Product Type: Homebase home furniture
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Heavy Duty Pine Chest
Homebase Natural Solid Pine Box
Member Name: k2705
Homebase Natural Solid Pine Box
Advantages: Nice and strong, easy to assemble
Disadvantages: The wood wasnt always finished nicely
A few weeks ago I finished decorating a plain pine storage box to go in my sons bedroom for him to use as a toy box when he's older, until then it will just be used for general storage. The box I bought was the Heavy Duty Pine Chest which I got from my local Homebase.
The pine chest came as a lot things do flat packed in a plain brown cardboard box, although not very big it was quite heavy to lift. When we opened the box all the pieces were neatly packed and nothing was damaged, another problem that can occur with flat pack. Apart from tools everything you need to make up the chest is included in the box along with instructions, unfortunately this, in my opinion is where flat pack can become a problem. The instructions for the chest were one page that consisted of a list of parts that are included and a vague diagram, it was one of the worst I've seen, however the chest is straight forward and we had no problem putting it together. The lid is attached one side with a gold chain so you can just lift the lid without having to take it right off.
We had the pine chest together in an afternoon and the only tools needed were a small screwdriver. All the fittings we needed were there and there were no damaged pieces of wood or anything missing.
Once made up the pine storage pine chest measures 52,cm's high 89cm's long and 42cm's deep so its a good size. Its nice and strong too, it actually feels like a sturdy piece of furniture and if you wanted to put cushions on the top it could easily be used as a little seat.
If natural pine is not your style the box can be stained, varnished or painted to fit in with your scheme, Personally I pained mine to match my sons bedroom and added some foam numbers and shapes to give it a nursery look. I've been pleased with the box and am currently using it as storage for bed linen but when Jayden's older it will be his toy box. I've just left the inside plain at the moment but I'm planning to line it with cute nursery material in time.
One small issue I had with the box was the finish on the ends of some of the pine slats, they were quite rough and sharp, not ideal if its going to be used by a child, these did need rubbing down with sandpaper to smooth them, this aside though I'm very pleased with the box and it looks a nice piece of furniture in Jayden's room although the box would look nice in any room in the home and add some valuable storage space which is always welcome.
We paid £26.99 for our Heavy Duty Pine Chest and in my opinion it was worth it. I would have given it 5 stars but as some of the wood needed rubbing down and the instructions were particularly bad I'm going to give it 4 Dooyoo stars.
Summary: A useful storage chest or toy box for the home
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