The COVID-19 pandemic is a curse to many of us, but this man from Malaysia takes it as a blessing in disguise.
To break the pandemic chain, many countries enforce Movement Control Order (MCO) or even national lockdown to the country. During this time that we were instructed to stay at home, this man called Fiq Said shared on his Twitter how he spent his days at home.
34-year-old Fiq has been doing a makeover to his bedroom and turned it into an IKEA showroom during the MCO.
“28 days worth of work during the quarantine. The MCO got extended and IKEA is still closed,” he tweeted, with pictures of his brand new bedroom.
— fiq said (@FiqSaid) April 15, 2020
Fiq shared that he has been sleeping on the floor for the past five years before this makeover takes place as he never had the time or money to redecorate his room. However, it was mere coincidence that the MCO takes place just after he finally saved up and planned to renovate his room before the Eid celebration this year.
Fiq emphasized that it was not a sudden splurge because saving money is hard – it took determination and patience to succeed.
“I saved for five years to get all of that IKEA furniture. It was not a ‘one night money drop’ thing,” said Fiq.
He also explained that he had most of the large furniture in his room such as the loft bed and wardrobes already installed by IKEA just before the Malaysian government announced the MCO.
As for the smaller pieces of furniture such as the laptop desk, Fiq ordered it online and put them together in the first week.
Besides putting the furniture together, Fiq also spent his time scraping the old paint of his walls, ceilings, and window grilles and painting the walls with new white paint to give it a glow up.
He also assembled and drilled the shelves, as well as fixed the room lighting and wiring by all by himself.
Fiq’s Twitter post has now received almost 15,000 likes and retweeted more than 7,500 times. As many people were asking about the room, Fiq decided to make it easy for everybody and list all the furniture that he bought from IKEA, together with the prices. Here’s the list:
- A Stora loft bed for RM1,299 (around USD295)
- A Malvik foam mattress for RM699 (around USD159)
- A three-door Songesand wardrobe for RM999 (around USD227)
- A Linnmon/Adils table for RM399 (around USD90)
- A Skalberg/Sporren swivel chair for RM129 (around USD29)
- Two Trofast storage organizers for RM146 each (around USD33)
- Two two-door Aneboda wardrobes of which he couldn’t remember the price because he bought them five years ago.
Together with the paint and other small pieces of furniture, Fiq stated that he spent about RM5,000 (USD1,137) to complete this makeover and it’s all worth it.
These are the final product of his hard work:
Are you thinking about doing a makeover to your room too, now?