6 Innovative Storage Solutions
for a Dorm Room, Bed-sit or Studio
Dorm rooms are notoriously small, and often are shared by more than one student. Using innovative storage techniques can help keep a room in order. There are many storage techniques you can use to take advantage of even the smallest corners and spaces within any room. The secret is to utilize every inch of space possible.
1. Furniture with Hidden Storage
When choosing furniture items for a dorm room, always try to find ones that offer hidden storage.
Instead of plain small end tables, choose ones that have drawers to give more storage options using the same amount of floor space.
2. Stash Your Stuff in Bins and Boxes
Colorful bins and boxes can be used in many ways throughout the room to provide more storage in a neat and organized fashion. For example, colorful plastic milk crates can be stacked on their side to provide cubicles for storing items such as shoes, books, and many other kinds of items.
Canvas bins with handles on the side are great for stashing under tables and beds, looking great while making it easy to pull the bin out when there is a need to access them.
Using bins and boxes to organize small items not only reduces visual clutter, but also allows the more effective use of the room's space.
3. Bookcases and Shelves
Even if the shelves aren't needed for books, choose a tall bookcase and use the extra shelves for baskets or boxes to store items, or to display and store other items in addition to books.
4. Use Attractive Baskets to Add Storage
Baskets are very useful in a dorm room to provide attractive storage space. Use baskets that have handles or hooks to hang on the wall to store everyday items.
Try hanging a small basket near the doorway to conveniently hold keys, student ID cards, and other small items that are needed on a daily basis when leaving the room.
Baskets are also great when arranged on a shelf or countertop.
5. Utilize the Door Space
Over-door storage hooks and racks are a great way to provide hidden storage.
Hanging a shoe rack with pockets on the inside of a closet door not only provides a good place to store shoes, but it can be used to organize many other types of items as well.
6. Maximize Closet Storage Space
If you can't afford a closet organization system, make your own using bins and boxes.
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