Are DIY stores open? And where can you buy DIY essentials for your project, big or small? Whatever you need – garden tools, bulk supplies for a renovation, or a can of paint for updating a room – you may want to head to the newly reopened hardware stores. Just bear in mind: there will be a queue. On the upside, there will be fewer people inside the store when you (finally) get in.
Whether you prefer to shop online or in person, it's good to have a choice. Both Homebase and B&Q have reopened their stores to the public, both adhering to strict social distancing rules and hygiene processes. Wickes also have announced that they have reopened six of their stores. This is a relief – but you can expect long queues as demand for DIY essentials is currently high. Finally, whether or not you count it as a DIY store, there's news on Ikea's potential reopening, too.
The decision of how to shop for DIY goods is ultimately yours alone: you can either brave the queues or order online – no DIY store has stopped online orders, and all are delivering, albeit with some delays.
Read on to find out whether any DIY stores are open in your area – and where you can get the supplies you need online if getting to a store isn't an option.
For ideas and inspiration to transform your home, head over to our DIY hub page.
B&Q: stores open and online orders available
B&Q have now reopened all of their stores. After shutting in response to lockdown they are taking measures to maintain social distancing practices.
This comes as a relief for those who can buy in person, as wait times to get on the B&Q website have constantly exceeded half an hour.
Homebase: stores open and online orders available
All of Homebase stores have now reopened, with strict social distancing measures in place.
Homebase report that all stores have been carefully set up – and modified, where needed – to ensure they can be run safely for everyone. This is reported to include Perspex screens at tills, guidelines on the floor to maintain strict social distancing and accepting card payments only.
Ikea: There are rumours – as yet unconfirmed, but we will update you – that Ikea is planning to reopen its UK stores on 18th May. At the moment all they will say is that they are working hard on finalising safe shopping within the stores for customers and staff alike, but this date has been named by various sources (although none so far at Ikea). Expect long queues, from car park to store door, but a quieter, more strictly enforced one way system once you're inside.
Argos: Although only stores that are in Sainsbury's are open, you may be excited to hear that Argos have a wide selection of indoor and outdoor paint available online, along with wallpaper and other decorating essentials such as brushes and rollers. Most items are still in stock, and there's a pretty impressive shade range on offer for those who are struggling to find white and other neutral shades elsewhere.
Delivery slots available? While paint doesn't appear to be available for delivery, it's possible to click and collect from selected Sainsbury's stores.
Designer Paint: high-end paint and decorating tools from your favourite brands
Delivery slots available? Yes. Lead times are varying but your projected delivery date will be communicated at point of sale.
What can't I buy? Wallpaper, but head to their sister site, Wallpaper Direct for this and the required tools.
John Lewis & Partners: if wallpaper or paint is what you need, check their extensive range. They have power tools too.
Need to know: John Lewis are preparing to roll-out a reopening programme that will see some its stores reopen in the next six weeks, although some permanent store closures are now looking likely. Watch this space for more information as it becomes available.
Delivery slots available? John Lewis was quick to shut up shop and put focus into their online offering and you can get next day delivery on many products, including lots of their wallpapers and paints from the likes of Little Greene and Designer's Guild.
What can't I buy? You can get lighting, tools, paint and bathroom fittings but if you need screws and wood then you need to look elsewhere.
Lick: new to the DIY world, Lick provide paint, paper and other decorating essentials
Delivery slots available? Lick have delivery slots available over the coming weeks and are currently coping with keeping up with increased demand.
What can't I buy? There are no current restrictions on products and Lick appear to have an impressive selection of paints and wallpaper available.
Screwfix: 2 for £36 on selected paints
Delivery slots available? It's possible to get delivery on some Screwfix products, though there are delays. Screwfix are also offering click and collect on essential items, which will be quicker.
What can't I buy? Paint, brushes and similar DIY essentials appear to be unavailable for online order.
Wickes: 2 for £20 on Wickes own-brand paint
Wickes have reopened six of their stores – see the list on their website. This may come as a relief to those who live locally to these stores as online order volumes have been very high.
Delivery slots available? Wickes are still offering delivery, as well as click and collect services on a limited selection of products – however, they are reporting very high order numbers at the moment, so expect collections not to be ready until the next day.
What can't I buy? While Wickes haven't placed any specific restrictions on products, we've noticed that an awful lot of their products are out of stock. This includes paint, brushes and other essentials.
Wilko: deals and discounts on named brand items.
Are Wilko store open?
Wilko stores remain open, with strict social distancing and customer marshals in place. You have to queue to get in, but it will still be quicker than delivery.
Delivery slots available? Wilko are pleased to announce that they're still offering standard delivery across their online store.
What can't I buy? There are no current restrictions on products and Wilko seem to still have an impressive number of products in stock.
Robert Dyas: we've spotted discounts on a range of DIY essentials
Delivery slots available? Currently, Robert Dyas are pleased to announce that they can continue to offer first aid delivery. However, there is a £50 minimum spend, and orders should be expected to take up to 14 days.
What can't I buy? There are no current restrictions on products available However, there is currently a minimum spend of £50 for delivery.