Dorm Makeovers: Space-Saving Tips That Aren't Completely Fugly

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Transitioning from the spacious comforts of your parents’ house to the 250-square-foot confines of your dorm room is anything but easy. Trying to figure out how to cram all your clothes, school supplies, accessories, and growing shoe collection into half a closet is even harder. Instead of living in a room with plastic bins from floor to ceiling (hey, we’ve all considered it), we have uncovered some creative and chic options for maximizing your space.
Just because your dorm room is the size of a jail cell doesn’t mean it has to look like one. From bookshelves to magazine racks to woven baskets, check out our must-have list of space-saving and super-stylish items.
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Kraft Small Storage Box, $7.95, available at Storables.
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Design Ideas Wall Works Magazine rack, $19, available at Amazon.
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IKEA Coffee Table, $49.99, available at IKEA.
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Nate Berkus Woven Cotton Round Storage Bin, $29.99, available at Target.
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Altra Folding Laptop Tray Table, $44.99, available at Overstock.
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Umbra Horizon Round Crunch Can, $19.99, available at Houzz.
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Anthropologie Natural Wood Tray, $38-68, available at Anthropologie.
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Urban Outfitters Stackable Bright Baskets, $29, available at Urban Outfitters.
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IKEA ALVE Laptop Table, $69, available at IKEA.
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Kohl's Way Basics Madison zBoard Modular Bookcase, $85.49, available at Kohl's.
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Modcloth Finders Keepsakes Shelf, $64, available at Modcloth.
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Seville 3 Tier Square Folding Shelf, $35.49, available at Overstock.
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West Elm Modern Weave Basket Collection – Blackwash, $39-$129, available at West Elm.
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Neu Home Solar Stackable Basket, $35, available at Kmart.
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Modcloth More In Store Jewelry Box, $29, available at Modcloth.