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Maine Tall Extra Wide Deep Bookcase
Several years ago now I bought one of these units in Beech effect veneer. As I already have two smaller bookcases that match, we decided to expand our library storage and buy a tall wide bookcase.
Arrival: We bought the bookcase from Argos and collected from our local store. The unit came with the minimum of packaging in a cardboard box with easy to follow instructions. The unit is supplied flat pack and fortunately comes with everything that is required to erect it. On this occasion the build took the two of us about 50-60 minutes, a bit of swearing and a mug of tea each. It was actually fairly easy to put together, but everything had to be constructed, the little trim bits that the screws go in needed to be slid into place, little dowls needed locating etc, etc. Once we had finished though we had a nice, solid looking bookcase ready for use.
We were very pleased with the surprisingly good quality and has the appearance of a much more expensive solid wood item, indeed from across the room it looks very expensive, it is only when you get up close that you realise it is a veneer "beech look" bookcase. Measuring in at approximately 180cm tall x 78cm wide x 29cm deep it is indeed quite a big piece. To ensure the stack does not tip forward we employ the trick of pushing a sliver of cardboard under the front, this ensures that the bookcase will not be accidently pulled over at any time. Not that it gave us any cause for concern, it is just a measure I like to take with modern tall furniture.
Our unit looks pretty much like the one illustrated and has five adjustable shelves that are easy to position as required using the pre-drilled holes at the sides of the bookcase. The sixth shelf acts as a base and is fixed. Unfortunately at 29cm total depth the bookcase does not quite take Albums, magazine collections, many of my large coffee table style books or lever arch files. It does however; take quite a proportion of my reference collection and hardback fiction. We find the adaptability of the variable height very useful and an unexpected bonus in a low priced item. We have a lot of books and my husband has a large motoring magazine collection as well, so we do have larger storage needs for this type of item than most people, I therefore believe that this unit would be adequate storage for most people to keep their reading material on, indeed it would hold quite a few Kindles!
Like the rest of the collection the high bookcase is easy to clean and I use the Ecover general purpose cleaner and have never needed anything else.
In conclusion, I am happy with the bookcase, I did originally buy it to store my record collection on, but it my own fault for not checking the measurements that it is not quite big enough for that purpose. However, I could not imagine not having it now and I believe it represents excellent value for money, furthermore it fits into both contemporary and traditional furnishing environments and currenly has a signed collection of Craig Simpsons novels displayed on the very top.
Stars: 4/5 Simply because I really think it would have made sense to build it a tiny bit larger to accommodate the old vinyl albums and A4 landscape sized documents such as stacks of magazines.
Price and Availability:
I think we paid around £35.00 for ours from Argos a few years ago and I notice they are also available on eBay and from Amazon and I note the Amazon price is £92.98 at the time of writing.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful.
We bought this tall extra wide deep bookcase for our study for all my husbands books when he was doing a masters degree last year. We had a smaller bookcase but found it just wasn't big enough and he had so many books that they were being piled up on the desk and on the floor and it really looked untidy and cluttered. I had actually bought one of these for my son when he was at home in the same range but in the narrower version so I knew that it was a good quality piece of furniture. I paid £39.99 for this bookcase but I have looked and they are now £44.99 but I do think that this is still a good price.
I chose the oak one as it matches the other bookcase in the study and the desk but they also come in pine, white, beech, walnut and black ash so there is something to match most people's décor. It measures 180cm tall, 78cm wide and 29cm deep and it weighs 33.5kg so it fairly heavy to move around even when there is nothing on the shelves. I ordered it from my local Argos using the click and collect and I collected it the next day. As with a lot of Argos furniture it comes flat packed which I am not really very good at working out, although I did actually start to put the main frame together my husband finished it off which I was glad as it would have taken me hours. Inside the box are two side panels, two top panels, a back panel and five shelves, and a small packet containing glue, screw covers and nails, and also the instructions.
One of the shelves is in a fixed position but you can choose where you want the other four shelves. As I like things to be symmetrical I placed the shelves at equal distances but you can choose to make the gaps bigger or smaller by using the many holes at the sides of the bookcase where the shelves sit, which is useful if you have very tall books or other larger items. This bookcase really does hold a lot and I would say that there are well in excess of 200 books on it. My husband has a lot of larger reference books which are mainly on the lower shelves, and then the rest is just filled up with his folders and reading books. I have my cookbooks and some DVD's on the top shelf and the shelves are so deep that there is a double row of DVD's and some books which still fit neatly inside the shelf.
It is a very solid and sturdy bookcase and I have never felt that it might move or wobble. There are a lot of heavy books on there and the shelves have not shown any signs of bowing or breaking. I think that it does look far more expensive than the price I paid and looks very stylish. Argos also make other bookshelves, desks and other furniture in the same design and colour so you can easily match things up. I like the fact that it is so tall and deep that you can fit such a lot on there which makes the room look much tidier as everything is in one place. This bookcase comes recommended by me as it is good value and a stylish quality piece of furniture. We have it in our study but it would be suitable for the lounge, dining room, bedroom or really anywhere where you need to store books, DVDs or really just about anything.
