DIY Retail Design

What is DIY?

  • the activity of decorating, building, and making fixtures and repairs at home by oneself rather than employing a professional.

“DIY avoids the difficult relationship between householder and professional decorator”.


Different types of DIY

  • Furniture, Warehouses
  • Fabrics, Material shops, Sewing, Haberdashery
  • Cookware, IKEA
  • Art, creative projects, Handmade, Vintage, Upcycle
  • Tools, Wood and Metal, Warehouses, Pegboard

The DIY industry remains challenging with growth in consumer spending slowing and retail sales through the specialists going into decline. (Mintel market report)


During the second world war there was a lot of pressure on the manufacturing of clothes and the retail industry, with this the British government proposed a way to reduce raw materials and vase consumption of clothing by introducing clothes rationing in June 1941. Rationing encouraged individual ingenuity and creativity as coupons were used for not only clothes but dressmaking fabrics it was found cheaper to ‘do it yourself’ and produce, mend and create items of clothing. The outcome of the war impacted greatly on DIY as not only making things for themselves they were learning new skills and that’s what the DIY industry is all about learning the skills of a specialist.




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