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Interior design the latest hobby in S. Korea as COVID-19 forces people indoors Updated: 2020-07-22 17:04:29 KST

This used to be an old laundry shop.
But since June, videographer Lim Min-su and two of his friends have been turning this space into their own creative studio-slash-playground.
He says, this, ironically, would not have happened if not for COVID-19.

"A lot of our work has been cancelled or delayed due to the outbreak, leaving us with more free time to spend renovating. And thanks to low demand, we got this place for cheap."

Many people are changing the interior of their home as they spend more time indoors.
That's reflected in recent industry data that shows an uptick in sales of home furniture and accessories since the outbreak.

"As I spent more time at home, I got to pay attention to little things that I didn't notice before, like the worn out bed sheets and sofa. And I am taking care of them."

"I've been studying at home lately, I asked my mom to get me a new desk."

One company says some people find that making changes puts them in a good mood, or they want to organize their places better as they spend more time indoors.

"While many people are trying to redesign their homes, they are also looking for ways to bring outside activities back indoors like creating a bar or a terrace cafe."

According to a major department store, as more people are enjoying tea and coffee at home, sales of those products during the first half of the year also jumped by 14 percent on-year.
Another big trend is creating a camping site in the living room or on the balcony.

In response to rising demand, a furniture manufacturer has introduced an express delivery system for the first time in South Korea.

"Usually it takes about two weeks, but we deliver in the fastest manner possible and allow customers to pick the delivery date. It's a perfect fit with today's non-contact shopping trend.

Many people are also sharing ideas on social media like Instagram, finding ways to spend time more productively and interactively while staying home.
Lee Kyung-eun, Arirang News.
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