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Who Is More DIY Friendly In The UK? Millennials Or Boomers? The Results Might Shock You

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Do It Yourself or DIY has become greatly popular since the pandemic has forced people to stay indoors since early 2020. Over the last two years, the DIY stores in the UK have improved on their sales drastically, with a particular brand B&M Stores increasing their turnover in 2021 to more than a million GBP than 2020. This was not an isolated incident either; the entire industry has seen exponential growth in this timeperiod. But, which demographic was the key to this boom? Was it boomers or millennials?

It is common for people to assume that boomers might be the ones that are more interested or better at DIY, but the statistical data shows that boomers and millennials have similar interests in DIY. The data varies in different points, but overall, it offers equal interest among both demographic groups. Let’s look at the various DIY projects and how these two demographics fair against each other in each category.

Comparing The Interest Of Millennials & Boomers Across Various DIY Categories

●      Room Decoration

According to the statistical data from chums.co.uk, millennials and boomers share similar interests in room decoration DIY methods. The details are mentioned below in a tabular format.

Boomers

Activity Interest/Ability in Percentage
Painting A Wall 85.8% confident can paint a wall
Putting Up A Wallpaper 48.6% know how to put up a wallpaper
Upcycling furniture 52.6% are positive they can do it
Upholstering furniture 52% can do it

Millennials

Activity Interest/Ability in Percentage
Painting A Wall 79.2% confident can paint a wall
Putting Up A Wallpaper 43.2% know how to put up a wallpaper
Upcycling furniture 52% are positive they can do it
Upholstering furniture 40.4% can do it

So, you can see the data clearly shows there is not much disparity in the willingness of both these demographics in trying out and doing general room decoration DIY methods.

●      Thorough Cleaning

Cleaning is an important household task that is crucial for you to do when you are staying home. Apart from the regular dusting and vacuuming, certain specialised cleaning jobs were used to statistically calculate how adept these two demographics are at handling the various situations. Let’s compare the data.

Boomers

Activity Interest/Ability in Percentage
Unblocking a toilet 72% confident can unblock a toilet
Removing bathroom mould 78.2% can remove bathroom mould
Removing carpet stains Major percentage confident can remove stains
Getting rid of mice 55.4% can do it

Millennials

Activity Interest/Ability in Percentage
Unblocking a toilet 65.4% confident can unblock a toilet
Removing bathroom mould 64.6% can remove bathroom mould
Removing carpet stains Major percentage confident can remove stains
Getting rid of mice 42.4% can do it

Another article by Chums on the divide of DIY in the different generations discusses how the different generations feel about DIY and their confidence in doing the tasks. Their data suggest that whilst there is no abundant difference between the two generational groups in their abilities and confidence in DIY, there was a difference in the different types of tasks they felt confident in.

Final Thoughts

The statistical data clearly shows that no one demographic is much ahead of the other. Indeed, the boomer population is slightly more adept at handling DIY solutions. Still, the millennial crowd is not much behind, and the knowledge gap is expected to close even more, considering the availability of more educational resources for DIY functions online.

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