“ Brand: Argos / Type: Storage Unit „
My Maine choice
Over the years I have bought numerous pieces of flat-pack furniture from Argos, for a number of reasons, namely - cheap, decent quality, easy to assemble and most importantly convenience of shopping there. This "Maine" range of no-frills storage and display units has been an Argos staple for as long as I can remember, in fact my first home 21+ years ago was furnished with bookcases and CD storage units from this range.
I acquired this tower unit when my partner was having a bit of a move around and he was upgrading to more quality furnishings. I was quick to snap it up from him as I knew it was decent quality, having been the one that had to go and pick it up from Argos and also the one who had to put it together!
Putting this unit was a ten minute job. It was so simple, with just a handful dowels to glue into glue and a handful of locking screws to turn. The centre shelf is fixed in place as part of the assembly, but the remaining shelves are adjustable so these are just placed according to your requirements, supported by little silver pegs which push into (and pull easily out of) little pre-drilled holes.
The main material of the unit is laminate faced MDF, and the range is available in a range of wood finishes as well as black or white. Mine is a beech effect which makes it great in my spare room which is completely neutral coloured. The finish to the wood is really good quality, there are no areas where the laminate is coming away or chipping and there is a totally smooth feel to it.
The first thing that hits you about this unit is that it's very tall and very slim. The dimensions are 180cm high and 19.2cm wide, 15.3cm deep.
An individual shelf hold 11 DVDs, or 16 CDs, or 8 DS game boxes. The unit comes with 9 shelves which can be positioned according to your preferred usage - you will only need all 9 if you are using solely for CDs or DS games, at present I have 7 shelves in use with two shelves holding DVDs and the rest CDs/DS.
In terms of the depth of the shelves, the CDs almost fill the shelf, with a neat few millimetres at the front when the CDs are pushed to the back. Similarly my DVDs and DS games all fit right into the shelves with nothing overhanging, meaning everything looks lovely and tidy.
Crystal ball time
With the changes in the way we download media these days I guess this type of unit might be on its way out, but personally I can never see a time when I will want to get rid of all my CDs and DVDs and similarly I imagine for gamers there is something about owning a physical game box and needing somewhere to store them.
One Maine Use only!
In terms of its universal appeal, this is a media storage unit and isn't suited to anything else in my opinion. For instance, some bookcases or media units look good partially filled with books or CDs and with other shelves showing ornaments off. First of all, the size of this unit doesn't lend itself to that, but more importantly, the weight of the media being stored in the unit is critical to its stability. Being so tall and slim there is always a bit of a nagging fear that it could topple over.
Mine is currently standing up against a wall and has never shown any real sign that it would fall over, but nevertheless, I do often detect a slight sway, it isn't the most stable design or structure bearing in mind such a small "footprint" for something so tall. It's definitely something to be careful about - it needs to be securely grounded on a flat floor and ideally needs to be kept full in my opinion, and if possible, weightier items at the bottom. It would be possible to fix it to a wall or in between other cabinets, that would probably be a preferable arrangement.
Price & Recommendation
When it was purchased, it was in the sale and cost £14.99 - they are currently £16.99 but the range seems to pop up on offers fairly regularly and as a functional piece of furniture for its purpose, it comes highly recommended from me.
I purchased this from Argos a while ago.
It's described as a DVD/CD storage system, it's extremely tall H180, W19.2, D15.3cm. It's slim, it can be free standing or fixed to the wall. It holds 60 DVDs or 150 CD's. It has 8 movable shelves and two fixed shelves.
It's £19.99 from Argos, it's also available in other wood types.
I love this unit, we however are using it for a book shelf, we had a tiny space around the back of our bedroom door, I'd got lots of books piled up with no where for them to go and I suddenly had an idea I need a very thin tall book shelf!! this is perfect for my books! it would also be perfect for it's actual use as well; DVD's and CD's. I love the fact it has adjustable shelves so I've moved the shelves to different heights for the different heights of books I have, I have a few shelves left over because I didn't need them all for books but the fact it has little holes for moving the shelves almost anywhere up and down the unit is great.
It's well made and was extremely easy for me to put together on my own, we have fixed it to the wall (I did need a little help for that!) so I don't know how sturdy it would be free standing as it's very tall and thin, personally I would always fix it to the wall.
I asked for one of these for my room when my other shelf ran out of room for my dvds, the only available colour was black though but this didn't bother me, I just wanted more space! Buying furniture is usually an annoying hassle as we need to find a balance between something that's decent quality and something that's fairly cheap and we luckily found this is Argos for just £20.
Size H180, W19.2, D15.3cm.
The shelf is very tall, close to touching the ceiling but very thin, thinner than I've ever seen any other shelves so you don't need much space in your room for it to fit.
It didn't take my mum too long to construct the basic shape of the shelf but I suggest you make it in the room it's going to put in as, moving it was quite heavy and hard not knock it on the ceiling as it's alsmot 2metres tall! The bottom has a curved but cut out to allow room for the skirting boards, so the shelf can be pushed right up against the wall. The shelf claims to be self standing however we chose to still lean it slightly though because it didn't fell entirely secure enough to stand up and didn't want to fall on me during the night! We think my floor is very slightly sloped though so I'm sure it would be fine otherwise and it never has fallen over though so this is good obviously haha.
There are two fixed shelves and the rest are adjustible for you to choose where to place them. Mum left it to me to place the little shelf pieces inside as it was for my room, you get more than enough and you can either have lots or less depending on whether you want spaces for either CDs or DVDs or a mix of both. I just did DVD sized spaces and still had about four of the adjustable shelves left over so you can always change your mind.
You can store about 60 DVDs or 150 CDs and I manage to fit about 9 Dvds on each shelf, usually one less if the dvds have cardboard cases. I quite like this as I can organize my dvds into little sections such as really girly films, comedies, tim burton and tv series. The only downside is not all my dvds did fit and I have since bought a larger shelf for the rest of DVDs.
I would only recommend this shelf for teenagers rooms, but only those who don't own that many dvds. Or maybe just to use the shelf for CDs but it won't be big enough for people with a large CD collection. either.