The 5+ Ultimate Pranks For Roommates

By Timothy Hayes on April 13, 2015

April Fools has come and gone and perhaps you were the victim of a dastardly prank. Did someone slip dye into your shampoo? Did they put whipped cream on your hand? What about Kool-Aid in the shower head?

Well dear reader, now that your roommate has been lulled into a false sense of security because it’s past the first, don’t let arbitrary dates stop you. Unless the hounds of war … or pranks.

Let’s start off slow and work our way up to things like firecrackers in bed, but first a disclaimer.

This article is intended for harmless fun and not intentional harm, violence, or the threat of either. Any and all body or emotional injury suffered as a result of attempting these or other pranks is not the responsibility or liability of Uloop, its affiliates, or the author of this article.

1. Ceiling Fan Confetti

This trick is simple enough but a bit time consuming. What you’re going to need are some kind of hole-punch, a ceiling fan that can be turned on and off, and several sheets of paper.

Start by figuring out where to place your prank. The best option is your roommate or friend’s room, but anywhere they’ll trigger it and discover it will do.

Next begin the mayhem of cutting out hundreds of thousands of little paper confetti pieces. Alternatively, you can cut into the paper with scissors in rows of parallel slits and then cut across.

Gather your confetti, place on top of the ceiling fan, and wait.

2. Voice Activated Laughs

This workplace prank has a dozen variants. Most of them go something like this. If your workplace gets a new device like a coffee machine, printer, or microwave, place a sign on it explaining how the new appliance is “voice-activated.”

The more formal the sign you tape to the machine, the better. Just type up something along the lines of “This machine is voice-activated. Say ‘brew’ to start the coffee pot.”

Bonus points if you cover the actual buttons with the sign.

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3. Saran Wrapped

This one is fun for a variety of places mostly for its tedium of cleaning. You will need lots of saran wrap and lots of time.

A classic. (image via

Cars are fun to saran, but do recall that some people do need to be places on time as a matter of work or school, so you might consider something else. Two other options might be your roommate’s bed or your friend’s fridge.

4. Pressure Plate Prank

This one relies like the first on unsuspecting victims, but has a more audible impact. There are a variety of very funny ways to do this type of prank.

The first is pretty simple. Blow up some balloons, tape to a door, tape thumbtacks to the wall, and wait. After that things get a bit louder.

Next up is a much harder one to prepare and might not work as well for men. Take a few pop-it percussion firecrackers and tape them to the underside of the toilet seat. This might take some patience and work.

Lastly and perhaps most dastardly, take an air horn and tape it to the underside of an office chair, preferably the ones that compress down when you sit on them. If the victim’s chair doesn’t go down like that, adjust the seat up high to make them have to adjust down and trigger the can.

Loud, scary, and effective. (image via

5. Mouse Madness

This might be a bit tricky depending on your roommate’s computer. First you’re going to need a wireless USB mouse. Next, take the mouse and insert the USB transmitter into a port on their computer.

The more hidden, the better. Then as your roommate starts using their computer, periodically move the mouse around in another room. Right click is particularly frustrating.

As a bonus, you can get an even better prank by changing their keyboard with an application called Key Extender. This will remap their keystrokes to be whatever you want. Let chaos rain!

This will drive them crazy. (image credited to

6. Extra Bits

For fun and amusing pseudo-bureaucratic forms check out The Bureau of Information. If you can get it, the Annoy-o-tron is a great prank tool you can find on Amazon.

If you’re feeling particularly mean, wean someone off their coffee by switching out decaf bit by bit and then one day use espresso. If you really want to freak out your roommate, run in and scream “Where is it?! Have you seen it?! It just ran in here!” and run out of the apartment/dorm and do not call or text.

As I said before, these are intended for harmless pranks and fun jokes. Any and all criminal behavior resulting from this article is not the liability or responsibility of any involved in its creation including, but not limited to Uloop, its affiliates, and the author.

Have fun and prank responsibly.

By Timothy Hayes

Uloop Writer
I'm a Sophomore at The Ohio State University. My major is Journalism. I used to hate writing until a very passionate 6th grade teacher showed me how fun it could be. Since then, I've expanded my skills and portfolio to encompass short stories, poetry, articles, speeches, movies scripts and play scripts.

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