Product Type: Argos home furniture
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Argos Malibu 5 + 2 Drawer Chest.
Member Name: dee778
Argos Malibu 5 + 2 Drawer Chest.
Advantages: Cheap and cheerful
Disadvantages: Poorly made, not durable
After several years, I should know better than to buy Argos furniture; every time I am tempted by the cheap prices, but always disappointed by the quality. The Malibu chest of drawers was no exception.
Like many parents, once my son grew into a teenager, I looked for a fun and modern (but cheap) way to decorate his room and to store his clothes. I invested in a small wardrobe, a three drawer bedside chest, and a four + two drawer chest from the Malibu range. Of the three purchases I found the largest four+two chest to be of the worst value; as with many Argos items of furniture the poor quality of the materials used is totally unsuitable for larger items.
I paid just over £55 for the drawers a couple of years ago. This item is currently selling for £64.99 in the Argos sale, reduced from £86.99.
I chose blue for the colour of my Malibu furniture; this meant that a light pine coloured frame and top panel encloses white drawers with blue facing panels. The look was smart and modern and just right for a teenaged boy's bedroom.
The whole chest is made from melamine; both the pine panels and the blue drawer faces have fake wood grain painted onto the laminate for a wood effect finish. The handles are all large and round and made of real pine. They are the most solid part of the unit!
The chest of drawers is 109cm high, with a width of 74cm and a depth of 40cm. Five large drawers stretch the whole width of the unit, while two small drawers at the top are half the large drawer size. I was very happy with both the size and layout of the drawers. The two small drawers at the top are ideal for storing the hundreds of bits and bobs that boys seem to collect - equally they are a good side for socks although a bit on the small size for other male underwear (boxers etc). The large drawers provide plenty of storage space and are the right depth for storing folded jeans or t-shirts. I would have preferred the drawers to be a little deeper - at 16cm they are a little shallow for my preferences.
The drawers slide in and out on rather nasty cheap beige plastic runners; grooves in the side of the drawers fit into the runners providing a rather sticky and slow movement.
The drawers come flat packed and I found them extremely heavy to manoeuvre - but I do have a bad back.
Once unpacked, the unit is quick and easy to assemble. The instructions are clear and I managed to assemble the unit on my own in under an hour.
The problems with this unit come from the cheap fittings and materials used. The outer shell is very stable and rigid; It has not marked or faded over the years and does not wobble. I could sit on it with confidence, it is so strong.
The construction of the drawers is the downfall of the unit. The drawers do not sit level or tight within the shell and unequal gaps show in between the drawer edges. When you pull the drawers out they swivel and bend rather than coming out in one smooth piece. Even though I carefully pull the two handles out in perfect synchronicity I still find that one side of the drawer emerges in front of the other, twisting and weakening the drawer and making it stick on the runner.
The poor quality of the plastic runners mean that pulling out the drawers when they are full is difficult, and the natural instinct is to pull harder. This frequently tugs off the front of the drawer, as it is only held on with small glued wooden pegs - leaving you very frustratingly with a drawer font in your hands and clothes spilling out all over the floor.
The bottoms of the drawers are made out of very thin mdf. This is much too thin and if anything heavy is put into the drawers the bottom sags and eventually gives way, popping the whole floor of the drawer out from the sides.
The floor of the drawer is held in place by the front of the drawer, slotting into thin grooves inside the drawer sides and back, and clipping into the front of the drawer, where the glued pegs hold it in place. Putting the drawer floor back into place necessitates removing the front of the drawer all over again, removing the pegs and finding more wood glue to secure the front to the sides again.
My experience with all Argos furniture has been the same; the quality is poor, the durability is terrible and although the furniture at first appears to be a money-saving bargain - in the end it is always better to wait a bit and save up for a better quality piece of furniture.
Summary: IKEA do it so much better!
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