“ Brand: Argos / Features: Single hanging rail / 5 shelves / Type: Wardrobe „
When my ex husband decided out of the blue to up and leave me on a whim (nice guy) he abandoned me in my flat (we were living mainly in our house in Brentwood, but we had a vacant flat as well) he dumped all my belongings (that he wanted me to have) in my empty flat and left me to survive.
Survive I did but not without many stresses and tribulations, one of the first ones to come along was the realisation that I had no furniture etc to live with. I took a hasty trip to Argos to buy some of the essentials to help me cope through the first few months. One of the things I bought was a canvas wardrobe, I didn't realise that wardrobes were so expensive; I paid £44.99 for mine and thought that was really expensive.
It came flat packed and with instructions thankfully. After checking I had all the bits I needed to start to put it all together. The poles are labelled with stickers and numbers that correspond with the numbers on the instruction sheets. It is quite confusing to follow and trying to do it on your own is not recommended by anyone sane!!! It took me a while to construct, lots of swearing, it falling over, basically it was hard. The poles would wave about in the air and trying to get them to line up so you can attach the next pole is just a nightmare when on your own, always have a friend to help you. The corners are similar to a Wendy house I had as a child and they are probably made the same as well, some would happily let the poles go in, others wouldn't have it, I had to take them all off and start with a different pole first, a knock with a hammer helped too.
Eventually it was constructed, the shelves were in and together, the pole was holding up, after again struggling with the canvas cover, I somehow managed to get it standing up and looking ok. I put it where it was going to live and started putting clothes on the shelves and hanging items on the hanging rail. This is where we should have a sign that flashes to tell you to go back before it is too late.
I had this horrible canvas thing up and useable for about a month, the cream colour was ok, but the actual construction was horrendous from start to finish. The hanging rail was only ok if you used child size hangers, any adult size ones were too long for the depth of the wardrobe so they would cause bumps on the canvas door when you did it up! Within a few weeks I noticed a distinct lean appearing and I had not over loaded the wardrobe at all, most of my clothes were still in black bags.
The lean got worse and worse until eventually I had to empty it and throw it away before it fell over and killed anyone. I took pictures mainly to show people I knew how badly it had bent out of shape. For the price it is horrendous to think it didn't even last a month. I have since bought another similar wardrobe from Homebase, this one is predominantly made out of wood rather than metal and has lasted six months so far, so better than attempt number 1. Never again!!
I recently had a large delivery from argos.co.uk as I just moved into a tiny flat. In my bedroom it is very crowded with a bed and chest of drawers so everything else needs to fit into a wardrobe. I hate flat pack furniture but it is the cheapest way of getting new items.
This wardrobe arrived in one long box and was quite heavy but the delivery man lifted it inside for me.
I opened it to find all the parts and a set of instructions. It was tightly packed and had polystyrene around some parts to keep it in place. The screws were in a separate bag and I checked they were all there and then proceeded to put it together.
You need two people to put this together, even lying it down its impossible to hold the bits that should be next to each other and maneuver them into place. When it is all put together on the floor you then need two people to lift it upright and then put the canvas covering on as it is quite tall and I am short.
The canvas covering is a light cream colour, it needs hoovering now and again as dust seems to be attracted to it.
The wood is not the best quality and splintered quite a lot when screwing it together but it looks good now that its up. I can fit all my clothes on the shelves, there is a hanging rail and enough space at the bottom for my shoes.
It looks great at at around £60 it was a good deal. When I bought it Argos also had a sale on all indoor furniture so I bought everything for my house in one go to save money.
We previously lived in a flat with built in wardrobes so when we moved into a house we didn't have anywhere to hang our clothes. I didn't want to part with too much money as at the time we were living in Durham for just a year and would be moving 300 miles back to Wales at the end of it. I didn't fancy the hassle of moving bulky wardrobes and in my experience a lot of them fall apart when they are moved around too much.
