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Since we've been in our house we have spent a small fortune making the garden look nice and the one thing that I thought really spoilt it were the wheelie bins, we have no where to put them out of sight so decided to save up for a wheelie bin enclosure which we got a couple of months ago. We bought the Wheelie Bin Cover from www.amazon.co.uk and paid £219.48 for it with delivery.
When our Wheelie Bin Cover arrived it was flat packed in 3 large boxes, 1 box for each bin. The pieces were packed securely with extra pieces of hardboard slotted between them for protection. Each box contained a bag of screws and fittings and a very small useless instruction leaflet.
When we opened one of the boxes and had a look at the instruction leaflet it stated that the boxes were numbered and we should obviously start with number 1, this wasn't that easy though as none of the boxes were actually numbered! We decided to open all 3 boxes to see if there was any sign of which box was number 1 but they were all identical so we just picked a box and hoped for the best.
Making up the bin enclosure was relatively easy as flat packs go although we did start with the wrong box and had to re-start but this aside we had the whole structure put together and in place in an afternoon with minimum bad language! The only tools we needed were a screwdriver and a drill as none of the screw holes were marked or pre-drilled.
Putting the wheelie bin enclosure together is definitely a 2 man job, the pieces are quite heavy and I personally think one person would struggle with this.
The whole bin enclosure is all joined together and inside is one area however each bin has their own lid and door. On the inside of each bin lid is a strong chain, this threads through the handles on the wheelie bin and hooks onto the enclosure lid so when you lift the bin enclosure lid up the wheelie bin lid comes up too leaving you with one hand free to put the rubbish in the bin. There is also a wooden prop inside each lid so you can prop the lid open, this is handy if you are gardening. To remove your wheelie bin you simply open the door on the front of the bin enclosure and pull the wheelie bin out.
All of the wood has been treated but you can paint or stain it if you choose, personally we haven't done anything to ours this year but plan to next year.
We are really pleased with the Wheelie Bin Cover , its much more attractive than 3 plastic wheelie bins stuck in the garden, there were no pieces missing and nothing was damaged. The only downside was the very bad instruction leaflet and the fact that none of the boxes were numbered, however these little niggles aside the structure is strong and sturdy.
We put the Wheelie Bin Cover on a bed of paving slabs which we had ready prepared, you do need a solid base to put this on.
I would certainly recommend the Wheelie Bin Cover, although its not cheap we felt the price which included delivery was average for this type of item.