These are the best DIY projects Americans try, according to CraftJack

A look at the most popular DIY projects and how much Americans are spending. (iStock)

Many Americans have done a home renovation project since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some said they chose to do it themselves to save money, according to a survey by CraftJack.

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Americans said they have completed a DIY project since March 2020 and spent an average of 45 hours working on those projects, according to the survey. The average cost per year was $1,692.46.

The No. 1 reason Americans chose to do a project themselves was to save money by not hiring a professional, with 44% of respondents answering this way. Another 31% said it was for a sense of pride and accomplishment, while 29% said spending more time at home made them want to.

But not all projects went well. About 8% of those who tried a DIY project said they regretted it. The survey also found that 16% were unable to complete their project due to supply chain issues and 27% were unable to complete their project overall. Some DIY attempts (about 13%) said they ended up calling a professional for help and 29% said they broke something while trying their project.

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Top DIY projects

According to the survey, painting was the most popular DIY project in the US as of March 2020. This was followed by replacing faucets and showerheads, shelving, building storage and installing curtains.

CraftJack also took into account Google’s search results, which showed that Americans also had concerns about the exterior of their homes. The most Googled term for projects was a greenhouse, CraftJack said. This was followed by search terms such as floating shelves, raised garden beds and compost bins.

“While many want to upgrade the inside of their home, these results show that outdoor projects are also a priority,” said CraftJack.

In particular, some projects became more popular towards the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them were homemade fire pits, which saw a 1,588% increase in Google searches between January 2020 and April 2020, CraftJack said. Similarly, during this period, searches for DIY wallpaper increased by 81%, DIY shelves by 83% and DIY room decor by 174%.

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Popular DIY projects vary by state

The most popular DIY projects have varied significantly by state over the past two years, CraftJack said. For example, Google search terms showed that people along the East Coast were interested in building a fire pit, while Americans in the Northwest were more interested in greenhouses.

Fire pits were the most popular item, with 14 states seeking them the most. This was followed by wallpaper projects, which were the most searched for in 10 states. Leatherette wallpaper was also a popular trend in some locations.

When looking at individual cities, New York City residents were interested in tile tables, while those in Seattle looked for bee houses, CraftJack said. And in four cities, the top search result was comic book wallpaper.

“While DIY projects can be a huge commitment of time, energy and money, it’s probably still cheaper than hiring a professional (as long as you finish it yourself and don’t break anything in the process),” CraftJack said in its analysis.

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