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      05.07.2013 19:15
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      Overall a great value linen box

      =Argos Natural Pine Linen Bin=

      I have had a couple of these over the years, as I like the fact that they are a fold up style, and they are less intrusive than the traditional plastic Linen Bin.


      =Design=
      This is a simple design, it has a wooden frame, and onto this you attach the linen bin, the linen is a pale cream colour, and it has a flip over lid with Velcro on the top, so if you do have a full bin of washing you can put the lid across and no-one needs to see the dirty washing.

      =Lasting=
      Our first one lasted about 10 years, before it broke, and we paid around £7 for it, the second we brought 2 years and again that was under £10.

      =Folds Flat=
      When the bin is not in use, you just fold the linen bin up, although in our house if the bin is empty that is for about a couple of hours, but the thought is there.

      =Additional uses=
      I brought a 2nd one and have put it in an inside a built in wardrobe and have stored some spare quilt covers and curtains in there.

      The first one is about 15 years old now, but no longer has the stand, whereas the newer one is maybe about 9 or 10 years old. We learned the lesson from my first stand that the wood is ok and strong enough as long as you don't overfill the bin and then decide to move about with it. Then it will very quickly ping apart and not join back together

      =Wash the Bag=
      What has really impressed me with this bin is the fact that you can take the bag off and wash it, which we tended to wash every couple of weeks, just to keep it fresh, it has never shrunk or been difficult to hook back on to the frame.

      =Size=
      I haven't got the measurements to hand, but if we strip a double bed, sheet, duvet, 4 pillowcases, and the under blanket, and a couple of towels and couple of items of nightwear, then that is the bin full, so it does hold quite a big, for clothes, I find that it holds about 2 washing machine loads of clothes..


      =My Niggle=
      My only niggle, which I feel that I am being picky, but I also think I am being honest, if the frame, I feel that this could be stronger, as it is pine and lightweight, there have been times when we have had to readjust the screw as they worked lose.

      =Availability=
      These are available from online as well as in store, and they are really good value for money, and are great as a starter for a teenager to use in their own room or for storage.

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      04.03.2013 12:52
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      Did me for a time!

      One thing I was badly in need of in my old flat was a linen bin/laundry basket of some description. My old bright pink plastic one had seen better days however I was on a tight budget and this costing only £7.99 seemed suitable for me and my needs and I liked the look of it too which was a bonus, it being in neutral colours.

      Basically what you get is a set of instructions and it comes flat packed and you get the pine wood which feels and looks decent enough quality though it is rather thin and you get all the bits and pieces you need to screw the base together which is foldable once made up and easy to store. Made up this measures Size H69, W42, D42cm and it comes with a cream coloured material style bag that has a velcro fastening to the top of it and that velcro's sets itself to the wood very well indeed. I didn't personally put this up but watched while my mate got her screw driver and popped it together and it didn't look difficult at all and only took her 5 minutes to do it for me.

      The bag itself is removable and washable thankfully, much needed as it was such a light colour, it had a 40 litre capacity as well, more than enough for a person alone or a couple in my view. The bag held up well and the velcro stayed sticky for a good few months however I have recently parted with mine because the bag got really grotty looking and went a bit saggy and I didn't like that about it!

      Not a bad buy though, basic, easy to put up and put-away-able!

      Only available from Argos at £7.99 per 'bin'.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        07.01.2013 22:29
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        A cheap and cheerful, neutral looking laundry solution. Ideal for students and children.

        I have owned two of these linen bins. The first one I bought when I first moved into student accomodation myself, and was looking for a cheap way to hide some of my laundry in my student room of halls or residence. The second one we bought when I moved in with my husband before we were married, and we thought it best to buy something that looked similar.

        The first one is about 15 years old now, but no longer has the stand, whereas the newer one is maybe about 9 or 10 years old. We learned the lesson from my first stand that the wood is ok and strong enough as long as you don't overfill the bin and then decide to move about with it. Then it will very quickly ping apart and not join back together.

        The design on this appealed as the look is quite simple, the linen bin does detach from the wooden frame and has been washed a few times, so stays looking quite nice. I also liked the fact there was a lid on this as you can cover over the dirty laundry and not have it visible. Also, the linen bin folds flat when empty, so it was ideal for moving in and out of my halls room every term for the 3 years that I lived there. It is never folded up for long these days, as I never ever seem to get to the bottom of the laundry basket.

        The cost on this one is very low. Currently it is just £7.99 in Argos. I think this might be even cheaper than the first one I bought all that time ago.

        As our family needs have grown, I have noticed that this laundry bin is not really perfect for our needs. My husband would take off a set of clothes he had been wearing for work, and by the time he put his set in, there was little room left for mine. There is no way this could be a family communal laundry bin. In my opinion it is best designed for maybe one or two people. As a student, this worked really well, but nowadays its capacity does not match my needs.

        We have recently upgraded our laundry bin in our bedroom, and I decided that the children could have this in their bedroom. I find that their smaller clothes fit in this much better, and although it still fills up fairly quickly, I can manage to go a few days at least without it overflowing. It holds somewhere between 2-3 loads of their clothes for the washing machine.

