10 Tips & Tricks For Decorating Your Dorm Room

10 Tips & Tricks For Decorating Your Dorm Room

– Oh my God! – Hey everybody, I’m Ashley and today I’m gonna walk you through
ten tips and tricks for decorating your dorm room. I’m headed over to NYU
where Yumi is a senior RA. She reached out to me on Instagram, told me she was moving into her dorm room and could really use a makeover and I knew I wanted to make
this tips and tricks video so it worked out pretty well. I’m not gonna lie, Yumi
has a very cool dorm room and it’s pretty spacious but
all of these tips and tricks can be applied to any dorm room anywhere no matter how much
or how little space you have. Let’s get started. My first tip is a shopping tip ’cause you can’t really decorate
if you don’t have decor. When you’re shopping, try to find stores that let you order online
and then pick up the items at the location nearest your school. I did that today, I used
Target Back to College Pickup. So easy, all I have to do is
show up and pick up the items. I came here to pick up what I ordered and I already have like
six new things in my cart. This is a really good
Target too, I will say, wait, I’ll show you. Oh, I can’t make the cart go sideways but it’s pretty. (camera clatters) I dropped you. I wanna get her a clean laundry hamper. You don’t just need a
hamper for dirty laundry, you need a hamper for clean laundry because if you’re like me,
you leave it on the bed and you don’t fold it right away and then you end up
sleeping on top of your perfectly clean laundry
and then there’s wrinkles. So, you gotta get a clean laundry hamper so that you don’t do that. Boom! This cart is getting
really full, really fast. Tip number three is all about
rearranging your furniture. I moved pretty much every
single item in Yumi’s room. The biggest change might have been taking the hutch off of the desk and using it as a book shelf and I tucked that in the hallway which she really wasn’t using before. It really opened up the space. I moved the bed away from the window and then I put the couch
where the desk originally was. That way she has a
clear division of space. This is Yumi’s area for
work and sleep and relaxing and then she has her hangout area where her residents and her friends can come and have a good time. With all of that furniture moving, I did sacrifice some
valuable outlet real estate and we just can’t have that so I got her these bed risers
that have outlets in them so she can charge her phone,
she can plug in a lamp, or whatever electrical needs she may have. Good thing I prefer comforters over duvets but for a dorm room, a
duvet is the way to go because nine times out of 10,
a dorm room washing machine is not going to be big
enough to wash a comforter and it’s college, people are
gonna be sitting on your bed, you’re gonna pull an all-nighter or two, there’s gonna be snacks involved and you need to wash that comforter so a duvet is the way to go and I got her this really
cute one from Target which kind of inspired
the rest of the room. (light upbeat music) This next trick is one of my favorites, it’s a Pinterest classic. You can use a sheer curtain
and some string lights to create a canopy headboard situation. I used a small curtain rod
and some removable wall hooks to hang up the curtain behind the bed and then I put some string light between the sheer curtain and the wall and boom, you’ve got a
really cute canopy headboard that also doubles as
perfect accent lighting. (light upbeat music) Moving onto the lounge
area, that navy blue couch was just not it so all I
did was get a big blanket, stretched it over the
couch, and tuck it in. It totally transformed this couch and now it matches the rest of the room. I also did sort of the same
thing on the desk chair. I just folded up a blanket
and put it on the back to make it cohesive with
the rest of the room. (light upbeat music) For some extra seating, I
opted for floor cushions. These ones were the perfect
color, I could not say no. They’re easy to put away
when you don’t want them, take them out when you do. Another item I got that can serve as extra seating is this ottoman. Not only is it extra seating
but it’s also gonna double as her nightstand and
it’s also gonna trickle as some extra storage. This is a tip that I use pretty much anytime I’m decorating any space because I always forget to bring a level. I dunno, when you’re
packing for a home makeover or moving into a dorm room, the last thing you’re thinking
about is bringing a level. But you can actually just download a leveling app on your phone. My mind was blown when I found this out so I need to share it with
anybody who will listen. Finally, one little last piece of decor. I gave Yumi this wire organizer. Personally, I love
collecting little mementos, notes, pictures, and I can definitely make a cluttered mess for myself which is why I need to
have a designated area for putting mementos,
otherwise they’re just gonna be all over the room looking really messy. Now it’s time to show Yumi her dorm room. Let’s see if she liked it. Take a look. – Oh my God! Oh my God, it’s so pretty, oh my God. Oh my God, thank you! (Yumi and Ashley exclaim) I love it, wow! – [Ashley] Do you? – [Yumi] The colors are amazing. (light upbeat music) – Well, I hope you have
the best senior year here. You’re so sweet, thank you
for letting us come over. – Thank you. – Really, it’s been so fun doing this and it’s totally made me
want to go back to school so I’m very jealous. Live it up this year. (Yumi awes) – Oh my gosh. – Thank you guys so much for watching. If you liked this video,
please give it a thumbs up. Also, quick little plug,
I’m currently casting for a full season of Space Lift. So if you don’t know, I host
a show called Space Lift where I makeover people’s spaces based on their social media accounts. It’s a lot of fun, big room makeovers, the whole shebang and
I’m looking for people who need a room makeover. We’re doing offices, backyards, bedrooms, closets, anything you can think of. All those casting forms
are in the description so fill them out and also tag me in a picture on Instagram of your space and who knows, you might just
get a room makeover out of it. Like this video, subscribe
to the Nifty channel, fill out a casting form
if you’re interested, and I’ll see ya next time, bye! (light upbeat music)