Browsing in Argos I came across this wardrobe for just £44.99 so I decided to buy two. The wardrobe itself comes flat packed in a box that fitted perfectly inside the boot of my Vauxhall Astra without me having to lower the rear seats.
The wardrobe requires the minimal amount of effort to construct, to save time myself and my partner did one each. It says you need two people but I managed to do it myself. The instructions are clear and most of the parts screw together. The parts are also numbered so for anyone who is hopeless at flat pack furniture you shouldn't have a problem. It took me around 45 minutes to put together.
The first thing I liked about the wardrobe was the fact that the frame was lightweight this meant I could move it around the room until I found the position I wanted it. When the wardrobe is constructed it measures;
Size H180, W120, D49.5cm.
The wardrobe consists of a metal frame which you pull the canvas over, on the one side with a hanging rail and two metal shelves at the bottom, you can choose which side you want the shelves to go on, I chose the left, there are 5 shelves and also on the side of the wardrobe there are four slots for you to store shoes. The front of the wardrobe can be rolled up and fastened, it also has little legs at the bottom so it is raised off the ground.
I would describe the colour of the wardrobe as a 'stone' colour, the canvas is very thick and feels like a decent quality material. When the whole thing is constructed it feels very steady and robust.
I have a lot of clothes! I managed to cram the rail full of clothes and it didn't bend under the weight, some wardrobes I have owned can't cope with the weight of all of my clothes!, the only downside is the chelves rather than being metal the 5 smaller shelves are made of canvas, so if you put too much on them they tend to bend too much and your clothes get creased, I would recommend you only put a few items on there. The metal shelves under the hanging rail are great for shoes they are the perfect height, I put my shoes on the lower one and my jeans on the next level up. The shoe holders on the outside I found rather small and all that would fit in would be things like flip-flops and sandals. In the end I decided to use them to store odds and ends as the canvas would get dirty pretty quickly if you kept putting worn shoes in there.
Overall this is a good buy for the price, when I moved back to Wales I took it down and it was easy to transport, when I put it back together again it looked as good as new. I now have built in wardrobes in two of my rooms so these have been banished to the third room, they are still pretty useful and for the price paid you can't go wrong.
We purchased the argos canvas and silver double wardrobe when we moved house and went to somewhere without built in storage. It was never meant to be forever, it was just for an interim period as our finances had been rather drained by the house move. To be honest, this just about served it's purpose, but I do think it was overpriced for what you get.
My partner is very good at DIY jobs and has assembled many a piece of furniture in his time, but he did think that this was rather difficult. There is no way that a person on their own could fit the single piece of canvas over the metal frame, as it is rather a tricky job. Once built, the wardrobe didn't seem very stable and could easily be knocked over if you weren't quite careful. On the plus side the poles did fit together neatly, so they are unlikely to come apart in my experience.
To call this a double wardrobe does seem like a bit of poetic licence has been used. We found it very small, and the shelves to the side of the hanging area are not a great idea, as once you have more than about 4 items on them you can't find or access anything. The depth of the shelves and in fact of the entire wardrobe, was again a bit on the small side, so things like coats or jackets would push out of the front when the cover was on. This gave the wardrobe a very bulging look.
I appreciate that at this price you are not expecting a design masterpiece, however, as most people would probably be looking to use this as we did, for an interim period, I would suggest you looked around some second hand places first. You would probably find something that is a considerably better size and pay less money.
The few plus points that I can think of are that; we were able to buy this wardrobe and transport it easily in a Ford KA (which you would not be able to do with a proper wardrobe) and that being made of cream canvas it would fit with most colour schemes.
Argos canvas wardrobe.
Thankfully, I only paid £20 from eBay. Still brand new and sealed, still an Argos canvas wardrobe. Some come with poles and others with wood. I only had the choice of poles. It does retail for £50+ in Argos, and similar ones go for more from other retailers.
