“ Brand: Argos / Type: Bedside Chest „
The Vancouver bedside cabinet can be purchased from Argos for £39.99. It comes in a choice of 5 wood effect colours, wenge (black), white, beech, maple and pine. I chose the beech version to match many of my other pieces of furniture in my room. The dimensions of the cabinet are H62, W38 and D40 (cm) so suits a fairly high bed or someone that prefers to have a taller bedside cabinet. £39.99 isn't the cheapest bedside cabinet in the Argos range, but potentially provides the greatest quality of all the ranges Argos sell.
This is a factor that the Vancouver cabinet really excels in, it weighs in at around 14kg, which for the size of the cabinet is fairly heavy. This is due to the quality of the materials used, it seems very sturdy and isn't wobbly at all, even with my dodgy assembly! The 3 draws are all run on metal runners as opposed to plastic runner sin many of the cheaper Argos value ranges. This makes opening and closing the draws much smoother and also adds to sturdiness of the cabinet. The only downside on quality is the plastic handles provided for the drawers. It would have been nice to have metal handles to finish off the cabinet, especially at the price paid, however the plastic isn't a cheap flimsy plastic so it's not the end of the world.
The cabinet isn't the easiest flat pack assembly I've ever had to do. Its fairly fiddly with adding at the runners and putting together the drawers. That said the instructions and very clear and well laid out. It is more time consuming than challenging, making sure the runners go on the correct way and making sure they are level and fixed in place properly is possibly the hardest part. You shouldn't struggle doing it on your own, but two people shares the load and makes it a lot quicker.
I was very impressed with the size of the drawers in this cabinet. I've fit everything I wanted to in 2 drawers and had a third one free for other bits and bobs. I've got a load of paperwork, chargers, toiletries, stationary, the usual bits in the top two drawers. They are very high and deep which is nice as it means you can either fit lots in or spread your stuff over 3 drawers making it easier to find. Space should never be an issue with this cabinet.
A great bedside cabinet. High quality materials lead to a durable and stable cabinet, but so it should be for £39.99. If you don't need one as big then go for a slightly cheaper option. However if a tall cabinet with ample storage is what you are after then this is the cabinet for you. The range of colours gives versatility to match your other furniture however I am surprised it doesn't come in oak. This cabinet gets 4 star from me.
As you may see from previous reviews when me and my Husband first moved into our house we purchased the Vancouver Bedroom Furniture range for our bedroom. One of the items we bought from this range was the Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest, we actually only purchased one of these as our bed is against the wall one side so we didn't have the need for 2, the small chest of draws was ideal for beside our bed, it gave us just enough storage space and was just the right height next to the bed.
The Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest came in a plain brown box as did the rest of this range of furniture, it had the name of the product on the front of it so you knew what was inside and that was about it. I cannot actually remember this item coming wrapped in any additional packaging, the only other thing was a small plastic bag inside the box which contained all of the fittings needed to put the chest of draws together.
The Bedside Chest
This product is literally what the name suggests, a small chest of draws containing 3 draws designed for standing next to your bed. As I have mentioned this chest of draws is just the right size for next to the bed measuring 62cm (H), 38cm (W) and 40cm (D) we found this ideal as it gave us enough storage space without the draws being too large and bulky next to the bed.
The design of the Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest is quite simple, it is a rectangle shaped outer shell with 3 draws slotted inside, the draws are on metal runners and each draw has a long thin silver coloured plastic handle going horizontal across each draw front.
The bedside chest comes in 5 different colours including Pine, Beech, Maple, White and Wenge, we purchased ours in Pine in order to match the other items in the range we had purchased, personally I didn't think the colouring was too bad and they did look of a reasonable quality when set out in the room with the other items.
The Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest comes flat packed so will require assembling, it is stated that only one person is needed for this, personally I think it is possible to assemble the draws alone as they really are not that big and are not heavy at all, however I do think it is handy to have another person there to help stabilise the sides until you have everything screwed together and secure.
The chest of draws comes with an instruction sheet which includes all of the pieces and fittings required, the instructions were mainly done through diagrams, whilst the chest of draws was reasonably easy to assemble I did find that the instructions were not overly clear as with a lot of flat pack furniture, however as this particular chest was of quite a simple design it was possible to do a lot of it without the instructions, the draws literally folded together around the draw base and the outer shell was formed by simply screwing the sides together. I think the runners were the most time consuming part making sure they were in the correct places, although these were marked out with little marks in the wood, the draw handles came separate and also needed to be screwed onto the front of each draw. All in all the assembly of the Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest was simple, there was nothing overly complicated about it at all and it really didn't take very long to complete.
Price and Availability
We purchased our Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside Chest from Argos, however it is also available from Homebase as well. This particular chest of draws is sold for £49.99, I think when we purchased ours a few years ago it was a little cheaper. Personally I think the price is reasonable and is within keeping of similar items from other ranges, if anything this chest is at the lower end of the price range, I would definitely say that this is fairly priced.
Now if you have read my previous reviews on the other items that we purchased from the Vancouver range you will see that we were particularly unhappy with the larger chest of draws we bought, however with the bedside chest I was very pleased. The whole structure was very stable and not wobbly at all like the larger chest we had bought.
As I have said this was the ideal size for beside our bed and the draws were also of a decent size giving us plenty of storage space. The outer shell was strong enough and stable enough to allow us to use the top of the draws to stand things on, this was not the case with the larger chest of draws.
The metal runners made the draws move smoothly in and out without catching and you were also able to totally remove the draws should you need to.
Overall I was very pleased with the Vancouver 3 Draw Bedside chest, its just a shame we had to take them out of the bedroom when we changed the furniture due to the poor quality of the rest of the range we had bought, however as they were still in excellent condition we decided to make use of them and are currently using them for storage in our garage. I would definitely recommend this item but would say be careful what other items you purchase to go with them from the Vancouver range.