Product Type: Argos home furniture
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Argos Malibu 5 + 2 Drawer Chest.
Member Name: lak11
Argos Malibu 5 + 2 Drawer Chest.
Date: 17/08/12, updated on 17/08/12 (202 review reads)
Advantages: Quick and easy to purchase form Argos, easy to assemble, 7 drawers (5+2 small)
Disadvantages: Not the best quality
As my youngest daughter is living away whilst at university, she doesn't get to spend very much time in the family home. Because of this she felt it was only fair to swap rooms with her brother and his fiancée as her (former) room is considerably larger. Some items were changed around with this move of rooms but it wasn't possible to fit her furniture into the smaller room.
This change around meant that my daughter used her brother's furniture, which wasn't as new as hers, yet was largely okay, apart from an overused and abused chest of drawers set. As she isn't home much my husband tried to repair this piece of furniture (a purchase from the now demised MFI store) but it was beyond it really. Also, my daughter has so many clothes already at home plus all those that had to come home for the summer (she had vacated her first year accommodation and is set to move into a shared house in September) that more storage was necessary. For the university summer holiday everything had to be cleared and a place found for it, not possible for everything! In my opinion, she has far too many clothes and art and craft paraphernalia, all competing for space in a compact room.
It got to the point when I knew we had to buy a new chest of drawers and quickly; any excuse for her not to put her clothes away will do!
I only had time to do minimal research but was shocked at how much even basic furniture seems to cost. I decided to purchase from Argos although I believe most of their furniture isn't that great. But I felt as the furniture in this room wouldn't be overused then cheap and cheerful would suffice on this occasion.
I actually though that the maple colour would be the best match for the other furniture in the room but discovered it was out of stock in several stores nearest to my home. Rather than wait I decided to go for the beech colour as it didn't look much different from existing furniture and, due to the layout of the room, wouldn't' stand out as not matching. The handles were similar to existing furniture, as was the style.
I reserved the item to collect from store later that day.
Firstly I wanted something that would fit into the space left by the broken chest of drawers and so of a similar width and depth but higher, thus providing more drawer space.
I wasn't too bothered if in respect of colour that it exactly matched the existing furniture in the room but wanted something that if not the same either complemented or blended in.
I wanted a chest of drawers that would cost under £100.
Looking on-line I saw that Argos stocked this five plus two drawer chest in the following colours: white, pine, wenge (dark wood), beech, maple, blue and also pink. These are priced at £86.99 except for the blue and pink fronted ones which are priced at £79.99.
This product can be bought in store, ordered on-line or by phone and delivered to your home (standard delivery-£3.95) within two days, or, as I did, reserved in store and then collected.
Other matching items are available.
The Malibu chest of drawers is flat packed.
Easy to follow instructions are available for fitting it together.
The chest of drawers was fairly easy to assemble although it does require some space to do this in. Conveniently, at the time, my son was away and so my husband had ample floor space (vacant bedroom) in which to fit this together.
As my husband assembled the drawers he informed me that the quality was poor, in his opinion, and this product wouldn't last long. I replied that this is as we expected but if it was even worse then perhaps we should return it. His response was that he'd already assembled some of it and hopefully it would last a while with the light use it was intended for.
All the drawers (seven) and the base had to be assembled and the handles fitted.
I would say it took my husband just over an hour to assemble this piece of furniture.
I think this chest of drawers looks nice when assembled and is probably quite deceptive. In my opinion it is best described as "cheap and cheerful."
The side of all the drawers consists of plastic with a veneer to the outside.
The base of the drawers is hardboard.
These drawers are all shallow, and not at all sturdy.
The runners are of a basic plastic and so the drawers do not glide open and closed.
The unit base is only mediocre in quality but will probably outlive the drawers.
HOW DOES IT LOOK
It looks good, surprisingly so, and when assembled and drawers are closed it looks nice and is a definite improvement on the previous chest with its broken drawers.
It looks pretty much contemporary in design with smooth and clean lines.
I like the 2 small drawer facility as it is easier to separate clothes to keep them stored tidily, and I think these small drawers are particularly suitable for storing underwear. They would probably also be suitable to store jewellery, make-up, arts and crafts, a few books, or any 'bits and bobs' needing a home.
VALUE FOR MONEY
I suppose this product was cheap when compared to some other similar ones although as it isn't of great quality I think it probably should be cheaper than it is. If it were to be used often then it would prove better in relation to value to purchase something more expensive but, for the occasional use it should have in the next few years, I think it's probably not too bad a buy but only in these type of circumstances. Anyone wanting a chest of drawers for a children's or teenager bedroom would probably be better having a better look around before purchasing this chest.
My daughter has far too many clothes and needs to have a serious de-cluttering session. Even if she did though, I don't think she will ever have enough storage but, for the sake of neatness and ease this was a necessary purchase.
It looks good but isn't of great quality, (as expected) but as I wanted to purchase a new chest of drawers quickly and at not too high a cost, I would say that overall this is an okay purchase but not really recommendable to others unless perhaps it's used to furnish a not often used guest room or, simply not used much.
(taken from www.argos.co.uk):
* Size H109, W75, D40cm.
* 5 wide drawers and 2 narrow drawers with plastic runners. * I would debate this as no way would I call any of the drawers wide.
* Silver-coloured handles.
* Weight 31kg.
* Packed flat for home assembly - self-assembly: 1 person recommended.
Summary: About what I expected