  • Kiara Wilson

    October 6, 2018

    Lately himself hello platform equipment resistance unless suspend cold concerning bite net hardware.

  • christina

    October 9, 2018


  • Raissa Heidi

    October 14, 2018

    Omg it turnes out amazin!!

  • Amster

    October 25, 2018

    What I got from this tutorial: decorative pillows?? haha who has money for that!

  • valeria V

    October 31, 2018

    I love you and you have so much talent but do you have to use plastic bags !!

  • eesha mulumoodi

    November 3, 2018

    Getting your target items at target

  • Help me get 50 subscribers without a video

    November 6, 2018



    November 11, 2018

    1:12 SAME

  • Melina Zakeri

    November 14, 2018

    Will you do a makeover for me?

  • Micha van der Lee

    November 15, 2018

    do all colleges ever have the same furniture or something? lmao

  • boricua2992

    November 18, 2018

    Ahhhh I’m an RA! Do my room 😬

  • Natalie Pirch

    November 20, 2018

    as someone who's already lived in a crappy dorm room, that's the most inefficient use of space! where's the fridge? laundry? food storage?

  • mounira mannou

    November 23, 2018

    Just wawwwww ❤

  • Hugh Miller

    November 25, 2018

    Lucky you for having a room with furniture you can move. Everything's built-in in my room so I can't do much

  • BountryGaming

    November 28, 2018

    I hung up my guitar, that’s was it, the rest I did over the days

  • Lauraaa

    November 29, 2018

    This was well done! I would have thumbtacked fabric onto the chair instead of covering up with a throw… other than that, the colours worked well with the wood!

  • eliminator jr.

    December 11, 2018

    so basically this is a commercial for target

  • Heather Deitchman

    December 15, 2018

    I would be happy to help with the most important tip for your dorm room.
    Do not bring everything to decorate your dorm room because by the end of senior year you will be moving books and your clothes in garbage bags.
    I sincerely wish someone had told me just how much I over-packed freshman year and how obnoxious a room full of photos and posters and reminders of high school looked.

  • Debjani Agarwal

    December 20, 2018

    Your videos are such great fun to watch. You are really talented.

  • Cindy

    December 20, 2018

    fyi: it's spelled mementos.
    great video otherwise!!

  • Sahiba Thind

    December 27, 2018

    You and I have very different definitions for canopy!

  • KT breathe

    January 2, 2019

    Will you come to Canada for the makeoverlmfao

  • snowballcatkatie _

    January 3, 2019

    Ughh I wish I have target at my country… everything's so expensive here ☹️

  • Internet Plus

    January 4, 2019

    Where did alex go?

  • brightful5

    January 8, 2019

    Jeremy from jersey just subscribed

  • faerianne

    January 10, 2019

    Much nicer.

  • Jennely P.

    January 10, 2019

    I bought a bunch of decorations for my dorm but barely any actually made it to my room because I had no one to help me get to school and a very limited amount of things could be shipped to me. So my side of the room is very bare and people always say I’m bland. At least my personality is shown through my outfits

  • Hanaa Hanaa

    January 17, 2019

    Oh those pilloooows, they're all so beautifuuuuul

  • Mona Biehl

    January 25, 2019

    My questions is, what about her roommate? Would she be in agreement? After having two beds, two desks, two closets and dressers there was no room for a couch.

