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5 Fresh Dorm Storage Ideas for a Cool, Modern Space

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The basic dorm room is pretty uninspiring, with its cinderblock walls, a small bed and hardly any dorm storage. The challenge is how do you breathe personality into such a small space? And how do you deal with dorm organization and clutter?

With a little planning and inspiration, you can create an awesome room with plenty of dorm storage as your personal sanctuary to study and lounge in. Here are some dorm room decor ideas and dorm storage items in stores now that make dorm organization easy, modern and very Tumbler!

1. Start with a color theme

This well-organized dorm room has under-the-bed storage, low-profile shelving and plenty of interesting colors and texture. Image: | Bin | Lamp

Create an interesting headboard by adding a bookcase behind your bed to store extra items. Just be sure the shelves are high enough that you don’t bang your head when you sit up. Or you can avoid that by choosing a narrow book case that your bed sits against.

Another dorm room organization idea is to run a long, low, narrow bookcase along one side of the bed like in the pink dorm room. You can face the shelves toward you to access while in bed or face them outward, with the bookcase backing up against your bed.

4. Add a coffee and snack station

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Rolling carts keep kitchen items organized and hold a mini fridge. Magnetic wall boards are great for menus and other papers. Image: The Container Store

Shop this look: Mesh Fridge Cart | Mesh Drawers | Pin Boards

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Take a small spot for coffee, breakfast and snack preparation and go vertical. Images: Urban Outfitters and One Crazy House

Shop these looks: Rolling Storage Caddy | Stackable Shelves | Book Shelf

Use a rolling caddy (or two) for food storage and a base for a small refrigerator. And if you’re a coffee fanatic, why not create a small coffee bar somewhere in your dorm room? Take a simple table or rolling caddy for your coffee maker and supplies and add some wall storage to hang coffee mugs. If hanging heavier items is an issue, add a desk topper to your table to keep all your mugs and coffee supplies handy.

5. Add hidden and under-the-bed storage

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Use boxes under the bed to store rarely used items. Image: The Idea Room

Shop a similar look: Under Bed Drawers | Side Table | Throw

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A hip, high fashion dorm room can feature a storage trunk as a nightstand and a long storage ottoman as a bench. Image: Style & Design

Shop a similar look: Trunk | Bench | Wall Art

Dorm organization means getting creative to maximize your small space. Use sturdy cubes, boxes, trunks and storage ottomans in your room to work as both dorm storage that hides clutter and:

  • As a desk seat
  • As a bench
  • As a nightstand
  • To tuck under the bed

Our last tip isn’t so much about dorm storage or dorm room organization but about creating the coolest, most inviting space for studying, hanging and sleeping:

Create the best and coziest bed nook ever

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This glamorous and cozy dorm bed features layers of fabrics, colors, metallics and faux fur. Image: Dormify

Shop a similar look: Wall Decals | Throw | Pillow

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Photos are hung from wall-mounted string lights and the bed, placed against the wall, can also serve as a day bed. Image: Dormify

Shop a similar look: Pillows | String Lights | Lamp

To create a dorm room bed that’s so cozy you and your friends may not want to leave, add plenty of bedding layers that include:

  • Faux fur or other soft throws or blankets
  • Plenty of throw pillows with fun messages and favorite colors
  • Soft and fluffy sheets and bedding

And don’t forget to add your personality to the walls with string lights, favorite pictures and inspiring quotes!

What’s your favorite dorm room from the images?

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