Product Type: Tongue & Groove home furniture
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My tongue & groove unit... Disappointing!
Tongue & Groove 2 Drawer Storage Unit - White
Member Name: katykicker
Tongue & Groove 2 Drawer Storage Unit - White
Advantages: Cheap, easy to build, holds lots of items.
Disadvantages: Flimsy bottoms to drawers, paint peeled off from one of the handles, becomes wobbly over time.
We moved in to our own home together back in 2010 and over the course of the past two years we have basically furnished our whole home with pieces that we want to keep long term. We purchased this 2 drawer tongue & groove unit back in 2010 for around £22 (price now £25.00) from the Argos website and we also purchase a 4 drawer one (thinner & smaller drawers) for around the same price. I had checked the size before we purchased them and knew that they would fit perfectly in the two spaces that I wanted them to fit in within our bathroom. The larger unit was to go just next to the sink and the smaller 4 drawer unit was to go by the bath.
I mainly picked these units because of their design rather than because of their price. Price was not really an issue as long as it was under £150.00 for the two and they blended in with my blue and white colours I have in my bathroom.
My sole reason for purchasing these was that I was needing some storage for my toiletries and I have absolutely tons!
Like almost everything from Argos this unit needs to be built before you can use it. This came 'flat packed' in a cardboard box and with all the necessary fixings and pieces of material to stick together. The instructions that came with these were simple to understand and we managed to build this (the two of us) in around 20 minutes. This seemed reasonable enough and we didn't have any problems with any of the pieces fitting together or any of the fixings being missing.
The size of this unit is 56cm high, 34cm wide and 28cm deep. Obviously there is a top on this unit too that can provide additional storage and we tend to store our items we use on a daily basis such as face wash, shaving foam (for my husband), deodorants, toothpaste etc. This works very well actually.
These two large units are used one for my husband (the top one) and one for myself. In my drawer I currently have 4 large bottles of Champneys bubble floats (must review those!), two large bars of Lush soap, about 15 smaller bottles of Soap & Glory, Boots products and other items that can be picked up in mini form. Basically each of these drawers holds a LOT of products! I also have smaller items like dental floss and other little bits and bobs such as nail polish dotted around my drawer.
In my husbands drawer (the same size) he has about 7 bottles of Lynx shower gel, a couple of pots of hair product, shampoo, spare razor blade cartridges and lots of little bits and bobs such as soaps and things he received in sets at Christmas that he hasn't got round to using yet (soap on a rope being one...!).
In terms of looks I would say that I really liked this unit when I first bought it. It does get dusty quite quick as at the sides of the unit there are little shelf like ridge bits (where the unit is bigger than the drawers and they've used less material on the side), and these get dirty very fast. The grooves also accumulate dust quite quickly too but this isn't really a problem as we have lots of large skirting board ledges around the bathroom and these also get dusty quickly so I have to keep on top of the dusting and cleaning in my bathroom but it's quick enough to do really.
In terms of appearance as I said above I was very pleased with this unit. I WAS. That was until I opened one of the drawers to get something and the paint peeled off the handle. This left a pine looking handle underneath that was still partially painted in some places. Now I appreciate that I could just remove the paint and repaint this but I would have to get the paint to match and also I should not have to go to those lengths just to have a bathroom cabinet with a nice handle. I really would not expect the paint to peel off. I was not wearing any jewellery on that hand nor where my hands wet nor was I rough with the unit when pulling the drawer open.
Overall I am going to give this unit a 3/5. I know that the paint removal was not a one off as we have the 4 drawer unit and the same thing has happened with this on two of the drawer handles. This is a disappointment and coupled with the fact that the bottom of these drawers is not made of the same material as the unit and are infact lined with a strong cardboard (which is prone to staining and damage) I am a little disappointed with this unit. The price was very reasonable, yes, but the quality over the past 18 months has been a let down. I would not buy this unit again, it has become wobbly over time despite the screws being tightened slightly and I know that cheap prices usually means poor quality and in this case that was true!
Summary: A disappointing unit from Argos.
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