Students use their rooms for everything: studying, relaxing, entertaining, eating – there’s a lot to do. To make the most of such a small space, dormitories should be organized and inviting – not an easy task in such a limited area. To the rescue: these dorm ideas will take your space from the basics to the next.
Some of the ideas on our list are aimed at making the most of every inch available in the dorm. These are often strange spaces – some have a lot of shelf space but no cupboards, others have cavernous cupboards without shelves, etc. – so we have advice on getting the most out of everything from college. (Remember, the removable hooks are your friends!) Once you have the organizing bones in place, you can spruce up the space with anything you want, from removable wallpaper to decorative pillows – anything that makes you feel a little bit more like home. The best things you can buy are dual-use, like an ottoman that provides seating and gives the room a touch of color, but also secretly offers additional storage. With a few hacks, a few crafts and some thoughtful purchases, you’ll be ready in no time. Oh, and don’t forget to use these essentials from college dorms as a finishing touch!
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Add color to the drawers (no paint!)
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Store dishes on the side of the refrigerator
Keep plates, spoons, knives and forks where you need them. If you don’t want to buy a specific fridge cart, you can always try a hanging organizer.
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Organize with hooks to stick
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Add some greenery
Plants instantly make any space feel at home, and if you choose artificial plants, you never have to worry about watering them. These fake succulents are adorable – and people will swear they are the real thing!
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Get a multifunctional mirror
This ladder mirror isn’t cheap, but it’s the perfect two-for-one: use it to hold clothes, bags or towels and check your outfit in the morning.
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Create a makeshift vanity
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Turn on a smart lamp
This lamp provides lots of light to help you finish this term paper and charge your phone at the same time. Genius! We like gold, but more affordable versions are available in black.
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Get twice the storage space
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Use pillows to sit
Having friends for a movie night can become difficult when you have a limited number of seats. These pleated pillows turn into comfortable seats on the floor that can be stored when guests return home.
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Create a useful bedside table
The secret to expanding any space is to make sure that each piece of furniture is used for multiple purposes. These pretty trunks are both a bedside table and a storage unit!
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Keep the photos in front and in the center
The photos and memories of your loved ones make your space a home away from home. This grid allows you to hang a collection of images without making tons of holes in the wall.
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Get a storage ottoman
Add a splash of color to your room with this cute ottoman, which offers additional seating and Also serves as storage for throws, books and more.
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Use a colorful basket
To make the drudgery of the laundry more bearable, choose a bright and joyful bin, light and easy to transport. If you choose a single color, you will also keep your laundry basket separate from all others in the dorm.
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Reuse magazine rack
You may not get as many drawers and cubbies as you need, so you can use a magazine file to store things that are hard to organize, like hairdryers and flatirons. Then you can store everything easily on a shelf.
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Buy light fixtures
A good mini-fridge is an essential dorm – invest in one that’s colorful to easily spice up your space.
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Decorate the string lights
Get much-needed mood lighting and dress up your bare walls with these dorm lights, which feature clear clips so you can hang postcards and photos on them. Everything is better than the bare concrete wall!
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