“ Brand: Argos / Type: Box „
Marketed as a bathroom laundry basket, this wooden box serves us very well as our lounge toybox and a makeshift coffee table. We actually bought this box years ago as more of a storage item for some photo albums we had but once we had kids and they started accumulating lots of toys we wanted something in our lounge that we could use as atoy box but also something that looked ncie as a bit of furniture and thats when we remembered we had this box. The box has a really attractive design to it in my opinion and looks a lot nicer than just a plain wooden box. The box has lots of little square holes all over it that makes it looks like a criss cross kind of pattern. Argos say that this box would not look out of place in a spa cabin and I definitely see what they mean. This box is made of quite a light coloured wood and is very natural and Scandanavian looking in its appearance and definitely would fit in with a spa wooden design. As a piece of living room furniture it fits in very well with the rest of our decor which is quite sleek and modern but warm and homely too. We have a wooden floor so it looks nice on that and even though we have different coloured woods in our room it works with the rest of the furniture. The box comes with a linen liner which is great if you use it as a laundry basket but we took ours out right at the very beginning and never used it in the box as we were using it for storage instead. Its good to know that you can remove this liner though because if you can put all your dirty clothes in it and then just remove this liner and take it to the washing machine instead of having to move the whole box this is great. The box has a top on it that is on a hinge so you can lift it up and down quite easily although you do need to make sure that you don't slam little fingers in it when you close it. The holes are small enough that you can rest your tea cup on the top of the box without it falling in the holes or anything like that. Once its closed and has all the toys inside it makes a really nicee corner coffee table for us in the evening once the kids have gone to bed. I do really like the little holes in this as it allows you to sort of see what is in the box without having to lift the lid and my little girl likes being able to see her toys through it and can point to what she wants me to get out of the box. The only problem with the holes is that its easy to drop little things inside so every so often I clean it out and find loads of Cheerios, bits of biscuit etc that have been dropped down there!! The capacity is really quite big as the box measures H55, W52, D36cm and has the capacity of 67 litres. Its sturdy but not too heavy which is nice too meaning its easy to move around. It costs in the £40 region from Argos as is a piece of furniture I recommend.
I have mentioned in previous reviews how, when my husband and I got married, we had a wedding list in Argos and one of the items that was bought to us on this list was this Argos Solid Living Wood Bathroom Storage Box, which I can't remember the price of at the time, but at present costs around £45, which does seem a lot, but I think it will outlast the more basic flimsy linen baskets and like the title suggests it is made of solid wood. We wanted this basket for our laundry, although it is perfectly feasible to use it for other storage if preferred. Inside there is a lining, that can be removed and cleaned when required, so it is ideal for putting all your dirty laundry that is awaiting washing. What attracted my husband and I to this storage box was the design. We thought it would look perfect in our main bathroom, matching some of the other accessories we have, and we particularly liked the criss cross design on the sides and top of the box. This pattern gives the box a richness compared to more basic laundry baskets. The box has the capacity to hold 67 litres and can hold a good amount of washing - we should know with a young child! However it is probably easier to let washing build up in this box given just how much it holds so that is probably a bad thing!! When we got this box, it was a case of my husband putting it together himself, with the instructions and tools at hand and from what I remember there was no issue and it was simple enough to construct with a little patience. The lid is on a hinge which lifts easily. All in all, we have had this storage box since we were married and we have had absolutely no issue with it . It continues to serve its purpose as a laundry basic. We can remove the inner lining if necessary, though we haven't needed to, and it holds a good amount of washing meaning it isn't going to spill out after a day's dirty clothes have been put in. I think it looks well made and with the criss cross design, it looks rich, and although £45 is pricey, if it continues to do its job, and look the part for us, I am happy with the price.
After becoming a little frustrated with my attractive but wobbly bathroom linen bin, I decided to invest in something far more robust. About a year ago I had my eye on a sturdy wooden linen bin from IKEA but never made it down the motorway for a shopping trip, so I was delighted to find an exact replica on sale at Argos for £39.99. ~~Design~~ Argos calls this box a storage box, although in my opinion it was clearly designed to be a laundry basket. It is made from a light and well-polished Rubberwood, which I love to buy as I have been told that it is an environmentally friendly wood. Rubberwood is made from plantation trees that have already served a useful function, and is cheaper than a lot of woods. The trees have to be cut down anyway, so no forests are destroyed and in fact it is just an extended form of recycling. The box itself comprises four side panels of latticed wood, with a latticed lid and a hardboard bottom. The panels are nicely finished on both sides; there are no rough edges and every part of the panel is gleaming and polished. The lid is prevented from falling too far back when opened by a smart black canvas strap on one side, and the hinges are made of a steel in a modern and sturdy design. Inside the box, a linen bag hangs from four polished Rubberwood pegs, which fit into pre-drilled holes on the inside of the panels. The bag is made from a strong, cream coloured canvas. Four holes are embroidered into the bag so that it can hang from the pegs and be easily removed for washing. The box is 55cm high, 52cm wide and 36cm deep and is very sturdy. I have often sat on the box and it does not wobble or shake at all, and the proportions are somehow very pleasing to the eye, creating a box that is big enough to look solid and almost Shaker in its simplicity. ~~Assembly~~ The box comes flat packed; each of the four panels and the lid are separate units, and merely need to be screwed together with the screws provided. Once three panels are joined, the hardboard floor can slide in and the fourth panel attached to create the cuboid shape. The hinges are already attached to one panel, and the lid just has to be screwed into the hinges. Lastly the four wooden pegs are pushed into the pre-formed holes and the canvas bag is unwrapped and hung from the pegs. The whole process is incredibly straightforward and the box can easily be assembled by one person with a screwdriver. ~~Durability~~ I have now owned this box for over two years, and am still delighted with it. The linen bag has not ripped or torn; the box remains very solid and sturdy, with no give on the joints; the wood still looks pristine. The only minor niggle is the wooden pegs that support the linen bag. These are only pushed into their holes, and one of them keeps on falling out. A little wood glue soon sorted the problem out, as the pegs do not need to be removed from the holes. ~~Overall~~ Overall, I think this was a very good buy. Perhaps a little on the expensive side for a linen bin, I still believe it is well worth the money. IKEA are now selling these boxes as living room furniture for £17.90, without the bag; made from an inferior-looking wood, and without the lovely gleaming finish. With the linen bag removed the Argos version would make a very attractive side table / storage cupboard and I think it would look much nicer than the IKEA version.