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What's the best way to add more storage in a dorm room?

Topic: Housing | Asked by: Anonymous | Asked on 06/17/2010

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If you put your beds in a loft style. Like one bed high and one bed low with half underneath the high bed. That opens up your room, giving you a huge space in the middle. Also if you have any containers then you should use them. Like things that stack are great. Also if ur bed is high you can stack things under it.

Answered by: Kw29 H. | over 4 years ago
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buy a cabinet or chest of drawers or something like that

Answered by: Denkalaz A. | over 4 years ago
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Try getting some storage containers. When shopping for them, however, make sure that they are somewhat compact. Containers that are plastic and easily slide under the bed are excellent. It would also be wise to buy a container that can double as a dresser so that you can store stuff on top of it. Being a little creative with your storage techniques will also help.

Answered by: Cocoa B. | over 4 years ago
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You can hook some things, like shoe trees, over the back of a door. Utilize the space under beds wisely with totes. Buy the hangers like Closet Genie which allow you to hang multiple items on one hanger. Look into closet organizers to see what types there are and what might be the most useful for you, once you determine how much space you have to work with. Be creative and think outside the box. Roll certain items like towels to get more space instantly.

Answered by: Connie R. | over 4 years ago
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Storage cases are the best way to add more space. You can buy them at any Walmart or Bed, Bath and Beyond store. Also make sure anything you bring is kept in the smallest possible storage device. For example, bring movies in DVD binders rather then hauling 50 cases up there. You also may want to invest in drawer sets that have wheels on the bottom. They act as extra shelves in addition to giving you a place to put more things.

Answered by: College Student123 T. | over 4 years ago
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In college dorm rooms are often small. There are several options for adding more storage space. Place flat bins under the bed for your winter clothes in the summer or for your summer clothes in the winter. Walmart and Target sell back of the door shoe hangers that save a lot of floor space. There are also hangers that allow you to hang up to five shirts on a hanger at a time and then drop one end of the hanger allowing for five times as much closet space. Stackable bins and hooks on the walls are also great ways to save space in a dorm room.

Answered by: Willow Stapleton Y. | over 4 years ago
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Is there space under your bed? If so, you can get plastic space saver containers to store under the bed. Do an inventory of how much clothing you have in your dorm room. If it is winter, you do not need your summer shorts, etc. Bring those items home with you over winter break. Also, if you share a dorm room with a roommate, and they have a tv or a fridge (2 big items), then take yours back home. Do you have a hook on the back of any doors in the room? If so, get a hanging storage unit.

Answered by: Coleb Q. | over 4 years ago
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First, the obvious. If your dorm room has beds that allow things to be stored under them, then get some plastic storage containers that will allow you to do that. If the wall design and rules of your dorm allow shelving to be placed on the walls, then install some wall-mounted shelves to add wall storage space. For closet storage, you know those cheesy expanding hangers they sell on cable for two easy payments of $10! (get two for the price of one, just pay seperate shipping)? Those things actually work, but you can get them much cheaper than the as seen on TV models.

Answered by: Null Terminator N. | over 4 years ago
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You could invest in some of those under bed storage containers for one. These are great to have. You could also put up shelves, if the college will allow for it. Those shoe holders that go over the door are great too! You don't have to use them for JUST shoes.

Answered by: Jen B. | over 4 years ago
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Visit your local retailer like target, lowes,and home depot. All three of these retailers have areas dedicated to DIU organization and storage. Shelves are the most efficient way to add more organization to a small space.

Answered by: Ladymae123 I. | over 4 years ago
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A great way to add storage is to buy cheap shelving units. My freshman year roommate and I bought tower-like plastic shelves for a couple dollars each and stood them on our desks. They were four or five shelves high and held a lot of stuff. Another way is to raise your bed as high as possible and store things underneath it. Most college beds are adjustable. You may have to get a running start to jump on it, but at least you will have storage space!

