Furniture Choice

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t? Being able to put up a shelf with ease, and hanging that patterned wallpaper right first time would be an absolute dream – but not everyone has the skills to carry off these tasks. It feels that, while some of us are capable of even the most complex DIY tasks, the other half of us don’t have a clue where to start!

It’s with this in mind, we asked Great British adults[1] to share their thoughts and opinions on DIY, with a view to looking at the optimum conditions for undertaking all those jobs that have been on the bottom of the to-do list for the past year. What we found was, well, enlightening!

The tips that we discovered are so good, we’ve put them into a DIY God manual – ideal for giving to that someone you know who is well overdue a lesson in getting things done! But, if you’d like to find out what we’ve uncovered in a little more detail, read on…


Plan It




Plan it out

According to our research, it pays to attack the DIY task in hand in a considered manner – there’s no rushing when it comes to perfection! In fact, 39% of UK adults like to plan out their task a week in advance, with 16% opting to take two weeks of planning before getting on with the job.




Leave it for the weekend

Unsurprisingly, DIY tasks are most likely to be done on the weekend – but is Saturday or Sunday most likely to be the victor when it comes to sussing out which day is best for DIY success? Nearly half of the respondents – 43% – said that Saturday was their preferred choice, while nearly a quarter (24%) went for Sunday.








Approach the task in a relaxed manner

While the old adage goes that the early bird catches the worm, when it comes to DIY, that doesn’t seem to be the case. 27% of us prefer to begin our DIY tasks between 10 and 11am, suggesting that a more relaxed approach might be the way forward. A mere 5% begin before 9am, and only 1% like to start just after 9 in the evening – something that our neighbours are surely thankful for.



[1] All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from TFL Research. Total sample size was 1000. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).