Top 10 most satisfying DIY jobs to keep yourself busy during lockdown revealed

How many will you be doing this weekend?

A list of the top 10 most satisfying DIY jobs has been revealed as Britain goes into lockdown. 

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Mowing the lawn, jet-washing the patio and polishing surfaces until they shine are among them, along with putting the finishing touches on a final layer of paint and digging out troublesome weeds. 

Organising a chaotic toolbox, filling in holes with Polyfilla and smashing down a wall were other tasks featured in the list. While others love cleaning paint off a paintbrush and seeing it run down the drain or stripping wallpaper.

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'Brit’s love of strangely satisfying DIY jobs goes to show the joy you can get from a spot of home improvement,' says Kev Smith, from Draper Tools, which commissioned the research of 2,000 adults.

'As we’re spending more time indoors, it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle some of those little jobs you may have been putting off. But be careful if you’re meant to be working from home – the hypnotic pull of operating a jet washer or using a paint roller can mean you lose track of time – and your inbox.'

The study also revealed other jobs that bring satisfaction include fixing wonky floorboards and hammering nails into wood. Almost a quarter revealed that they also enjoy the freeing sensation of getting started on a plain wall with a paint roller.

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Top 10 most satisfying DIY jobs

1. Planting seeds, bulbs or plants

2. Mowing the lawn

3. When flatpack furniture slots perfectly into place

4. Weeding

5. Jet washing the patio

6. Painting with a roller

7. Hanging up a picture perfectly

8. Painting a fence

9. Painting the final layer of paint

10. Oiling a noisy hinge

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(Image credit: Future PLC/David Parmiter)

Just under a third of adults have spent time watching ‘oddly satisfying’ DIY videos online, like filthy patios being slowly blasted clean. 31 per cent of respondents also believe DIY is one of their favourite ways to relax and switch off from everyday life.

In fact, during a typical week, the average Brit spends more than two hours watching DIY programmes, with three in 10 finding them ‘relaxing’. They’ll also take nearly three days off each year to tackle DIY that needs taking care of around their homes and gardens.

However, with the majority of the population now working from home, seven in 10 feel the next three months will be the perfect time to start a new project.

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(Image credit: Future PLC/Maxwell Attenborough)

A quarter of Brits plan to clean their patio, while just under four in 10 have some garden weeding to attend to. Almost three in 10 want to tidy their garage or shed. 15 per cent are planning to go through their toolboxes and sort them out.

Inside the home, one in six have pictures they want to frame and hang, while a quarter is going to paint whole rooms. One in 20 adults is even planning on fitting a whole new bathroom, according to the OnePoll research.

'That’s the great thing about DIY – the jobs are as big or as small as you want them to be,' adds Kev. 'And while not all of them are satisfying while you’re doing them, there is always a satisfaction to be had at the end of a project.'–

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'No matter how stressful our lives are, or whatever’s going on in the world – finding that perfect screw out of the hundreds in the box, or hanging a sheet of wallpaper perfectly straight is always going to feel great.'

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.