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      15.02.2013 00:18
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      A decent bookcase

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      As my bookcases were stocked with books, my files and dvds were splayed across the floor and tea table, I therefore decided to purchase another bookcase specifically for these items. The area in which I intended to place said bookcase, meant that I needed one that stood alone, did not have a groove at the back where it would sit against a skirting board and did not have to be nailed to the wall. Ikea had supplied me with my first two bookcases, but they did not have a bookcase that met my requirements this time around. I therefore turned to Argos, where I came across the Maine series, which while perfect for my requirements, did not have the right colour. I therefore decided to purchase what I thought my be the best match for my other two bookcases, and went for the Beech effect.


      I purchased the bookcase directly from the store. It came compact in a long rectangular box. I needed help carrying it as I am fairly small, so it is a bit awkward to carry, it is also a bit heavy, at a push I would probably have been able to carry it myself, but as I had the help I decided to take it!


      The pack contained all the wooden planks, screws, nails etc that were needed, also included were the instructions which were very straightforward to follow. All you need is a hammer, and you are ready to build the bookcase. My only difficulty was figuring out which piece of wood was which according to the instructions, where they just show you the pictures, so sometimes it can be slightly confusing. Once you have figured out all the pieces, it is easy to put together. Building this myself took me around an hour and a half.


      Once I had put everything together apart from the backing, I found that the case when laid on its side was quite wobbly, and it worried me that even with the backing it might not be stable. I continued to nail in the back, which was quite a flimsy piece of wood, and while the bookcase was more stable, when it is stood up properly it can still be ever so slightly wobbly, which gives me the feeling that this bookcase will become rickety within the next year, but hopefully still stable enough to use.


      At the moment I am able to put all my dvds', files, and even some books in the shelves. As it is quite deep, it does hold a lot. I even have a small, light tv on the top of the bookcase.


      The Beech effect wood, was a bit of a disappointment, as it was darker than I expected, and did not come close to matching my Birch Veneer Ikea bookcases. A couple of weeks ago, on a spur of the moment whilst at Wilkinson, I bought some yellow paint and varnish and later that day proceeded to paint my bookcase. I also painted some green leaves on the side of the bookcase. I did use wall paint, which was probably not the right paint to use, it was a bit of a struggle to paint the wood, and in some of the places the paint and varnish, although dry, peeled off easily when I tried to put the removable shelves back in. I did repaint it, and it has been a couple of weeks, so far not problems with peeling paint, after putting all the stuff back onto the shelves.


      The colour brightened up my room and made the bookcase a better match with the rest of my furniture, which is either Birch Veneer or white, with bits of green and gold in the fabrics in the room.


      Overall this is a good bookcase, but as I am worried about its durability due to the slight wobbliness, I will give it four stars.


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        24.08.2012 13:56
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        Great storage solution

        After moving into a rented flat a couple of years ago, I found that I was short of decent storage options - the wardrobe and bedside table were in place, as well as another couple of cupboards, but it turns out I had become a bit of a hoarder. And so I found myself with various bits and bobs still sat in the boxes I used to transport them.

        After rejecting a couple of other potential purchases on the grounds of either price or general ugliness, I came across this bookshelf online. Currently available (from Argos, obviously...) at £21.99, I would say it is well worth this amount, and I have been more than pleased with it. There are various similar options on the Argos website, with different colours available and also bookshelves in the same style but of different dimensions.

        My bookshelf does house several books (even some larger ones such as hardback cookbooks etc., thanks to the generous depth of the shelves), but also various other boxes and nic nacs and I have found it to be a most useful and versatile storage unit. As well as the bottom shelf, there are 2 removeable shelves which can fixed at whatever height suits your needs, and then also the top of the unit can of course be used as, in effect, a fourth shelf.

