$300 Dorm Room Makeover

$300 Dorm Room Makeover


(upbeat, energetic music) – (gasping) Oh my god, that’s so cute! – Hello! We are on our way to Charlotte’s dorm to check out her space and see if we can give her an awesome makeover. Charlotte just started school, she’s a freshman, her room
is pretty basic right now, we’re gonna see what we can do. Let’s go. – Hello! Hi Charlotte! This is Charlotte’s dorm room! (enthusiastic music) So this is your roommate’s side over here. – Yeah. So we’re not gonna touch this side, we’re just gonna do Charlotte’s side. – I like, like, dim lighting, like I don’t like overhead lights. – Just cozy.
– Cozy. – I love plants. Like, so much, as you can see. – [Steph] Yeah, I can
see all sorts over there. – Um, and I like to put stuff on my walls, but I have not bought anything. (laughs) To put on my wall yet. – [Steph] We can fix that!
(both laughing) Awesome! I think we have everything we need! So, we’re gonna go figure out how we can upgrade your dorm room! – Sweet! I’m so excited. – Yay! (popping) (ringing) – The first DIY that I’m
gonna make is a lap desk. This way she can work
while she’s on her bed, or on the couch. The things that I’m using for this are a picture frame, a pillow,
and some pretty, soft fabric. The first thing we’re gonna do is take this thing out of this frame. I have wrapping paper,
you can use anything. You can use a photo, you
can use a piece of fabric, I’m just gonna use this, and
stick it right in the frame. (cheerful music) Time to cut up my pillow. I’m just using a regular old pillow, just one that I probably would
have thrown away otherwise. I’m just gonna draw a line,
so I know where to cut it. (cheerful music) Fold it closed. Safety pin it shut! I’m gonna take my fabric! I’m just going to lay it right on top. Try and get it as centered as possible, and shove all of my
fabric into the middle. Remember, this thing, that we
got rid of, we need it again. Just kind of, situate your fabric in whatever way makes the most sense. Top it off with this guy. You’re gonna pull all the
fabric back out the edges. (cheerful music) Throw that guy on top. You just kind of wrap the
fabric around the inner frame, and then push the little pins down so that it holds the frame in place. (cheerful music) All right, I have
roughly rolled the edges, now I’m just gonna glue
them down with hot glue. (cheerful music) Okay, I got all the corners
tucked in, nice and pretty. I think this is done. So now she can just put
her laptop right on here, set it on her lap while
she’s sitting in bed or wherever she is, and just
have a nice, little cozy table. Desk. Thing. One thing that is super easy to DIY and great for anyone
who is feeling homesick, like most college
students, is to make a map of your hometown, or your home state, or your home country,
or wherever you’re from. And draw it out using
materials from that place. For Charlotte, I’m using dirt from Oregon. And it’s so easy, I’m just drawing it out with some glue, I’m dumping some dirt on top of it that I got from Oregon, and then you just wait a little while for it to dry, you pop it
in a frame, and it’s done. And I think it looks so
cute, it’s a really cool little piece of art that will
always remind you of home, and I really think
Charlotte’s gonna love it. Okay, for this next DIY I’m going to make a neon sign, totally DIY, super cheap and affordable, and it’s
gonna look super cute. So, the first thing you
do when you’re making a neon sign, is draw
whatever you want it to say. The easiest thing to do is
to write something in cursive because it all connects and
you can connect the wires together, and it’ll flow beautifully. Okay, so once you have
your word drawn out, you’re gonna take a piece of string, doesn’t matter what it looks like, you’re gonna throw it
away when you’re done. And this is so you can
measure out the length of wire that you’re going to need. So I’m going to measure that out and make sure I have enough. And I’m also going to make sure that I have enough el wire, which is what I’m gonna be
using for the neon light. You can get it online in
pretty much any color, and I got this for $8, so.
(cash register) Can’t get better than that. I’m using this wire, I
got it in the same color as my light, or at least a similar color. You wanna get a wire that is pretty stiff, but you can still bend it with your hand. Okay, now that I have
a rough shape bent out in my wire, I’m going
to use some superglue and glue it all together so
that it doesn’t fall apart. (cheerful music) And now that I have a significant amount of superglue on all of
my fingers, it’s done! Let’s see how this looks
in Charlotte’s dorm. We are in Charlotte’s dorm room. Got a lot of work to do. I’m here with Addy, Charlotte’s sister. Let’s get to work. Let’s start with the desk. The desk is kind of the
focal point of the room, it’s where Charlotte is gonna do all of her schoolwork, spend most of her time. One super easy way to kind
of spice up your desk, is to put a piece of pretty