My reasons for purchasing it are that I only have a small chest of drawers and a clothes basket for all my clothes. Any jackets/shirts/trousers/suits are hung on the bag of my door on two rails which isn't the best way of keeping clothes. I thought it would be more beneficial to have everything hung up in a stylish storage facility. Well, obviously buying this wasn't the answer to my questions.
When you open up the wardrobe, you'll see all the poles, the canvas and a set of instructions. When I say set, I meant to say you get one sheet with barely readable numbers and tiny, confusing, overlapping diagrams. If you've a pair of binoculars handy, get them out now.
Handily, the poles are all labelled up with a little sticker, which, surprisingly, matches up to the number on the instructions.
So (with binoculars at hand), I had to match up the poles. I started with the bottom base, which is relatively easy to do. Then I had to start building up one side which didn't stand up at all well and I got my friend to hold it; I wouldn't recommend constructing this with one person. Once the main side was up, I could construct the five shelves that went up the other side.
The plastic "joints" slot the poles together and I'd completed all of it within 15 minutes (with the help of my friend). While putting the poles together, you have to make sure insert the sheets of fabrics along the poles for the small shelves (something I forgot to do, as the instructions were unclear!)
I did have a few concerns about the build quality of the whole wardrobe. The poles are about as strong as bamboo sticks and whilst some of the poles would push easily into the "joints", most would hardly fit in. The quality of these were poor because, as I've mentioned, they don't fit the pole well, but also because they aren't finished well - sharps bits of plastic scratched across my fingers and caught one of my clothes too.
Also, the colour of the wardrobe wasn't so much beige, more urine coloured, so it blended in excellently with my freshly painted walls...not! Really disgusting, although you can get it in navy blue and pink (so the box says)
To top it all off, the fabric didn't fit properly over the poles, even with two people pulling it down simultaneously. It ripped, but with a bit of UHU glue, it was on the mend.
I then unzipped it to put my clothes in. Space wise, there's an awful lot of it in the shelves, but I wouldn't want to fill the gaps up completely with clothes as the fragile canvas would have a breakdown. I hung up my suit jackets in there and I couldn't get a medium men's one in without it sticking out and making the front look all lumpy, so there's not really a decent amount of space in terms of depth, which I felt was disappointing.
With all my clothes in, there was plenty of space in the compartment shelves, but the let down was the depth of the wardrobe, as the hanging rail wasn't deep enough and so the clothes pushed against the front and stuck out, making it highly noticeable and ugly.
I couldn't bear to look at the disgusting monstrosity any more and needless to say, my clothes are back in a chest of drawers with my suits on the doors for now. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, and I definitely wouldn't pay £50+ for it.
1 dooyoo star, because that's the lowest I can give. Poor build quality, poor colour and lack of space but it was quick to set up once you've managed to read the miniature instructions!
I needed a wardrobe for a small interim period whilst I saved for better ones. I ordered two of these canvas and silver double wardrobes and haven't looked back.
I've now had them for 18 months and they've lasted very well. They're a little tricky to assemble, but the all in one piece canvas outer being a bit difficult for one person to slide on by themselves.
There are 5 drawer type compartments with a shoe rack and large hanging rail. There is also a velcro piece which has several small fabric compartments on the side... this is handy for storing socks or shoes or slippers or anything else you want to keep in there (maybe a hairdryer, or straighteners or shower gel?).
I have had these for aroudn 18 months now, and only one has had a piece broken off (and that is because it was stepped one whilst moving it).
Something to be careful of; do not try and overfill the compartments that run down the side as there is a just a thin piece of wood that runs along the front of the fabric to keep it straight, this snapped quite quickly when I filled it with tshirts. Also hanging too many clothes on the rail can cause it to tip forward slightly. If you're not too fussed, you could secure it to the wall, or add some weight to the back which will solve the problem. I slid a long piece of thing wood underneath the front feet which isn't noticeable because the fabric actually covers to the bottom of the floor, this cause it to tilt backward slightly meaning it sits against the wall again.
For the sake of around £35, they're a great makeshift wardrobe.