Maximizing Space – Tips for Students

Everyone and anyone who has ever gone away to college knows the value of space, or the lack thereof. There are many creative and efficient ways to create storage space in your really small dorm space.

Couch, Daybed or Both?

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Image source: Apartmentguide.com

Using your bed to double as a couch is probably the only way to go when it comes to having space for lounging and television viewing. When you are not sleeping in your bed and expect to have some friends over, make your bed up as usual and place some really big fluffy pillows up against the wall in numbers. Your company now has a great space for kicking off their shoes and catching a show with you.

All-in-One Appliances

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Image source: Microfridge.com

If you have to supply your own appliances, then you’ll want to know about the greatest invention ever known for student living – the micro fridge. It is a microwave and refrigerator in one combination. The microwave is attached to the refrigerator so there is no movement when in use and the fridge is underneath.

Under the Bed

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Image source: smalldesignspace.com

In dorm life, every ounce of space is necessary for utilization. Under the bed is one of the greatest places to store out-of-season clothing. For example, winter sweaters, scarves, and hats can easily be stored in an under-the-bed container for when you need them.

Cork Boards Everywhere

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Image source: astarterhouse.com

Each and every wall of your dorm is up for grabs and cork boards make great places to store family photos, college notes, reminders, and even your jewelry. Wherever there is wall space, hang a cork board and be creative. You can even place one right above your pet and hang a picture of your family pet to help you sleep peacefully at night. Keep your jewelry on thumbtacks on a cork board and you will never lose it again.

Shelving

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Image source: wallsizeq.com

A college kid’s best friend has to be the use of a shelf. Shelves are easily placed anywhere and have multiple uses, from decorative to practical. Books are easily stored on shelves, and picture frames or even toiletries are found easily on them.

With a little ingenuity, dorm storage can be fun and creative.

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