fabric over your bulletin board, because you can still pin
things through a fabric, it’s just gonna look
way prettier than cork. I also wanted to kind of give her a theme to go with her warm colors,
bring the whole room together. So for an accent color I chose
gold, it goes really well with warm colors, like
reds and pinks and purples. And that’s what’s gonna be what all of her accessories are on her desk. Planner. Everybody needs a planner. (cheerful music) (record scratching) It’s so scary. Like, little floppy skeleton. Bookends are a really cute way to hold all your books together, since you do have a ton of textbooks in college. And you’d be surprised
how many nice bookends you can find in a thrift
store for like, two bucks. Also, if you have a lot of random junk juts kind of laying around everywhere, get yourself some baskets. A couple of cute baskets on your desk where you can just throw all of your shit into and not even worry about it, is gonna make your room
look so much nicer, even if inside of those baskets is a mess. Out of sight out of mind. Shelf risers are awesome, they’re amazing. I love them. The one I put in Charlotte’s room I found at a discount store, super affordable, and it adds a whole new layer of shelving. It’s amazing. Especially if you have tons of room above your desk that goes nowhere and there’s just wasted space. Get yourself some shelves
or some shelf risers. It will change your life. Charlotte said she wanted her room to feel warm, and cozy, she wanted some ambiance, so I got her some twinkle lights, I think that is the best, and easiest way to make your room feel cozy, so you don’t have these harsh overhead
lights everywhere. I love the ones that are
like, a curtain of lights, that’s what I got for her, and I’m gonna put them behind her bed as if
it’s kinda like a headboard. You can also do the same
effect with a tapestry, or a big piece of art, but I think hanging something big like that behind your bed is a really cool way to
kind of create the illusion that you have a cool headboard? When really, you don’t. (Addy sighs)
(laughing) (Steph and Addy laughing) – Addy! – Okay, okay, we’ll get there. We’ll figure it out. Since Charlotte has a lot of photos of her friends, and her family, and is probably feeling
a little bit homesick here in New York, far
far away from Oregon, I felt like having a corkboard
wasn’t quite enough space to display all of these photographs. So I also got her this metal grid thing. It’s kind of like a very modern corkboard that I’ve seen kind of trending on Pinterest and everywhere these days. But it looks super cool, I’m hanging it up on her closet, because there’s not really anything going on there. And she can just clip on papers, or photos with little safety pins and
it will look so much better than like, taping them
to the wall or something. Charlotte has a great bedspread. I’m so happy I didn’t
have to go out and buy her a new one, because the
one she has is awesome. But when I walked in there,
she had it covered up! It was covered up with a
boring, plain, white blanket! What’re you doing you’re killing me. – I don’t think I’ve
ever seen this bed made. – We don’t want to cover
that up, we want to see it. So I’m taking it off, throwing it away, revealing this beautiful
bedspread that she has, and everything else is
gonna match this bed. So I got her some nice orange pillowcases to replace her boring white ones, and they match the accents in the bedspread. Charlotte has this huge, beautiful window looking out onto New York City, it’s so nice, but it is drab. It’s got these horrible blinds, so we’re gonna hang up
some really cute curtains that I got from a thrift store. You can also just use
a sheet, or just some cheap fabric, it doesn’t
even have to be a curtain, just drape it across and
it’ll do the same thing. One thing that Charlotte said she really wanted were pillows. Just, pillows everywhere. And since your dorm room
is your entire home, you don’t have a living room,
you don’t have any other space to hang out, when
you have friends over, they’re probably gonna sit on the bed. It’s like your couch. It’s probably more of
your couch than your bed, so one way to create that
effect is to just get a bunch of pillows, line
them up against the wall and around the corner, so it creates this kind of couch effect when
you’re not sleeping in it. And then just take them
off when you go to bed. Two of these pillows I
made out of old T-shirts that I probably would
have just thrown away if I didn’t use them for this. Same with the pillows,
they were old and cheap and you can find them anywhere. Or you can just use stuffing, you don’t have to use
a pillow, you can just, stuff it full of pillow
stuffing, which is even cheaper. But they’re super easy
to make, it’s so nice to DIY your own pillows, especially when you have a bunch of old T-shirts that you don’t know what to do with. It really adds a nice piece of home there. And then the other ones I just picked up from thrift stores, from discount stores, from people who didn’t want them anymore. Pillows can be very
