“ Brand: Argos / Type: Coffee Table „
I've just mortgaged myself up to the absolute eyeballs and as such when I was looking to furnish my living room Argos was the obvious first port of call for the finishing touches.
Everybody knows Argos, it's on the High Street and it's renowned for having cheap furnishings, it's not everybody's cup of tea but you know what you're going to get. I bought this item alongside the matching TV Stand Unit and Bookshelf, the three costing about £130. BARGAIN!
Of course Argos delivers furniture flat packed and sometimes that can lead to the nightmare of following unclear instructions, missing fastening, broken pieces and sometimes, if you're unfortunate, all three!
This item arrived in about half a dozen pieces, all labelled up with numbers which corresponded to parts in the instruction, something which is a vast improvement from last time I set up home when the various pieces were invariably not labelled up and it was a matter of guesswork as to which piece went where. There were also around 20 fastenings of various sorts all of which were present (thankfully) and easy to fit.
The instructions were relatively clear, though not as good as some of the other flat pack furniture I have recently bought.
Each of the pieces fitted into the assigned slots very comfortably (which is not always true) and were fastened very securely in place by the included screws so there was not wobble which you can sometimes suffer with flat pack.
The chrome finishings look nice but be very careful when trying to fit them as this is the only part of the whole exercise which isn't 'effortless'... requiring a little bit of brute force and a hammer. Whilst the rest of the item can be assembled without really needing the instructions (as a man I try to refer to them as little as possible!) do follow the paperwork in ensuring you cushion the chrome with a piece of cardboard (the cardboard which come with the table is as good as anything else) to avoid cracking.
The finished table looks much more expensive than the approx £25 you'll spend on it and I thoroughly recommend this as a cheap but smart looking Coffee Table and it took me literally a few minutes from opening to full assembly.
I was buying a few bits for my living room the other week, me and my twins moved into this house in November and we still have more things to get to fill it up a little but as it is my living room I spend most of my time in I wanted to do this room first. It's a large-ish room but an awkward shape, especially as it has two doors to open inside, only it was looking a little bare with only the sofa, a rug and tv so I decided to buy a table. I didn't want a table to be used as a coffee table but more a place to put my stereo and perhaps a few ornaments to liven it up a little. I didn't want anything to expensive but I wanted something that would look good to. Typical woman, don't want much lol!
Browsing through the Argos catalogue I came across this Black Coffee table with Chrome finish for under £40. It was exactly what I needed and it would have matched my living room as the colour theme in their is red and black with a bit of cream too.
The table comes flat placked so you do need to assemble it - it does advise that two people put it together but being as impatient as I am I done it myself, although I can see why it would advise two people to put it together as this would probably prevent more breakages and knocks etc.
There aren't many pieces in the box together and I was glad to see there wasn't many screws etc either, in fact there were only two sets of 'screws', phew! I needed my own screwdriver though. In the box you do have an instruction sheet, the wood pieces, the chrome pieces and the screws themselves. For people interested in the size, well in my own words I'd say not too large although not your typical small one or two cup coffee table, it is narrow-ish and long and could fit quite compact in many shaped rooms I think. However if you prefer exact measurements it's size is H40, W94, D38.8cm and it's Weight 12.1kg.
The wood pieces are not too heavy nor bulky so it is fairly easy to screw them together with little effort or struggle. One thing I would say though is this material is the type of material that is easily marked or scratched, and the black finish could be easily 'picked' away - this is something to think about if you have children etc. Although I have 2 year old twins they are fairly good in knowing what they are allowed and not allowed to touch so I wasn't too worried. The corners are probably the most 'fragile' areas of the table meaning any hard knocks could probably loosen or break the wood and material. Once put together it is a very strong and sturdy table, and even light enough to pick up on your own to move it to where you want it in your rooms. I have my stereo on the top of it which looks trendy and modern and it fits perfectly on it, underneath you do have that 'wood bar' in the middle stopping you from putting anything to large or chunky under there as I soon found out when I tried to fit my speakers on it. However magazines can be stored there, or even ornaments, I have a red, ceramic dish filled with pot pourri on there. The 'chrome' finish, is piece of silver plastic stuff which has to be knocked into place onto the unfinished edges to hide the 'wood'. Once these are in place it finishes off the overall look of the table making it look sleek and stylish.
The table was very easy to put together, even by myself, although there was the odd piece which needed 'balancing' at the end before the other side of the table was attached, here I really should of had somebody else hold them otherwise it could of caused the wood to snap.
If you are looking for a table on a budget either for storage or style purposes I think this one is brilliant for the price. It's not the best quality but for under £40 you can't go wrong, it looks really good in my living room and fills up space which needed filling without taking up a whole lot of room. If you do like the table you can in fact by a matching 'nest' of tables and also a storage unit/stand for your tv's and dvd's etc. Although a cheap table it doesn't really look that cheap, for me having putting it together I could see closely that it's not the best quality but for somebody to come in my home and see it they wouldn't question it's price or quality in fact I've had many compliments for it.