“ Brand: Argos / Style: Two Doors, White and Pink / Type: Storage unit „
I have two girls; aged 5 & 7 and they have an enormous amount of toys and other stuff which has recently overflowed into the spare 3rd bedroom. However, with our impending new arrival we have had to vacate the 3rd bedroom and try and shoehorn all their belongings into their own room. So I had been browsing the Argos website for storage solutions - I wanted something white because they already had some of Argos' white cube range, and when I saw this for half price at £16.99 I reserved it immediately, (although having just looked on the Argos website to check product dimensions etc, I have noticed it is still 'half price' but now priced at £34.99 - the apparent original price being £87.48 - which is certainly not good value.)
***What Is It***
The unit is very neat and compact at 70cm high, 70cm wide and 35cm deep, and contains 4 storage cubes, 2 of which have doors on in 2 nice shades of pink, and the other 2 are just left open. As you may have gathered from the dimensions, it is not a large unit, but it is very handy for storing small items and trinkets. It is made from manufactured wood, MDF I guess and is all self assembly.
***Assembling The Unit***
My husband is never around so if I was to wait for him to put this together, I would be waiting forever, so I built it myself, and it was surprisingly easy even though it is recommended for 2 people to assemble it (especially when you consider I was surrounded by toys at the time, as well as 2 excited kids, and I also had my bloated pregnant stomach to contend with).
In the box is everything you need - the parts, instructions and all the fixings (but you will actually need to provide a screwdriver) The instructions were fairly easy to follow, even if I did miss a major fixing very early on in the process, which thankfully was very easily rectified. I would say I managed to assemble the full unit within half an hour to an hour which is pretty good going for a girl! Once it was assembled I was really pleased with how sturdy it seemed and well fixed together. I was concerned at some point during the assembly process that there was going to be gaps and wobbly shelves, but once everything was knocked into position and the unit was upright, it was all okay. It's fairly lightweight too, so I was easily able to manoeuvre it around the room without too much strenuous exertion on my part.
***Using the Unit***
Once we had found a suitable location - we actually positioned it on top of one of the girl's sets of drawers, and with it being quite shallow in depth it looked really rather nice - we began filling it with stuff. At first the girls struggled with the doors as they are on magnetic catches, and one of them was quite stiff, but once they got the hang of giving it a good hard yank they were sorted. In the open compartments we have the girl's jewellery boxes (of which they have 2 each), their hair bobbles, clips and brushes, and also a couple of trinket boxes stuffed full of novelty erasers and other junk that little girls seem to collect. In the closed compartments we have more junk, along the lines of small tins of cards, secret diaries, even more trinket boxes, and also a couple of small Lego sets.
So as a storage solution it is not ideal for large items, but it is very handy for storing all those small items that are too fiddly or precious for a toy box.
All in all I am pleased with the unit - it has housed many items that previously didn't have a home, and has tidied up a couple of surfaces. My only gripe is that it is smaller than I had anticipated (despite knowing the dimensions before purchase). If you are looking for a storage solution for large bulky toys or a vast amount of books, then this will be no good for you; but as a decorative piece of furniture for girl's bits and bobs then it works perfectly. However, it is not worth the current price, I wouldn't dream of paying more than £20 for it, never mind £87.48.
A few months ago we were furnishing my youngest son's bedroom and desperately needed more toy storage. I am not usually a big fan of Argos furniture because we have had some very bad luck with a few other items from Argos. In all fairness though we were purchasing the cheapest of the range. At any rate we decided to give these a try because they were on special offer where we bought 3 units (two with doors and one without) for roughly £50. They are still on special, but now it costs you nearly £60 for the three. Now, I am sure you are wondering why I chose pink. The fact is they had no stock left for home delivery, and no remaining stock in blue in Northern Ireland. I decided we could just paint the doors easily enough, but in fact we have not done so yet as it really does not look too bad, especially since his bed has multicoloured squares across it.
I was not expecting a great deal from these, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality. Although these are press board, they are quite solid and appear very strong. The paint is thick and does not seem like it will chip easily and the hinges have had no problems from children leaning on them, slamming them etc... These did require assembly, but this was simple and easy to do. I would estimate about 20 minutes per unit, with some help from the children.
This unit measures 60cm x 60cm and is almost 30cm in depth. They do fit nice and flush against the wall. The open shelves actually fit quite a good number of Action Men, and one shelf holds 4 Action Man motorbikes. As we have three units set together the top forms one long shelf which can hold a number of other toys. I think the very best part of these units though is the doors. I have found young children seem to love opening and closing doors and having wee cubbyholes to stash their toys. My sons both have a lot of fun with these, and it really has helped them to keep the room tidy. I find that having a number of little places for toys works so much better than one big toy box. This set up makes it easy for them to find exactly what they want without emptying a whole box of toys. It also save so much time lost of "Moooooommmmmmm! I can't find my........." If you are a Mother yourself I am sure you are very familiar with that phrase!
My son (age 2) absolutely loves his new room, and even now, months later he still really enjoys these units. My older son also really loved them, so much so that we ended up getting him new furniture as well so the whole switch over cost a fortune. That said, my house does stay cleaner now with much less effort on my part, so I find this completely worth the money we spent. It's so nice for the boys to be able to clean up after themselves more, and not be forever running to me to find something. Now if only a set of cupboards would do the same for my dear husband!
My only complaint at all with these cupboards is that they are pink, and I imagine as my son gets older we will have to repaint the doors. Of course if you happen to have a wee girl, these may be just perfect as they are.