DIY Garden Searches Rose 1241% During Lockdown, Research Suggests

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Online searches for DIY garden projects increased by an astonishing average of 1241% during lockdown, new research shows.

Dickies Workwear has analysed Google Search Trends data and identified that DIY searches rose dramatically, in particular for garden projects.

Whether you have been renovating a house or making home improvements, many of us have chosen to embrace the extra time at home by completing DIY projects, as evidenced by these new findings.

From learning about creating a garden room or outbuilding to building garden offices, there is plenty you can do to make the most of your garden space. 

The highest year-on-year increase in DIY garden searches was ‘diy garden bar ideas’, which increased by 2218%*.

The Benefits of DIY

DIY can be a budget-smart option when you want to perform a home improvement and you’re confident you have the tools and the know-how to do so.

With many of us spending more time at home, creating homes to suit our wants and needs has become important. And with an increase in those working from home, it’s not surprising that searches for office trends also peaked, with ‘home office ideas’ rising in search volume by 410%. 

The next-highest search increase was ‘how to paint a room’, which received an 179% increase in searches during lockdown. 

(MORE: 12 Home Office Design Ideas)

Mark Tapper, head of ecommerce at Dickies Europe, said of the findings: “It’s good to see people wanting to learn new skills and use their time at home productively to tick items off their to-do list. With the internet at our fingertips, it's easier than ever to keep busy during this time with DIY tasks.”

Here are some DIY guides to help you with your next home improvement projects:

(*according to a comparison of search volumes between April 2019 and April 2020)

Jack Woodfield
News Editor

Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and is the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating, a role he has had since 2019. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.