Product Type: Argos home furniture
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Why Have A Bookcase When You Can Have A Baby Bookcase?
Argos Beech Baby Bookcase
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Argos Beech Baby Bookcase
Advantages: Looks lovely, cheap to buy, easy to assemble, lovely colours.
Disadvantages: Shelves bend under weight, height isn't the best, depth is no good for holding proper books.
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.
Summary: A bookcase not really worthy of books, more as a DVD rack or to hold decorative pieces.
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