How to master home DIY projects during self-isolation

Now that we're all spending more time at home, it's the perfect time to kick-start some renovation projects around the house.

And statistics so far indicate that many of us are eager to undertake some quick and easy projects that will really make a difference to the way we live in, and enjoy, our homes. But how do you manage them in isolation, without numerous trips to the shops or an army of tradies helping you? One answer is to revert to online providers and a bit of DIY.

With isolation driving a real DIY boom across the country, more and more of us are searching for ways to maximise our reno results in the simplest and most cost-effective way. There are plenty of online retailers out there with many options to choose from - but working out exactly what you want and finding the best quality product at the best price can sometimes be like navigating a mine field. And there is also the added question of “how do I do this myself?”, or “can I do this myself?”.

Back in January, we wrote an article on how to achieve a great outcome for your home makeover. Those five top tips we shared are still a great starting point for planning your projects and identifying your needs. Read about them here.

Learning to DIY is two-fold – number one, you’ve got to have the confidence and number two – the know-how. Believe in yourself and be brave! We’re not suggesting you learn to do your own electrical or plumbing work by any stretch of the imagination - but jobs like painting can be managed by most of us. And if you’re not sure how to tackle some projects – sites like YouTube have tons of tutorials showing us how to do nearly everything you could dream of.

 

So, if you’re thinking of tackling a living room overhaul (for example), where do you start?  

A fresh coat of paint is a great start – and a couple of days should see you get the cleaning, prep and painting done, and a fresh new living room ready for decorating. You could opt to upcycle that TV cabinet and order some new cushions from your favourite homewares brand too. Remember that most hardware stores and large retailers are offering online shopping and home delivery now as an easy and safe alternative to visiting stores in person.

But what about the finishing touch? Those all-important but often overlooked window coverings. How do you DIY those?

Many of us are a little daunted by the prospect of determining which window coverings are best for our windows, let alone choosing the right fabric, measuring and installing ourselves too.  

We understand that for many people, this particular task could seem a little overwhelming. But we've been helping customers achieve a great outcome by offering valuable advice and guidance since we started back in 2004. Our goal was (and still is) to provide the best quality window coverings in the market, and at the same time, teach you how to measure and install yourselves, saving time and money in the process.

Our website is chock-full of helpful instructions and inspiration to kick-start your journey. And we’re sure it will really help build your self-confidence and get you ready to DIY. Our YouTube channel has all the videos too - check it out if you're crusing around for helpful inspiration!

If you’re unsure about fabrics – read about them on our website and order your free samples so you can check them out in the flesh and find the best match for your interior. When you’re ready for measuring – all you’ll need is a measuring tape! You’ll find written instructions and heaps of videos teaching you how to measure for blinds, curtains and plantation shutters. Enter these measurements into our website and get your own quotes using our Quick Quote function.

If you like what you see – our online ordering process is really straightforward too. Then when you’re ready to install – as long as you have a drill, Mike’s videos will make installation so much easier as he takes you step-by-step through the process. But if at any stage you have questions or want some advice, reach out to us at sales@iseekblinds.com.au or shoot us a quick enquiry via our website.  We’re more than happy to help you out.

 So, if you’ve got some time on your hands and new-found DIY confidence, now could be the perfect time to get those projects going. Jump on our website, watch our videos, get out the measuring tape and go for it. And before you know it, you too could have some brand spanking new blinds, curtains or shutters to feather your isolation-nest. 

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