David's final update to this dream dorm room didn't cost a thing—let the light shine through the windows. "I didn't even know you guys had windows in here," he says. "You had your furniture up against the windows. It was completely blocking all the beautiful natural light, and that's the last thing you want to do."
So how much did this redesign run David? The grand total came in at $498—$2 to spare! "You can make an impact design-wise just with a little bit of money, and that's important these days," David says.
In this room: area rugs, IKEA; lamps, IKEA; throws and comforters, IKEA; throw pillows, IKEA and Home Goods; ottoman, IKEA; placemats, IKEA; fabric for panels, IKEA; window sheers, IKEA; tension rods, Target; poster frames, Target
Also used in this makeover: gift wrap, IKEA; waste baskets, IKEA; magazine holders, IKEA; hampers, The Container Store