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Last week I posted an image on my Instagram Stories of a four seater outdoor furniture set from Argos, which quickly received a bigger response than any celeb selfie, carefully curated flat lay, or whacky outfit I’ve posted over my eight years on the app.
While I was expecting a few “good job” comments from close friends who know that assembling anything, especially flat pack furniture, is not my forte. I was not prepared for the slew of heart eye emojis and messages such as “OMG I love that!”, “ It’s SO nice! I’m so jealous”, and “where from????”.
The first thing that attracted me to the set was its luxury-looking (and very on-trend) rattan aesthetic, which was at an unbeatable, affordable price - trust me - I’ve done my research. In fact, I was about to give up finding the style in my price range altogether.
But, then I came across the Argos Home 4 Seater Bamboo Sofa Set, which isn’t an easy find on the site, I might add.
For £250, you get a two seater sofa, two large armchairs and a matching glass top table - that’s £62.50 per item (yes, I did the math).
The set also comes with black padded cushions for the sofa and seats that can be easily tied on. It’s a complete all-in-one, which as those who are frantically Googling outdoor furniture right now will know, is not always a given.
It was at this point that I had to put my excitement aside and measure my small London balcony to see if the largest item, the 120cm width sofa, would fit. I can confirm that, as advertised, the set is in fact “suitable for garden and balcony use”.
As for assembly? I was surprised, and relieved, that the set came in four parts with minimal assembly, all you need to do is screw the legs in (that are easily numbered) using an allen key that is provided.
Just don’t forget to take the numbered stickers off the top of the table legs before putting them on. Otherwise, you will be able to see them through the glass, and will spend more time trying to get them off than it took to put the entire set together.
While the description on the website suggests two people are required to assemble it, it can easily be a solo task. You may just need two people to move the sofa frame into place.
Case in point, I had screwed all the legs in and was sitting in the sun within 30 minutes of its prompt arrival.
My one concern about the set is the delicate nature of the rattan that covers the steel frame, however, the set comes with a manufacturer's two year (one year fabric) guarantee for peace of mind.
And, I’m not the only one who is impressed with the set.
It currently has a 4.9 out of 5 rating on Argos, with 100% saying they’d recommend the product.
One top comment reads: “It looks fab, really comfy and super easy to put together! Had loads of compliments on it already and have influenced a couple of people to buy it themselves for their own garden!”
While, others praise the simple assembly: “Delivery was super quick (considering the current situation). Managed to put everything together within half and hour. We were sitting enjoying out garden in no time!”