Cushions to clocks — give your home a High Street revamp during lockdown

Cushions to clocks — give your home a High Street revamp during lockdown

November 14, 2020

THE shutters have come down on many of our favourite homeware shops – but that does not mean you can’t give your house a stylish makeover during the latest lockdown.

DIY shops and hardware businesses are classed as essential retail so are still open for in-store customers.

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Plus, many of them have huge selections of soft furnishings for you to brighten up your interiors.

During the first lockdown, nearly two-fifths of us embarked on DIY projects – so the trend for home improvement is sure to continue.

From cushions to clocks, Siobhan O'Connor and Faye Robinson-Hey chose their three hero products, costing less than £30, from each store – plus where to go for click and collect.

The Range – best for decadence

GET your hands on plush furnishings without needing to be flush with cash at home and garden shop The Range.

Velvet fabrics and metallic trims will get your home cosy and ready for Christmas. They look expensive but certainly won’t break the bank.



  • Storage footstool, £19.99,
  • Cushion £16.99
  • Wine glasses, £14 for four

Home Bargains – best for bigger buys

THIS shop really does live up to its name, offering homeware hits ranging from ottomans to throws on a shoestring budget.



  • Velvet ottoman storage box, £16.99
  • Artificial yukka, £14.99
  • Throw, £24.99

Poundland – best for a bargain

PEP & Co has dropped new pieces in its exclusive range for High Street bargains favourite Poundland.

With tassel cushions and gold frames, your house guests will never know you paid so little for them.



  • Cushion, £5
  • Plant stand, £1
  • Frame, £3

Homebase – best for style hits

POP in for a new tap . . . and come out with some dreamy decor.

This store is a great place to find a host of trend-led statement pieces.



  • Dalmatian candle, £1.73
  • Pink vase, £5
  • Gold lamp, £10

Wilko – best for quirkiness

THE budget brand has a good range of practical home buys but also some items with real character.

Add a touch of fun to your home with a teapot clock or a slogan cushion.



  • Snuggle cushion, £6
  • Teapot clock, £14
  • Owl lamp, £22.40

Online option with click & collect

WITH non-essential shops shut, you can still order online from the comfort of your sofa and pick up in-store. These big names do a free click and collect service:

ARGOS: Flick through the (online) catalogue, place your order then collect it along with your weekly food shop at Sainsbury’s. Simply choose the click and collect option at checkout and you will receive a message when your item is ready to be picked up.

NEXT: Shoppers can use the service in 300 of 390 stores nationwide. Orders are often ready in an hour. Just be sure you check online first to see if your local branch is doing click and collect.

DUNELM: Classed as a homeware store and therefore forced to close, you can still collect orders from Dunelm completely contact-free.

MATALAN: The fashion and homeware retailer is offering click and collect but orders typically take a week or so to arrive in-store. Confirmation will be sent when your order is ready to pick up.

DEBENHAMS: While its shops are closed, the department store is offering a new click and collect service through ParcelShop, so you can pick up from any of the 4,500 convenience stores listed that are local to you. Unlike the others, however, this service will cost you a fee of £1.99.

JOHN LEWIS: Pick up your homeware order from John Lewis or get it when buying the milk at Waitrose. The store offers the service for free – so long as you spend at least £30.

B&M – best for ornaments

THE bargain-basement retailer has everything from footstools to furnishings . . .  but its little ornaments will really pep up your home.

You can bag a treat and still get change from a fiver.



  • Gold leaf trays, £3
  • Candle holder, £2
  • Giraffe, £4

B&Q – best for essentials

FROM guttering and drainage to bricks and plaster, B&Q has all of your heavy-duty needs taken care of.

But you can also pick up your new wallpaper and decorating tools – and chuck a throw or clock in to your trolley for some added glam at affordable prices.



  • Clock, £12
  • Green fleece throw, £18
  • Tropical wallpaper, £18

Ikea – best for minimalism

FOLIAGE, fur and wicker wonders – Ikea is there for you to deck your place out with great designs in a Scandinavian style.

Stick to neutral tones to nail the minimalist trend.



  • Rattan mirror, £19
  • Faux sheepskin rug, £25
  • Succulent plants, two for £9

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