Diy Enthusiasts In Uk Spend £22bn On Their Homes In A Year

08 September 2015

People in the UK say they have collectively spent over £22 billion on DIY projects in their homes over the past 12 months, according to research(1) from Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Cards.

The findings reveal that four out of five adults (79%) have carried out at least one DIY project in the past year, from repainting floorboards, putting up a shelf, to major renovation projects like converting the attic. Those who have carried out DIY in the last year say they’ve spent £1,085 each.

The survey also reveals that two in three (66%) adults plan to undertake some form of DIY in the coming year. The garden is the most popular area of the home earmarked for DIY in the next 12 months, followed by the bedroom and then the kitchen.

DIY projects planned for the next year(1)

Room / area of house Percentage of adults planning to undertake some form of DIY here in the next 12 months
Back garden 26%
Bedroom 25%
Kitchen 22%
Bathroom 20%
Living room 20%
Drive / front garden 13%
Property exterior e.g. roof or windows 8%
Dining room 7%
Communal areas and stairs 5%
Study 3%
Basement or attic 3%
Other 2%


Simon Ranson, Head of Banking at Sainsbury’s Bank said: “Whether you’re painting, wallpapering or tiling, the cost of DIY projects can soon add up; a credit card offering no interest on purchases is a good way to spread the cost, keeping within your monthly budget.”

The Sainsbury’s Nectar Purchase Credit Card offers 0% interest on purchases for the first 19 months (18.9% APR Representative variable). Cardholders earn Nectar points(2) every time they use the card.

To keep the promotional rate customers must pay at least the minimum payment by the due date and stay within their credit limit.

For information on Sainsbury’s Bank credit cards call 0800 030 4429 visit or pick up a leaflet instore at Sainsbury’s. Customers applying for a Sainsbury’s Bank credit card should have their Nectar card ready.

This press release is information for journalists only and is not intended to be a promotion to be acted upon by consumers.



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  1. Sainsbury’s Bank commissioned Opinium Research to survey 2,002 nationally representative UK adults aged 18+ between 24th and 28th July 2015. Opinium Research is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules. All respondents spent on average £860.66 on DIY projects in the past 12 months. £860.66 x 26,000,000 UK households = £22,377,160,000 . The average spend for just those people who carried out some DIY in the past year is £1,085.
  2. 2 Nectar points are collected on each full £1 of each separate shopping and fuel transaction at Sainsbury’s. Excludes Sainsbury’s Telecoms and Energy, which will be treated as non-Sainsbury’s purchases. For non-Sainsbury’s purchases 1 Nectar point is collected on each full £5 of each separate transaction. Travel Money purchases are not eligible for points. Nectar points are awarded to you by Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd and Sainsbury’s Bank plc, who reserve the right to alter or terminate the Nectar point offer at any time, but will give as much notice as is reasonably possible before doing so. Points may take up to six weeks to appear on your account. The Nectar loyalty programme is operated independently of Sainsbury’s Bank by Aimia Coalition Loyalty UK Ltd, and the collection and use of points is governed by the Nectar Collector Rules, which are set out in the registration pack and are also available at


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