“ Brand: Argos „
We bought a couple of these when we moved into our house a few years ago. They were a temporary measure until we had the a) time and b) money to get proper bedroom furniture. To be honest it was a good job they were only a temporary measure because they weren't that good really; it would seem that these hanging rails are a prime example of 'you get what you pay for'.
The hanging rails are pretty simplistic and self explanatory really; they are essentially a frame to hang clothes on, but the added bonus of these ones is that they also have a shoe tidy at the bottom. I have to admit that this was a pretty handy feature but it is about all it was good for in my opinion. The hanger is available in both black and grey although there is not much difference between the two really.
The rail is available from Argos and like many of their furniture type products, it is self assembly. I found that assembling it was quite easy although it required two of us to get the square shape - I think it would have been fiddly rather than difficult to do it with just one person. We also found it was much easier to lay it down to assemble it although that requires having a fairly large amount of spare floor space. You don't need any tools to assemble it either.
On paper the rail is a good idea, because it has an adjustable height feature which means that you can hang longer clothes on it in theory. In practice, we found that the screws for holding the frame in place once it was at the desired height weren't very good and that it slides down very easily when you put any amount of weight on it. By that I mean that it started slipping with just four hangers holding a jacket, a pair of jeans and two tee shirts. For some reason it only slipped at one side in the beginning too, which meant that all the clothes would slide to one side, scrunching them up and therefore defying the point of hanging them up in the first place!
The rail is currently available from Argos for £8.99 and although this is cheap, I'd advise you not to bother. The rail is flimsy and doesn't do the job for which it was designed properly so even at this fairly low price, it is bad value for money. It might be OK in an emergency as a temporary measure, but I'd recommend spending more and getting something much more substantial. Not recommended.
We had bought a couple of those when we rented a semi-furnished flat a few years ago, and needed temporary clothes' hanging space before we got wardrobes.
These rails are cheap (at less than £10) but even at that price are hardly a value for money items as the build quality is poor.
Assembly was fairly easy (though not completely obvious). There are also casters for moving the rail about but as the rail seemed more stable without them, we left them off.
Initially the rail appears quite impressive as it seem to have good capacity and it's extensible upwards for hanging longer garments, but it is all a bit illusory.
The main problem with the rail it's its very flimsy built quality. Unless it is used for thin items like dress blouses or formal shirts I doubt it could be filled up without collapsing or at least getting wobbly.
All the pipes (rods?) that make up the rail are thin and not solid enough. The joins between them are wobbly and unsteady. The screws that keep the horizontal chrome rail at desired level are not very strong so the thing tends to slips down to the level of the black pipes and the idea that you could load it with many long garments (eg coats) seems laughable.
One thing I liked was the shoe rail at the bottom. Somehow just having such a place for them seems to make it easier to keep shoes tidier.
All in all, although this clothes' rail could do as a very emergency provision, I would really recommend spending a bit more and getting something more solid. In fact, even as an emergency, you'd do better with a piece of wood across two chairs or something like that!
The only situation in which I can see it working well is when you just want hang a suit and a few shirts on it.
It would also work OK for kids' clothes, particularly light ones like dressing up ones.
I bought this clothes rail as I had run out of wardrobe space andt his seemed like a cheap space saving alternative to getting a second one or a much bigger one. Unfortunately it didn't really work out as planned!
The clothes rail was cheap, admittedly, at only £8.99 it had the benefit of not breaking the bank, but sometimes its true that you get what you pay for!
The clothes rail felt flimsy and cheap even as I was putting it up, it was easy and quick to assemble but some of the key weight bearing parts were made of very flimsy plastic and I was worried about how much weight it would be able to handle. It was very prone to wobbling and you could push the whole thing from side to side easily. The castors were next to useless so it wasn't easy to move it around with sending it flying!
As a result of the flimsiness, I was careful not to overload this clothes rail as I just didn't trust it. However, I still arrived home one day to find that one of the plastic corner brackets connecting the upright poles to the horizontal hanging rail had snapped in two and that my clothes were in a big pile on the floor. This was only about 6 weeks after I bought the rail, so just over a pound for each week of use!
Obviously, I don't feel that I can recommend this rail to anybody as it is really badly designed and just isn't fit for purpose. I was tempted to take it back to Argos to complain but for the sake of less than a tenner it didn't seem worth the hassle of convincing them I hadn't weighed it down with heavy suits and ballgowns!
I replaced the rail with one from Ikea which as well as being cheaper is much more sturdy and better designed. I'd say skip Argos all together and go straight to the Swedes for this one!