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The Malibu collection is a part of a value furniture range from high street mega store, Argos. There are various wardrobes in the range, most of which are available in the following range of colours: Beech, maple, pine, pink, white, blue.
The pink and blue (and white to an extent) are perfect for children's rooms; they are bright and fun, while also being sturdier than most of the other cheaper children's wardrobes, that tend to be those fabric covered frames.
I have owned two of these wardrobes (both blue) in the last five years so am able to fully review the product, including the longevity of such a cheap product, which seems to be the main worry when going for the cheaper option.
I first purchased this wardrobe around five years ago for my son. We paid around £70 (it currently costs £89.99). It is 180 cm high x 70 cm wide x 50 cm deep, and is a self-assembly product.
After struggling to get the huge, heavy box home, we set about putting it together. It is a two man job; you could try and do it yourself, but there are large pieces that will need to be held while screwing pieces together so it would be pretty difficult and very time consuming to try this.
We found the instructions easy to follow and all pieces were present and correct. It took around 30 minutes if I remember correctly, although this will vary depending on your flat-pack skills!
The end result was a sturdy (although I've seen sturdier), neat, and sleek wardrobe. It is obviously cheap (average quality MDF) but looks good and it fits in well in a child's room. I can't comment on the 'natural' colours (pine, beech, and maple) although can't imagine that they look too realistic.
The wardrobe is slightly smaller than most, but fits a lot into the space, this is probably because it doesn't waste a lot of space below the clothes rail as some wardrobes do. It has enough space for kids' clothes, and adults' shirts, tops, etc. Obviously trousers would have to be folded in half when hung up, but this is no hardship. There are then three drawers; these look small, but can hold a large amount. It is therefore an excellent wardrobe for those with small rooms, or people who simply like to maximise space.
As for its longevity, I moved house around 18 months after buying the wardrobe, unfortunately the wardrobe didn't make it intact.
The back of the wardrobe is thin chipboard; this cracked at the sides, one of the feet came off, and the right door cracked where it is attached to the main body. No other items were damaged during the move so I can only assume that this is more a fault with the wardrobe than excessive force when moving.
Luckily, we didn't have to put up with a broken wardrobe for long. My new neighbour offered to swap her wardrobe for some of my laminate floor panels.
Funnily enough, it was the exact same wardrobe! This one has been fine, although the furthest I have moved it is to the other side of my son's bedroom.
So, my final thoughts on the Malibu 2 door, three drawer wardrobe... It is a cheap, cheerful wardrobe that is great for those on a budget. It utilises all available space and fits in well in a child's bedroom.
However, it clearly looks like a cheap wardrobe, it is also quite flimsy, and while it's fine when stood in a corner, it probably wouldn't withstand being moved around.
For 2 and a half years now my twin boys have been sharing a Thomas the Tank zipperobe as a wardrobe. This is similar to the canvas wardrobes you can buy only it's plastic poles with a washable thomas designed cover over the top with a set of four hanging draws that can be attached to the hanging pole! Growing toddlers accumulate alot of clothes as you can imagine and I had double in one wardrobe and it was WAY too much! The wardrobe kept leaning, and basically wouldn't hold all of their clothes, most of it was put on the floor as it didn't all fit on the shelves. Until one day the whole thing gave in and it completely collapsed so I went in search of a new wardrobe. I suppose you could say why didnt I just buy another thomas zipperobe so they had one each but to be honest it wasn't the sturdiest of products even without the clothes in there so I wanted something half decent that would hold their clothes but at a budget price.
I browsed Argos and came across their Malibu range of furniture, this includes wardrobes, desks and drawers. There is alot to choose from in the range, including a varying colour selection, you can either have plain 'pine', a rose colour (pink) or blue which is what I got as I was buying for boys. There are also different sized wardrobes you can buy to but I decided on the 2 door, 3 drawer version although you can buy bigger if you like. This particular size costs £84.99, no matter what colour version you purchase.
Argos website provides a brief few pointers about the wardrobe including informing us that these are brilliant storage for kids.
The wardrobes size is H180.6, W69.8 and D49.6cm. It has 2 doors, 1 handing rail, 1 fixed shelf, 3 drawers and silver coloured handles. It does pre-warn you on the website that it is a self assembly product meaning it will come flat packed and you have to do the hard work and 2 people are reccomended for the assembling of the wardrobe.
The wardrobe was delivered to me promptly, and one wardrobe comes in 2 boxes, each marked clearly 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 and one box saying 'Open me First' and the other telling you to 'Open me Last' - Although if I'm honest it doesn't make a difference which you open when and how as all the pieces are muddled up within the both boxes. The boxes are VERY heavy and tall so more than one person is definitely needed to take the wardrobe to whichever room it needs to go in, especially if it is upstairs.
