3 Most Common DIY Home Improvement Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)Kate Butler
DIY home improvement is either very exciting, or very traumatising. Many seasoned DIY’ers will know there are many mistakes that can be easily avoided, so we are here to give you some insight into some of the most common DIY home improvement mistakes, and how to avoid them in your home!
1. Not measuring correctly
Before you get a little too enthusiastic with installing your fitted home furnishings always remember to measure multiple times! We recommend at least twice; however, you can never go wrong with doing a third, or even fourth, measurement check! Secondly, always ask for a second opinion. If you have a partner, friend, family member or neighbour who is considered a ‘handy-man’, ask them to check your measurements for you to make sure you are not missing the mark. Lastly, always remember, if in doubt always leave too much. You can always make something shorter, but you can never make it longer.
Our readymade curtains and blinds are built specifically for easy install! That means, you don’t have to worry about getting a third or fourth person involved in your home transformation! Because, let’s face it, who wants to share their reno success! Every product will come shipped to your door with a quick and easy QR code, that when scanned, will take you straight to our library of ‘How-To’ install videos.
2. Choosing trends over timeless designs
It can be easy to get sucked into current trends that are floating all over Instagram and Pinterest. It is truly hard to keep clear sighted when all our favourite interior design influencers are pushing all their sponsored content amongst our interior mood boards. Keeping your interior design updated doesn’t necessarily mean injecting the latest and greatest styles into every aspect of your space. Be selective and strike a healthy balance. If you love trends, and want to be involved in the current crazy, incorporate said trend into smaller areas of your home through decor such as cushions or throws.
Try to avoid using permanent or expensive fixtures as the base for your latest ‘trendy’ transformation. Choose contemporary looks but avoid going too bold lest you risk drastically shrinking your number of market prospects when the time comes to sell. We recommend going for neutrals and natural looking fabrics and textures with small pops of colour to add interest and fun.
If you are interested in adopting trends, read our blog DIY Renovation trends to keep an eye on in 2022
3. Spending far too much when you really don't need to
With how amazing homes and interior design can look online, try to avoid thinking you need to copy that exact look and appeal, because often that means blowing your budget way out of the water. ‘Famous’ and ‘influential’ interior designers or renovators, with large followings online, often have lots of money to play with, and are usually sponsored by the many brands that supply the actual home furnishings they use.
Custom installations are great and offer a truly unique feel to the home, but not many people know that you can achieve the same look with readymade products. If you are open to measuring and installing yourself, with such simple products, opting for ‘do-it-yourself’ blinds and curtains can be a great way to minimise your renovation budget without sacrificing on look or aesthetic.
If you interested in installing readymade blinds and/or curtains in your home, you can check out our range here.