2020 has been the year of us all staying home. What that means, however, is that we’ve all been looking at our homes more. Spend enough time within your own four walls and you’ll start to notice cracked paint, scratched surfaces and stained carpets, so it’s no wonder that more than 50% of people are taking on DIY jobs during lockdown.
With the UK set for a quieter Christmas than usual, it’s a great time for home improvement – and this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’re happy to share with you our six home improvement ideas that won’t break the bank this Christmas. Happy home improving!
Get the paintbrushes out
Painting your home can be an exciting and fun project. It’s one of the cheapest home improvements you can make, but it also makes a huge difference to the look and feel of your home. Whether you add fresh paint to the walls, doors or even stairs, it can instantly add value to your home, create a new ambience and cover old stains. If you’re after a quick change, repainting is a low-stakes update and can provide your home with an instant refresh.
Convert the loft
If it’s a bolder project you’re after, why not convert your loft into a more liveable and functional space? It’s a common misconception that loft conversion needs to cost a lot of money. Quality loft boarding, like the loft boarding from Instaloft, can add up to 50% more floor space to your home – and, consequently, make a huge different to your day-to-day life!
Swap out your kitchen cupboards
While it may be tempting to tear out your old and worn kitchen units, you can achieve a refreshed look at a fraction of the cost by just changing the cupboards themselves. If you’re happy with your kitchen’s existing layout and storage space, simply change the doors, handles, sink, taps and splashbacks. This will look like a totally new kitchen, and no-one ever has to know any different…
Spruce up your garden
It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start sprucing up your garden in time for summer. A tidy and stylish garden can add a real sense of luxury to your home and won’t cost the earth. Start by clearing away litter – and then get rid of dead plants, weed and feed the lawn and add colour and decoration with plants, garden furniture and garden ornaments. Voila!
Invest in new bedding
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of fresh sheets, and a new set of bedding can really make a difference to the ambience of your bedroom. 100% pure cotton sheets are a must, and you can get fashionable sets for less than £50.
Improve the exterior
It’s important not to neglect the exterior of your home when renovating. To improve your home’s kerb appeal, you could clean and repaint its windows and doors, repaint the front steps, remove moss from your roof and add plants, mats and a ‘welcome’ sign for that extra flourish.