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A few years ago we found ourselves awash with booze for one reason or another - I'd won a case of Absolut vodka and Mark had been given two cases of wine as a gift from a client. We're not big wine drinkers and twelve bottles of vodka is a bit overboard for everyday drinking so I decided to invest in two of these very cheap wine racks from Argos, they looked gorgeous in the book and at (then) £4.29 each I thought they were a bargain.
Big mistake; I forgot the cardinal rule of 'if it looks too good to be true then it probably is', other wine racks I looked at were in the £15 price range and to this day I'm not sure what possessed me to put my trust in this bargain basement version.
It arrived in a pathetically small box - and my heart sunk, I realised then that all the wooden 'bits' that made up the nice bamboo effect were going to have to be put together. Not a job for my low attention span, so the racks had to wait until Mark had a free hour to do the tedious task.
When he'd finished the racks did look quite nice, very cheap but nice enough considering the price and flat-pack nature of them. I wasn't planning to have them on display as I didn't want a ton of alcohol in my face all the time, so had bought the wine racks with the intent to put them out of the way in the cubbyhole. There's nowhere I can see in my home that I'd like to have these on display as they're just unimpressive.
The gaps are big enough to hold a standard sized bottle of wine or regular shaped spirits bottle. There's no support for the bottle so if it's on a hollow floor be prepared for a bit of rattling as you walk past; the bottles are safe and aren't going to fall out, although after around five years of (irregular) use I'm starting to worry about the strength of the slim wooden 'shelves'.
The rack is starting to look discoloured now, Marks assessment is that it's very poor quality wood used to create it as it's been kept in conditions which should be good for keeping wood looking new. Both racks are suffering from this discolouration but one is definitely worse than the other. This isn't a problem for me as mine are tucked out of sight, but if you're after something for the living room or kitchen I'd recommend you pay more for better quality.
*Piccie to follow, you can see the wine rack by typing 840/6493 into argos.co.uk - remember, it's not as nice as it looks!*