5 Easy DIY Home Improvement Ideas for Lockdown

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Have you been asked several times by your other half to put up a new shelf in the kid’s bedroom? Perhaps you’ve had every intention of doing so, but you’ve simply not got round to it? You’re not alone.

However, as the UK is on national lockdown, there really is no better time to make a start on DIY jobs around the home. After all, it’s not as though you can have a pint in the pub with the lads or wine and dine the Mrs at a fancy restaurant!

There are plenty of home improvement projects you can embark on in lockdown – allowing you to transform the look of your home without it taking the time of a renovation or costing you an absolute fortune.

So, with your tools at the ready, let’s take a look…

  1. Swap dated fixtures for new

You’d be surprised how much of a difference new fixtures can make in a room – be it the kitchen, living room, bathroom or bedroom. Something as simple as hanging a sparkly chandelier above the master bed in your bedroom or swapping ceiling fans for more energy-efficient units can dramatically improve the look and feel of your space – and it won’t take you long to do.

  1. Add a lick of paint

By far the easiest home improvement task – but guaranteed to update your space all the same. From adding a splash of color to the walls in your lounge to making a statement with pained ceilings or touching up old paintwork, showing your home a little TLC and applying a fresh coat of paint can work wonders.

  1. Maximize unused corners with shelving

Not got enough storage space? If your home feels cluttered and you want to make it look more spacious and tidy, you can take a look at on-demand self storage options. Some companies provide online tools 24/7 to access your belongings whenever you need them, and the best part is that you can rest assured knowing that your things are safe and monitored at all times. However, if you’re not ready to part with your belongings just yet, why not add some floating shelves to the walls?

Though you might think you need to be a trade professional to do this, it’s merely not the case. Armed with a couple of carpenters tools – i.e. a tape measure, saw, hammer, and sliding bevel, to name just a few – your shelves should be up in no time, making the most of the space you have available.

  1. Update your furniture

After spending so much time at home during the lockdown, you can become increasingly more aware of the things that you no longer like or items that are dated, worn, or simply not required. If you’re sick and tired of your current furnishings, and money is tight, why not restore them? It could be anything from painting wooden cabinets or reupholstering dining chairs to creating brand new shapes and designs. The choice is truly yours.

  1. Replace cabinet hardware

Even if you have the best carpentry tools at your disposal, new cabinets don’t come cheap. So, if you’re looking for affordable DIY home improvements, might we suggest upgrading the hardware instead? Swapping the handles for a more modern finish or fitting new drawer runners will massively improve the aesthetic and functionality of your cabinetry – without burning a hole through your wallet. Win-win.

A few top tips to keep in mind

Whether you’re a dab hand at carpentry or a jack of all trades, it’s important that you think carefully about what you’re trying to accomplish and how much time you have.

Although all of the aforementioned tasks are straightforward enough, and shouldn’t take much longer than a weekend or two, some are more intensive than others. Better to know what you’re letting yourself into before you start, hey?

It’s also worth checking your set of tools to see what you’ve got, and what you perhaps need.

If there’s anything you’re missing, you needn’t worry about finding it as there are plenty of companies that sell top-quality tools for affordable prices. And Wonkee Donkee Tools offer an exhaustive guide on the best carpentry tools you can rely on. So, if you’re not too sure what you should have in your tool kit, find out today.

Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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