expensive, but if you know where to find them, it’s so easy to get a cheap, nice pillow. When you’re using a lot of pillows in a small space, it’s
good to have a nice variety of sizes, and textures, and colors. I got some that were fuzzy, some that were patterns, and that were solid. A bunch of different sizes
to kind of mix it up a bit. Now I already got the twinkle lights to make this room a little bit cozier, but it still needs something else. So I really wanted to
get her some candles, give her that nice
ambiance that she wants. But unfortunately, dorm
rooms don’t allow you to have candles, or an open flame. Or do anything fun. Luckily, I was able to find
a huge pack of flameless, electric, battery-operated
candles on Amazon. So cheap, so affordable,
you get a million of them. And honestly, they look pretty real. I also got her a bunch of fake plants because I know she loves
plants, but it is very hard to take care of plants
as a college student, especially when you don’t have
a lot of light in the room, or you may not be around
very often to water them. So I just got her a
handful of fake plants, some of them I got from the dollar store, some of them I got from the thrift store, some of them I got on sale. I think the plants
combined with the dirt art of Oregon really compliment each other in a way that I didn’t even anticipate. It just brings a nice earthy
atmosphere to the room. And I know she loves that, because it’s very reminiscent of Oregon. And her home. And what she loves. And it’s really gonna make
this room feel like home. When you’re in college
and you have a dorm room, with a roommate like Charlotte, no matter how close you
are with that person, they could be your best friend, you are gonna want some privacy. So for Charlotte I’m creating
a big room divider for her. I think it’s going to be really helpful, but not super obtrusive,
she can kind of tie it to the side if she doesn’t want it. So what I’m using for this
is just a gigantic piece of fabric that I found on clearance. It was like $2 a yard, which is awesome. So I have six yards of
this very wide fabric that I’m going to cut
in half so that it is two three yard pieces,
which should theoretically reach from the ceiling to the floor. Now what I’m gonna do
with this is just fold over one of the edges so that
I can slip a rope or a string through it, and just glue
it down with hot glue. And then just do the exact same
thing with the other piece, on the same piece of rope so
that it all connects together. And you can put together
as many pieces of fabric that you want, you can
just match the colors, make it just a crazy, random curtain of different fabrics,
do whatever you want. And just keep adding curtains until your rope is as long as your wall. Easy as pie. So now whenever Charlotte and her roommate want some privacy, they
can just take the curtains, close it right in the middle of the room, and then they can open it
back up when they’re done. The easiest thing for this would be to use like a huge bed sheet or something that’s very large because even though it’s a dorm room, it’s still pretty big. I’m amazed! – [Addy] No way. – And it’s like, easy to slide. I think we’re like, done. It’s done, we have completed it. After so many hours of hard work, it’s time to show it to Charlotte. This is my favorite part. Move that bus! (Charlotte laughing nervously)
– I’m so stress– (Charlotte gasping)
Oh my god! That’s so cute! Oh my god. This is so much cozier than it was. (upbeat music) That say “Char?” – [Steph] Yeah! – That’s so cute! (Steph laughing) Oh my god. All of my little pictures. Oh this is perfect too. Because like, we’re not allowed to have– – [Steph] Yeah, I got you – Some flameless candles.
– [Charlotte] candles in here. Oh my god the plants. – [Steph] Oh yeah, so
this, is a room divider. So if you want privacy… – What a smart idea.
– You can do this. – This looks so nice. I love all the pillows. This is really cute. I love it. – This is a lap desk,
so you can sit in bed and like, put your laptop on it. And just put it on your lap. – Oh my god! So I can put it on this side. It always burns me. (Steph laughing) It’s so, I love it. Looks so much better. Ten times better. (clapping lightly)
– Yaay! So happy you like it! I love the lights. That’s such a cool idea. These are so cute. I like these boards. – [Steph] I made this. Out of dirt from Oregon. – Are you serious? That’s so cool. That’s such a good idea. – [Cameraman] Little piece of home! – Little piece of home.
– [Steph] Yeah! – Exactly. I love how much cozier it is. And I love all the pillows. I love all the lights, cuz
I, don’t like big lights, so it’s so much, a nicer ambiance in here. And I love all the fabric, and um, how much more organized the desk is. Cuz I really had no, I had
like nowhere to store anything. – [Steph and Cameraman] Yaaay! – [Steph] I’m so happy you like it. – Yes, I really do. – Yay. (laughing) – Thank you so much, this was so fun. (content music)


