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When we relocated in 2002 one of the things we discovered we needed to buy when we eventually moved into a rented house was wardrobes for my daughter's room.
With consideration that the accommodation was going to be long term, we decided on a couple of canvas and wood wardrobes from Argos. With their natural beige canvas outer and thin pine frame, they were a cheap lightweight option to our storage needs.
This version of wardrobe is styled with a hanging rail with a shelf above and the bottom creates a second shelf. This wardrobe is average width, which means it will fit in almost anywhere and hold a generous amount of clothing, whilst the height is low enough to fit in low ceilinged rooms or to store further lightweight items above in a high room.
Size: H 175cm, W 87cm, D 52cm
Getting it Home and Assembly:
The wardrobe is flat packed in a basic cardboard box and is advertised as "minimal assembly" HAHA! We were therefore quite surprised to discover that whilst we had the materials, we were expected to build the whole thing. My daughter was packed of out to her friend's house so that we could commandeer her bedroom to build the two wardrobes.
However, the wardrobe did prove quick and easy to assemble, if a little fragile. We were left wondering how this wibbly wobbly piece of tall furniture would stand up to a lively teenager?! The initial build with what is supplied just involves an Allen Key and some bolts. Then putting the canvas cover over the top and we hoped that would provide sufficient strength. However, we decided the whole thing required further screwing and bolting. We then constructed the second version our way with screws and it was much more solid and reliable for it, indeed my daughter still has it today and it is moved house without being dismantled several times.
Initially, we strengthened the wardrobe without dismantling it first and after about two weeks the hanging rail fell down (may have been due to being swung on?) The original design was for it just to sit in little holes and it kept slipping out, so that required being reinforced, which involved a metal bracket under both ends. The wardrobe proved useful and kept her room tidy as all loose items could be popped into the wardrobes, whilst her chest of drawers was used as a toy box.
To open and close the wardrobe involves rolling up the canvas at the front, rather like a tent door, this is a fiddly thing to do each time, so my daughter got into the habit of either diving into the cupboard or throwing the door up over the top. Alternatively, we did for a little while use it by leaving it rolled up, but that meant that the clothing was open to view and dust as well as made the room look untidy. The wardrobe door opening is the full front of the cupboard and is held up by canvas ties through strong rivit style holes. We found that this smaller wardrobe was sufficient to hold school and scout uniform as well as shoes underneath and jumpers on the top shelf.
Somehow, the bottom shelf ended up with three broken slats, I don't think it is designed to take the weight of a teenager and eventually, we removed the top shelf to use that as replacement for the bottom and hung the hanging rail higher, which was useful to enable it to take longer trousers and items such as coats.
As mentioned my daughter still has the other one. Well we still have this one, it spent a couple of years dissembled in the loft after she left home, but when we moved again a few years later it was brought out, refurbished and put back into use as my second wardrobe. I found it very useful for storing clothing and went for the diving in method of entry, just lift a corner and pop you r head in. It works fine. The canvas benefits from a vacuum now and again. These day's I have the luxury of a walk in wardrobe, but as we have a tricky stairwell, my husband has this wardrobe to house most of his clothing and it is still going well. Yes, we had to reinforce it, but for such a low priced item, we are surprised and delighted.
Price & Availability:
Usual price is £39.99 from Argos stores nationwide.
A bargain buy that has proven very useful and has lasted well. These will not take heavy weighted items or children climbing all over them, but generally they are a good buy. Great, if you are prepared to strengthen and improve a little. Ours is not the obvious wardrobe for an ancient cottage, but in our vaulted ceiling bedroom it does look surprisingly at home. I can vouch that these will suit any decor and provide good, clean storage space for clothing.
Thank you for reading and I will be reviewing the larger version too!
When I moved into my current place of residence in London, there was no wardrobe in my room. As the smallest bedroom in the house, there was no room for one alongside the double bed that was taking up the vast majority of the space. Consequently, I ended up hanging my clothes on the window rail for the first couple of months!
Luckily, my landlord (who is also my housemate) is an old uni friend and was sympathetic to my desire to hang my clothes up properly. He agreed to buy me a single bed to replace the massive double; once this was done, there was space for a wardrobe. At the time, I was so desperate to have somewhere to store my dresses that I told him to get the cheapest one he could find - I didn't care what it was like!
*About the wardrobe*
With my agreement he ended up ordering this polycotton and wood single wardrobe from Argos. The one he bought had a grey cover although the one on the site now has a cream one. Otherwise the two products are identical. The wardrobe is currently on sale at £17.99, but even at full price (under £40) it hardly breaks the bank.
The wardrobe comes with a hanging rail and a shelf. The measurements are as follows:
Size: H175cm, W87cm, D52cm
The width of the wardrobe was ideal as it had to fit in an alcove; the width proved exactly the right size for the alcove, giving maximum storage space within the gap allowed.
