Are you stuck in a home improvement rut and trying to find new ideas, or just new ways to conquer those old problems that have been hampering you forever? Well have no fear, because we’ve got a list of the top seven home improvement blogs to get you excited to tackle your next DIY project or plan out how to remodel that room you’ve been putting off for ages. Here are our picks for the top DIY and home improvement blogs to get you motivated this season:
If you’re just getting started, DIY Diva is great resource to help you feel more confident about your projects and get you started in the right direction, whether you are a diva or not. With projects, plans, and host of great resources, this site takes you through everything from garden beds to full remodels in a casual, humorous, and friendly style that is always encouraging.
If you’re just looking for excellent how-tos, there’s no better stop then the godfather of them all: Bob Vila. The host from PBS’s long running series, This Old House, and his own show, Bob Vila, he offers solid DIY advice on installs and tips and tricks. From how to fix your Christmas lights to simply how to use a level he covers it all. “ It’s great for the beginner, but also for the more knowledgeable handyman who want to refine their skills,” notes Brian Hodge, who specializes in Portland house painting.
For those who love the modern Swedish housewares giant, but want to extend the flexibility there’s the Ikea Hackers blog. From a custom headboard to updated side tables made with Ikea parts, this community gives ideas, hacks, and also offers a great place to ask questions of other DIYers who love tinkering to get what they really want.
This beautiful blog offers design and remodeling ideas aimed at small spaces and rentals. Filled with gorgeous pictures and covering everything from simple projects to décor ideas, the blog is written by a team, so content stays engaging and fresh while still being one the most useful reads out there.
Charles and Hudson
More of a web magazine really, Charles and Hudson, “highlights the best tools and material” for all sorts of DIYers. With their great Build or Buy section, Charles and Hudson helps you decide just how far you want (or should!) to go. Their fabulous DIY City Guides provide a plethora of resources for the home improvement fan. And their Factory Tour page of places like Pendleton Woolen Mills, give you a peek into just how some of your favorite e home products come into being.
The Design Confidential
This is a great place to get inspired for furniture designs and home décor projects with high sense of design. With its clean layout and detailed instructions and spec sheets, you’ll know exactly what you’re tackling. From tips and tricks, to outdoor spaces, their blog seems to have endless stories and lessons on how to build stylishly without fear.
Though you might not believe it, The Home Depot’s The Apron Blog offers great advice on all sorts of DIY projects, home improvement, and even delves into decor and gift ideas that you can easily tackle yourself. With large photos and easy-to-follow instructions and often, videos too, this is a great one to bookmark and come back to often.
Eli Madrone is a freelance writer in the Pacific Northwest. He dabbles frequently in home improvement at his home in Portland, OR.