With the UK set to remain in lockdown, it’s understandable that homeowners are taking on a host of DIY jobs that they may have been putting off for a while.
But what DIY tasks are on your list to complete during the course of lockdown? An article for House Beautiful recently shared the findings of a survey by MyJobQuote, which asked Brits what home improvements they’re planning to make during lockdown.
Overall, some 71 per cent of those surveyed said that they intended to carry out some DIY during lockdown, with 36 per cent stating that they’d started their home improvement tasks at the beginning of the enforced lockdown period.
The most popular search on the platform was for a DIY table, so it seems that many of us are planning to make a new piece of furniture for our homes while we’re in lockdown.
Second on the list was to reupholster, which indicates that many of us will be giving our sofas, chairs or other upholstered items of furniture a new lease of life in the coming weeks.
DIY painting was the third most-searched term, while DIY doors was the search term in at number four. DIY cabinets rounded off the top five.
Other projects that Brits are looking into during lockdown include hanging new curtains, making or revamping a bench, and putting up shelves, the website revealed.
Whatever DIY projects you’re planning to take on, it’s essential that you take care not to injure yourself in the process. Speaking to the publication, spokesperson for MyJobQuote Lisa Evans stressed that if you live alone, you should let someone know that you’re planning to carry out DIY jobs.
It would also be advisable to check in with them once you’ve safely completed your task so that they know you’re safe and well – and that your DIY project has gone to plan.
An article for Ideal Home recently offered some suggestions of easy home improvement projects that you can have a go at while you’re in lockdown.
For example, if you have an old chest of drawers and are looking for a new way to showcase plants in your garden, you could upcycle this piece of furniture into a planter. All you need is some plastic lining for the drawers, soil and, of course your plants.
You may also want to paint the exterior of the chest of drawers to make it look more appealing, or to complement the flowers within.
If your front door is looking a little worse for wear, now could be the ideal opportunity to spruce it up with a lick of paint. Not only will it make your home look nicer for your neighbours, but it will also boost your property’s curb appeal, which could be great if you’re hoping to sell your home in the not too distant future.
While you’re looking at doors, think about whether your home could benefit from new prehung internal doors throughout. If your property has something of a mismatch of styles, investing in a new set of doors that brings more continuity to the space could be worthwhile and help tie your home’s decor together.