How to Organize a Cramped Dorm Room

Let’s face it: dorm rooms are usually pretty tiny.

And it can be a challenge to turn a small space into an ideal study spot and living area with a roommate.

So here are a variety of ways students are organizing their dorm rooms:

Storage Box Under the Bed
Organize your books, shoes, extra clothes, or whatever with a storage box under your bed.


Closet Organizers
Closet organizers are not just for your closet. You can use them anywhere in your dorm. There are shoe racks, stackable baskets, garment racks, etc.


Plastic Crates
Stack plastic crates in your closet to organize items you might not need on a daily basis.


Bedside Pockets/Organizers
Bedside pockets can help you store a lot of essentials close by. You can sew these yourself to save money.


Stack Your Shelves
Bring plenty of shelves if you plan on keeping a lot of books et al. in your dorm room.


Loft Bed
If you’re allowed to bring your own bed – or can hack the one in your room, I’d highly recommend you get a loft bed. It’s the best way to have a study spot and bed in a tiny little area.

Bed Risers
If you can’t use a loft bed in your dorm room, add these bed risers (or breeze blocks) under your bed frame. This will give you plenty of space to stuff boxes, books, and other essentials under your bed.


Please leave a comment to let me know of any other essentials you think are valuable for dorm rooms.

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3 Responses to “How to Organize a Cramped Dorm Room”

  1. i just graduated from college and seriously regret not throwing more of my stuff away before college.

    get rid of half your clothes. don’t take crap to school. it just sits in your dorm all year.

  2. A loft bed would be a great space-saver, but wouldn’t it destroy your sex life?

  3. this is very helpful. i live at home but my room is as big as a dorm room so i have it set up like one. thanks for the tips.