“ Brand: Argos / Type: Drawer Chest „
Note: I am reviewing the Modena three drawer chest of drawers as the four drawer chests are no longer available.
We bought two of these chests of drawers a few months ago when me and Marc moved into our first home together. We chose these because our bed has a dark oak frame and we wanted our bedroom to have quite coordinated decor. These drawers were perfect for us as they do look very modern and expensive, while still being a reasonable price as well as very spacious, giving us some much needed extra storage space. The chest of drawers are available from Argos, Homebase and Amazon, as well as various other shops and online retailers. We bought our two from Argos as we had a gift voucher which brought the price down a little.
These do vary in price and the current RRP for each chest of drawers in Argos is £49.99, which I think is a reasonable price considering the style, capacity and durability. The chests of drawers have a vey simplistic design but don't look too basic due to the handles on the three drawers, which have a metallic finish to them. The drawers are nice and wide which I like and I am able to stack things up (eg socks, underwear etc) in each drawer due to the large capacity. The drawers are available in two different colours including beech, which is a light oak colour and wenge, a darker oak colour. I really liked the beech shade, however as we have a dark oakwood bed I knew that it wouldn't look right so we decided on 'wenge'.
The chest of drawers is not made out of real wood which due to the price I think is obvious. Instead they're made of thick chipboard, however from looking at them they do look like real wood due to the colour and effects all over the drawers and surface. The chipboard has a glaze on it making it nice and smooth and it has a slight sheen to it which makes it look much more expensive than it actually is. Although the chest of drawers is sturdy and made of thick chipboard, it isn't too heavy meaning if we ever decide to move our room around we won't struggle too much to move the drawers - although both chests are nice and sturdy and I don't think that they feel cheap or flimsy. Assembling the drawers was a bit of an epic as they come with so many screws and attatchments including the back and bottom parts of the drawers as well as the runners, feet and handles.
Argos say that these can be assembled by one person, however me and my boyfriend struggled - mainly because we're rubbish at diy! With help from the instruction manual though we'd managed to assemble the first one within around 40 minutes and the second one was a little quicker as we knew vaguely what we were doing. The chest of drawers once but together looked very impressive and I was suprised by how expensive they looked. We have one each side of our bed and use them mainly for underwear, toilettries etc and I've found the drawers to be nice and spacious as well as suprisingly sturdy. The metal runners are effcient and we've had no problems with them getting jammed or being noisy. The surface of the chest of drawers is a decent size - large enough for a lamp as well as candles, various tubes of beauty creams and a few books, too.
Overall, these are really good quality, affordable chests of drawers and I can not find any fault with them - reccommended.
My brother and his girlfriend moved out of my house, so then my sister had his room which meant I could have her room which was bigger, this meant I had nothing in there but a single bed and a little cupboard but because it was my dads idea he said he would buy me some bedroom furniture that day. I've never been a fan of wardrobes because they take up too much room so I requested some draws, having a browse of the internet we found this which we ended up ordering two and then was going to see how much room I have left for other things once we had made them up, at the time they retailed at £40 each which is quite expensive in my eyes for what they are but it's the cheapest we could find anything for now.
=== Ordering ===
We were looking online at these rather than in store so we looked to see if any are available in Grimsby that day and luckily they were so we reserved two and my dad paid online for them, because we were picking them up we didn't need to pay for any postage. The site was easy to use and find our way around and provided plenty of information and pictures of the item. I did want the black ones but it was currently out of stock and I'm too impatient to wait so we ordered the brown ones.
=== Assembling ===
When my dad came home twenty minutes later with these there was two flat packed boxes, one drawer in each. Opening up, everything was individually wrapped and packed properly and safe. This came with all the bolts/screws needed and an instruction manual which we never used because putting this up is pretty self explanatory. This was really easy to assemble, mainly because I sat and watched my dad do it. It looked pretty simple, he took everything out and the bigger sides were of course the sides and it was obvious which was the bottom back and top and again the draws, this all basically slotted together. To build this up completely with all the draws, runners, handles and what not this took about 15 - 20 minutes so not long at all.
=== Design ===
The draws like this aren't made of a sturdy wood, they're basically made out of chipboard with a thin smooth wooden finish on the top, this makes them cheap compared to real oak or other wood drawers and it makes them really light as well so it meant without the draws in I could carry this up the stairs all the way round the house and into my room without any struggling or complaining it's heavy. Once they were both in my room side by side my room looked a lot better (still lots of unused space left at this point) they looked sturdy enough and I never put the plastic feet on the bottom because I have a carpet anyway. The draws are not particularly deep, they measure roughly the length of a hand so that's plenty of room for me to shove loads of clothes.
=== Durability ===
Like all draws these have a thin wooden bottom in the draw, which means that eventually the bottom at the back will be pushed out with the amount of junk I put in these. The drawers are sturdy enough, they don't move or go miss shaped. The surface is smooth so it's easy to clean, I just get a damp cloth and wipe this over.
