I brought this cabinet for my cousin from Argos in Ealing Broadway as she had just moved into a new home and her mum rang round asking everyone for donations and i thought that this would be better than the duplicate cutlery or another toaster and kettle ideas that were suggested.
The cabinet was light to take home, but awkward to carry, then my cousin lives in flats so up to the top floor that goodness it was light i would suggest x2 people for this task.
The putting up process need x2 people also.
It was difficult to assemble possibly cos we always argue over the instructions (i don't like to use them - its common sense from the photo and the instructions sometimes over complicate things).
It looked smaller after we put it up than the picture. Measuring tape time!
My cousin however was delighted and already had a load of existing ornaments to display in her new glass display cabinet, because it was already assembled by the time she got home from work - it took us about 40 minutes in total to put up.
I've wanted a display cabinet to hold my bits and bobs for ages but there were two problems: one, I didn't want to spend too much money on it because we live in a rented house and may very well move to smaller house in the future, and two, I wanted something that looked at least a little stylish. I wanted something that was glass all around, had a light inside, and wasn't too big. Unfortunately, most of the cabinets in my budget did not meet those criteria and were hideous to boot.
I hadn't looked at the Argos website initially since I had bought a cupboard from them last year and it turned out to be hard to put together, cheap looking and fell to pieces at the first attempt to move it. So I wasn't interested in buying from them again. My mum was the one who brought this cabinet to my attention when she saw it in a Homebase catalogue. Argos and Homebase are the same company basically so we went online and had a look at it on the Argos website. It met all my criteria and all the reviews said it looked nicer than you'd expect, so we took the plunge and bought it.
It was delivered very quickly and it only took my mum and me one evening to put it together. The instructions are terrible but we figured them out eventually and I have to say it was fairly easy to put together. One plastic bit was a bit too big for the hole it was supposed to go into and needed to be scraped with a knife before it would fit but apart from that, everything fitted together beautifully. And I must say it looked very, very nice when it was all done. I chose the mahogany colour and I think this made a difference as it hides the fact that the material isn't the best. The light inside works well and the glass shelves allow the light to pass through and illuminate items on the lower shelves as well. It is reasonably steady even without being fixed to the wall and though the door sticks a bit, it's not too bad. All in all it's a very nice piece of furniture and outstanding value for what it cost. I'll be happy to use this for quite some time.
The only thing I would have liked is adjustable shelves as only the bottom shelf can accommodate slightly taller items. But apart from that it's great and I can recommend it to anyone trying to buy a glass cabinet on a budget.
Can't remember exactly how much it cost but it was under £100.