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How to Maximize Your Dorm Storage

Most dorm rooms are small with limited space for storing clothing, books and other personal items. Here are some ideas for making the most of your available storage room.

Raise Your Bed

Your bed is likely to be the largest piece of furniture in your dorm room, so using the area under the bed as storage makes sense. But what if your bed sits flush on the floor with no space underneath? One option is to use risers to elevate your bed and create room underneath for storage bins, boxes or modular drawers. Another solution, if your dormitory rules allow it, is "lofting" your bed using storage cubes or crates. Use the newly-created space under your bed to stack storage boxes and storage cubes.

Use Multifunctional Furniture

One of the easiest ways to maximize space in a small room is to choose pieces of furniture that can double as storage units. Storage ottomans, storage cubes and trunks are just a few examples of furniture that can do double duty. You can also modify existing furniture to make it multifunctional. Placing your bookshelf behind the head of your bed, for example, will add extra storage space to the room without taking up extra floor space.

Make the Most of Closet Space

Most closets have a shelf above the clothing rack for storing folded sweaters, outerwear, hats and accessories. If you have enough wall space available above the existing shelf, consider installing a second shelf. Another clever way to create more room in a small closet is to install a tension rod beneath the existing clothes hanging rod. Baskets, storage bins and fabric-covered storage cubes can be used to organize socks, underwear and accessories, while a plastic over-the-door shoe holder can be used to keep various small items in order.

Use Your Vertical Space

Maximizing your vertical storage space is the key to making a small dorm room feel more spacious. Floating shelves, wall hooks, wall racks and hanging file folder holders are just a few wall storage solutions that will help you reclaim precious floor space. Another great way to take advantage of your wall space is to install floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. Use them to store books, display artwork or provide a focal point for the room.

When it comes to maximizing your dorm room's existing storage space, thinking creatively is key. Use these tips to make the most of the room you already have and organize your dorm room in style.

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