“ Brand: Argos / Material: Pine / Style: 2 Door 3 Drawer / Type: Wardrobe „
I bought a few items of furniture from this range as I wanted to buy items that matched in my bedroom. I wanted to buy wood wardrobes rather than chipboard as I wanted something that would last and look good. I had my eye on this range and could not resist when I saw the items reduced. Argos often reduce these so it might be worth waiting to get them on offer if you are on a budget or tight with money like me.
I liked the look of black wood furniture but the price attached to those were between five to ten times more expensive. I decided to buy these and stain them black. I stained all pieces before attaching them and finish was very impressive, the wood grain shows beautifully through the stain. To finish the wardrobe off even more, I replaced the wooden knobs with crystal ones, which were very inexpensive and the wardrobe looks very stylish and expensive. The wardrobe was easy to assemble and the instructions easy to follow.
The wardrobe stands sturdy and fits a reasonable amount of clothing, I would highly recommend to anyone who is willing to do a bit of assembly and staining.
As we have been in need of quite a bit of furniture recently it's fair to say that we have been trying to keep the expense down wherever possible and we purchased 2 of these 2 door 3 drawer pine wardrobes from Argos. These can be ordered in store or online and we ordered ours online and had them delivered around 4 weeks later. I believe that it's standard for delivery to take quite a few weeks for these wardrobes and lots of other ones from the internet.
This wardrobe comes flat packed and it's fairly heavy, around 28kg in the packaging from what I can remember although I can't check this information for definite as it is not on the Argos website at present. I can confirm that the flat pack box was quite large and it was quite difficult for me to drag this from the living room in to the bedroom by myself. I would have struggled to pick this box up by myself and I'm fairly strong (or at least I like to think I am!).
Within the box there was a very detailed set of instructions and there was a list of all the small bits and pieces (nails, screws etc). All of the pieces were included, there were no spares, and it was easy enough to organise them on to a large tray ready for building the wardrobes. The actual pieces of wood for the wardrobes were easy to identify from the pictures provided.
Building the wardrobe was time consuming but straight forward with the instructions provided. Once we had identified the pieces it was easy to tell which way round each piece should be thanks to the detailed instructions which showed the small holes that were only in certain places on each piece of wood. I would say it took around 90-120 minutes to build each wardrobe.
Overall the quality of the materials provided was good considering the £88 that we paid for each wardrobe (reduced from around £100 at the time). There was enough of all the small pieces needed, just, for the jobs there were needed for so it's important to make sure no pieces are lost when building the wardrobes or you'll have a nightmare trying to find the exact ones in your local hardware store! There was nothing too manual or hard about building the wardrobes it was just time consuming ensuring that you were using the correct piece and screwing things in at the right angle. Hanging the doors was, seemingly, very easy for my partner and he had them up in just a few minutes. One of the wardrobes does not join up exactly but it's only a few millimetres less on one side so I'm happy to live with it as it is but if you were a real perfectionist you could probably spend another hour trying to correct this so just ensure that you are nice and accurate while building.
Some of the pieces looked a little bit flimsy but once it was built we were able to fill the entire rail, really cram it, full of clothes and found that the hanging bar was very strong and did not buckle at all. Also, we had lots of clothes and shoes sitting on the bottom of the wardrobe, on top of where the drawers are and this did not bow at all. The drawers have fairly thin bottoms but each of the three drawers of my wardrobe are full, almost bursting out, with underwear, socks & general hosiery and they have not given way, cracked or bowed at all.
Overall we have been very happy with the design of the wardrobes. The natural wood brings a lovely effect to our bedroom and while it's not the best quality pine, nor the thickest, we have been very pleased for the price tag that we paid and the small amount of time it took to build each wardrobe. Both wardrobes are very sturdy and do not sway at all when nudged or full with clothing and other items. The top piece of the wardrobes are very strong also as we have put lots of things on top of the wardrobes with no problems at all.
The only minor complaint I had is that the back pieces of the wardrobe are not thick at all, they require quite a few nails, more for us than were provided, which was a minor inconvenience and this was the most fiddly part lining the two pieces up and slotting them together. As this is the back of the wardrobe it is not such a big deal but this would really just depend on the location that you have your wardrobes in. As ours are in a corner and against the bedroom wall it's not a worry for us as out of sight is out of mind but this was a little downside for us as it put a downer on the good quality we had experienced while building the rest of the wardrobe.
If you are on a limited budget and looking for some new bedroom furniture then I would definitely recommend these. The finish is natural so you can varnish or paint these and really just stamp your mark on them. Ours have been left natural, for now, but this may be something that we change in the future.