        While I still like the look of this and the fact you can wash the bag, and I am really happy with the longevity now I know not to move it, I would not want this on display in my bathroom or on my landing. I am quite happy to have it tucked away in a bedroom where visitors to my house don't really see it. I can't see me replacing this if it breaks however, as I think that there are better more sturdy and stylish laundry bins out there.

        I would perhaps buy one if my children were going off to university as I think it is perfect for this.

        It is cheap and cheerful, and if you look after them you will get a lot of use out of them, and I do recommend it to small family units, but I think once you have kids and a mountain of washing, then it is not the best solution.

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        15.08.2012 00:51
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        disappointing quality

        I bought this as a basic but nice looking (in a bare wood and sackcloth kind of way) laundry bin, and in many ways it is just that, but if you want it to last, you need to treat it more gently then perhaps one wants to treat a laundry bin.

        The assembly after purchase is simple, and as long as you keep it as it was when you first put it together, it will work fine, the wood cross-pieces tensioned by the rectangular, button-on bag. I was worried that the wood frame would be a bit flimsy, but it actually wasn't and the hinge stays in as well.

        The cover was made from fairly sturdy calico cloth and fastened with large buttons.

        So far so good.

        However, when I washed it (machine washed but not on a particularly hot wash) the material shrunk quite a bit which put the whole item out of frame so to speak. It needed to be stretched very tightly, then the trim started to fray, then then buttons couldn't be done up at all, then the strips that are used to fasten the bag onto the frame didn't work and so on. I stitched it back together, but the fraying and shrinking meant that a lot of material was lost and it just didn't hold the frame in a right place in a right way.

        After that it was prone to collapsing and thus didn't last much longer.

        One solution would be to not to wash it, but it seems unrealistic proposition for a dirty clothes' bin. Another would be to use a plastic bag inside the cotton one, but this kinda defies the purpose. Washing by hand might be an option, but frankly who wants to bother?

        I was disappointed because it's a kind of item that one would expect to age gracefully, but it didn't.

        Unless you are prepared not to wash it (or possibly wash it by hand), not recommended.

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          10.05.2012 12:09
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          No good with children in the family

          When myself and my husband first moved into our own place my Mam bouight us a load of the essentials and she bought us this laundry basket, it was bought from Argos and i'm not sure how much it cost at the time as we are talking about 6 years ago. Currently the laundry basket sells at £7.99 which I think is a great price however it is only suitable for a couple as it is simply not big enough.

          The linen bin is made of pine wood which forms the base and then the linen laundry bag sits over it, the laundry bag can be easily folded when not in use and folds flat to about 2 inches thick. The laundry bin is 69cms high, 42cms wide and 42cms in depth and it states on the Argos site that it has a capacity of 40 litres. The linen bag itself is cream in colour so can get quite grubby especially with my husband putting his washing in with dirty hands but the linen bag can be removed and washed so it's not a problem.

          The laundry basket was very easy to put up although you do have to build the frame yourself the instructions are easy to follow or at least they were for my husband and it has a velcro fastening to hide the washing in side and make it look neater, the frame is strong enough to hold a full bag of washing but unfortunately the bag doesn't hold enough now our family has grown by 2.

          I would say that I would recommend this laundry bag but only if you have a small family, when it was myself and my husband this bag was more than adequate, it was strong and sturdy and never overflowed however with two young children there is simply not enough space in the bag and it was ending up full after a day so I had to invest in a bigger basket. Highly recommended looks goosd, works well, can be folded up neatly and best of all a decent price.

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            18.07.2011 17:37
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            Good for the price....but don't buy it if you wear a lot of silk!

            I've had this laundry bin for a number of years now. In fact, prior to owning this one I had a very similar one (not from Argos though), and unfortunately when I washed the laundry bag it shrunk in the wash! When it came to replacing it, cost was an important factor for me. I keep my laundry bin in the bottom of the wardrobe, out of sight and I didn't see the point in splashing out a lot of money on something only I would see. Although there were those pop up style laundry bags, I couldn't help worry that they would fall over, so ended up purchasing this one from Argos, which was still cheap, but looked much sturdier.

            When you get the laundry bin, you do have to assemble the wooden frame yourself. Instructions are included and as far as I remember, only a screwdriver was required. I would have said it was easy to put together, but about a month ago my boyfriend noticed that it was wobbling. I had always put this down to poor design, but he took a look at it and said I'd screwed one half of the frame on upside down! Oops! He took it apart and put it the right way around and I'm glad to say it's now wobble free, so perhaps those instructions weren't as clear as they could have been.

            The laundry bag which comes with the bin attaches via buttons. It's really easy to put on - you have four tabs which button up over the top of the frame, and then two straps which fasten to the base. The bag is easy to attach and remove from the frame, and the buttons aren't stiff to fasten at all.

