Home improvements saw a surge in popularity in recent months, especially as DIY stores re-opened. Did you take on a project? How ambitious were you?
According to Opinium research, four in 10 of us made home improvements during lockdown and painting walls was one of the most popular choices (63% picked up their paint brush or roller).
Another third upgraded the area they’re working from home in, while 8% built a bar in their home or garden.
Spending more time at home means more time considering your surroundings – and how you might like to change them. Whether that’s adapting to more family being at home more often, home working, or simply wanting to make your space feel different.
Which? staff get stuck into DIY
My home improvements over the last few months have been limited to painting my tiny bathroom and making curtains. Others at Which? have been more ambitious:
Amy, from Which? Trusted Traders, has done lots of decorating:
“All in all it has gone well but I have a new found respect for professional decorators! The walls look great (if I do say so myself) but our taping around the coving and skirting boards leaves much to be desired. Definitely the last time we’ll be doing it ourselves!”
Senior editor Lisa built a bench:
“I had my garden redone and I asked the company to save me the leftover wood as it was good quality. They’re a Which? Trusted Trader and also chopped it up for me. I’ve turned it into a serviceable bench and am very proud of it, seeing as the last thing I made out of wood was a pencil case in CDT when I was 12.”
Rosie, also from Which? Trusted Traders, painted her lounge wall and built new trellis in the garden:
“It was the first time we’d painted in our new home – or ever. Our friend advised to paint on paper first and hold it against the wall. We thought we had found the perfect colour and bought two tubs. But when we started painting we realised that paper is not the same as the wall! We returned the paint and luckily tested out a new pot (on the wall) which turned out great!”
More ambitious changes will require the input of a professional – unless you’re a very experienced DIY-er.
Which? Trusted Traders can help you find a reliable, reputable trader near you.
Share your DIY stories and plans
We’d like to hear what DIY projects or home improvements you’ve been tackling over the last few months – especially if they’re unusual. Did they go to plan?
What bigger projects are you planning (or would you like to)? Would you consider a garden room?
Let us know in the comments.