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September 5th, 2019

About 3 years ago, Ikea released the Sondheim wardrobe, I was quite surprised by this as it was very similar n many respects to the Dombas wardrobe. However there are some fundamental differences.

The Dombas wardrobe does not have a good quality finish, and has one cumbersome door that is larger than the rest. Additionally the assembly technique is like a cheap piece of furniture from Argos.

In contrast the Sondheim has a much nicer cleaner white finish, and also has an assembly technique which is up their with the usually good cheap and effective quality you would expect from Ikea.

It seems that earlier this year the Dombas price was dropped from about £180 to £60, so they are clearly getting rid of the stock and intend to withdraw it at some point soon.

May 26th, 2019

We have recently built the Holsted Sliding Door Wardrobe from Argos (886/8983).

We have built this wardrobe several times before, it is currently reduced from £394.99 to £315.99 on their website.

This is a large wardrobe with plenty of storage space. The high gloss with doors look good finishing off the wardrobe well, although these are made from three panels each and require assembly.

ASSEMBLY TIP: The frame is connected together using the expanding torsion pins. Unlike traditional mini fix (pin and cam) fittings, the pins do not screw in, they simply slot in. When the cam is turned they expand and grip the frame. It is VERY IMPORTANT when building furniture using this type of pin that you ensure each pair of panels being connected using them are pressed firmly and flush against each other before twisting the cam. If you do not, you can damage the edge the pre-drilled hole and weaken the fastening.

Generally, this is a decent spacious wardrobe at a good price.

December 26th, 2013

Wow I have finally found some time to get this website back online, I still need to work on the forms, but I have added a new design and it looks a wqhole lot better.

I have also added some links to Andre Victoire, my furniture business which

  • delivers
  • assembles
  • and removes all waste packaging

If you read the secitons on delivery or have difficulty with assembly, you will be delighted with the sevice Andre Victoire Ltd offers you.

Thank you and Merry Christmas,

Edwin Cooke.

July 23rd, 2012

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Provided you meet the criteria and pass the assessment, you will be eligible for a trial period to determine whether you meet the high standard we require. This will give you access to a steady stream of additional local work to support your own business.

June 21st, 2012

Hi

I am the technician in a senior school. I have seen these new panel pin holders that come in modern flat pack furniture that helps you hold the panel pins vertical and evenly spaced when attaching back panels.

Can you tell me if it is something you have come across? I took a couple to school to help my less able students, and those with physical impairments and they have been amazing. I could do with purchasing several dozen!

Any information would be great. Many thanks

Hi Nikki,

Whilst many suppliers include these, the only product I can think of which definitely does are the Ikea Pax wardrobes. I throw them away as I don’t use them. It would take an indeterminate time for me to save 12 for you.

You could try asking your local Ikea, as they regularly assemble new lines of furniture on site and may have a few lying around you could have? Or phone their customer service line?

Sorry I cannot be more help,

Edwin.

June 21st, 2012

I wonder if you could please help me. I have been given a set of Argos Canvas furniture. One three shelved wardrobe and one three shelved set of shelves there are no instruction as to how to put it together.

I would be very grateful if you could help in any way at all.

Hi Anne,

Have a look for the item on the Argos website, many of the items have the instructions available for download as a PDF. Failing that find the product number (this is required) off the website or box and phone the Argos helpline and they will be able to send you a copy.

Edwin.

June 13th, 2012

We think one of the locking gas canisters has gone and the bed won’t stay up when lifted. Can we get spares?

I would try the company that supplied your bed in the first place. If that is no use,you Can try Screwfix or Ironmongery Direct.

The strutt may have a rating on it indicating what pressure/weight it can support. You will need to get one that matches this.

June 13th, 2012

I would like to aquire a further hanging rail and fittings for a two door mirror Rauch sliderobe wardrobe. can u help ?

You can try Rauch or check with your local independent furniture stores or Bensons. Any of these might be able to help. The actual rail is not that unusual so you could also try other places such as B&Q, Ironmongery Direct, Screfix etc.

June 13th, 2012

I purchased a kingston merchant chest of drawers from Focus as they were closing down. I started putting them together but i am short of one side panel on the drawer. Is there anywhere i can get a hold of this part to complete the chest?

Hi Alan,

I very much doubt it. This item was probably sold as seen as well. You’ll either have to make do or just cut a peice of wood to size and attach it as best you can. For the effort required to do this properly you could probably buy a new unit?

Sorry,

Edwin.

June 13th, 2012

Hi, i’m putting together a John Lewis corner unit, (tvilum-scanbirk 65010) and 8 of the drill holes are too small to take the screws that are provided. All of the other pieces are matched up and accounted for so the only option I can see is to make the holes wider myself using a drill. Or could the instructions be wrong? Either way its not something I really want to have to do - any advice gratefully accepted.
Thanks

Hi Phil,

I have never come across this type of problem with John Lewis furniture.

You have probably used the wrong screws elsewhere and therefore are left with screws that are too big for these holes. I would double check the quantities used in early steps against the inventory to see where you have done it. The screws you could have misused might not be holding other parts correctly so double check.

You can drill the holes wider if you are carefuly but this shouldn’t necessary and I am sure you have made a mistake earleir in yur assembly.

Edwin.