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Argos Puerto Rico 2 Door Sideboard

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Brand: Argos / Type: Sideboard

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      06.04.2012 13:39
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      Worth the effort once assembled... but it IS an effort

      I have a few items from the Argos Puerto Rico furniture range in my home, and this 2 door sideboard is one of them. Yesterday I reviewed the accompanying entertainment unit, so apologies if I am repeating myself at points; however as this is in the same range, obviously there are several similarities!

      I like a rustic, less modern look in my living room, and I really liked a similar sideboard that my friend had. I didn't intend to buy one like hers, as hers wasn't self-assembly, but when I saw this on the Argos website, I couldn't resist. I knew I needed storage space in my living room for DVDs etc, as I cannot stand clutter, and due to the layout of my living room, I needed something that could sit in the corner and/or against a wall.

      THE SIDEBOARD
      This sideboard is made from solid pine and comes in a light or dark shade. I have the light shade to match my entertainment unit. It has 2 drawers at the top, while the bottom of the cabinet has one long shelf inside it. The bottom has 2 doors on each side which open outwards. The handles and hinges on this are black metal, which I really think makes the sideboard stand out and look a bit more handmade rather than self-assembly.

      SIZE/DIMENSIONS
      Taken directly from the Argos website -
      Size H83, W104, D47cm.
      2 drawers.
      2 doors.
      1 fixed shelf.
      Weight 32.9kg.

      This is big and heavy - there is no denying that. It's tough to move and I don't ever plan on shifting it unless I can absolutely help it.

      ASSEMBLY
      Argos recommend that 2 people assemble this. The sideboard comes flat packed in a very large and heavy box. Inside are all the fixtures and fittings you need, and instructions which are mainly drawings demonstrating how you put the sideboard together. My friend and I assembled this together and it took several hours - I found this more complicated to put together than the entertainment unit, even though it initially appeared more simple. With 2 degrees between us, we still managed to interpret the instructions wrongly and put the front of the cabinet the wrong way around. At times putting this together was rather frustrating, and if I was given a chicken every time I lost my temper during the process, I could open my own branch of KFC.

      Argos recommend you do not drill this together and simply screw it together. The wood is soft enough to do so, but I really wasn't happy that the thing would be secure enough. As with the entertainment unit, my dad had to come to the rescue with the drill, and the assembly was all the better for it.

      The drawers are pretty easy to put together but I found it impossible to get them to look the same - one is very stiff to open and seems to get stuck on the runners, while the other one is a little looser. I think this is just the nature of flat packed, mass-produced furniture, to be honest. I use the drawers quite a lot and as yet they haven't broken or come off the runners.

      The 2 doors on the front are also a bit of a pain in the bum. Again this more awkward job was left to my dad (he's the best) as I didn't have the confidence in myself to get them to hang evenly. It does take a bit of care to do so, but they look great now, and open and close perfectly.

      USAGE AND LOOK
      This pine sideboard looks great along the wall in my living room - it's very much a focal point and statement piece. I don't think this necessarily looks self assembly and you can't tell by looking at it that it may have been a chore to assemble.

      The drawers aren't huge but big enough to keep bits and pieces in it - I keep my camera, phone chargers, candles etc in it. The bottom part of the sideboard is huge, and I have all my DVDs in there, including several large box sets. This is absolutely brilliant in terms of storage space, and if I owned a monkey I would definitely be able to fit him in there. I could even keep the bananas in the drawers. Brilliant! But what I really like to do with it is fill it with more DVDs with the extra earnings that I very much hope dooyoo will give me for this review (by the way dooyoo - have I mentioned how lovely you look today?!)

      WEAR AND TEAR
      As I said previously, the drawers are still working well despite one being a bit stiff on the runners, and the sideboard looks as good as new. It does dent easily due to the wood being soft, so do take care. I have a small fish tank on the top of mine, and I have spilt water on it a few times when changing the water in the tank, but it has not affected the wood at all, and has looked the same once dry.

      PRICE
      The regular price for this in Argos is £299.99, but at the moment it is half price at £149.99. I got this for around £180. Around £150 for a large wooden sideboard is very good value, in my opinion.

      WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
      I wouldn't pay full price for this, as I'd like to think you could get something for £299.99 that wasn't self assembly. However at half price I would absolutely snap this up again, and I would recommend it to anyone who would like something rustic-looking in their living room. It'd also suit a large country kitchen.

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