The wardrobe came packed flat, with, according to Argos, "minimal assembly" required to put things together. I guess this must be true as I actually managed to assemble it myself! This was the first piece of furniture I'd ever built so I was rather proud. In fairness, it didn't involve screws and hammers, just the use of an allen key and some bolts to fix the pieces of wood (and occasional metal bars) together. However, considering I didn't even know what an allen key was until I started constructing the wardrobe, I think this is pretty impressive! The hardest part was getting the grey cloth cover over the wardrobe, but my housemate helped me with that.
There was a metal bar provided to fix the wardrobe to the wall, but I thought this would be difficult, and also that my housemate wouldn't want a hole in the wall, so I didn't bother with this.
I couldn't wait to put my clothes away in my new wardrobe, and hung them up on the wooden rail. I must say I am impressed by how well this lasted: the rail is only made of wood, and it isn't actually fixed to the wardrobe - it just slots into holes on either side - but apart from a bit of sagging in the middle, it held a great many clothes very securely.
I probably did overload the wardrobe: there is limited space in my small bedroom and I needed to make the most of every inch of space. I put my towels and sheets on the shelf, alongside a box of assorted hats, scarves and gloves, with a few boxes on top of the wardrobe and one rather heavy box of assorted stuff on the bottom. As the surfaces are not solid - they are made up of wooden slats - I had to be careful what I put on them, as small items could (and did) easily slip down between them.
The grey polycotton cover has a roll-up front and tie fastenings. I ended up leaving the front permanently rolled up, as I couldn't be bothered to roll it up every time I wanted to use the wardrobe.
Occasionally the wardrobe seemed to be leaning forward, a disconcerting and rather worrying observation, but a judicial push towards the wall normally solved this problem - at least temporarily.
*Did it last?*
I ended up using this wardrobe for about a year and a half. I think this is pretty impressive for something which was so cheap and which experienced such regular and heavy use. Over time, many of the slats on the bottom of the wardrobe broke, largely thanks to the heavy box I'd put on them. This wasn't a huge problem as I simply put the box on the floor instead. I did worry that the same thing would happen on the shelf and on the top, but it didn't. I was, however, careful not to overload these surfaces too heavily.
Eventually I had to admit that the wardrobe was not adequate for my needs. It was leaning forward and I couldn't put as much stuff on top of it as I would have liked. My long-suffering housemate ordered me a proper one and this one ended up outside for the council to take away.
The wardrobe is 'sponge clean only' - I imagine this refers to the canvas cover rather than the wood! I never actually bothered to clean it so I can't comment on this.
This is a cheap wardrobe for basic or light use. I don't recommend it for heavy or regular use, as it just can't cope on a long-term basis. However, as a temporary solution, or an extra space for the spare room or clothes that won't fit in your main wardrobe, you could do worse than buy this.
When I moved from Wales to Durham a few years back I didn't take a lot of furniture as I had previously lived at home. When I arrived at my new house I had nowhere to hang my clothes so looking for a cheap solution I picked this up in Argos. The wardrobe cost me around £39.99. There was a choice of colours, brown, black, white and white and brown I chose white as it was a neutral colour.
The wardrobe is flat packed, it fitted in my then car which was a small hatchback, I did need to out the rear seats down.
The wardrobe was easy to put together, the wooden frame is held together with special screws which you are provided with an Allen key to screw them in. It took me about 10 minutes and I managed to do it myself. The only thing I had a problem with was the canvas covering as I wasn't tall enough to drop it over the wardrobe I asked a friend to help me.
Once constructed the wardrobe measures;
H 174.5 cm
W 86.5 cm
There is a shelf at the top of the wardrobe and another at the bottom. I have to be honest I absolutely crammed this a wardrobe with clothes, so much so the wooden rail was bending. I also filled the shelves to the brim. The wardrobe still stayed upright and didn't lean.
The wardrobe looks nice, the canvas covering is thick and of a good quality, you can roll it up and there are Velcro pieces at the top to hold the opening up. Once your done you unroll it and the bottom of the canvas 'door' has a wooden pole that holds it to the floor.
The only negative and it may just be me as I am a bit clumsy is the wooden pole can hurt your feet and toes I frequently catch it walking past. But then I also catch my dressing gown arm on the door handle!
This wardrobe was surprisingly sturdy, it lived with me in Durham for almost two years before surviving a move back to Wales where it was used as a spare then I moved again and had no built in wardrobes so I needed it again. Currently it is ram packed again it serves its purpose and it fits in my room nicely so at this point in time I have no plans to replace it with a wooden wardrobe.
Overall this is a a decent item, it is well built and looks good. Much better than a clothes rail!
