The Dorm Room Basic Six™
All dorm rooms have one thing in common — there’s not a lot of space. In order to maximize space in a dorm room or apartment, you’ve got to break it down into six areas that are in need of organization. We call these our Dorm Room Basic Six™.
Clothes, shoes, handbags, accessories...college students have it all! And on average, roommates will share a closet that is 3-5 feet wide with only one closet rod! Think vertically to maximize closet space. A rod doubler instantly creates twice the amount of hanging space. If it’s more space for storing folded clothes you need, add drawers or a hanging sweater bag to take full advantage of the vertical space.
Look to your walls and doors to store more than just posters. Grids and hook racks can provide much-needed storage space in every area of the dorm. To avoid being charged for damage to the walls, use 3M Command™ Adhesive Hooks to hang everything from a grid system to bulletin board. They can be easily and cleanly removed when it’s time to move and they’re reusable!
Standard issue dorm rooms desks generally don’t provide a whole lot of storage space for books, notebooks and supplies you’ll need to have close by. The desk area has to be well-organized so that there’s plenty of room to study. An elfa File Cart fits neatly under your desk to organize notes and handouts. Two storage drawers offer spare room for reference materials and office supplies.
Chances are you’ll have to haul your laundry up and down several staircases over the course of your college career. It’s best to choose a laundry solution that is portable and comfortable to carry.
Whether you share a bath area with just a few or very many students, you don’t want to get stuck with a heap of wet towels. Hang them out to dry on an out-of-the-way overdoor towel rack. You’ll also need to consider a shower caddy (be sure it has drain holes!) and a solution for storing cosmetics.
Look for every inch of available space and think creatively about how to use it. Look under the bed, over the door, on the walls, on the floor — wherever you can find a bit of open space.