Product Type: Argos home furniture
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A useful wardrobe which was perfect at the time.
Argos Single Cream Wardrobe with Shelf
Member Name: SusanLesley
Argos Single Cream Wardrobe with Shelf
Advantages: Good price, easy to pur together, looks ok
Disadvantages: Not as sturdy as it might be
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?
Summary: Great for what we wanted ti for
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