In our previous house we had a lot of bedrooms as it was an ex guest house. We had converted the ground floor as a 'flat' for mom and dad but we still had a further three bedrooms and an office that we needed to furnish so cash was at a premium.
The guest bedroom on the top floor was painted and given a whole new lease of life. We got a slatted wooden double bed to go in there but we needed a small wardrobe and chest to complete the room. We got out the trusty Argos catalogue for a look and found what we thought was a great idea. It was basically a wooden frame with a canvas cover and there was a matching wardrobe and cupboard / chest affair. The measurements meant that they would fit in the slightly odd shaped room but most importantly the price was good so we went and made our purchase.
Since it was about eight years ago when we bought ours I can't remember how much it cost but the wardrobe concerned is currently on sale for £39.99. The wardrobe in question is the Argos Polycotton and Wood Single Wardrobe reference number 875/3153 although when we bought ours the cover was a lavender colour which suited our decor so that was OK. The rest of the wardrobe is exactly the same.
The whole thing comes flat packed with the promise that only 'minimal assembly is required to secure the pieces together'. The package weighs 8.3 kg and the dimensions once assembled are 175cm tall by 87cm wide and 52cm deep.
As my husband works away a lot I decided that I would put our new wardrobe together thinking that, if I did get stuck, he could always finish it off when he next came home. As it happens I didn't need any help so I was well pleased with myself.
First I built the wooden frame which is made up of four vertical pieces - one at each corner - with horizontal pieces across the top and bottom. There are four further horizontal pieces - one across the middle of each side to give it a bit more stability and another across higher up each side on which the shelf will eventually rest. The back is strengthened by two fairly thin pieces of metal with ends which bend round at right angles attached in a cross shape by means of small holes in the wood.
Once the outer frame is constructed the slatted shelf sits on the two pieces of wood towards the top of the two sides of the wardrobe and another slatted piece of wood rests on the bottom pieces of wood to form the base.
There are round holes in the pieces of wood that hold the shelf and this is where the hanging rail fits but for the life of me I cannot remember whether the hanging rail goes in before the outer construction is complete or afterwards - sorry about that!
Once the frame is complete the next job is out the cover on. I remember that the cover was VERY badly creased when it arrived so I ended up having to iron it which, being dry heavy Polycotton, was no mean feat!
Once I had ironed the cover I then lifted it up over the top of the wardrobe frame. It was a fairly heavy job as I had to lift it up above my head to get it onto the top of the frame but I managed to do it - getting a little out of breath in the process I may add!
With the cover on the top of the wardrobe I then maneuvered it around until it fitted over the frame and it was a very good fit to be fair.
The front of the wardrobe does not have doors, obviously, but it rolls up from the base to the top where it can be secured by means of two ties. The ties are just long thin pieces of the same material which makes up the outer skin of the wardrobe. There are two holes in the top of the cover which are reinforced with metal and the ties feed through these and then tie round the rolled up front of the wardrobe.
The whole thing, once constructed, looked quite smart especially with the long cupboard thing that we got to match it. Sadly that other piece isn't available any longer but at the time it was exactly what we needed.
This wardrobe isn't the sturdiest wardrobe that I have ever used - let's face it - it isn't going to be as strong as solid pine now is it? We found it a great place for me to hang my long dresses which wouldn't fit in our main wardrobe as they hanging space wasn't deep enough and for Dave to put his overcoat out of the way. We kept spare bedcovers on the top shelf and boxes with shoes in on the bottom shelf.
Of course it also served as a wardrobe for any guests who used the top floor bedroom. I would imagine it was also be a great first wardrobe for a child too as it wouldn't really matter if it didn't last for years and years for the price that you will have paid.
All in all it was a great little wardrobe for us at the time. It made the room look complete, it didn't cost too much, it stored some of our stuff and it made a nice space for guests to use too.
Now we have moved to our cottage and don't need the wardrobe any longer we have broken it up and burned the wood on our log burner and we still use the cover as a dust sheet when we do any painting! How's that for recycling then?
i've moved around alot in the last year, and one of the times I moved I needed some quick cheap furniture just to keep my stuff in temporarily. I couldnt get to an Ikea so I took a trip to my local Argos store and purchased one of these.
The wardrobe is frame is made out of wood and comes with a cream polycotton cover that fits snuggly around it. The front opens by rolling up the cotton with two tie fastenings at the top. I tended to leave mine open just for ease rather than trying to roll it up every morning when I wanted to get dressed and again when I wanted to put my clothes away. It has a shelf at the top and a wooden racking bottom for storing shoes/bags or folded clothes. It has one handing rail to hang your clothes on as well. Its dimensions measure H175, W87, D52cm.