        The Argos website recommends recruiting a friend to help put up the shelving, but I managed to do it on my own without too much difficulty. Once the basic frame is in place (Phillips screwdriver required), the rest is pretty simple. The panels which fit to the back of the unit feel slightly flimsy, and while easy to fix on relatively securely can start to bulge and come away if the shelves are overfilled - but they won't come off completely unless forced. And as your shelving will most probably be pushed against a wall, the slight cosmetic problem caused by this is not much of an issue. I guess to avoid it altogether, just don't overfill your shelves :-)

        Even after a couple of years' use, the bookshelf looks in decent condition and has worn well - and I am confident of more years of use (and probably overfilling) to come. Excellent product.

        Dimensions are taken from the Argos website:
        *Size H91.5, W78, D29cm.
        *2 adjustable shelves.
        *Weight 17kg.

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          19.08.2012 11:53
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          A good bookcase

          Being such a big book lover, I have a lot of bookcases. When I first started reading again a few years back, I never imagined that I would need a really big bookcase so I bought a small one to begin with. Argos is well-known for its good value furniture so it was my first point of call to look for a bookcase.

          The product I ended up buying was the Maine Small Extra Deep Bookcase which I bought in an oak effect. The bookcase now costs £21.99 although I only paid about £15 for it at the time. As this is an Argos product, it is only available in-store or online where delivery is available. You can also reserve this product online and then pick it up at your local store. The bookcase comes flat packed so that means that it requires assembly. Inside the box are all the pieces you need to build the bookcase, covered in polystyrene to keep it safe, and the instructions.

          This bookcase is easily put together and doesn't take long at all. The instructions aren't very detailed but there is enough there to make sure that you can put this bookcase together. Tools are not included with this product so you will need to have a screwdriver and hammer to hand. However, the wooden boards have holes in all the right places and a lot of putting this together is slotting things into place. As this is a small bookcase and not a full sized one, it can easily be put together in a bedroom or whichever room you are wishing to use it in. With some of the larger ones I have needed to make it elsewhere and move it around the house due to the size.

          The dimensions of this bookcase are H91.5, W78, D29cm. One of the main problems with this bookcase is the adjustable shelves. The dimensions of the bookcase make it impossible to have three evenly spaced out shelves as the top one is always smaller than the others. This isn't something that I liked about the product due to liking my books in a specific order and this not always being possible because of the size of them. Also, if you wanted this bookcase for things like storing folders etc., you will only be able to do so on the bottom two shelves. The width is good though and it doesn't take up an awful lot of space.

          While this is a good bookcase and will do well for either children's rooms or DVDs/ CDs, it doesn't actually hold too many books and certainly not any large ones. I now use this bookcase for things other than books but it does look nice and is worth the money if you get to store what you need on it.

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            29.04.2012 19:17
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            Fantastic value product from Argos

            I own two of these bookcases, and they were bought as a storage solution when I first moved into my previous house. I was living alone, and could only afford somewhere tiny, so it was a bit short on storage space and had a spiral staircase in the living room which was a bit of wasted space as you couldn't stand underneath it without hitting your head, but I felt I could make use of the space. I ended up getting two of these bookcases and having them side by side, creating low but long storage space for books, shoeboxes full of random items (we all have those!), and various other bits and pieces.

            The bookcases were from Argos, and they come in a range of colours which are oak effect, beech effect, pine effect, white, and black wood effect. I got mine in the oak effect, because I preferred the darker wood and as I couldn't really afford any other furniture most of what I had was donated and therefore took the problem of matching furniture off my hands! They are currently on the Argos website costing £20.89 each.

            I have found these bookcases to be excellent value for money, and they are a brilliant storage solution for people who are short on space. I am very blessed these days to have a larger house than when I lived alone, but these have still come in useful for my partner's home office, and they fill the wall perfectly. They almost look like a sideboard because of their height, and you can use the top to display photographs, ornaments and candles which makes them decorative as well as practical.

