College can be hard enough without massive amounts of clutter messing up the corners and nooks of the dorm. Instead of going in without a plan, invest in some do-it-yourself ideas and become neat and tidy from the very day you move in. Below are 15 DIY dorm room storage ideas that will help you organize all the necessities ASAP.
1. Wall Bed Slat Storage Board
Brit + Co begins our organizational journey with this bed slat idea! Hang up the industrial piece that you’ve DIYed and then tidy up some of the necessities you have lying around the dorm. Magazines, washcloths, nail polish and more, you can find a home for all of the odds and ends here.
2. Stylish Desk Drawers
Check out this fun DIY from Brit + Co! Using some Ikea inspiration, you’ll have your desk or variety space organized and “stuff” stored away in no time. We love the stylish additions that you can personalize as well.
3. Under-the-Bed Storage
It’s important to utilize every single inch of space throughout the dorm area. And that under-the-bed room can be made into the ultimate storage solution. Just check out this from Terri Puma Design!
4. Multi-Purpose Cabinet
You’ll want to go double-duty on furniture pieces. This design from A Beautiful Mess is used as both storage and as a coffee table of sorts. Keep this in mind when buying and DIYing your own bits for your dorm room
5. Diamond Desk Storage
If you’re looking for fun ways to tidy up and store your desk supplies, check out this little diamond idea. You can follow along and create one for yourself by visiting The Crafted Sparrow. Just throw your bits and piece inside!
6. Desktop Caddy
Cynthia Shaker gives us another great idea for storage desk supplies, especially when you don’t have a lot of space to work with. This caddy is perfection and will house everything you need. Check out the details after the jump.
7. Bungee Cord Organizers
If you have some extra word and bungees, you could be hanging up your necessities that cause instant clutter inside the dorm. Sunglasses, scarves and the like will easily get lost in the hustle and bustle of the room. Brit + Co. has all the know-how behind this storage plan.
8. Hanging Suitcases
How cool are these hanging suitcases from Lotty Lindeman? We found it to be such a great bit of inspiration! Hang up vintage suitcases (or your own) and use it to house and shelve necessities that don’t have space throughout the dorm room.
9. Tension Rod Shoe Shelf
If you need extra shoe storage, maybe you should invest in some tension rods. Take a lesson out of A Loyal Love‘s book and create some more. Look how easy it is to store and organize what you’re working with!
10. Cereal Box Drawer Divides
All of those extra cereal boxes can be saved and reused. You can turn then into organizers for your drawers and make storage a bit easier for school or bathroom supplies. Check out the tutorial by visiting iHeart Organizing.
11. Kitchen Cart
Jessica Slaughter knows the hack that we’re all swooning for. You can buy similar carts from iKea or Target and then turn them into some of the best storage solutions. Whether it’s for school supplies, laundry needs, or even as your in-dorm pantry. They work great!
12. Framed Desk Organizer
Here’s another way to organize your desk and store the goods. All you need is a frame to get yourself started. You’ll be able to house pens and important papers with this idea from Her Campus.
13. Driftwood Wall Hanger
If you get can it up off the ground and onto the wall, your dorm room will thank you for it. Here’s another great storage solution from The Effortless Chic. House your sweaters, jackets, and outerwear with a snazzy driftwood piece.
14. Hanging Buckets
Glamour gave us this idea and we snatched it up quick because it’s genius. Your bathroom just got so much neater, free of clutter, and simpler to separate from your roommate’s items. Just hang up some buckets!
15. Kate Spade-Inspired Storage Bins
And finally, you could make your very own storage bins – or at least jazz them up. Learn how to do that with some help from J Petite. They used Kate Spade-inspired designs for these ones!