May 31, 2023


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The online DIY shops still delivering across the UK during lockdown

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Hardware shops like B&Q, Homebase and Wickes might have shut their doors, but will you can still get the things you need online (Getty )
Hardware shops like B&Q, Homebase and Wickes might have shut their doors, but will you can still get the things you need online (Getty )

Tackling a homewares project may have moved up your to-do list in light of the lockdown.

As we will be remaining indoors – apart from essential trips for food, medicine or exercise – putting up that shelf or building a desk to work from home more efficiently all require a handful of tools that you may not have.

Which is where DIY stores come in. Most have closed their doors, but lots of them have products that are still available online, so you can get your hands on items from hammers to flat-packed furniture, delivered to your doorstep.

Hardware stores fall under shops that are considered by the government to be essentials as they stock items that help keep homes warm, safe and accessible to power.

These are the DIY stores across the UK to shop online from today.

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From 30 April, Wickes will be reopening six stores across the UK on a trial basis, you can find out which stores are opening here. Its online shop has seen huge demand, so home delivery and click and collect options are available.

However, click and collect orders can only be placed between 6am and 4pm Monday to Saturday and the website has a limited range of “essential” products available.

The retailer is currently warning of a two week lead time on home delivery orders.

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After closing in March, the retailer has now reopened all of its stores apart from those in ROI and Guernsey, with strict social distancing measures in place. All stores are open from 8am to 5pm on Monday to Saturday, and Sunday opening times vary depending on location.

Its online service is available for both click and collect and home delivery, although bulk orders of items will not be possible.

It will no longer deliver items right into your home, instead, its delivery drivers will place items by your front door in order to observe the social-distancing rules. Delivery starts from £5 but is free for orders more than £50.

Its online shop doesn’t currently stock its full range, but according to the website, it is working on updating the products available to be able to do so and there is a limit on items unavailable for delivery.

B&Q’s website has a virtual queueing system in place for when it gets too busy, so you should expect to wait before you can start an order.

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Finishing that DIY project you've had on your to-do list by shopping for tools and equipment online (Getty)Getty Images
Finishing that DIY project you’ve had on your to-do list by shopping for tools and equipment online (Getty)Getty Images

Ikea stores have shut but it is still accepting online orders, although two-person deliveries for larger items have been stopped, as has the click and collect service.

The store has told customers in a statement on its website that customers should expect delays on delivery and it will not be accepting returns temporarily.

Once the stores reopen, returns will be accepted as normal.

Delivery costs start from £3.95 for smaller items and from £39 for larger deliveries. All deliveries are contact-free.

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Screwfix is allowing customers to pick up “essential” orders via its click and collect service, with over 20,000 products available, although it does not specify what products are classed as essential, so you will need to check the website before placing your orders.

Click and collect orders will be available for pick between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, and 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

Home delivery is also an option, costing £5 for next-day delivery on orders less than £50, while if you spend more than £50, delivery is free. The cut-off time for next-day delivery is 4pm and premium delivery options are no longer available.

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Alongside B&Q, Homebase reopened all of its 164 stores from 2 May. Following a successful trial across 20 stores, the retailer reopened another 50 stores on April 29, before committing to reopening all of its stores over the weekend.

The retailer has said the stores will be opening with “strict controls” in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers, although it has not specified what these will be.

Homebase is still running online orders as normal, with beds, wardrobes, wallpaper and gazeboes to shop, although with a much more limited range. Larger items will either be delivered to the first accessible room in your home, or to an agreed contact-free drop off point.

You should expect to experience delays on home delivery and the retailer is unable to issue in-store refunds. Its standard delivery option, available on most products is free, for next-day delivery, it will cost £6.

Its store collection service has been temporarily suspended, as has its home design consultations.

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