- TIME TO SPRUCE UP YOUR PROPERTY AS LOCKDOWN PROMPTS HOME DIY ACROSS THE UK
TIME TO SPRUCE UP YOUR PROPERTY AS LOCKDOWN PROMPTS HOME DIY ACROSS THE UK
AS the UK continues to stay in lockdown, many home owners are turning to DIY to pass the time and add value to their homes.
We have found the online DIY shops still delivering across the UK during lockdown.
If you find yourself getting stuck into DIY while indoors, here’s where you can still get supplies……
As we will be remaining indoors – apart from essential trips for food, medicine or exercise – putting up that shelf or building a desk to work from home more efficiently all require a handful of tools that you may not have.
Which is where DIY stores come in. Most have closed their doors, but lots of them have products that are still available online, so you can get your hands on items from hammers to flat-packed furniture, delivered to your doorstep.
Hardware stores fall under shops that are considered by the government to be essentials as they stock items that help keep homes warm, safe and accessible to power.
These are the DIY stores across the UK to shop online from today.
While all of B&Q stores remain closed for customers, it’s online service is available for both click and collect and home delivery, although bulk orders of items will not be possible.
It will no longer deliver items right into your home, instead, its delivery drivers will place items by your front door in order to observe the social-distancing rules. Delivery starts from £5 but is free for orders more than £50.
Its online shop doesn’t currently stock its full range, but according to the website, it is working on updating the products available to be able to do so and there is a limit on items unavailable for delivery.
Wickes’ brick and mortar stores have shut, but its online shop has seen huge demand and, like B&Q, home delivery and click and collect options are available.
There is on average a 28-minute waiting time to access to the site before you can start placing orders.
However, click and collect orders can only be placed between 6am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and the website has a limited range of products available.
Screwfix is allowing customers to pick up “essential” orders via its click and collect service, although it does not specify what products are classed as essential, so you will need to check the website before placing your orders.
Click and collect orders will be available for pick between 8am and 4pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.
Home delivery is also an option, costing £5 for next-day delivery on orders less than £50, while if you spend more than £50, delivery is free. The cut-off time for next-day delivery is 4pm and premium delivery options are no longer available.
Homebase is still running online orders as normal, with beds, wardrobes, wallpaper and gazeboes to shop, although with a much more limited range. Larger items will either be delivered to the first accessible room in your home, or to an agreed contact-free drop off point.
You should expect to experience delays on home delivery and the retailer is unable to issue in-store refunds. Its standard delivery option, available on most products is free, for next-day delivery, it will cost £6.
Its store collection service has been temporarily suspended, as has its home design consultations.
These shops are still open for trading, as it sells products such as over the counter medicine, cleaning and hygiene products, pet food, home maintenance and baby care, all of which are deemed essential, but to allow staff to replenish stock and clean the store, all of its shops will close at 5pm.
For online shopping, standard delivery continues to be available for £5, and orders will be delivered within 10 working days if ordered between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday.
The order and collect service and next-day delivery options are temporarily paused.
Ikea stores have shut but it is still accepting online orders, although two-person deliveries for larger items have been stopped, as has the click and collect service.
The store has told customers in a statement on its website that customers should expect delays on delivery and it will not be accepting returns temporarily.
These are the most popular DIY jobs Brits are carrying out in lockdown
A survey of 2,000 Brits, carried out by MyJobQuote, revealed the DIY tasks that millions of us will be getting up to during our ‘new normal’ — and, it seems, we’re most keen on making our own coffee table.
The study found that 71 per cent are aiming to complete DIY projects throughout the lockdown, with 32 per cent stating they have already started.
Despite 36 per cent admitting they have had a DIY disaster in the past, 81 per cent believe this is the best chance they have had in the past year to give their home some much-needed TLC.
After looking into popular DIY trends, MyJobQuote analysed search volumes to see which DIY projects Brits will be digging into.
In total, ‘DIY table’ had the most monthly searches (62,310), making it Brits’ favourite project. After breaking it down, it was found that ‘DIY coffee tables’ was the most popular, with 5,480 searches, and 62 per cent stating they would be interested in creating their own.
‘Reupholster’ was the second most popular, with over 49,000 searches and 39 per cent of respondents wanting to attempt the project during lockdown.
Following this was ‘DIY painting’ (31,430 searches), with 37 per cent stating this is on their to-do list. Monthly, there are 920 searches for ‘DIY furniture painting’, showing it is the most popular paint job, followed by ‘DIY kitchen painting’ (620 searches).
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