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College Dorm Room Shopping Part 3: Storage


College Dorm Room ClosetFor the third part in the College Dorm Room Shopping series, I am going to focus on storage. If you missed the first two parts of the series, check them out: Part 1: Bedding and Part 2: Furnishings.

Why are storage containers so important to shop for? Dorm rooms are usually tiny – way smaller than you’d probably expect, and therefore you’re going to need to find ways to store all your stuff in order to maximize your space.

Also, if you love fashion, you’re going to need enough room to store all your clothes, shoes and accessories. Dorm room closets are usually not very large, so you need to get creative with your storage choices.

Fortunately, there are tons of great options when it comes to shopping for storage containers, and there are lots of ways to hide your stuff creatively.

A few tips to keep in mind when shopping for dorm room storage:

  1. Go vertical. Horizontal space is limited in a dorm room, so you are going to want to maximize every inch you have. Get tall shelves for your room that aren’t too wide, and lots of hooks for your walls.
  2. Raise your bed up. A great space to store stuff that you don’t use very often is under your bed. Definitely buy a set of bed risers and get some containers for under-bed storage to make the most of that space.
  3. Get portable storage. Take into account the weight and portability of every storage container you buy. Ideally, you want to be able to move without unpacking much stuff. If you can find durable containers with handles, it will make moving in and out of your dorm so much easier.

Here are some examples of storage furniture for your dorm:

6 Drawer Storage Cart
6 Drawer Cart – $27.99
Pink Organizer Set
Student Lounge Organizers and Storage – $11.99
Plaid Hamper
Collapsible Hamper – Pink Plaid – $14.99
Iris Set of 8 Mesh Baskets - Medium
Iris Set of 8 Mesh Baskets – $34.99

Now that you have an idea of what you’ll need for storage in your dorm room, be sure to check your school’s website to find out how big your room will be, and also talk to your future roommate to find out what they’re bringing. Then shop accordingly.

Check back soon for the next part in this series, where we get into the fun stuff – decorating your dorm!

*Dorm room photo by Darlingsnail on flickr.

More Information

Check out the rest of the posts in the College Dorm Room Shopping series to get everything you need for a fabulous dorm:

Posted on on July 28, 2007 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: ,

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12 Responses to “College Dorm Room Shopping Part 3: Storage”

  1. 1
    May 11th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    If you and your roommates have got too much stuff, you can always get together and store some of it. There’s a summer special for college students at They bring a container to your street or parking area, you put your stuff in, and then they take it to storage for you.

  2. 2
    December 14th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I would reccommend getting stuff that won’t break super easily and that you wouldn’t hate using for a few years after college. Chances are (sorry to break it to you) you will be rather poor for a couple of years after you get out of school. Not that it has to be super-serious, just maybe don’t go after the latest trends on this stuff.

  3. 3
    August 15th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Hi, I’m going to be a freshman, and I just found out that I’ll be in a triple room. However, it’s actually a double converted to a triple, because apparently our class is HUGE. So no chance for bed risers, because the room consists of a bunk bed on one end and a lofted bed on the other. There is next to no space for anything! How can I deal with this situation? I don’t want to cut down on the clothes I want to bring!

  4. 4
    July 10th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Just to add to the ‘raise the bed’ element, bed skirts are a great way to cover up the boxes and can easily be made a bit more funky.

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