Answered by: Collegegrad10 I. | over 4 years ago
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Try to get a lot of drawers, and fold your clothes as opposed to hanging them. I also liked to use consecutive wall shelves to keep my books off the floor and drawers and on the wall where they were kept neater, and in better order, as well as easier to get to.

Answered by: Jon H. | over 4 years ago
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Purchase some storage totes that will fit in an out of the way area. There are some that fit nicely under beds. You can also install shelves in a closet to increase the cubic feet of storage space.

Answered by: Professor Penguin S. | over 4 years ago
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If you have a roommate, ask him/her if it would be ok to use bunk beds in order to make more space to live in. If you live alone, consider buying a smaller bed if you have a large one. Stores like Target sell tons of organizing things like shoe racks for doors, storage boxes, those under-the-bed storage trays, etc. Buy them! If your college allows it, you could try hanging shelves in the walls. Also, buy some drawer sets to put stuff in. I hope this helps!

Answered by: Jen830 F. | over 4 years ago
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Utilize closet space and the space underneath your bed. Do this by purchasing storage supplies such as plastic bins, shoe hangers, drawers and shelves to maximize the space you have. Put labels on the plastic pins so you know what is in there. Avoid clutter because it is unclean and makes it harder to think clearly.

Answered by: Junior Sweet P. | over 4 years ago
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You can easily get different type of storage bends or items from walmart or target. These bends or storage items are very affordable and durable. Some can sit up against a wall or be hid underneath your bed.

Answered by: Mcw2004 Y. | over 4 years ago
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The best way to add storage to a dorm room is to purchase under-bed tupperware boxes, cube shelving, and closet organizers. If your bed is not high enough for under-bed storage, most home goods stores sell bed risers to give you a few extra inches. Closet organizers really make the most space for shoes, sweaters and other bulky items. Dry non-perishable foods can also be stored in large tupperware containers. Store shower and toiletry items in a shower caddy with a handle to keep them in one convenient place. Above all else, don't bring anything you don't really need.

Answered by: Marley64 X. | over 4 years ago
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The most obvious way to add storage is to buy plastic bins that stack on top of each other. This will keep the clutter out of your way. Also, get rid of what you do not need! You already have enough stuff laying around, you don't need extra junk. Finally, another good idea is to make your beds into a loft - raise them up. You can use the space under the raised beds to store all kinds of stuff.

Answered by: Vinny T I. | over 4 years ago
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The best storage for a crowded dorm room is under your bed. If the bed isn't that high off the bed, you can purchase bed raisers to raise the height. After this is dune you should purchase things such as plastic bins to store things in. Another things to invest in is a chest which you can lock. This allows you to store your valuables without fear that they will get stolen.

Answered by: Bluejay K. | over 4 years ago
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The best way is to think about space that isn't being used. Is there space under the bed to store out-of-season clothes? Can you use shelves to take advantage of empty wall space? If your dorm allows it, a loft is a great way to add more space, for sleeping or for storage.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Adding risers beneath the legs of the bed can raise them higher, adding storage space underneath. Milk crates, drawer chests, and trunks can be purchased for a very inexpensive price and will give additional space. If your roommate agrees, try bunking your beds to free up an entire half of the room.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | over 4 years ago
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Be inventive, look up and down for places to put organizers. Anything that goes up and over pieces of furniture or under them will be good. Get the closets organized with boxes beneath clothing and up on shelves. A floor to ceiling shelf or stack of milk crates can hold a huge amount of stuff yet take up very little room.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | over 4 years ago
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A few of my friends rearranged furniture to make more space for storage. The plastic drawer type dressers also help with storage. Any kind of chest or tote will help as well.

Answered by: Bowz N. | over 4 years ago
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Think up! While your dorm room may be small as far as width and length go, you still have plenty of space off the floor! Consider getting a highrise bed or a bunk bed. That way you can have a ton of extra storage space underneath your bed. Also, shelves are a great way to add storage space! You can even install a mesh net about 1 1/2 feet below the ceiling that drapes over your entire room, and then you can put things up there, much like an attic!

