“ Brand: Argos / Type: Table „
I have just moved house after a break-up and it has left me with hardly any furniture. am always on the lookout for a bargain and as I needed a few items for the living room I settled on the 'cubes' range from Argos.
I bought this end table for £14.99, Argos have an offer on where you buy on you get another half price so for this reason I bought the whole range.
In the range there is also a shelving unit, a TV stand and a coffee table. You also get a choice of three colours, beech effect, oak effect or black.
I chose oak as it is fairly neutral and my living room is magnolia and I have a brown leather sofa.
The table is available to pick up from store, the item only weighs 7kg and I managed to get all four items in my three door hatchback no problems.
When I got the end table home I built is straight away. The pieces are clearly labelled with sticky numbers which need to be peeled off when built, a word of caution here when I peeled off one on the stickers I peeled off some of the veneer luckily it was on a bit that you wouldn't notice as it was under the end table. You need a screwdriver and also a hammer although I never used the hammer.
The instructions are clear and very easy to follow. You start by building the base, this is easy you pop in some glue and dowels and it all pushes together easily. The next stage is to put the bottom shelf on the unit, this again involves the glue and dowels, once it is popped in place you have four screws to secure it. You then attach the sides and finally you attach the top of the table using screws.
The table took me literally 5 minutes, it was so easy to assemble. Once it was assembled the table looked really sturdy, I was also impressed by the finish it didn't look as cheap as I expected.
The measurements of the table are;
Size H30, W40, D40cm.
One thing I did think when this table was assembled was that it is very low. The coffee table and the TV stand are also the same height. However once I put a lamp on the top it looked fine and fitted in the living room nicely. The bottom shelf on the table is useful as I like to read and I find that my magazines can make the living room look cluttered this is the perfect solution as I can put them neatly on the bottom shelf. The only negative thing with this end table is when we use it to put a cup of coffee on if we have a visitor it is low compared to the height of my sofa.
Overall for the money this is perfect for me. The items feel sturdy and to be honest even if they don't last more than a couple of years for the price you can't go wrong. The most expensive item in the range was £39.99.
I would recommend this item despite the fact it is smaller than I thought.
~*~*~ Argos Cubes Oak Finish End Table ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is an end table from the Cubes range at Argos. It is a nice, trendy design with a modern look.
~ Why I bought it ~
I bought this a good few years ago from a seller on ebay who had them listed for collection only. It turns out that they lived a two minute drive away and I spent the grand total of £1.98 for this end table and the matching coffee table. They were both still in their flat packed boxes too so I got a brilliant bargain.
I didn't particularly need them, but I did like the look and had the space in the living room for the items. They certainly were a good buy as they have lasted well over four years, a house move and are both still in use today.
~ Price & Availability ~
This is an Argos item so can be bought in Argos stores or online at www.argos.co.uk.
This table is now priced at £14.99 which means that it has had a slight price increase over the years as I am sure they were originally priced at around £12.
This table is available in three different colourways -
Oak Wood Effect
Beech Wood Effect
Black Ash Wood Effect
It is also part of a range and there are other items available in the same style -
End Table - £14.99
Shelving Unit - £39.99
Coffee Table - £29.99
TV Entertainment Unit - £29.99
I think the prices are reasonable enough to kit out your living room in a nice matching style.
~ The End Table ~
This is a small item, really small infact. It currently sits in an alcove in my living room and housing my sky+ box on the shelf, along with a Wii console slotted on top of that, and upon it stands a floor lamp (high ceilings make this floor lamp look like a table lamp!) and a heavy mother and baby ornament.
The actual dimensions of the table are -
Height 30cm, Width 40cm, Depth 40cm.
It weighs 7kg.
In the past I have used this as a table at the end of the sofa, and before my TV was put on the wall, it sat behind the TV unit with the floor lamp on top!
~ My thoughts ~
This little table has impressed me no end, over the years it has had lots of use and still looks as good now as it did when new. It came completely flat packed so needed putting together, I recall this being a pretty easy and straight forward job as each piece was numbered with a little dot sticker. It is incredibly sturdy when put together and has lasted me well over the four + years that we have had it. It is constructed from MDF with an oak wood effect veneer, this hasn't chipped or scratched like some cheaper items do.
The look of the table is very modern with it's sleek straight lines. The table is made up of two cubes, a smaller cube at the bottom and then an open back and front cube on the top, it is nice and simplistic and goes well with the other furniture we have.
The coffee table in the same range is also very low and small, sitting at the same height but being longer, this has been used as a coffee table, a stand for a vivarium and now sits against the chimney breast in my dining room with two wicker baskets underneath and photo's and a vase on top. This held the vivarium safely although it was a bit smaller for the temporary period we needed it too with no ill effects although the top of the table is slightly scratched due to Drako flicking sand out of the vivarium, the sand landing on the table (somehow) and the sand scratching the table when we moved it! Other than that it has too been a great piece of furniture which has withstood climbing children and also being used as a bench by said climbing children!
I think the items of furniture in the Cubes range are good value for money as they can lasts for years.
Thanks for reading :o) x
Having recently moved in to our own place it has been fair to say that we've spent more money and time on furniture in the last 6 months than in the rest of our lifespan put together. We've gone for an oak kind of theme in our living room which complements the colour of the walls and floor quite well.
This end table was purchased, in oak finish, from Argos for just under £12.00 but this price has now risen to £12.99 meaning this is still on the lower end of the price scale for end tables. There are lots of other items in the cubes range designed to complement your other pieces and build a matching theme to the room of your choice, and in our case the living room.
This end table was packaged, as you'd expect with this kind of thing, flat, and surrounded by protective paper and card in a large cardboard box. The box contained the pieces of wood, glue, screws and instructions required for building the end table. The paper printed instructions were easy to read, understand and very informative and it only took around 15 minutes to build this end table and even less time when building the second one we purchased at a later date because we already knew what we were doing. Each piece of wood was labelled with a small red and white sticker making it easy to distinguish which piece was required when following the instructions, no marks were left behind by the stickers and it was very simple to remove each one once the table was complete.
This end table looks quite smart and we have been using one by the end of our largest sofa and one is acting as a telephone table. Both tables look smart and have been built well. These have been in use for 6 months now and have not sagged or bowed in any place at all. The cube design is ideal as you have the things on display on the top that you want out and then there is a shelf section near the bottom of the unit which is ideal for tucking things away, particularly if the end table is pushed up against a wall. The weight of this unit is just 7kg so it's very simple to just push it around with your foot if you are wanting to hoover up any crumbs or dirt from around it's edges. The dimensions of this table are 30cm (Height) X 40cm (Width) x 40cm (Length) meaning that this is the same height as the coffee table in the range ensuring your range of furniture is matching and looks similar whilst providing different functional pieces for different purposes. This end table is the ideal height for resting coffee mugs on or even for putting your feet up on as I have done on several occasions.
This end table has a shiny laminate appearance which can be a little susceptible to scratches at times. We do use coasters on this surface to ensure that it is not damaged so much but it's easy to forget about this from time to time. We have other products in this range and one of them was quite badly damaged by a small amount of water being spilt on the surface so I would advise caution with liquids around this type of laminated surface.
The look of this end table is very nice and it does look a little more expensive than the price that we paid. Having to build the furniture ourselves has been a very small inconvenience when compared to the amazingly low price that this end table was available for. The shelf has been very useful for hiding bits and pieces when guests have come over and I am sure that as these have lasted very well over the last 6 months that there is plenty of life left in them yet. I would firmly recommend them if you like the style and have a limited budget.