Most satisfying DIY jobs for Brits to pass time revealed

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Mowing the lawn, jet-washing the patio and polishing surfaces until they shine are among the most satisfying DIY jobs, according to Brits.

Putting the finishing touches on a final layer of paint and digging out troublesome weeds also appeared in the top 10.

Organising a chaotic toolbox, filling in holes with polyfilla and smashing down a wall were other tasks featured in the list.

Others love cleaning paint off a paintbrush and seeing it run down the drain or stripping wallpaper.

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

most satisfying home diy jobs

Home DIY jobs can keep the whole family occupied while shut up in self-isolation (Credit: Getty)

“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 also enjoy the freeing sensation of getting started on a plain wall with a paint roller.

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Just under a third of adults (31 per cent) have spent time watching ‘oddly satisfying’ DIY videos online, like filthy patios being slowly blasted clean.

The same amount 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.

most satisfying home diy jobs

Painting is a much-loved DIY job by Brits (Credit: Getty)

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.

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, and 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 are going to paint whole rooms.

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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,” added Kev.

“And while not all of them are satisfying while you’re doing them, there is always satisfaction to be had at the end of a project.

“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.”

Love a DIY job? These are the most satisfying according to Brits...

40 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
  11. Stripping wallpaper
  12. Filling in holes with polyfilla
  13. Polishing surfaces until they shine
  14. Fixing something with glue
  15. 'Cutting in' - perfect lines when painting
  16. Getting wallpaper perfectly lined up
  17. Trimming a hedge perfectly
  18. Getting a shelf perfectly lined up
  19. Hammering nails into wood
  20. Smashing down walls
  21. Using a drill
  22. Organising tools
  23. Successfully removing a screw which has lost its thread
  24. Using power tools
  25. Sorting through a massive pile of screws/nails and finding the one you need
  26. Using a tape measure
  27. Sanding wood
  28. Sawing wood
  29. Varnishing furniture
  30. Cleaning paint off a paint brush
  31. Fixing a crooked shelf
  32. Laying grass seed
  33. Using sealant
  34. Cutting a tile so it fits perfectly
  35. Plastering to a smooth finish
  36. Laying grass turf
  37. Planing wood
  38. Fixing a wonky floorboard
  39. Perfectly laying a patio
  40. Watching paint dry
Aleesha Badkar
Lifestyle Writer

Aleesha Badkar is a lifestyle writer who specialises in health, beauty - and the royals. After completing her MA in Magazine Journalism at the City, the University of London in 2017, she interned at Women’s Health, Stylist, and Harper’s Bazaar, creating features and news pieces on health, beauty, and fitness, wellbeing, and food. She loves to practice what she preaches in her everyday life with copious amounts of herbal tea, Pilates, and hyaluronic acid.