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Five Ways to Save Space in a Dorm Room

When it comes to organizing a dorm room, every square inch counts. To help you make the most of your limited floor space, we at PBteen have compiled a list of our favorite storage solutions for small rooms. Here are five unique ways to save space in your dorm room.

1. Freestanding Storage

When choosing freestanding storage solutions for your dorm room, look for pieces that can double as furniture. A storage ottoman, for example, can provide extra seating for visitors but can also be used to store clothing, bedding or textbooks. You could also turn a long, narrow bookcase on its side and use it as a storage bench. Other freestanding storage solutions that work well as furniture are crates, storage cubes and trunks. Use them to conceal clutter and create a space that's more conducive to sleeping, studying and hanging out with friends.

2. Over-the-Door Storage

Make the most of your vertical space by mounting additional storage on the back of your door. Hooks, racks, shelves and hanging baskets are just a few over-the-door storage solutions that can help you save floor space while keeping your dorm room free of clutter. Another idea is to use a hanging shoe organizer on the inside of a closet door to store school supplies, cosmetics, toiletries, accessories or any other small items that don't have a home. Don't have room in your dorm room for a filing cabinet? Hang a few file folder holders on the back of your door to keep assignments and other important documents in order. When choosing your over-the-door storage solution, you'll want to make sure you'll have enough clearance to close the door properly. A storage unit hung inside of a closet door won't save you much space if the door won't stay shut.

3. Under-Bed Storage

Your bed is likely to take up most of the floor area of your dorm room, so why not take advantage of the space underneath with an under-bed storage solution? Under-bed boxes are available in a variety of styles and sizes for storing out-of-season clothing, bedding, books and more. Modular drawers are another convenient option for creating extra storage room under your bed. If there is little or no room under your bed, consider using bed risers to create extra storage space. You can also "loft" your bed if your dormitory rules allow it. Use the newly-created space underneath the bed to stack modular drawers or create a customized storage cube configuration.

4. Bedside Table Storage

Bedside tables are more than just decoration -- many have built-in drawers and shelves that can be used for organizing books, magazines, chargers, electronics and anything else you want to have close at hand while relaxing in bed. But what if you don't have enough room in your dorm room for bedside tables? One solution is to mount floating shelves on the wall on either side of the bed. This will save you valuable floor space while providing a handy spot for storing the TV remote. Another option is to hang a mattress caddy on your bed railing to keep notebooks, pens, remotes and your smartphone within easy reach.

5. Headboard/Footboard Storage

Another easy way to save space in your dorm room is to add storage shelves to the headboard or footboard of your bed. Headboard and footboard storage units are available in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate any bed. An alternative to headboard and footboard storage units is to use floating shelves, bookshelves and storage cubes. A bookcase placed behind the head of your bed will not only provide extra storage space for books, clothing and other items, but it can also serve as the focal point of the room. Use the additional shelving to display photos, artwork and other mementos. Can't spare the floor space? Try mounting a few floating shelves on the wall behind your bed instead. For footboard storage, consider stacking together several storage cubes to create extra room for organizing bedding, sweaters or shoes.

Small doesn't have to mean cramped and cluttered. The right storage solutions listed above will help you maximize your floor, wall and even door space to create a roomier and more streamlined dorm room.

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