Easy Ways to Save Space in Your Dorm Room
School has arrived, and while you may be excited to start classes and make new friends, there’s one thing you may not be so excited about: your tiny dorm room. Living in a dorm is a rite of passage for most college students.
Here are some important organizing tips that will help you to maximize the VERY limited space that you will find when you arrive on move-in day!
Use Your Door Backs
There are endless amounts of hooks and racks that can easily be hung over a door to free up space. You can pick up many different types of shoe or coat racks for a really good price, so make them work for you. Make sure you use all of the doors in you dorm too. Obviously you can hang shoe or coat racks on your closet or bedroom doors, but don’t forget to use hooks on a bathroom door for your towels.
Tape Power Strip To The Side Of Desk
Use some double-sided mounting tape to secure it to the side of my desk, and it was the easiest hack ever! It makes it easy to plug things in from the comfort of bed, you don’t trip over anything, and mounting tape doesn’t cost much, and you’ll certainly have enough left over for next year.
Under Your Bed
First of all, measure the space under your bed. How tall is your bed? How wide? If the space under your bed is too small, buy some bed lifts to raise your bed up and make some easy storage room. Some dorm beds automatically come with lifts; ask your RA before you buy anything, and she may be able to help you make more room.
Above the Refrigerator or Microwave
You most likely have a refrigerator in your dorm. Whether or not you have a microwave on top of it, use the top as a small shelf to put things on. We suggest you put food and other kitchen supplies here (it is, after all, right above the refrigerator or microwave). Buy a locker shelf to double the space, and put cereal, soup, napkins, and plates here.
A Multi-purpose Lounger
Casper's Lounger is perfect for all their lounging needs. Thanks to its sturdy, collapsible shell, the foam pad can transform into a compact chair or chaise lounge. When they're done using it, they can fold the Lounger and slide it underneath their bed.
In the Corner
Corners are possibly the most frustrating places in a dorm room. If you don’t have furniture there, then you have no use for those tricky, tiny niches, right? Wrong! Some places, such as Sears and Home Goods, sell corner shelves that fit perfectly into those awkward spaces. These shelves are great for storing books and pictures.
Buy an Over-the-door Mirror
I know not everyone feels they need an over-the-door mirror (though they are really useful when you want to check your outfit before you leave but your suite mate is in the bathroom) but if you do choose to invest in a full-length mirror, buy one that can easily be hung over your door so you don’t have it propped up against a wall where you can easily trip over a corner and break it (or your roommate could trip over it and break it!).
A Storage Ottoman
When picking out furniture for your dorm, look for pieces that do double duty.
Foldable Storage Boxes
Not only are these foldable storage cubes perfect for snacks, spare toiletries, and school supplies, they're compact enough to slip inside a closet when idle.
Focus On Essentials
It’s tempting to fill your dorm room with things that you might not actually need. When you’re first moving in, you may want to hold off on large items like an armchair or TV. Give yourself a few weeks to settle in and see how you’re actually using the space--it could turn out that your hall’s common room is a totally comfortable place to hang out and watch TV or movies with friends.