Maximizing College Dorm Space
Everyone and anyone who has ever gone away to college knows the value of space or the lack thereof in college dorms. Luckily times have changed and nowadays there are not only many creative and efficient ways to create storage space in your really small dorm space but also inventive and very useful organizing products.
Is It a Couch, a Daybed or Both?
Using your bed to double as a couch is probably the only way to go when it comes to having space for television viewing.
When you are not busy sleeping in your bed and expect to have some friends over, make your bed up as usual and place some really big fluffy pillows up against the wall in numbers.
Your company now has a great space for kicking off their shoes and catching a show with you.
The greatest invention ever known to dorm life is the invention of the micro-fridge. It is a microwave and refrigerator in one combination.
The microwave is attached to the refrigerator so there is no movement when in use and the fridge is underneath.
Do Not Forget under the Bed
In dorm life, every ounce of space is necessary for utilization. Under the bed is one of the greatest places to store out-of-season clothing.
For example, winter sweaters, scarves, and hats can easily be stored in an under-the-bed container for when you need them.
Bulletin Boards Everywhere
Each and every wall of your dorm is up for grabs and bulletin boards make great places to store family photos, college notes, reminders, and even your jewelry.
Wherever there is wall space, hang a cork board and be creative. You can even place one right above your bed and hang a picture of your family pet to help you sleep peacefully at night.
Keep your jewelry on thumbtacks on a cork board and you will never lose it again.
A college kid’s best friend has to be the use of a shelf. Shelves are easily placed anywhere and have multiple uses, from decorative to practical.
Books are easily stored on shelves, and picture frames or even toiletries are found easily on them.
The free-standing Elfa shelving you see below is a great option if you can’t install shelves on your wall.
Who’s behind the door?
A great way to create a landing area in your dorm is using the back of the door.
As soon as you arrive you’ll have a place to leave your keys, handbag, umbrella and anything else you need to come in and out for classes and activities.
Check this great portable solution, that you can take with you once you move, which makes it ideal for dorms and rentals.
Do not forget the ceiling. The ceiling is a great place to post family and friend’s photos from back home.
You can even hang a net from one corner to the next with things you do not use every day, such as scarves and gloves or even just some old favorite stuffed animals.
With a little ingenuity, dorm storage can be fun and creative. What’s your favorite dorm organizing tip?
My daughter will be going to college soon and she’s concerned that she might have too much stuff for a small room. I think the tips you have here, such as storing under the bed and getting rid of out-of-season clothing, could be very helpful for her. Thanks for the post; talking to her about getting rid of some things as well as what sort of apartment she wants could be a good place to start.
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