100 thoughts on “$300 Dorm Room Makeover

  1. Guys stop hating the things may look KIND of bad but it doesn't matter! I want to see you spend $300 on a room her room side isn't even that big, and if they bought everything the video would be super boring and it shows people how to make their own stuff and if you're gonna be rude SIGN OFF AND LEAVE

  2. 3:04 , u can’t tell me she didn’t say, “D. A. Y.” instead of “D. I. Y.”. Also this video is a mess. You’re not gonna stay in your dorm forever. Why spend $300 on it tho? Like fr…

  3. I really like the idea of the room divider. I live in a studio and I really want to have a divider between my mattress and living room. I can borrow your idea.

  4. It’s so hard to watch her being like “oh it’s so nice! I love it!” But she knows that it looks like shit and she just wasted 300 dollars

  5. if someone did a makeover to my room just from my personality my room would have black everything and pics of wolves…

  6. Why is everyone so harsh ?! It looks good ( ı agree with the neon sign ) But like NO NEED TO BE A BRAT ABOUT İT . Just say what you think and go . She did pretty well .

  7. I don't why so many people are hating. It doesn't really matter what yall think. all that matters is that Charlotte liked it.

  8. Why are all the comments just talking about the pillow being glued instead of sewed, and the word "junky", like seriously people? At least they tried to help this girl to enjoy her room more even if they failed

  9. All I can find on this video is hate comments.. like keeps your rude opinions to your self, no one wants your negativity. Charlotte liked the room didn’t she? Yea she did. So leave and bring your negativity with you 🙄

  10. I LOVE THE GLUE PILLOW IDEA CAUSE ITS FAST so stop complaining, Im glad I found this idea and dont get me wrong : I know how to sew… and fake plants : I love real.plants but its great to.have some fake aswell because they never die and if you have a cat (like me) he wont destroy your home forest like mine do regularly (still have my cat and real plants 😊)
    PEACE

  11. How are you supposed to sleep with all those pillows and who has the time to clean all that extra shit?? This is so basic

  12. she gave her $300 (which is a decent amount of money to be spending on house decor for a uni student) and the best she could do was hot glue pillows, and an ugly diy neon sign. i'd be pissed.

  13. why are people hating on this vid so much? she put a lot of hard work and effort in this and all these people can do is talk about her putting hot glue on a pillow. I agree it is a tad bit too much but still……..

  14. What's up with the fucking material how to split the room when his room mate needs the Windows Light????! Retarded room organization. Fake plant are u crazy.. Is like 2 minute to water the and they give you What you need Air!!!!

  15. The only diy that I really liked was the state/hometown frame thing, that was cute but the others… ehhh

  16. Wow. You're a bunch of nasty bitches in the comments below. It's easy to criticise others efforts isn't it from the comfort of your own little room? Why don't y'all upload a video of you doing it better for us all to judge. Dare ya.

  17. $300 seriously.. Its way too expensive and the products used were very cheap (so i guess its her charges she took for the make over 😉)
    I can't compromise live plants with fake ones.. NEVER…
    I love lights too and she never got what she wanted…
    Neon thing she used, y did she use her creativity there n proved that she has no creativity…
    Curtain divider was the worse part n that to she used a rope to hang it on (so untidy)
    Charlotte you could have just spent $300 and bought stuffs from the stores n it would have looked 100 times better than that..
    I am sure your pillows didn't last even one night as pillow lovers cling on to their pillows.. 😁😉

  18. This was the least satisfying room makeover I have seen on this channel.. The room just ended up becoming more cluttered and seems smaller than what it used to look like before.. Thumbs down.

    BRING BACK ASHLEY!

  19. To be honest though, I much prefer the previous undecorated room. I personally think it's much more simple, serene & cozy despite its mess. I think the makeover is a bit too overdecorated, tacky, and too pinteresty-trendy for me and I find it too stressful to be surrounded by. And at the end of the day, all of those efforts will get fucked up eventually. I don't know, I guess i have a pretty boring taste😂

  20. I can seriously do it. But the main matter is …..

    How long can I keep it like the same organized way ???
    Like if u have the same doubt 👍

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  22. The ideas are cute. But there just was no effort put in it. Those pillows are awful… It would not have taken that much more time to cut out pieces of fabric that actually fit the pillows and sew them together…

  23. She used GLASS for a lap top tray? What happens if her lap top gets too hot? Or someone accidentally drops the tray or sits on it? That’s not very safe! And, yes…it looks very cheap and poorly made. Hot glue doesn’t always hold things together well. She should have just bought a nice lap top tray and not so many plastic plants.

  24. I mean guys im reading the comments and i get why people didn’t like certain things but puhlease can you just give her a damn break? There are too many comments complaining about the same things…if ya see a comment that says the same thing you wanna say – there is absolutely NO need for you to comment that again …

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