The “Do It Yourself” industry has seen an undeniable rise as many individuals have no option but to stay at home under extreme lockdown regulations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although 2020 was something of an unpredictable year for most, to say the least, people have remained resilient and have found ways to stay creative and productive as most businesses have engaged in worldwide shutdowns. Emerging trends show that the DIY market has continued to grow throughout the pandemic in a variety of industries.
The DIY Market of the Future
The DIY market was already quite healthy in 2019 with a global eCommerce revenue rising to $413.5 billion in the United States. That figure is only projected to grow in future years as people take it upon themselves to complete projects at home and in the professional sphere -- even with little or no experience.
Common DIY projects include room/house painting, simple repair work, and even backyard modifications. Interior paint, tools, and painter’s tape sales continue to rise as people venture to Home Depot -- either physically or via online resources -- in order to get improvement projects done and remain productive during this time.
Home Depot has seen a jump in sales by a reported 24.1%, which exceeded already generous Wall Street predictions.
Those who are looking to design their own homes and engage in other architectural projects are finding ways to take more upon themselves to complete the projects they wish to complete, rather than waiting for the rest of the world to get back to some semblance of normal activity.
DIY Design and Architecture
Even though one might imagine that newfound DIY designers and would-be architects would have a propensity to cutting corners in order to complete projects, interior designer Harriet Anstruther stresses that “A push for more eco-friendly habits is changing how we live – from everyday choices to life’s biggest milestones. There’s a shift towards more conscious consumption as people re-evaluate their impact.”
One lesson that many people have learned over the course of this pandemic is that humanity has had a tremendous impact on the planet, and that our lack of mobility has shown us just how quickly the world can react with better habits in place to be practiced from person to person. This includes building methods and materials.
Design for Self-Builders
Architectural design for people who would like to strike out on their own will definitely require simplicity in all realms -- whether it means design itself, construction, as well as building materials and methods.
In the past, taking on any sort of major renovation or even a new construction project without utilizing an architect would seem 100% foolish. However, nowadays there are a wide variety of computer tools that can help average folks engage in architectural and design processes.
This DIY mentality is not limited to homes or personal spaces, either. Even the automotive industry has changed dramatically as more and more people wish to engage more in design processes. There are even virtual car customizer tools available online, virtual reality and augmented reality applications which allow individuals to explore and customize vehicle interiors and exteriors using smartphones, tablets, and even VR headsets.
Even though the world is quite unpredictable at the moment, one thing is for sure, the DIY mentality is here to stay.