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11 Dorm Under-Bed Storage Solutions That’ll Keep You Organized All Semester Long

published Aug 10, 2023
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Back to school season is officially here and that means one thing: move-in day is quickly approaching. With all the excitement that a new year brings, it’s also home to some new challenges for first-time dormers, namely setting up their dorm. The amount of space you have when you dorm is severely limited so taking advantage of all the square footage you can get is important. The place where you’ll find most of their storage space? Under your bed. This means the space under your bed needs to be utilized correctly. To help you start the new year off on the right foot, we put together a selection of the best dorm under bed storage solutions that’ll keep all under bed spaces (big and small) neat and tidy. After all, an organized dorm is a happy dorm.

Do you have an under bed storage organizer you swear by? We want to hear all about it. Let us know in the comments below!

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It's hard to beat the ease and convenience of a good fabric storage bag. Perfect for keeping extra clothes and seasonal items tucked under your bed, these bags also feature a clear window that helps you see what exactly you have in each bag and a foldable design so they can be stored away when not in use.

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Similar to the last bags, these Sorbus bins are a great way to make use of under-bed space. These bins also feature a transparent window that makes seeing what's inside easy but takes it up a notch with a zip-up flap in the front for easy stacking and access.

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Storage crates are a classic under-the-bed storage solution, but the Felix Crates from Urban Outfitters take this staple and zhush it up with style. Coming in a variety of colors, they feature a retro look with chic geometric cutouts as well as a collapsible design for easy portability. What more could you want?

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If you're worried about the height of your under-bed space, look for a good set of horizontal organizers. These wide fabric storage boxes make the grade across the board with a sturdy design, easy access handles, and a label tab to help remind you what's in each box. Plus, its steel frame makes it perfect for stacking!

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If there's one piece of storage every dorm needs it's a storage cart. Perfect for use under tall beds or lofted beds, these handy carts are the perfect way to corral anything and everything from school supplies to extra clothes and more.

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Shoe storage may not be the first thing on your mind when it comes to dorm storage, but having a place to keep them will bring some much-needed peace. This under bed shoe rack from Suprima has enough room for 12 pairs of shoes and is easily accessible thanks to its rolling design.

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Looking to keep your shoes a bit more hidden? Say no more. This storage ottoman from Bed Bath & Beyond may look like any old ottoman, but it's actually designed with shoes in mind. Featuring 12 separate shoe compartments, this ottoman can hold six (or more!) pairs of shoes as well as serve as general extra storage. Best of all, the sturdy wood frame and durable fabric upholstery make this piece double as a comfortable footrest or extra seating.

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Whether it's to add some secretive shelving space to your dorm or create a makeshift dresser with some cubby drawers, a cube organizer is one of the most versatile dorm storage solutions around. Afraid it may be too tall for under your bed? Simply lay it on its side for horizontal storage!

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Anyone who has ever dormed (or, heck, been in a dorm) has seen these Sterilite drawer carts before — and with good reason! Durable and equipped with rolling casters, these drawers are especially popular thanks to their see-through design that makes keeping tabs on things easy-peasy.

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Not a fan of see-through drawers? For something with a bit more privacy, we love this fabric dresser from MULISOFT. Chic and elegant, this set of drawers features a unique angled-open design that makes getting to your items quick and easy.

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For something with tons of space and style, this wide weave tower is sure to please. Adding a dose of style with its wicker-inspired design, this set of drawers provides a furniture-like look in easy-to-clean, durable plastic.

Sarah M. Vazquez


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