When you open the box you are met by all sorts of pieces of wood, all different shapes, sizes and shades and really it looks quite daunting but if you try spread them out in an organised fashion and ensure from your instruction sheet that you have every single piece detailed then it doesn't look quite as scary. I actually put the wardrobes together myself, but I couldn't do the doors at the end, will explain why in a bit. The instruction booklet is full on, it shows you a picture of every single piece and screw that you should have all indicated by a letter in the instructions. It also shows you what tools you need yourself which included a saw, hammer, screwdriver, tape measure etc ... Well I began with a screw driver and I managed to put the main body of the wardrobes together with just this, I even used it as a hammer as it is a strong and sturdy one, however you will probably need a hammer. I couldn't put the doors on though as you do need a drill to drill the handle hole in them, a bit silly in my opinion - there are already holes there but they don't go all the way through the door so you have to drill them to finish them off - a complete waste of time putting the holes their in the first place or why didn't they just screw a proper hole in they like they had with every other part of the wardrobe that needed one. Not only this but the doors are a little awkward to attach properly without nearly snapping them, so I found out when I never screwed them in properly so with a little help from somebody - which is what I should've had in the first place they are attached and finish off the overal look of the wardrobe, as well as hide the mess inside lol!
Putting the wardrobe together - apart from the doors - by myself was fairly easy and straightforward, however there seems to be never ending screwing to be done, which took it's toll on my wrists and hands - and then I had a second wardrobe to put together lol! The pieces all seemed to just slot together just right and in the places they were meant to be it was just a case of screwing the screws in the right places and ensuring they were tight and holding it together properly. The drawers were the easiest parts to put together, the 3 of them took me literally 10 minutes if that. The instructions are very clear, although they don't actually provide alot of written instructions the pictures are more than enough to show you what do, they are clear and precise and look exactly like the wadrobe and they are really good sized pictures to.
Once put together I have to admit I was impressed, it's quite a 'narrow' wardrobe, not very wide at all so it doesn't take up alot of room. All of the wadrobe is the usual pine colour which seems to match any colour theme in rooms and the blue colouring to the doors and drawers just makes them look boyish and cool, and they match my blue colour theme in the twins toy room. Obviously if you buy the pink one it wouldn't look so good in a Thomas the tank themed bedroom, but it is good that you have a choice of what colour theme you'd like to buy to match decoration and rooms etc. Despite it being a 'narrow' wardrobe it's surprisingly spacious, the drawers are not that deep but can fit most of my boys clothes in them and the hanging rail, is where I hang their 'best' clothes, holds alot too without me having to worry about it bending or breaking or even straining for that matter as it seems really strong.
The wardrobes are not THE best quality, but for the price they are more than adequate. They are strong and sturdy enough - and if you are worried about it's balance it does come with a wall bracket to make it a little safer. The 'cheapy' bits of the wardrobe are the insides of the drawers it is just very thin hard board, so no letting your kids hide in them lol and the silver handles are just small plastic handles however if you preferred you could invest in your own door and drawer handles and even change the look of the wardrobe slightly. The finished product doesn't half make a difference to the look of my twins toy room, they are tidier and just look really good. They hold all their clothes brilliantly and I think so long as I don't let my twins play with these they will last quite a while. I would definitely buy the other furniture in this Malibu range as it is good, decent furniture at a budget price, not outstanding quality but for the price you can't go wrong.
When we did up my daughters bedroom some kind of tallboy seemed like a good idea. By combining the wardrobe and chest of drawers we would save space which is at a premium in our house. After looking around we decided on the Malibu 2 door 3 drawer wardrobe from Argos but I've also seen it for sale in focus. Obviously for the price of £74.99 we werent expecting the best wardrobe in the world but hoped for something that would at least do its job.
The wardrobe arrived, it came in several very heavy packages that we needed to lug upstairs before building it. Building the main body of the wardrobe itself was fairly easy as was nailing on the flimsy back. The drawers were a nightmare to put together and the doors were pretty difficult to hang but eventually it was built.
The first problem is the drawers. The bottoms of them are exceptionally flimsy hardboard type material and even though they only held light clothes soon fell apart. The second problem is that the plastic runners are such terrible quality that the drawers soon struggled to run along them and started falling off them.
The second problem is the general build quality. The wardrobe became pretty wobbly after only a short time of using it, even after tightening the screws. I think the hanging rail is the only thing holding it together.
The third problem is the tiny flimsy metallic handles on the doors and drawers. It is pretty hard to get a grip on them and they kept loosening and unscrewing themselves.
Overall this has been a very poor buy. The one good thing is that it looked fairly good when it first went up. I wouldnt recomend this wardrobe to anybody, it is flimsy and the drawers fell to pieces in record time. The only thing this wardrobe is good for now is firewood.
Pine finish with silver finish handles. / Size (H)180.8, (W)74.4, (D)49.6cm. 1 hanging rail and 1 fixed shelf. / / # Fixings and instructions included.