  • Sofia Fernández

    January 27, 2019

    Do you have to pay for this?

  • Nadya King

    January 28, 2019

    What a lovely room! Makes me envious as well,!

  • Killian Moore

    February 3, 2019

    Wish we had Walmart and target in Ireland


    February 6, 2019

    wud u do my dorm if i was at nyu😉

  • Stacy Higginson

    February 7, 2019

    Where were you when I was in an ugly dorm room?!?! 😂 Awesome job!

  • Marie

    February 11, 2019

    I think that all of these decorating videos are just inspired by The Sorry Girls and Mr. Kate

  • Šagė Oiseau

    February 14, 2019

    I liked it more before the makeover I thought the navy blue theme was beautiful

  • Vira Zaren

    February 20, 2019

    Can you decorate my dorm?

  • Katie Monte

    February 26, 2019

    Aw man, I don't use social media hardly at all so I definitely can't do that. Except comments like this, I don't think I've posted anything anywhere in about five years. lol

  • Maeve McD

    March 18, 2019

    The ottoman hack is genius

  • Sophie Bailey

    March 19, 2019

    Does she charge? This would be awesome when I'm older.

  • Sabrina Reece

    March 22, 2019

    For college students who can't afford to go out to Target and other big stores to buy decor for their dorm, always try a thrift store or two first 😊❤

  • Emma Brook

    March 24, 2019

    You can just use the compass app as a level

  • Ash Cab

    March 27, 2019


  • Ni Ai

    March 29, 2019

    I thought it was Miranda Sings😂

  • Maike Balzer

    April 1, 2019

    Lol!! The laundry-thing (if you don't have a 'clean laundry'-hamper) – so me before Marie Kondo

  • Gabrielle Green

    April 2, 2019

    I’m so nervous for college I share a lot of stuff with my sister and mom so the transition and buying new stuff just for me is gonna break the bank I can’t wait though

  • Aléxandar Aikahamovan

    April 3, 2019


  • sophiaa grracee

    April 3, 2019

    ok but also the budget was a lot for this

  • Meghan Ushman

    April 3, 2019

    I don't really the need for a clean hamper. I don't think I would have utilized it back when I lived in a dorm.

  • Magenta moose

    April 6, 2019

    Thanks not in collage but share a room with my 2 sisters and i have almost no room so this was great

  • Kevin Nunez

    April 8, 2019

    People are saying they cant afford this what you can do is just buy things before hand and leave them in storage for when you do get a dorm that what i do. Ya know when you do have money buy the stuff right away.

  • Bianca Blaney

    April 10, 2019

    FYI former RA here please check your school’s room policies before you buy all this stuff because my school doesn’t allow string lights not even battery powered and all of the lights in that room except the lamp would’ve been a “fire hazard” and we would’ve made you take them down. Also make sure you’re not hanging things too close to the fire sprinkler on the ceiling and look up online room dimensions and what furniture you have ahead of time because this is probably bigger than your standard dorm room.

  • sprialls

    April 14, 2019

    did she ask what yumis style was..? id be pissed if i got that bohemian(?) themed room lmao

  • Basya’s Man

    April 21, 2019


  • The Mad Nanny

    April 22, 2019

    Love her facial expression at 5:42!

  • White Pnter

    May 12, 2019

    Im going to university in september and I dont know what im going to do with my room because I really dont want to buy stuff because they are expensive and I cant carry big stuff with me :((

  • Angel Legna

    May 25, 2019

    How about a loft space that I'm trying to turn into a bedroom. It's just one ok size space, no closet…

  • Lesleigh Garcia

    May 27, 2019

    At tip #2 I raised my head and looked at my clean clothes with which piled onto of “the chair”,,,,,

  • Nico Jeffcock

    May 27, 2019

    Isn’t a comforter and duvet the same?

  • Diane Dukes

    June 5, 2019

    Love it and the colour scheme.

  • Farhan Islam

    June 14, 2019

    Please come and decorate a Indian dorm room

  • Brittany Setaro

    June 16, 2019

    Can you do mine I’m going to be a grad student at Pace.

  • Julissa Herrera

    June 16, 2019

    I use this to decorate my barracks room since I'm in the army but it's designed like a dorm room so this helped a lot❤

  • pastel sxnrise

    June 23, 2019

    That was my favourite reaction yet!

  • Vickie Stutzman

    June 23, 2019

    Such a big room and no roomie?!