=== One year on ===
It's a year later since I had these and I'm happy to say they're both still in one piece, they now sit at the end of my double bed nicely. The 8 draws is enough for all my underwear and to separate my clothes such as bottoms, tops and dresses and still leave the bottom draws for stuff that I have no idea where to put, so I shove it in a draw! In the time of having it, the silver metal draw runners have come off and the handles but it's nothing that can't all be screwed back on, but as predicted the back of some of the draws are coming undone, but I just can't be bothered to push them back on, because I'm lazy.
At present, this four drawer chest retails in Argos for just under £40. I think that's an amazingly low price for a set of wooden drawers considering you can easily pay nearly that for plastic ones. The full retail price is £49.99 and I think this is a bargain even at that price. We bought two of these for the grandson's newly furnished bedroom, along with the matching wardrobe. There are a couple of colour choices to choose from, and we chose the white and blue options.
These come flat packed in deceptively small boxes. The advantage to that is of course that you can buy these in store at short notice and carry them home in your car, without needing to pay delivery charges and wait for them to arrive.
Assembling the drawers was fairly easy, though one or two holes did need an extra surge of strength from me - especially when it came to adding the drawer runners in. Once assembled they looked smashing though, much smarter than I was expecting such cheap items to look. They do also look extremely small considering they are four drawer chests though, so make sure you're happy with the dimensions before you buy (H71, W66.8, D35.2cm).
These drawers are absolutely superb sizes for children's clothes. Each drawer isn't very big, and that may annoy any teenagers or young adults who have to use these. Children, however, will find them an ideal size. Kids as young as three will be able to reach all of the drawers, and because they're not very big inside each one, they'll be able to pull out their own clothes with ease. Once kids get to about twelve years old, you'll probably want something a bit bigger though. Kiddy tee-shirts fit two across in the drawers, and in piles of about five deep. A twelve year old is only likely to get about four folded tee shirts in each drawer though.
As with the wardrobe, I'm going with four stars based on the price versus the quality. Yes there are more solidly constructed chests out there, and bigger ones too. But for £40 you won't get one of those! I love that these have proven to be an ideal size for the child they were bought for too. They look good, have lasted the first few months of use without any incidents, and they are easy for the grandson to use.
Recently one of the things I had to get for my bedroom was all new furniture. I had moved out and from home where I went from having everything to having nothing at all and limited funds to get everything I needed! I decided on getting a dark wood look though getting it in a complete range of everything I wanted and on the cheap too wasn't an easy feat believe me though the cheap/economy ranges I saw that were in a light wood finish or a white one really did look as cheap as they cost (in my opinion). When I spotted this range in Argos and in 'Weng' finish (a very dark brown) I was delighted and these drawers costing only £49.99 a set meant I had room for and could afford another giving me four drawers x 2 which I was really pleased about!
The chest of drawers came flat packed in a white box with a photograph of them made up on the front of it and the size and contact details were given on the back of the box. Inside everything you need to make the chest of drawers up was given of course and well packaged and with a huge and very informative book of instructions with it.
What you get is lots of wood, silver runners, the back and the bottoms of the drawers and lots of screws, handles and plastic feet and things. Luckily for me and my boyfriend we found that the instructions were really easy to follow though this still took almost a couple of hours to erect just one set of drawers!
Argos say you only one person to put one of these up and thats true to a point. It took one person to hold the unit whilst the other messed about with runners and stuff but if your smarter and more patient than my boyfriend that could be true!
What you get is lots of dark wood with a soft sheen on it. Grain is polished into it and the top of the drawers and sides are a thick and solid feeling wood. The drawers you attach together, which slot and screw in, the silver handles are long and plastic and in the end you end up with a solid looking unit and you pop in the runners so that the drawers pull in and out (though you can't pull these fully out). To make it easier to put these together Argos have labelled the pieces of wood with sticky orange coloured labels where they cant be seen when you put it together and so you simply follow the instruction book.
The unit looks sturdy, you screw in the silver plastic round 'feet' and that is it basically. It isn't rocket science to put together just fiddly work really cos you have got to get stuck in and with it all being dark wood you struggle to see and in the end you should end up with a chest of drawers that measure H71, W66.8, D35.2cm.
However the drawers are of good depth and rather long but not all that strong. The bases of the drawers is a dark thin wood and easy to pop out of place if you overfill them. Like the other furniture in this range that have these handles, they appear nice and modern but are only flimsy so you don't want to pull them too hard or at an angle cos they could buckle or snap completely off. The same thin wood is used as the backing of the unit though one good thing is that, that is also dark wood colour inside and out making it all look very smart.
I have found the top thats on display not to scratch at all even after forgetting myself and throwing things on it so it stays nice and all in all even though I have to be careful when using these that they serve my needs well and look really nice....I have just learnt to not over-stuff my drawers!
All in all I would recommend them to people who are light handed, think they would be great in a guest bedroom to smarten it up a bit but teenagers and clumsy people forget this option it will fall apart it no time!
Many other items in this range are available so like me if you want/need to you can buy loads of different pieces for your bedroom and its a cheap range. Its also available in a beech and a white finish (at the same prices) and all in all I have been pretty pleased with everything I have bought! Not bad Argos!
Only available in Argos stores and it can be collected in store or delivered.
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Argos / Set of drawers