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Modena Chest of Drawers
Modena 4 Drawer Chest
Author Name: daisylee3
Modena 4 Drawer Chest
Date: 18/08/12, updated on 18/08/12 (41 review reads)
Advantages: Looks nice, sturdy, cheap, good capacity
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.