            The pine frame is not, in my opinion, the best quality ever, but I suppose it is a case of you get what you pay for. Whilst it's lightweight, I do find that the frame is sturdy, the problem however is that the wood is not smooth. There are knots in the wood which have a rough texture, however the biggest issue, is that the ends of the frame are also quite rough. This may not sound like a big deal, but wait until you throw a silk top into the laundry basket only to find it has snagged on the frame! Of course, I could sand it, but sanding down my laundry bin is not something I ever really feel like doing!

            The bag is made from canvas and whilst not the thickest ever, it does the job. Apparently the bag can hold 40 litres of washing (who knew dirty clothes were measured in litres?!), and for my household which consists of just me and my boyfriend it's fine and only really ever gets about half full - unless I put towels in there. As I say, I've had this a good few years, and so far I've had no problems with the bag, it's always been more than adequate to hold anything I've put in it. There is a flap of material which folds over and fastens with Velcro which helps keep washing out of sight.

            I mentioned that I had previously shrunk one of the bags in the wash. With this one I am careful I always wash it on a low temperature and it has always come out fine.

            This laundry bin costs £7.49 from Argos. Dimensions should you need them, are 69cm H x 42cm W x 42cm D. The bin also folds flat when not in use to save space.

            Overall, I'm quite pleased with this purchase, and for the price I think it suits my needs well. If I ever have need to replace it though, I think I may go for something else, or even something similar but with a metal frame, as the issue with clothes snagging on the top of the wooden frame really annoys me.

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              21.10.2010 15:17
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              Not bad for the price.

              I purchased this Natural Pine Linen Bin from Argos, almost two years ago. I bought it with the intention of keeping it in my bedroom, which was then decorated in neutral colours. I thought this would blend in perfectly, and provide a convenient place for dirty clothes.

              I'm not sure exactly what I paid but expect that it was probably priced at the amount that it currently sells for, £6.99. It would have been around that price anyway.

              I remember buying quite a few things on this occasion. The difficult part was undertaken by using the computer and reserving the items to collect the following day. This has become my favoured way to shop at Argos and I would recommend it to other shoppers. It's so easy to choose items and then to check whether they are available from a chosen store. If the item isn't available you can, in the comfort of your own home, choose an alternative store which has it in stock. If these options don't suit, then at least you haven't wasted your time going to a store for an item that isn't available you're your item is currently in stock then it will be reserved for you. I usually go to a store, taking the order number (this can be emailed to you or sent via text message to your mobile, or both, once you've reserved the item. Once in store, it's easy to quickly fill in the slip and pay at a machine by debit or credit card and then, shortly, collect the purchase. I find, even if you' have ordered multiple items they are usually to be seen on the counter quickly, when purchasing in this way.

              The linen bin is light in weight so wasn't a problem to carry the short distance to the car (Some Argos stores offer a roof top pick up point if parking is difficult and you have heavy or awkward to carry goods).
              On arriving home, hubby (I must sound like a hopeless female!) quickly assembled the linen bin. It is flat packed for home assembly. Although it's called a linen bin I think of it more as a basket or holdall. On putting together he did remark that not all holes for the screws were perfectly aligned but, for the price we weren't really surprised.

              I thought when this was set up and placed in a corner of my bedroom that it looked quite nice, especially with the cream coloured cotton inner bag. This bag is detachable and covers over. Being removable is a good idea as it can be washed.

              As this linen bin is quite light it is possible to move it around. I sometimes carried it down with the dirty laundry inside to sort it, and place directly into the washing machine in the kitchen. Anything not being washed immediately can be put back.

              What I did find was that it looked better than it really was in terms of quality. The pine wooden structure isn't at all strong. After a few times of filling it with towels to be laundered it began to sag. It certainly didn't look so good when this happened.

              Another downside to this was that when not folded it took up a little too much room in my bedroom. Not that it is that large but the wooden legs did prove a little hazardous and resulted in a bad word or two from hubby getting past this bin on one dark morning.

              I decided to use it instead for an ironing bag. I think this is a better purpose, as the clothes inside are more likely to be completely dry and therefore lighter in weight. This bag is not suitable for too much or too many heavy items. But the trouble is I do tend to let the ironing mount up. When I figure I have no alternative but to get out the ironing board from its home along with the, often overfilling waiting ironing. If you are an orderly person and iron regularly then you may find this a good product. The real beauty of it is that when the ironing (or washing) is complete leaving the bag either empty or almost so, the linen bin can be then be folded and put out of the way. In its folded state it requires very little space. Even full and when not folded, this linen bin fits into my under stair's cupboard, along with its friend, the ironing board. So it can be quite handy.

              I believe this would be useful to store items other than laundry, such as soft toys, craft items etc. I would have reservations about recommending this product owing to it being not that sturdy or of great quality. However, it is cheap and can be useful. I think probably I would recommend it but only if explaining its limitations.

              For further information on this, or similar items available from Argos, or for information on reserve and collect service, please take a look at the website, www.argos.co.uk


              Features, as taken from taken from this website:

              * Removable polycotton bag with fastening lid.

              * Folds for storage.

              * Size (H) 69, (W) 42, (D) 42cm.

              * Packed flat for self-assembly.

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