    (Its memento not momento)

  • juliejacobe31

    June 27, 2019

    thank you for these wonderful ideas. 😍

  • katia

    June 29, 2019

    Come sei strana quando parli….mi fa ridere😀

  • Bobbi

    July 2, 2019

    We aren’t allowed to decorate our dorm rooms ://

  • Laney Heffelfinger

    July 9, 2019

    when you forgot to give her a mattress pad or mention that college students need mattress pads to stay comfortable….

  • ChaosDragon1599

    July 10, 2019

    I'm SO glad that I'm not the only one needing a clean laundry hamper for that EXACT same reason! xD

  • Sky Zeno

    July 11, 2019

    I go to nyu, and I lived in that same dorm hall….. and I was today years old when I found out you can take the hutch of the desk….. I'm-

  • kspuck79

    July 12, 2019

    This is so entertaining!

  • Melida

    July 14, 2019

    where can I get that thing for the pictures and memories?? in tip #10 HELP

  • MsSpunkisam

    July 17, 2019

    Ashley and Kelsey are the only two people I will watch in buzzfeed anymore lol love this!

  • Cynthia Flora

    July 18, 2019

    Hey Ashley I need your help

  • Bri brown

    July 21, 2019

    our school doesn't allow those bed risers :'(

  • Taylor Wilson

    July 22, 2019

    how to avoid having to do tip #2: don’t procrastinate. just put your clothes away

  • Milly Bowers

    July 22, 2019

    Her dorm room is bigger than my actual room…

  • Rebecca Ince

    July 23, 2019

    this is so cute!!

  • Marina Xavier Rafainer

    July 27, 2019

    This was SO helpful! I've been looking for places to live (in London, which can be REALLY expensive), but I was hating pretty much every single room I found. The horrible color sofas are everywere!!! Your idea of covering it with a simple blanket was genious. Thank you for that 😀

  • Chin Chin me

    July 28, 2019

    Am I the only one who thinks the way she says decor is funny 🤔

  • megan toman

    July 31, 2019

    I'm an RA and remember kids: if we don't see it, we won't take it away! 🔥

  • Bee Franklin

    August 1, 2019

    HAHA so many nyu housing rules were broken in this video

  • Radiance Magnesium

    August 1, 2019

    When I was briefly in college we werent supposed to have those holiday lights/fairy lights or whatever, even the battery powered ones so that tip suprised me

  • Hannah Streams

    August 2, 2019

    I'm going into my senior year of college and this made me want to move into the dorm again haahah!

  • Julie Cortés

    August 4, 2019

    Finally something simple and functional. Thank you !!

  • 2028.Caroline Browne

    August 6, 2019

    I think u should have just gotten a new cushion for the desk chair, it looks kinda funny with a blanket I love the rest tho😄👍🏼

  • Gracie pie

    August 6, 2019

    Cough cough. Your measure app on an iPhone has a level.

  • Brianna Lee

    August 8, 2019

    someone come decorate my room

  • Eduardo Vargas

    August 8, 2019

    There is no need to download a leveling app. It comes preloaded onto that iphone you were using.

  • Karolina Tulik

    August 10, 2019

    More dorm videos please 💓💓 I will be moving in October!

  • Doctor Pudding

    August 10, 2019

    My college tip for extra storage is to buy two plastic drawer sets, put them on the sides of your desk, and then put some kind of board across the top. I thrifted the drawer sets for $5 since it was originally one long drawer set and the board I used across the top came from another thrift shop that is based more towards home improvement things. All I had to do was spray paint the board and I had a pretty good looking shelf and drawer set.

  • Chenhazee Elissasammy

    August 11, 2019

    My college doesn’t even let us rearrange the furniture 🙁

  • Ava Walker

    August 12, 2019

    I want more vids like this tbh

  • Ariel Russell

    August 12, 2019

    The canopy headboard is actually the most original college diy I've seen on YouTube. Most of the time it's pretty much the same 4 diys. Same goes with the level and memento board. I really like that there's no pushpins ruining it.

  • Misung Park

    August 12, 2019

    I’m moving in on Saturday. Really excited and nervous!!

  • Yanira Garcia

    August 13, 2019

    I wish my dorm (a double) was that big

  • SarahLynn1330

    August 14, 2019

    This makes me miss my dorm room! Good times

  • Hottie Cheetos

    August 15, 2019

    Vsco hangover spot has left the chat

  • Lindsthestudent

    August 16, 2019

    Congrats! You earned a subscriber:)
    I’m a senior in college myself.


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