I found this wardrobe very easy to put together and only took around 30-45 minutes to build. It is quite sturdy and doesnt wobble about which to be honest is what I expected so I was quite suprised at how sturdy and stable it was.
It comes flat packed and is also quite light, which is good since me and my friend had to carry this home from argos by ourselves as we didnt have a car to transport it in.
Overall I think this is a great wardrobe for the price. It is easy to put together and has plenty of storage space. At the moment it is on sale on Argos.co.uk for £31.99 which is a bargain of a price! I would defintiely recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap storage solution!
Even though we have built in wardrobes in each room, there's still not enough room for all the clothes. We needed more wardrobes and we needed them fast!! My house was beginning to resemble a laundrette!
I went to a local second hand store and found 2 of these wardrobes, 1 being a double and the other a single. They were still in their original packaging and I had the 2 for just £40!! Bargain!!
This single wardrobe with shelf usually retails in Argos for £39.99 so yep I did get a fab bargain, the double retails for around £60!
It's pretty simple to put together or so I was told by my partner. Although you do need to take care as the wood is quite soft and may split if you are not careful with the screws.
It's got plenty of room, with a bottom that's suitable for shoes or maybe even a few piles of folded clothes, a hanging rail that holds plenty and a shelf above that that again is suitable for piles of folded clothes.
The cream canvas cover slips over the frame easily and rolls up and down for easy access, you get 2 pieces of material that you use to tie the 'door' in place. If you loose one like I did with the larger wardrobe, simply replace it with a bit of ribbon or any type of string really.
They look neat and tidy when the 'door' is rolled down and I think they are good value for money.
I was going to buy these wardrobes anyway at full price but I am glad I checked out the second hand shop first.
My hubby, Alex, is, surprisingly enough, the one with all the clothes in our house. We each have our own individual wardrobe which all my clothes fit perfectly into whereas Alex's wardrobe is always spilling with them. The doors never seem to be able to close as there is so much inside and he can't even manage to see what's in there as none of the hangers have even a millimetre of space to move. This has resulted in his clothes being either chucked on top of the wardrobe or just left downstairs hanging over the back of chairs and making either the bedroom or dining room look like a tip.
We didn't really have much more room for another full wardrobe in our bedroom and plus the prices in the same set we already have seem to have raced up since we originally bought them, so I eventually agreed to get a smaller and more simple wardrobe to store his clothes in for the time being.
We decided on this single wardrobe from Argos which retails at £39.99 but we picked it up in the sale for £29.99.
It is all made of pine wood and is basically just the frame of a wardrobe with 4 long poles standing upwards. There are two shelves inside - one at the bottom for things like shoes and towels, and one at the top for lightweight items - which are made of around 13 slats of wood to rest things on. Under the top shelf is a single hanging rail on which to hang all your clothes. To make this then look more presentable, there is a pale natural cream polycotton canvas cover which fits all the way over the entire wooden structure and fits under the legs at the bottom of the wardrobe to keep it in place. To get into the wardrobe, the front section of the canvas rolls up and can be secured into place with two small ribbons going through holes at the top part of the canvas.
The wardrobe is self-assembly and it's easy enough to put together. It took Alex and I about an hour to put it all up, but it would probably take most people less time than this as Alex has a tendency of getting really stressed when doing even the most simple of DIY tasks and ends up shouting and swearing at me - anything to make me do the DIY by myself next time! There are quite a lot of nails that need screwing in but they're all only small nails and these were all easy enough to do. You don't even need a screwdriver, using the little L shaped thingy (don't know what it's called!) provided is good enough.
This isn't the best of wardrobes and certainly isn't great for a long-term permanent one. The pine wood is all quite flimsy and we managed to break 2 parts of the wardrobe before we'd even finished putting it together! We dropped one of the slats from the top shelf and it fell onto the bottom shelf, knocking one of the bottom slats out. And one of the nails somehow managed to just break away the wood in the hole rather than fitting in as it should. This meant that the glue had to come out and a couple of bits needed to be glued to stay together properly. The hanging rail isn't the most sturdy of things and I wouldn't advise on hanging any heavy items on it as it would probably just collapse.
The measurements of this are 175cm in height, 87cm width, and 52cm depth which makes it a perfect wardrobe for one person or just for extra bits and bobs to go into and I think it would also make a good wardrobe for children (as long as they don't stand on the bottom shelf).
It's not the most sophisticated of bedroom furniture but it actually looks a lot nicer than I thought it would once up and finished. It can be a bit of a pain to keep rolling the canvas door up and down the whole time so we simply leave it down and just push it aside whenever we need to get in there. Overall, this isn't great as a permanent thing, but as a temporary and cheap place to put some clothes, this is the perfect wardrobe. It's very lightweight and holds up well and the natural coloured canvas makes it look very nice.