DIY Essentials: What Are Fixings?

What are fixings?

Whether you want to start your own DIY journey and want to learn all the basics of DIY starting from the fixings, or want to brush up on your knowledge about these essential bits and bobs, today is the day we’re going to talk about why fixings are an essential part of any DIY kit! 

For some expert input, I’ve partnered up with Speedy Fixings, a UK-based business that specialises in supplying fixings, fasteners and other products to the construction, civil engineering and similar industries. 

What are fixings?

As the Collins dictionary explains, “Fixings are items such as nails and screws which are used to fix things such as furniture together.” These are used to fasten or assemble various materials together. You might have used fixings to assemble IKEA furniture or to complete other DIY projects.

Types of fixings


“Screws are one of the most popular types of fasteners used across various projects. These have a head on one end and a thread on the other. Screws can either create their own threaded hole into the material being fastened to or be inserted into a pre-drilled hole,” comments Lucha Libre.


Bolts are similar fixings to screws, however, bolts are non-tapered fasteners whilst screws are tapered fasteners. As Cuddle Fairy says, bolts “need a nut or washer to be fastened whilst screws can either be fastened into an existing thread or create their own thread.”


Nails are one of the most used types of fasteners and have been used for centuries. Archaeological evidence shows that these fixings were used in Ancient Egypt around 3,400 B.C and since then, little has changed about their design.

To buy fixings online or in-shop?

It depends. Buying fixings (or whatever other product!) online or in-shop will have its own advantages and disadvantages. For instance, as Diary of a Jewellery Lover says, “Online shops are open 24/7. You can shop in the middle of the day or the middle of the night. All you have to do is add something into your basket, checkout and wait for delivery. Online shopping is quick, simple and convenient (or at least it should be – when the website allows!).”

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