            The dimensions of the bookcase are: height 91.5cm, depth 29cm, and width78cm. They are advertised as "extra deep" which makes them useful for storing books away without the edge of the book hanging off the shelf. I've always found them adequately sized for my book collection. The only books they have failed to cope with are very very large ones, for example as a cat lover, I have a huge book detailing different cat breeds, which was bought for me as a gift. Generally speaking though, they cope well with the majority of books in my collection.

            The bookcase has a base shelf, and two further adjustable shelves, meaning you have three shelves plus the top of the bookcase for storage. It comes flat packed which means you have to assemble it yourself, and although the website recommends that two people assemble this, I managed to do it by myself because they're not too big. I seem to remember I asked my dad to come with me to help get it in the car though, because they weigh 17kg each and I am a normal woman not Jodie Marsh!

            Although the bookcases are inexpensive, they don't look cheap, and are reasonably sturdy. The back of the bookcase is quite thin, and as I have had mine a few years and could be guilty of overloading slightly, the back has started to come away from the unit a little. This just needs hammering back into place but I haven't bothered because you can't see the back anyway.

            These bookcases are excellent value for money, and I can't see me needing to replace them for years.

            (This review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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              09.09.2011 16:42
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              worth it

              We bought this book shelf on offer in October 2010 - quite simply we needed something to house our expanding book collection and the floor wasn't a good place to do that ;).

              So my husband was sent off to get this - he had actually ran out the door on the morning of my older brother's visit to see us. We didn't get time to make up the book shelf and as these things go, it was another few weeks before it was fully made up.

              The putting together of the bookshelf was a bit tricky at first but you know what they say; "When in doubt, read the instructions." So that's exactly what my husband did. After a consult with the instruction manual things seemed easier. It is, of course, the cheapest of bookshelves from Argos and this is definitely reflected in the materials you get upon un-boxing; flimsy wood-effect MDF, a couple of screws, two solid shelves (all things considering), a tiny pot of glue (although we never used it) and a few nails to put in the back sheet of MDF.

              All in all it took my husband a good half hour or so to make up - not bad for £12.99. The end result was pretty good apart from the fact that he couldn't screw in the screws that fixed in at the side so they stuck out (dangerously so.) The glue wasn't needed either and the shelves fit on perfectly - and balanced correctly. They also held loads of books and were surprisingly deep. The good thing about the shelves is that you can set how high or low you want them as there are holes up either side of the bookshelf and the knobs (technical term there ;) used to balance them can be unscrewed and moved up or down.

              The bookshelf stood the test of time when we moved and is made of a wipe clean surface that doesn't seem to stain or scratch easily - oh yes and the dangerous screws at the side were put in more deeply with my Father-In-Law's electric screw driver ;).

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              01.08.2011 12:10
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              Good budget piece of furniture.

              This bookcase is a simple bookcase with no frills. It measures H91.5, W78, D29cm according to the Argos website. In real terms this is deep enough to easily hold an A4 folder and wide enough to very approximately hold 30-40 DVD's. It comes with two shelves you can position as well as the bottom shelf, giving you three shelves in total. It is made of chipboard covered in oak effect veneer.

              We bought this unit when we moving into a new flat and needed somewhere to store books and DVD's. It comes flat packed and requires self assembly. For this you require a screwdriver, a hammer and a little patience. It took my partner and I about 20 minutes to put this together. It is an easy enough build. It comes complete with stickers to put over the screws which match the oak effect veneer.

              Now in place it has swallowed our books, DVD's and even a printer and has space to spare. Being extra deep allows us to double up DVD's allowing you to fit in twice the number a shallower bookcase would allow.

              It looks good enough in place, although isn't anything too special. It was a cheap piece of furniture, only £19.99 when we bought it, and it looks as you'd expect. It seems sturdy however and I'm sure will last us a good few years.

              I would happily recommend this to anyone looking for affordable and practical storage. It's easy to assemble, readily available from hundreds of stores and does the job.

