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Home renovation DIYs are becoming increasingly popular, with many of us now spending more time at home than we ever did before.
Choosing how to upgrade your furniture and living space can be a daunting task, so we put together a list of the most popular home DIYs according to Google searches. We also looked at the professional cost of each home renovation to find which DIYs save you the most money.
The Most Popular DIY Home Projects
1. DIY headboard - 350,600 annual Google searches - Professional cost: $1,000
While having a headboard isn’t always necessary, it can tie together your bedroom decor, protect your walls and prevent you from getting cold while sleeping.
Professional upholstering of a headboard can cost up to £380 for a deep buttoned Queen-sized headboard, so it’s no wonder so many people are searching for DIY tutorials. Over the last 12 months, there have been 350,600 Google searches for ‘DIY headboard’, with results ranging from plywood boards to vintage screens and upcycled picture frames.
2. DIY fire pit - 302,300 annual Google searches - Professional cost: $1063.75
A fire pit is an ultimate crowd-pleaser and the perfect addition to your garden decor. A garden fire pit can be used for warmth, light, and even cooking.
We found that the average cost for a fire pit and a professional installation is up to £1,350 for a granite or ceramic fire bowl. We also found there were 302,300 Google searches for ‘DIY firepit’ in the last year.
3. DIY shelves - 222,900 Google searches - Professional cost: $678
Having shelving in your home creates stylish storage options, allowing your house to remain clutter-free. Open shelves allow your storage items to become display pieces, rather than storing them in closed cabinets.
Having shelving professionally installed in your home can cost up to £390, which includes the cost to supply and fix 6 x 200mm deep shelves into alcoves. In the last 12 months, there have been 222,900 Google searches for ‘DIY shelves’.
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Which DIY Projects Save You the Most Money
1. DIY Fireplace - Professional cost: $15,000
An indoor fireplace is the ultimate way to add a touch of luxury and coziness to your home and improve your energy efficiency.
As the priciest professional jobs on our list, having a fireplace installed with a chimney and tempered glass door costs on average $15,000.
2. DIY Under Stair Storage - Professional cost: $10,000
Under stair storage can transform any home with limited closet space and options for storage, by providing a bespoke organization solution in an otherwise unused part of the home.
Since under stair storage is usually custom built for your stairs, we found the average cost to be $10,000 for the installation of a 3-door under stair cupboard with drawers.
3. DIY Patio - Professional cost: $6,000
Patio paving can transform your outdoor space by adding decor, style and serving as a place to entertain guests.
A professional patio installation costs around $6,000 for a 20’x20’’ patio laid with pavers in an intricate design with two levels.
We wanted to find the most popular home DIY projects, so we compiled a list of home renovation DIYs and used Google Keyword Planner to find the total number of worldwide Google searches for each DIY over the last 12 months.
We also wanted to find out the professional cost of these home renovations, therefore used Fixr, HomeGuide, HomeWyse and Houszed to source the average professional cost of each renovation, accurate as of May 26th, 2022.
Ash is the founder of Living Cozy. He's been featured by publishers like MyDomaine, Realtor, Real Homes, Architectural Digest, The Spruce, Homes and Gardens, and more. As a writer his work has appeared in publications like FastCompany, TNW, and Entrepreneur.