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I have mentioned in two of my other furniture related reviews that we had been decorating our house from top to bottom and had resisted buying new furniture until all decorating was complete. We had looked in various stores for furniture but found that it was either far too expensive or ridiculously cheap and not well made. However, a trip to Argos proved a hit when we managed to find our living room furniture at an expensive initial outlay but certainly not as expensive as we had been expecting.
I have already reviewed the Strand coffee table and TV entertainment unit and this review is of the final piece, the side board. We had wanted to get rid of our bookshelf as nice as it was I didn't like seeing everything on show and wanted somewhere where I could store things away (photo albums etc). The sideboard came as a package deal along with the other two items listed above and it was something that I liked the look of and thought it would be ideal for our storage solution.
The sideboard is just like the other two pieces as it is finished in walnut effect wood and has that contemporary curved top which is accustomed to the 'Strand' range. There are two versions of the side board basically one is bigger than the other. I have the smaller version which features 3 drawers and 2 cupboards. This is the version that comes in the 3 piece furniture package which Argos sell so if you do need the larger version then you will probably have to buy all 3 pieces separately.
The sideboard does come already assembled which for me is ideal as I cannot stand putting together flat pack furniture. Coming already assembled means that it can be unwrapped/unpackaged and used straight away. The only thing you do need to do is fit the brushed steel bar handles which takes only a few minutes. Because it does come ready to use although you can order in store you can only have it for home delivery so you cannot reserve in store which given the size of it, it is quite understandable!
The sideboard as stated above has 3 drawers on runners as well as 2 end cupboards. Just like the other items in the range the drawers are a decent size and quite deep which means that you can pack quite a lot away and still have room to spare. I do find that you can easily store quite a lot which is ideal especially when you have children and you have plenty of space to put all of their items. The three drawers are all the same size and a good depth - this seems to be a popular feature in the Strand range. The brushed steel handles give the sideboard a nice modern touch to it.
The wood effect I have is walnut but it is only a wood effect and if not careful it can scratch so be careful if you move it to position it somewhere else or if you have pets. However, that being said it is incredibly good quality which is what you expect for the price you pay for it! It comes incredibly well built, sturdy but without a doubt it is made from good quality materials as it certainly doesn't look or feel cheap.
I find that this is definitely a useful piece of furniture and it currently lives in our long hallway making it a feature piece of furniture which stands out nicely. We use it for a number of things generally keep most things tidy and out of the way. The only thing I don't like or would like to change would be the shelves in the two side cupboards (the shelves are fixed) as I would like to have one more shelf either side as how it is now they leave a lot of empty space and by having another shelf would make storage just a little easier.
However, on the whole I really like this piece of furniture and whilst it may be quite large for some homes I find that the size is just right in my hallway and provides a lot of storage is certainly a godsend! I find that it is well made and well put together and certainly looks worth the price tag of £249.99. Would I recommend? Well yes I would, although not the most important piece of furniture you need for a home it is certainly useful! 4 stars from me, simply knocking a star off because of the price.
== Useful Information ==
Size H77, W130, D41cm.