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              03.07.2011 10:18
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              Can't go wrong at that price

              In the process of redecorating our house, we have just discovered exactly how much stuff we have accumulated and we are looking for places to put it. When we started in the study we hadn't realised just how many photo albums, travel books and other such items we had cluttering up the floor and desk. The only thing for it was a bookshelf of some kind, but we didn't want to fork out too much for it. In the Maine Extra Deep Book Shelf from Argos, we have found exactly what we wanted: it's cheap, functional and pretty much perfectly sized.

              Like I said, we didn't want to spend too much because we knew it would be pretty much hidden by the mountains of books we have on it. This is where the book case gets its first tick on the checklist because it was only £21.99, which is an absolute steal by anyone's standards. Although in double checking the price for this review it has since been discounted to just £19.99. I know it's only two pounds less than I paid, but it's annoying all the same!

              For that price, you've obviously got to be thinking that it must look really cheap and nasty, but it actually doesn't. It's available in seven different finishes (Oak, Pine, Beech, Black, White, Mahogany and Maple) so you can match it to your existing furniture. We went for the beech effect and it is a pretty close match to the beech effect desk we have from a different company, so there is its second tick on the list. The bits of wood that make up the sides and the shelves are pretty solid as well which helps with the aesthetics of it.

              It is the standard Argos 'build it yourself' type thing, but there is an instruction book with it. At the risk of sounding a bit thick, the best thing about the instruction book is that it is completely illustrated, which makes it much easier to follow. We had it constructed within about half an hour of opening the box and it was very much a painless affair. All the bits you need are included and I would definitely recommend checking the contents before you start because they are reluctant to do anything about missing parts once you have begun constructing it. The only extra things you need are a flat screw driver and a hammer, so nothing too obscure there.

              Once it was constructed, we were pretty pleased with it. Worrying that it would be flimsy and wobbly at that price, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the end product is sturdy and more than capable of holding our photo albums and books (tick three achieved). It says that the shelves, which are height adjustable, can hold up to 17kgs and, although we haven't got quite that much on there, there is no sign of bowing as yet. There are two adjustable shelves in it, so you get three shelves in total, plus the top which is currently playing host to our printer.

              The best thing about the bookshelf though is the fact that it is extra deep. Our photo albums are the wide ones and we didn't wan them hanging over the edge, which they would have done on most standard sized shelves. This is not the case with this one though, they fit absolutely perfectly.

              Overall, I have to say that this was a very good purchase because it does do everything we wanted it to and it is at a great price. It doesn't look cheap, even though it is and is a great way to tidy up and save space in one.

              Dimensions:

              Height - 91.5cm
              Width - 78cm
              Depth - 29cm

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                22.06.2011 11:26
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                A great bookcase

                Due to my daughters rapidly expanding collection of books, my bookcase was starting to look very crowded and untidy so it was time to start looking for a new one. Looking online it started to seem like I was going to have to have one of those tall ones which wasn't ideal as I didn't have the space for one of those. On the Argos website I came across an extra deep bookcase which, when checking the measurements, was larger than the one I had but not so big that I would have to find a new place to put it.

                I chose the Maine extra deep bookcase and there is a range of wood effects available including - pine, black, oak, beech and maple. I went for the oak effect as it matches most of my other furniture and I think that it looks more expensive than it is. The price of the bookcase is £21.99, but at the moment it is slightly discounted at £19.99. I did wonder whether it would be very good quality being that price but I didn't really have the money to spend much more.

                Picking the bookcase up from Argos I really wish I had taken someone with me as I hadn't read in the specifications just how heavy it was going to be, and at 17kg that was pretty heavy!! Now comes the dreaded building of the bookcase, I really hate flat pack so enlisted the help of my mum. There is minimal packaging with this bookcase, simply two pieces of polystyrene (which my daughter had a whale of a time breaking up and spreading all over the house!!). Inside the box you will find the individual pieces to build the bookcase up and the easy to follow instructions. There was also glue included with the screws which is for the dowels, this is something that I have found isn't often included anymore with flat pack furniture.