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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Get lots of shelves! Also, bring the plastic bins that you can stack on top of one another. You can also sometimes loft the beds, which means that you put them very close to the ceiling. Then, you can put your desk or something under it, so you have more space for your stuff!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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The best way is to think about space that isn't being used. Is there space under the bed to store out-of-season clothes? Can you use shelves to take advantage of empty wall space? If your dorm allows it, a loft is a great way to add more space, for sleeping or for storage.

Answered by: Laura46 I. | over 4 years ago
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Adding risers beneath the legs of the bed can raise them higher, adding storage space underneath. Milk crates, drawer chests, and trunks can be purchased for a very inexpensive price and will give additional space. If your roommate agrees, try bunking your beds to free up an entire half of the room.

Answered by: Jimm34 Z. | over 4 years ago
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Be inventive, look up and down for places to put organizers. Anything that goes up and over pieces of furniture or under them will be good. Get the closets organized with boxes beneath clothing and up on shelves. A floor to ceiling shelf or stack of milk crates can hold a huge amount of stuff yet take up very little room.

Answered by: Anonymous J. | over 4 years ago
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Think up! While your dorm room may be small as far as width and length go, you still have plenty of space off the floor! Consider getting a highrise bed or a bunk bed. That way you can have a ton of extra storage space underneath your bed. Also, shelves are a great way to add storage space! You can even install a mesh net about 1 1/2 feet below the ceiling that drapes over your entire room, and then you can put things up there, much like an attic!

Answered by: Boylen33 D. | over 4 years ago
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Get lots of shelves! Also, bring the plastic bins that you can stack on top of one another. You can also sometimes loft the beds, which means that you put them very close to the ceiling. Then, you can put your desk or something under it, so you have more space for your stuff!

Answered by: Crystal Can Do That I. | over 4 years ago
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Find decorative pieces that are also practical. For instance, you might have a coffee table that doubles as a storage container. Also remember to take advantage of vertical space, by using stackable crates.

Answered by: Teacher Terri Y. | over 4 years ago
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Make as much use as you can of that space under your bed and in your closet. It's not much, but it's a dorm. Get bins to put underneath your bed and in your closet.

Answered by: Co2010 B. | over 4 years ago
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The key is to be creative. Definitely store more things if you can under the bed. Another option is storage bins in your closet, foldable shelves, anything that can be a space-saver. Another way is to organize your furniture if you can to allow for more storage room.

Answered by: Ecupirates08 R. | over 4 years ago
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My freshman dorm was so tiny and only had a three-drawer dresser and a small closet my roommate and I shared. Instead of packing my clothes in big bins, I used plastic drawers from Wal-Mart and packed my clothes in there. I stacked one on top of the other and then had 6 extra drawers for clothes. They were easy to bring home over breaks and when I moved out, all my clothes were already packed!

Answered by: Taylor C. | almost 3 years ago
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Let's face it, we all know that dorm rooms are tiny spaces lacking any sort of storage space. A good way to add more storage in a dorm room is to get bed risers (they are little heavy duty plastic blocks that give you more under the bed storage). You can also get bins designed to be stored under the bed. Stores like Bed Bath & Beyond sell storage shelving units that are designed to fit over and around beds and desks and these can be very helpful. I would suggest buying a plastic cart on wheels that has 3-4 drawers. This gives you more storage space for small items like dishes, office supplies, DVDS, etc.

Answered by: Keepsmiling F. | over 4 years ago
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Many home furnishings are created with storage needs in mind. Consult the offerings at your local Walmart or Target for affordable dorm solutions that will provide you with the most storage space possible for your room. Additionally, retailers like IKEA sell many items that double as storage spaces and usable furniture. Check out a showroom near you to find the items that work best for you.

Answered by: Adamkendallz V. | over 4 years ago
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A few of my friends rearranged furniture to make more space for storage. The plastic drawer type dressers also help with storage. Any kind of chest or tote will help as well.

Answered by: Bowz N. | over 4 years ago
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