Clever Space-Saving Tips for Dorm and Res Rooms

When you think of your college or university dorm room, space probably isn’t first thing that comes to mind, unless we’re talking about the lack of.

You may be lucky if you can squeeze in more than a bed and a small desk at most – but with a few clever space-saving tips, you can maximise the space available for your stuff.

Maximise your cupboard space

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Use soda can tabs to double up your hanging space and place sturdy boxes or crates under your hanging clothes to create more space for shoes or folded items.

Use the space under your bed

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Plastic containers that can slide under your bed can act some extra storage for winter clothes, textbooks and shoes.

Make use of the space inside cupboard doors

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Shower caddies or hanging baskets can be attached to the inside of cupboard doors to create extra storage space. You can also use the back of your bedroom door.

Use a shelf as a nightstand

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Save floor space by using a small shelf as a nightstand for your lamp and alarm clock.

Hang clipboards on the wall to keep important papers

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If you don’t have the wall space for a pin board, use a couple of clipboards instead.

Try to use furniture with storage

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If possible, find a sofa or ottoman that has storage under the seat. You can use this for storing all sorts of things.

Use clips to organise your cords

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Cords are always slipping off the desk and getting tangled on the floor. Use clips along the edge of your desk to keep track of them.

Loft your bed

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Raising your bed to height of a bunk bed means you can put a desk or chest of drawers underneath, saving you lots of floor space.

Use drawer dividers to save space

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Rolling t-shirts and balling up matching set of underwear and socks can save a lot of space in drawer. Use drawer dividers to keep them all separate.

Use suction or sticky hooks

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If you’re not allowed to drill holes, suction or self-adhesive hooks can be a lifesaver. Use them for extra storage inside cupboards or behind your door.

Make use of offsite storage

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Sometimes, all the clever tricks in the world won’t be enough. For bulkier items that you simply can’t find space for, consider offsite storage.

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SpaceBox is leading the way in South Africa with affordable, convenient valet storage in major cities across the country. With us, you can store items by the box, or store individual bulky items, rather than having to rent a full storage unit. Best of all, we'll fetch and deliver your stuff to your doorstep.

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