quite bulky to carry up the stairs I would imagine. Once assembled it stands a shade under 83cm high, 65cm wide and the depth is 16 1/2cm.
The finished bookcase looks lovely. Despite the small size of it there is plenty of room for my books and I have also used it for ornaments and placed a vase of flowers on the top. The wood, while cheap Beech, looks great and matches my solid beech bedroom furniture perfectly. I think if someone were to go over it with a fine tooth comb then they may see that this isn't the best quality wood in the world, but this only cost me £9.99 and I think for that price the quality is astounding.
One other thing worth mentioning is the fact that I can move the shelves and this is very easy to do. All I have to do is move the small metal shelf supports up or down a notch so that I have a larger shelf for my bigger books and then two smaller shelves for all the paperbacks I keep buying whenever I am in a charity shop. The shelves sit very securely on the shelf supports with no wobble at all, even on the middle shelf where I keep my heavier unstable knitting pattern folders.
There are three shelves in the bookcase, and also the top of it which in effect is a fourth shelf which I think is perfect for a bedroom bookcase. Saying that, this bookcase would look just as good in a living room and I am considering buying another for in the kitchen as I think it would be perfect for storing the 100+ cookery books I own.
Argos is of course the only place you can purchase this bookcase, but it really is worth a trip to your local depressing store as this is a complete bargain.
The Argos baby bookcase is without doubt one of the best pieces of furniture I have purchased. Now, although I haven't purchased much but that doesn't make this any less of a bargain buy, where else can you get a bookcase for less than £10? I and my partner recently purchased our new little two bedroom house; we had spent hundreds of pounds on furniture for the bedroom and lounge but we were looking for some smaller pieces to 'Fill up' the house as it were. We are both avid readers and between us have plenty of books that need somewhere to live, so for us the baby bookcase was the ideal choice.
I purchased the bookcase from as Argos store and had to carry it to my car, luckily the entire unit weight is only 9.1KG so I didn't have much of a problem, the only difficult thing is getting it in a comfortable position, the box is long and thin so it does tend to swing around a bit. I wouldn't advise the elderly, very young, disabled or weaker person to attempt to carry it a long distance, if at all; it can get quite cumbersome after a while.
The packaging however was pleasingly well made, the box was sturdy and well sealed up with tape and the wooden pieces were protected by a thin layer of polystyrene, the smaller fixings were also bagged up in small plastic bags to ensure they don't flail around inside the box and potentially fall out. Considering I had only paid £9.99 for the unit I was pleasantly surprised with the overall quality of not just the packaging but the unit itself.
Upon opening you are confronted with a small bag of fixings such as nails, dowel rods, screws, small wood coloured stickers and around 7 pieces of wood. There is also a small instruction manual with clear and concise instructions on how to build the unit, it says that one person should be able to construct the unit on their own. I would however disagree, although I managed on my own I can see how people may struggle, especially when undergoing the stage where you have to attach the sides to the base, although the pieces aren't heavy it is awfully tricky. I was happy to find that all of the pieces were present and in good order, it took me around 25 minutes to complete and at the end I hadn't even broken a sweat. Now I bet your wondering what the wood coloured stickers are for, well, where you screw the pieces together in some cases the screws are visible. You simple have to stick the stickers over the screws and they disappear, brilliant for such a cheap unit.
The unit is very sturdy and will easily hold as many books as you can fit on the shelves, the beech colour works well in a lighter room, we have ours on a magnolia wall and it looks great. Unless you really analyse the unit you can't tell it is made of cheap material and the shelves are even adjustable so you can vary your book collection. All you need to do is pull the shelves out, move the shelve holding plugs into the height relevant holes and replace the shelves, the plugs even have little plastic grippers to stop the shelves moving around.
We use ours to store our house phone on in the hall, it is thin enough not to get in peoples way as they walk in the house (The exact measurements are (W)65, (D)16.5 (H)82.5cm). If you want a small and convenient unit that will take up some space and still look respectable I would definitely advise the baby bookcase, you will not be disappointed.
It can be purchase from Argos for £9.99.
Bookcase comes in a beech finish and has two adjustable shelves. Dimensions: (W)65, (D)16.5 (H)82.5cm.