Moving to college brings a lot of changes, including having to downsize your space. The switch from a family home to a small dorm room can pose challenges. Thankfully, there are ways college students can maximize the space in their dorm room to create a cozy space great for living and studying.
Whether you need additional space during the school year when you study abroad, or while you head home for the summer, using a self storage unit is a great solution. These tips from Saf Keep Storage will help you make the most of your space so you can have your best school year yet!
Ways to Maximize Your Space in a Small Dorm Room
There are a variety of ways you can make your small dorm room feel bigger than it is. From storing extra furniture to utilizing all the wall space available, there are plenty of possibilities.
- Curtain Wall: Warm up your space and make it feel warmer by adding a curtain to the wall. This can cover up a cinderblock wall and create a more generous and brighter room.
- Under-The-Bed Storage: Underneath the bed is a prime spot for storage and often unutilized because people believe it is hard to get to your belongings. Using the right type of storage bins, you can easily access your items and have more space for other things.
- Furniture with Extra Storage: While everyone uses a chair in their dorm room, having one with room for storage is helpful. Instead of having your items out in the open, tuck them away inside a chair that allows for storage.
- Wall Space: Without a ton of floor space, it is helpful to use as many of the walls as possible. If your dorm has rules about putting holes in the walls, use command hooks to put up pictures or hold jewelry and hats.
Dorm Organization Hacks
There are several hacks you can explore to maximize the space in your small dorm room. You deserve to feel comfortable in your place, and we can help your new home feel that way. In addition, we have tips for how to organize your desk and closet for maximum organization.
Dorm Desk Organization Ideas
The desk in your dorm room is often the primary place you work on schoolwork. Therefore, it is crucial to have a clean and organized desk that is distraction-free. This can help you be more productive when trying to get your work done. Some of our favorite dorm desk organization ideas include:
- Desk Hutch: This can provide a lot of extra storage space. It can help you to remove anything off your desk that could make it feel cluttered. With the extra added storage space, you could even have space for decoration or two.
- Drawer Organizers: Nothing feels more chaotic than all of your office supplies thrown in a desk drawer. With a drawer organizer, you will have a place for everything, and it won’t feel messy.
- Desk Organizer: A desk organizer is perfect for your pens and other daily supplies! It can keep all your belongings securely on your desk, and everything will have a spot.
Tip! Make your desk feel less cluttered by containing your charging cords.
How to Organize a Dorm Closet
Closet space in a dorm room is typically sparse. Therefore, it is vital to create a plan to organize your dorm closet and maximize the space. Ideas we recommend include:
- Use a door organizer: Utilize the free door space and consider an over-the-door closet organizer.
- Use felt hangers: These hangers are significantly skinnier than your standard hanger to fit more clothes!
- Put baskets at the bottom of the closet: Put clothes you can fold in baskets at the bottom of the closet to utilize that space. If you put a shelf over the baskets, you can add a second row for more storage!
- Get a shoe rack: This is the best way to utilize vertical space. Go vertical with your storage to earn more space.
How a Small Storage Unit Can Help During the School Year and Summer
If you feel like you have too many items, but you don’t want to get rid of them, a small storage unit can help. For example, if you have too much furniture, consider placing what you don’t want in your storage unit for the time being. This gives you time to determine what fits best in your dorm room.
Another benefit of a small storage unit is you can move all of your dorm belongings in there for the summer. Most college campuses force people to move out of their dorm rooms at the end of the year. So if you don’t have a place to put your belongings, a small storage unit is the perfect option!
Saf Keep Storage Can Help With Your Dorm Storage Needs
At Saf Keep Storage, we have a variety of self-storage unit sizes ranging from small 5’ x 5’ units that can hold a few boxes to large 10’ x 20’ units that can hold the contents of an apartment as you head home for the summer. In addition, our facilities provide a variety of amenities to make your storage experience as seamless as possible. Contact us today to learn more about our self-storage options.