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Mothercare Westbury Antique Tallboy

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Brand: Mothercare / Type: Tall Boy

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      07.03.2011 09:04
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      Sturdy, looks good and stores lots.

      When we were deciding on nursery furniture, we knew that we had only limited space as the nursery is our smallest bedroom. Once we had opted for a cot bed and changing unit, there wasn't room for a wardrobe but we felt we needed storage for clothes etc. When browsing the Mothercare website, we found the solution to our problems in the Westbury Antique Pine Tallboy. The other furniture that we had opted for was antique pine, so this matched beautifully.

      Priced at £230 it was quite an expensive option, but Mothercare is a brand that I trust and I was happy to pay that. There is also a deal that Mothercare offer if you buy other nursery furniture from any collection, you can save 10% on two pieces or 20% on three pieces, so this is definitely worth considering.

      We ordered online and were pleased to receive our order within a few days, flat packed in two separate boxes, which were fairly heavy. On unpacking the boxes, there were various bits of wood and fittings, including screws and handles and the instructions on how to make the unit up. To say that the instructions were hard to follow would be an understatement. The written instructions were in broken English, and we had difficulty following the diagrams too - sometimes pieces would be shown the incorrect way round in the picture and you had to just figure it out for yourself. Very complex - so just building it took us a couple of (frustrating!) hours.

      However, once built, we were really pleased with the unit. It looked good quality - all joints were smooth and everything fitted together well. There are hooks supplied to fit this to your wall as well - to prevent it being tugged over, safety being a must in the nursery! The colour of the unit is a rich toffee colour, matching our existing furniture and we were pleased that no damage had been done either in the packaging and delivery or by us assembling, as there were no scrapes or scratches on the surface. The unit looked and felt really sturdy, including the drawers. Sometimes with flat packed furniture like this, where you have assembled the drawers yourself, I find that these can be flimsy and once you put things in them they bow or buckle and the bottom can fall out or the back become loose. I've now packed the drawers full of baby clothes and they are holding up well!

      The unit itself has five drawers. The top three are shallower, with the bottom two being a little deeper and offering more storage space. The dimensions of the unit are W54 x D42 x H133cm and it is also available in white if the antique pine doesn't match your colour scheme. The size of the unit means that it fits nicely in the corner of the room without taking up too much space, whilst not being too tall or overbearing or blocking any windows.

      Each drawer holds a lot of stuff (and babies have a lot of stuff) so it really is a good storage solution. The drawers are quite square in shape, so will not hold any of the bigger stuff such as larger toys, but hold clothes, bedding, nappies etc no problem. The top of the unit itself also offers a good surface to put things on e.g. nightlight/baby monitor rather than putting a separate shelf up. If you have limited space, I would definitely recommend this as a storage solution (as long as you have the patience to put it together!)

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