IKEA furniture is a staple in most people’s homes. It’s cheap and it looks good, and its flatpack nature means it’s easy to get home. But the biggest disadvantage? You’ve got to build it yourself. According to a new survey, 90% of millennial DIY ends in disaster – so Waz Mahmood, from Redbridge, saw a gap in the market. After being made redundant during the pandemic, the 31-year-old construction site manager decided to use his skills to start an unusual business – building other people’s IKEA furniture. First getting paid to assemble flat pack Ikea items in 2018, Waz – whose wife, Nuhi, 29, is a project manager – has now assembled 500 pieces and even drove 160 miles to erect a wardrobe. Dusting off his tool belt when he was made redundant from his position as a trainee construction site manager in September 2020 following a period of furlough, he picked up flatpack furniture jobs on the mobile app Airtasker, saying: ” I love the challenge of building something from boxes, then seeing the final product. “I think, ‘Like, yeah, I made that!'” And, despite starting another construction job last month, he is still assembling IKEA items as a… Read full this story
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