“ Brand: Argos „
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We live in a privately rented house and have done for the last 18 months, this shelving system was already fitted in the bath room when we moved in by our landlord so I have no idea how long it has been here.
It looks nice in the bathroom and the glass shelves are securely held in place with screws so I don't have to worry about then falling off, I have seen other designs where the shelves are just held in with clips and don't look any where near as safe.
The shelves are a really good size and can easily store twelve bottles of shower gel, shampoo, etc on each one and they are a good distance apart too as there is plenty space between them unlike on other shelves I have seen. The addition of the towel hanger area under the shelves is fantastic especially as ours is mounted on the wall above the radiator so is idea for airing the towels after a bath or shower and for warming them up in the winter whilst you are in the bath.
Now I do have my dislikes of this too, glass shelves are always a pain in the rear for collecting dust and these are no different, I have to wipe it over and dust it every couple of days to stop you being able to see the dust gathering on it which is a bit of a pain as dust tends to statically attract itself to glass.
The chrome sides on ours have started to rust, the chrome coating hasn't chipped or flaked away but the rust seems to have worked its way from under it up and out so now looks rather patchy and not so nice but as I said I have no idea how long it has been in the bathroom but I don't think this is very good as it looks unsightly now.
Other than the two gripes I have with it it does do a very good job of storing items.
I have the Argos Chrome and Glass D Shaped Wall Shelf Unit in our second bathroom - and it's been in there for approproximately the last 12 months. I can't remember how much we paid for it, but I do now that it is currently being sold by Argos for £19.99 - which I don't think is a bad price for a bathroom fixture and fitting that is serving us well. Essentially this is a combined shelf and towel rail and so it's neat and compact design is good for bathrooms where space may be an issue.
From what I remember, assembly wasn't too complicated - and the reason I know that is because I did it and I'm not very DIY-girfted - and fixture to the wall was also easy and it still feels really secure. I think this is probably because it actually feels quite lightweight and so unless you put very heavy items on it, then the stress on the fittings is minimal. Having said that, we have shampoo bottles and moisturising tubs etc. as well as a couple of towels hanging from it and it seems to cope with this with no problem at all.
The unit is contemporary in design and it fits nicely in our contemporary styled bathroom - but it might look out of place in a more traditional bathroom. The structure is made of silver chrome which is smooth and stylish, and then the shelves are made out of glass. I have found the structure to be a nice marriage of sturdiness but finesse because the nice D-shape design, with the clean lines, adds a dimension which helps to stabilise it, but also make it look more interesting. The glass shelves are also a nice depth and deep enough to hold a variety of bottles and tubs - and so it's very convenient. However, the glass does need regular cleaning because it does get quite grubby quite quickly.
The towel rails are okay, but they are not optimal because I think they would need to be slightly wider to hold my most chunky towels. However, they are suited to hand towels with is generally what I keep hung on it.
Overall, I think this is a nice little unit for a small bathroom - and I recommend it.
When, a while back, I holidayed on the island of Menorca, I was impressed with my hotel room's bathroom. Perhaps I'm easily impressed but it was a bathroom I would like mine to look like. Although the room wasn't huge the storage ideas were attractive and efficiently made clever use of all available space;everything seemed well planned and extremely well thought out. I like the dispensers on the wall for hand wash, and over the bath for shower gel. I know most hotels have these features but maybe this was the best hotel room I had stayed in at that time. I loved the marble surfaces, fluffy white towels, and chrome towel rails. This bathroom made an impression on me and when, some time after, my bathroom suite was installed (continental!) I remembered some details and tried to emulate it in some small way.
I had a chrome towel rail which became rusted (I've explained in previous reviews about condensation problem on my home's outside walls, and especially the bathroom. ) When, about a year ago, my bathroom was treated to a makeover, and we extended the wall panelling, I purchased many new fittings for this room. One that I gave quite a lot of thought to was a new shelf unit to be fixed to the wall above the bath, and the opposite end to the shower. I knew that it would rust, as had the previous shelving unit, but the problem with the last version was that the shelves were metal and they had rusted and marked my white towels. I bought the previous shelves from B & Q, but I think the cheaper version of the shelf I am reviewing, sold in Argos, will cause the same problem-it has metal shelves which if rusts will perhaps mark the towels before you even notice any rust. I looked for a chrome type shelf in many retailers before deciding on the Chrome and Glass D Shaped Wall Shelf Unit from Argos.
I chose this particular unit because:
*The price of £19.95 was around the price I was expecting to pay.
*I liked the look of it. It was what I had in mind.
* Because the shelves are made from glass I believed that this might safeguard my towels.
As with many similar products it was flat packed. Assembly was minimal and easy. All fixtures and fittings, as well as instructions, are included in the pack. As we had new wall panelling on the bathroom wall where this was to be placed, my husband fixed this and no previous holes were visible in the wall. He used an electric drill to fit the unit in place. The unit fits at the end of the bath and is high enough to not get splashed but in an ideal position to reach a clean towel when stepping out of the bath.
My bathroom has several towel rails and hooks. These shelves are used for clean towels. I find, now that I have this, I can free up shelf space in my airing cupboard, where I had previously stored all of my clean towels. Now I only need this for spares.
Although I loved the large white towels, I've given upon them and now mostly use beige towels, and chocolate coloured towels. I find this way the bathroom looks good with one set of towels in use, or indeed, with a mixture, as they blend nicely. But I still prefer to keep each shelf of this unit for one colour.
The two glass shelves of this unit nicely holds an assortment of folded towels-bath sheets and bath sized towels. On the loose rails hanging below I find I can neatly hang a bath mat on the one nearest to the wall and a small towel on the outermost one. This unit looks tidy and fashionable, whether full or not. I like the way that it helps to keep the bathroom tidy.
It has stayed in a good condition. I think it may soon begin to need some treatment around the fixings, but this is only due to my bathroom being even wetter than most! The glass shelves have remained good and the towels keep nice and clean when stored on here for a day or two, until used.
Of course, this unit doesn't have to be used for towels and will provide a nice area for toiletries, giving a decent amount of space for storage.
This wall unit was exactly what I was looking for. I think it was easily worth the price that I paid, and very importantly to me, it achieved the desired effect.
Current selling price-£19.95.
D Shaped Wall Shelf Unit - Chrome and Glass.
Wall unit with 2 towel rails and glass shelves.
Chrome and glass finish.2 shelves.General information:
Size H54, W44.5, D25.5cm.
Complete with fixtures and fittings.