It’s captivating, with everything from stylish retro outfits, to maximalist and bold fifties era interiors. So as a student, how can you transform your room into the ultimate Queens Gambit shrine? Here are some easy and budget friendly DIY fixes.

Neon Lights


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Neon lighting was huge during this era, and is easily replicated today without having to bow down to the high price point. All you need – wire, plyers, and some neon LED strip lighting. Oh, and maybe a quick browse of some YouTube tutorials.

Badass DIY Feminist Prints

“I Would Say It Is Much Easier To Play Chess Without The Burden Of An Adam’s Apple.” – Beth Harmon, The Queen’s Gambit

Anya Taylor-Joy’s character is the embodiment of female power. Bring out your inner feminist and adorn your room with these inspiring quotes. Use a free tool like Canva to pair gorgeous fonts, and simply print at the library! Here are some more quotes to get you inspired:

  • “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” – Mexican Proverb
  • “Not fragile like a flower, fragile like a bomb.” – Frida Kahlo
  • “Girls Just Wanna Have Fundamental Rights”

Upcycle a dressing table

Okay, maybe a little more of a commitment than your usual DIY project – but dressing tables were all the rage during the 50’s and 60’s as women began to rise from decades of oppression and found power in their qualities. Upcycling a dressing table couldn’t be easier with websites like Gumtree, and Facebook Marketplace to find the perfect piece. Team this with some matt emulsion paint (or chalk paint if you want to splurge – but it’s not necessary!) and you’re good to go. Pinterest is a treasure trove of ideas to suit every colour scheme.

Chessboard Wall

Perhaps the most ambitious, but definitely the most striking. Armed with washi tape and paint tester pots – you can recreate your own chessboard just like the tranquilizer-induced mirage Beth Harmon conjures up on her ceiling.