Ever since I was born, I shared a room with my siblings. Once my brother was old enough, he got a room of his own in the basement but my sister and I always shared a room. When I moved out, some five years ago, we got rid of her bed and she started sleeping in my old one; other than that the room stayed the same.
When the lockdown started we decided that it was finally time to do something about her old, kinda shabby room. The furniture in her room were upcycled furniture from our old nursery. The tabletop of her desk had a massive crack in it because our TV once fell off the wall and broke it. The walls had writing all over them and the carpet had burn holes in it – this may or may not was my fault, no one will ever know. Overall, the room was in desperate need of a makeover. And so we decided to use our free time wisely and turn her room into an actual living space for an adult.
From Kid’s Room to Actual Living Space
I am 23, my sister is 22. It is safe to say that a kid’s room will not make do anymore. First things first, we had to measure the room. Now, we have a massive selection of tools at home – the only problem is that no one knows where they are. Hence why measuring the walls quickly turned into a bigger challenge than expected. To order new furniture, we obviously needed the exact measurements. We eventually decided to span a piece of string from one side to the other and then measure it with a regular ruler. Time-consuming, yes, but it worked.
Next up, we needed to decide which furniture we wanted to keep and which one we wanted to replace. At first, we wanted to keep most of them but we eventually ended up replacing everything but her wardrobe and two billy bookshelves – all from IKEA.
We decided to get all the new furniture from IKEA as well, but due to the lockdown, we had to order them via Click&Collect. At first, I was not convinced that this would work out. We had to wait a week for our furniture to be ready and I had to borrow my dad’s Volkswagen bus to be able to transport everything. Let me tell you: everything was super safe, the workers were so nice, and the process of getting our furniture was quick and simple.
Here is what we got:
2x OTTEBOL – Door
1x LINNOMN – Tabletop
2x MALM – Dresser
1x MALM – Bed Frame
1x TJUSIG – Coat Rack
1x MALM – Bedside Table
2x LACK – Wall Shelf
Due to the lockdown, we could not go into IKEA as we would normally do – and let me tell you, I miss Köttbullar more than anything! But obviously, my food cravings are way less important than the health of others. So no Köttbullar this time.
To get our furniture, we had to order them online. There are two delivery options: getting the furniture delivered to your house or picking them up via Click&Collect. Because delivery would have taken a long time, we decided to pick our stuff up ourselves. We chose a pick-up time at checkout and received an order confirmation. On the day and time we had picked out, we drove to IKEA. We had to drive around the building until we eventually came up to an IKEA worker, asking us for our pick-up time. After checking us in he ordered us around the parking lot to go see his colleague about our order.
The colleague checked our order number and assigned us a number and a parking spot where we waited for our number to be called. Once they called our number, we went up to a booth, where we had to sign that we had received our furniture. We received a fully stacked cart which we brought back to our car.
All in all, the process was super simple and felt super safe. Everyone was wearing masks and no one was bothering anyone. IKEA did a great job of offering customer service during these times.
Now that the furniture are all here, we need paint and a new carpet.
Find out all about our painting adventures next week!