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15 Dorm Room Essentials You Need to Maximize Your Space

Written by: Katherine Flacco



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Clever tips that organize every nook of your dorm room.

Moving into your college dorm is exciting but also a little stressful. And scary. And nerve-wracking. And emotional. Ok, college life will give you all the feels.


College life is stressful enough, and we’re here to help make your tiny space as functional--and stylish-- as possible. Use these 15 dorm room essentials to make the most of your limited space.

Under-bed Storage

With the help of some bed risers, under-the-bed storage is a great way to add square footage. Our 4-section under-bed bag creates functional and discreet hidden storage.

Dorm Decor

Nate Home

Bring an elevated look and feel to your dorm room bed with this cotton percale sheet set and comforter set from Nate Home. The crisp, refreshingly cool feel will allow you to sleep soundly--even if those nights are far and few between. With a set this pretty, you won’t even mind making the bed before class.

Bedside Caddy

This handy dorm room bedside caddy keeps everything from your favorite book to tv remotes to beauty essentials always at the ready. Don't forget the snacks - it holds snacks too!

3-Drawer Nightstand

This lightweight and slim nightstand is ideal for any dorm space. Did we mention it’s really cute, too?

Storage Bench with Hidden Storage

This tufted bench pulls double duty. It acts as a seating area when friends stop by your dorm room and it doubles as hidden storage.

Plant Stand

Plants make your space cozy and this stand props them up without taking up much floor space.

Desk Storage

Pull-Out Drawer Organizer

You’re going to be spending a whole lot of time at your desk. Organize your desk with a stackable drawer organizer to keep your study essentials organized and easy to find. Stack them or position side-by-side to create the perfect dorm room desk solution!

Weekly Calendar

Keep everything from due dates to coffee dates in order with this stylish wall calendar.

Cable Box

Tidy up your desk or floor by hiding power strips and cords with this sleek cable organizer.

Trash Can

A trash can is just one of those basic dorm essentials that you ahve to have, and the slim, stylish profile of this waste solution is ideal for dorm living.

Closet Storage

Accessory Hanger

Use accessory hangers in your dorm closet to save space and keep your belongings organized. Hang handbags, belts, scarves, and more in one convenient place to avoid clutter on the floor.

Bathroom Storage

Shower Tote

A shower caddy: arguably one of the most important dorm essentials you’ll need before you head off to college. Master the art of communal living and carry your bath basics with ease using this waterproof shower caddy. The best part? From wet brushes to toothbrushes - some styles are divided and others have compartments to keep everything separated and organized.

Cosmetic Organizer

With just a single spin, this not so “lazy” Susan cosmetic spinner, you’ll have access to your most often-needed makeup brushes, products, and more.

Laundry Storage

This hardworking and space-saving hamper folds to fit into those tiny dorm rooms when not in use and looks pretty when it is in use.

Make your dorm your functional safe haven and be move-in ready with these doom room organization and storage essentials.