Looking for something hands-on to keep you busy? We’ve put together a list of home and garden improvement ideas that you can carry out on a budget. You don’t need to be an expert to undertake them but these small changes could have a big impact on your at-home life.
Whether you want to use this time to carry out all those odd jobs you’ve been putting off, or improve your surroundings now that you’re home for more of your days, our list of simple DIY ideas for home and garden is here to inspire you.
You don’t need to be a DIY expert or spend a fortune to carry out home improvements. These easy ideas are great cost-effective ways to make your house that little bit more homely.
Paint can make a huge difference to a room.
Consider brightening up white walls with a fresh coat, or experimenting with a different colour scheme to give tired rooms a new identity.
Getting your paintbrush out again can transform your kitchen cupboards. For a smaller - but still effective - change, you can also update your cupboards’ handles. You’ll be surprised what a difference it could make!
Don’t forget - what’s inside counts too. Clearing out your cupboards requires no cost or tools but keeps your kitchen tidy. You might even find some unloved ingredients you’ve long forgotten about - perfect if lockdown inspired you to get creative with your cooking.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on furniture to achieve a new look. There is an abundance of DIY tutorials available online that can help you carry out your own upskilling project.
A great place to get started is Pinterest. The visual search engine offers plenty of inspiration. And it’s practical too, with links to instructions for easy and advanced projects. You’ll be sure to find something that matches your DIY skill level - and suits your taste.
It’s not just kitchen cupboards that can benefit from a sort-out.
When you’re spending more time at home, it’s important to make your surroundings as comfortable as possible. And mess can get in the way of that.
Decluttering can be very beneficial. Of course, it’s difficult when you can't get rid of the unwanted items instantly. However, you can sort items into piles (e.g. sell, recycle, throw away, take to the charity shop, give to a friend etc.) and take action once you’re able to. Although you may not be able to get all your clutter out of your house, placing it in organised boxes out of sight can still offer some relief.
With summer fast approaching and the weather heating up, now is the perfect time to spruce up the garden.
Just like our home improvements, these ideas won’t cost a lot of money and, most importantly, you won’t need a professional gardener to undertake them.
Planting flowers is a great cost-effective way to give your garden a new lease of life. Many people also find gardening a relaxing past-time - watching your plants grow and bloom can be extremely satisfying, too.
No matter what size your garden or courtyard is, you can bring some colour into it by planting flowers into pots. Hanging baskets are another way of brightening up the outside without taking up ground space.
If you’ve got the room, creating a flower bed is something you could also do. Although it might sound like a job for a professional gardener, it’s not as difficult as it first seems. You can create one yourself if you follow online advice.
Paint doesn’t just transform the inside of your home - it can do wonders outdoors too.
Painting the garden fence or shed can transform the look of a garden. It’s far cheaper than building or buying something new but a new colour can still alter how you view your garden.
Before you start painting though, you need to make sure you’ve prepared your surfaces properly. You can find more information in Handle King’s 8 Tips for Painting a Garden Fence guide.
Outdoor lighting is a great way to add character to your garden and make those long summer nights more enjoyable.
Solar-powered lights can charge up during the day and then shine as the evening darkens.
There are lots of different styles available to suit your taste. Choose from torches that resemble flames, traditional fairy lights which look great placed inside a kilner jar, or lightbulbs which you can hang from trees.
Although we may not be able to have friends and family around to enjoy BBQs and garden parties at the moment, building an outdoor bar could be a great project to do while you have some spare time.
With an outdoor bar, you can certainly make the most out of parties with your household. Plus, it’s brilliant preparation for future sociable summers.
Building a bar is more complex than our other suggestions so you should only undertake this if you are confident working with a range of DIY tools. If you are experienced enough, Pinterest has lots of outdoor bar ideas for inspiration.
Although some garden centres and hardware stores are open for business with social distancing in place, you may prefer (or need) to have the supplies delivered to your house.
Most DIY stores and garden centres should offer contactless home delivery. You’ll need to be prepared for longer delivery times, but you should still be able to get what you need sent directly to your door.
As always, it’s important to be safe when carrying out DIY so make sure you have suitable tools and know how to use them properly before starting work.
Appropriate protective equipment is important too, so follow guidance on gloves, masks and goggles to prevent injury.
Once you’ve got everything in place, you’re ready to transform your home and garden.