Space Saver Tips: How to Save Space in Your Dorm Room

List: Posted: 04/05/11

If your child is going off to college, you will need to know some tricks that will save space.  Dorm rooms are generally very small and only provide a small living area for your child’s belongings.  Here are some tips that you can use to save space in your child’s dorm room.

Raise the Bed

To save space in your child’s dorm room, you should consider raising their bed off the ground.  Traditional bed frames will sit too low on the ground, leaving only several inches of area to store things.  However, raising the bed off the ground several feet will allow your child to store sliding totes and boxes.  To accomplish this task, you may need to purchase a bed-lifting kit.  Alternatively, if your college or university allows it, you can remove their supplied bed and install your own. Visit IKEA or any decent furniture store to get a bed with under-bed storage drawers. 

Make Use of Unique Spaces

Another great tip to save space in your child’s dorm room is to hang objects from the ceiling.  The space above your child’s bed can provide them with the extra space they need to store their clothing items.  You can use eyehooks or other hanging devices that will allow your child to store their things.  A corner desk is also effective in using dead corner space.

Buy Door Organizers

You should purchase door organizers to save space in a dorm room.  These racks hang on the back of the door and allow your child to store their shoes, as well as other items that they need when going to class.


Get Closet Racks


If your child has his or her own double-wardrobe at home, seeing the space provided for clothes in the dorm rooms will be a big reality check!  But you can store more stuff in less space if you buy hanging cloth or plastic closet racks. These are basically a string of cloth boxes that hang vertically from a clothes rail. Use them to store shoes, rolled belts, bags, hats, etc.  You can also buy hanging cloth 'shelves' to allow you to store folded jeans and other non-hangable items.

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