I have got a huge amount of books in my house as well as millions of little trinkets as I can't seem to step foot in Next without coming out with a new ornament or candle. My house was started to look a little cluttered so I decided to get a new bookcase. I had already bought a mini bookcase from Argos and I was very happy with it so I decided to buy the much larger Maine Tall and Wide, Extra Deep Bookcase from the same store.
I chose the beech wood effect to fit in with my decor. You can also choose some other wood effects including Pine, Oak and Walnut. The bookcase also comes in a black colour and a white colour if you wanted something a bit more contemporary.
The bookcase is just under 2 metres tall measuring 180 cm in height and it has a width of 78 cm. It has a depth of 29 cm so it is deep enough to comfortably hold books, including hard backs and dvds. The product comes with 5 wooden shelves which means that you will have 6 shelves altogether including the bottom one. There are plenty of holes in the side so you can adjust the height of the shelves to your liking.
The product will normally cost you around £45 but it is currently on offer for around £36 so you can get yourself a good deal at the moment. It is available from Argos and also from their online website.
The boxed weight of this product is very heavy and I did have a bit of a problem getting this up the two flights of stairs to my apartment. I'm quite good at putting things together and the instructions are very clear and self explanatory. I made it manually with a screw driver and my hands were quite painful by the end of it. Using an electrical screw driver would have made the process much quick, easier and pain free. I put the product together on my own and it took me an hour of solid work to get it put together which isn't too bad in my books, when you consider the size of it.
When it was finished, it felt really sturdy and it doesn't wobble or work when it has been made properly. The shelve holes allow you to decide on the height of the shelves so I left some bigger for ornaments at the top and narrower ones for my books at the bottom. The whole unit looks a lot more expensive than it actually is and some of my friends have been shocked when I have told them how must it cost me to buy. The wood is smooth and it looks really lovely on display in my home. Obviously this is a large and heavy item so you will want to use the wall attachment because even though it's sturdy, it still has the potential to fall and could be a danger to children.
All in all, this is another piece of lovely furniture from Argos. It is relatively easy to build, although it is much easier if you use an electric screw driver instead of a normal one. It is sturdy and it looks like it cost a lot more money than it did. It looks lovely on display and the shelves are adjustable. This is a good storage solution to help de-clutter the home.
Being a book blogger, I have so many books and not a lot of space for them. When I moved in with my boyfriend, our flat needed some serious furnishing. At the minute, not all of my books have been moved there and with a wedding to pay for this year, bookcases were not the highest of priorities. Also, I knew exactly which I wanted but there were problems with having them delivered. The bookcase in question is the Maine Tall Extra Wide Deep Bookcase - Oak Effect bookcase from Argos. I have been looking at these since the summer and every single time I go on the website, they are out of stock for delivery. However, we managed to buy one and have someone pick it up for us just before Christmas. (We now have 2 of these although the second one we did manage to get delivery for with disastrous results)
Being from Argos, you can either get this product in store or order it online for either delivery or in-stock pick up. However, as I said, delivery for me was a very hard thing to sort out as Argos didn't offer this service in my area. Our nearest Argos store is in a town 15 minutes away by train and neither of us drive so going and picking up a bookcase ourselves would have been a massive hassle. The bookcase costs just under £44.99 which may be a little bit expensive compared to the likes of Ikea or something similar I bought from Tesco a few years ago at half the price. However, you can get the same bookcase which isn't deep for £29.99.
Size H180, W78, D29cm.
1 fixed shelf.
4 adjustable shelves.
Shelf thickness 1.8cm.
This bookcase comes flat packed which means you need to put it together yourself. Argos recommend that you need two people although my fiancé put both of ours together on his own. Assembly is extremely easy. The only tools needed are an allan key and a hammer. Inside the box you get the back panel, two side panels, five shelves as well as the top and bottom pieces. Some screws, nails, glue and screw covers are also included. The instructions given are easy to follow which is a massive help although you could probably figure out putting this together on your own anyway.
The reason I bought these bookcases in oak effect is that I have a coffee table which has the same finish. Also, I think furniture like this in a beech effect can sometimes look really cheap. However, the oak effect does not look cheap at all and the bookcases look lovely in my living room, especially as they match other things. The bookcase is pretty strong although the back piece did need a few extra nails putting in to keep it in place securely. One of the shelves has a fixed position but the other four can be placed where you like near enough. I like having the option to have some shelves bigger than others due to having different sized books.
Overall, I really like this bookcase and I love how it looks. The oak effect does look more expensive than one in a beech effect and so far, as I have two, I have plenty of space to put both books and DVDs on it.