5 years after saving up, dream IKEA bedroom becomes a reality


The nationwide enforcement of the MCO due to the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to stay at home. This man used his time to create his cosy and expensive-looking dream bedroom.

The nearly finished bedroom looks cosy and modern.

As we know, the Movement Control Order (MCO) in our country has now entered its third phase. Many people have gone on social media to record their daily activities such as trying out new recipes, working out, gardening and more. The MCO is not the time for us to sit around. Rather, it is a chance to do things we previously had no time for due to our busy work schedules.

This is what the room looks like before it is renovated and after. It looks modern and pretty.

Take this man. After 5 years of sleeping on a mattress placed on his bedroom floor, Mohd Rafeq Said – or Fiq, as he prefers to be called – was determined to turn his dream bedroom into a reality. With ample time at his disposal, he decided to take this opportunity to create a bedroom that appears to have come straight out of an IKEA showroom. Let’s take a look at what he has done!

For those who have been giving excuses to laze around all day, this might give you some inspiration. Fiq made full use of his time since the MCO began a month ago.

Before this, I used to sleep on the floor, on a simple mattress. For the benefit of those who asked, this newly decorated bedroom is a result of having saved up for the past 5 years.

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“I had always planned to give my bedroom a makeover before Hari Raya. In a nice coincidence, I had already begun the work when the MCO was first announced. I figured there was no better way to spend my time,” he says.

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He adds that all the furniture was purchased separately over the years and stressed that it took so much effort and patience to save up and buy everything.

The remarkable transformation includes a personal desk underneath the bed. Every inch of space is brilliantly used to create a practical and modern bedroom.

Regarding installation, Fiq explains that all the big and heavy furniture such as the loft bed and closet were fixed by IKEA workers prior to the government’s announcement of the MCO.

He was determined to not waste time and to finish the makeover during this lockdown. He began shopping online for a work desk for his laptop and other small items.

He then spent his time removing old paint from the walls, ceiling and window grilles. Not only that, he also installed a closet that he bought, fixed the lighting and laid the electrical wiring all by himself.

This bedroom makeover has gone viral on Twitter with 11,000 likes and nearly 6,000 retweets. Many people also asked how he did it.

Here is a list of the furniture, together with their prices:

Item Price per unit
Stora loft bed RM1299
Malvik mattress RM699
Songesand closet RM999
Linnmon/Adils desk RM399
Skalberg/Sporren chair RM129
Trofast storage compartment RM146 (each)
Aneboda closet  (Refer to IKEA for price)

Together with a new paint job and knickknacks, the total cost for this makeover comes to around RM5,000. According to Fiq, similar items can be purchased at lower prices from other furniture shops.

Fiq says although RM5,000 is no small amount, he believes it is acceptable to splurge a little on our dream especially after having worked so hard for it.

If you are interested in other makeover tips, click here.

Our home is our sanctuary. There is nothing wrong with having a dream about the kind of house or decoration we want based on what we can afford. Cost should not be a barrier. What matters is the passion and willingness to go after the dream.

To all iProperty.com.my readers who wish to try this inspiration, Fiq shares more details on his Twitter at @FiqSaid.

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