Are We Starting To Fall Out Of Love With Diy In The Uk?

August 20th 2013
By: Melanie

DIY is an abbreviated version of Do-It-Yourself, and us Brits first started our love affair of DIY in the late 50's early 60's and has been big business in the UK.

TV programmes such as 'Changing rooms' and '60 minute maker over' have fueled our love of creating new rooms within our home environment. However, according to new research by Lloyds TSB spending in DIY stores has dropped for the fifth successive year. In the UK we spent a total of £10.5bn in 2012, down from its peak of £15.5bn in 2004, which was an average of £400 per household in the UK in 2012.

These figures could be also be distorted by the economic downturn, although looking at sales figures, the sale of DIY products have been steadily declining since 2004, well before the global economic crises.

So are we are growing out of love with DIY in the UK? In a recent poll by the Guardian newspaper they asked their readers to respond to this question 'Is the British love affair of DIY over?' 33% of the entrants said yes and 67% said no.

Based on this evidence it would make us believe that our love of home improvements is still popular in the UK. The drop in sales by our well known DIY stores has not been helped by the arctic weather we experienced earlier this year. However, it is thought that our DIY habits have changed and in 2012, Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q, suffered a 5.2% decline in like-for-like sales while Homebase suffered a 4.9% drop.

DIY shops are having to re-think there way of selling to the masses to entice DIYers back into their stores, from offering a large selection of curtains and wallpapers, to interactive TV design sets. The DIY shop Homebase recently opened up a new concept store in Battersea, London, which leans more towards homeware than DIY, cutting back on tools and construction products.

So it seems that the UK might be falling out of love with DIY. Please let us know what you think by telling us on our Facebook page.