                Building the bookcase was surprisingly simple and it took the two of us just under half an hour to build. The set even contained a nail guide for spacing the nails out when putting the back on the bookcase, something i've never seen before. The bookcase is extremely sturdy when built and only the back feels a little flimsy but that is the norm I think with most bookcases. I am really surprised at the quality of this bookcase, it looks a lot more expensive than it was and it is strong and sturdy which is more than I expected in all honesty.

                When the bookcase was built and put into its place, we started to put all of my daughters books in place and this is when I noticed the size difference from my other bookcase. It holds books of all sizes, even the big bulky ones sit nicely on the shelf and it just looks really neat and tidy. As the bookcase is so much bigger than my old one, the amount of her books doesn't fill the bookcase like it did before so we have also put some jigsaws and flashcards on one of the shelves. I did expect the shelves to sag somewhat under the weight of the books but I am really pleased to say that I was wrong to think that and it is showing no sign of this whatsoever and there are a lot of books on there!

                The size of this bookcase is 91.5cm high, 78cm wide and 29cm deep so it isn't much bigger than a standard bookcase but when built it does seem larger and holds a lot more books that I thought it would. It is extremely easy to clean, a simple wipe over with a damp cloth is all it needs.

                All in all I am really pleased with this bookcase and would happily recommend it as it is very easy to build, is sturdy and looks quite expensive. The wood effects available ensure that there is an option to suit almost every type of room. I haven't got a single negative point that I can give about this bookcase so I feel that I have got a bargain really! If you are thinking of purchasing this bookcase, I would advise you to take someone along to help you carry it. I did have help in building it, but I think it would be simple enough to do it alone though it would take a little longer.

                Thank you for reading my review.

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                  02.01.2011 23:29
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                  An average oak bookcase at a reasonable price.

                  So we have been on the look out for a new bookcase and when we spotted this in Argos for £21.99 decided it would do the job and would match lots of other oak furniture that we purchased from various places, including Argos.

                  The weight of this bookcase is 17kg and it was quite a struggle carrying it up the stairs for just one person because the box was fairly bulky. Within the box there was the individual pieces to build the bookcase; a backboard, two side pieces, three shelves & a bottom piece. There was also some glue, screws and covers for the screw holes. There was detailed instructions that were easy to follow and it took around 45 minutes to build the bookcase and put it in place in our living room.

                  The bookcase went together quite well and was fairly sturdy as soon as it was built. The back panel is a little bit flimsy but once the bookcase is in place this is not noticeable and does not affect the use of the bookcase for us. The quality of the pieces was reasonable for the price paid but after a couple of months of use the middle shelf has begun to sag a little and while it's not breaking it is straining a little under the weight of my books, many of which are paperbacks.

                  The main disappointment with this bookcase has been that there was a little damage on the two side pieces and while this is not immediately noticeable I can notice it every single time I look at this bookcase and it takes away from the nice feeling of having new furniture. Also, as the shelf is sagging a little I also notice this more and more and I'm wondering if it's because I've overfilled the shelf (two rows of books) or because it's just poor quality.

                  Overall this was easy to build and reasonably priced but the little problems that I have mentioned would put me off buying another identical one as I'd just be worried about the same thing happening again. The bookcase itself is sturdy and does not wobble at all if pushed. It stands straight and even on our floor and when measured with a spirit level it's perfectly even all over. I do love the look of this bookcase and it compliments other furniture in the 'oak' style from Argos perfectly. I just feel that this has been let down slightly because of the damage to the sides in particularly. Admittedly I could have taken this back to an Argos store but it was heavy, I don't live within walking distance of my local store & it was already built by my other half when I noticed the damage (which he had noticed but didn't want to point out - men!). I would rate this 3/5 as it's average for the price and it was just disappointing to see the shelf beginning to sag in the middle and while this hasn't happened with the top or bottom shelf it's enough to deter me for buying another one or really wanting to recommend it.

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