39 Things Under $25 That'll Make Your Dorm Room Perfect
Decorate and organize your dorm room the budget-friendly way so you have some money left over for those expensive textbooks.
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1. A set of shelf dividers to organize your dorm room closet's top shelf and stack your sweaters and jeans without having them topple over constantly.
2. A Roll Keeper organizer if you're like me in college and will attend any event if they're giving out a free T-shirt. With this, you'll be able to see all of your T-shirts at once, which makes getting ready in the morning so much easier.
3. A white noise sound machine for drowning out the sounds of rowdy neighbors when you're trying to get some sleep before a big test.
4. A laundry hamper that you can hang on the back of the door so you don't have to take up valuable floor space to hold all your dirty clothes. It's also easily removable for laundry days!
5. A honeycomb drawer organizer so you can see all of your underwear or socks at once as you frantically get ready for your 8 a.m. class at *checks clock* 7:47 a.m. Don't worry — we won't tell anyone you hit your snooze button three times!
6. A set of velvet closet hangers so your clothes won't slip off and clutter your dorm room like they do with those cheap plastic hangers. Bonus: these hangers can actually increase how much available space you have in your closet, so feel free to pack an extra suitcase for move-in day!
I started using these when I moved into my dorm freshman year, and I haven't stopped using them even 10 years later (sheeesh, I'm old). You'll be amazed at how many more pieces of clothing you can hang up with you use these — the velvet hangers are slim enough that your clothes hang really close to each other, so you can pack in as many flannels and T-shirts as your heart desires. And because of the velvet material, even strappy, delicate tops stay put as I move my clothes around looking for the day's outfit.
Get a set of 30 from Amazon for $16.49 (available in five colors, three sizes of sets, and in shirt, skirt, and suit hangers).
7. A bed rest pillow you'll soon realize is an essential dorm room purchase when you're frantically finishing up a paper in bed at 3 a.m. and have that nice cushy back support.
8. A jar of odor-removing gel to finally get rid of any unwanted smells that tend to pop up in a tiny dorm room. Just open up the top of the jar and place it where smells tend to linger — like right by your pile of dirty clothes you've been meaning to clean for a few weeks now.
9. An outlet shelf that can hold your phone or other tech gadgets while they charge so that they're not just hanging loosely from the cord. It also has a compartment to store extra cords you aren't currently using.
10. A jewelry stand ideal for storing all of your long necklaces so they don't get tangled up in a random pile of clothes. Plus: it's a great way to show off all of your favorite jewelry when you're not wearing it!
11. A six-port outlet that swivels, which means you can now actually use that outlet that's placed in a super inconvenient place right behind your bed. You can charge your phone, your laptop, plug in a lamp, and STILL have ports to spare!
12. A letter board to add some personality to your dorm room — display your and your roommate's favorite quote or inside joke or spell out something inspirational to keep you motivated.
13. A set of ~breathable~ sheets that are especially necessary if you happen to live in a dorm room without any AC. You'll be thanking your lucky stars you bought these during your first few weeks at school when it's still very much summertime.
15. An adjustable closet rod to instantly add another layer of hanging space to your closet. Dorm closets are notoriously small, and this is a great way to maximize the precious storage space you have!
16. An over-the-door shoe organizer so you can keep all of your sneakers and sandals in one easy-to-access place. It's also a great place to store cleaning supplies, food, or anything else you want to have handy.
17. Or this hanging organizer if you have some unused closet space and want to use it to keep your shoes nice and tidy.
18. A pack of hoodie hangers because even if you start the semester thinking you're going to dress up for class, chances are you'll be reaching for a hoodie as you dash off to your Statistics class, bleary-eyed and in need of coffee.
19. A set of foldable cloth storage cubes that might just be the most versatile and useful thing you buy for your dorm room. Use them to organize clothes, books, pantry items, or school supplies, and place them at the top of your closet, on a shelf, or under your bed for easy access.
Promising review: "This is exactly what I anticipated, I wish they were just slightly bigger but I use them on the side in my closet almost like drawers. It's definitely a space saver for me because we have just downsized and wanted a neat solution for lack of space to put a dresser in the bedroom. They work great — if I was using them right side up I am quite sure they would be more sturdy, but honestly I am not complaining because they work great for me. These run anywhere from $5–$10 at any store I looked at so as far as value totally worth it!" —Gretchen Thro
Get a set of six from Amazon for $18.97 (available in 11 colors).
20. A super-cool desk organization system made out of individually designed hexagons that you can customize and fit together to match your exact needs. It's like having a functional piece of art on your desktop as you study for your midterm!
21. A sleep mask in case you and your roommate have completely different schedules and don't want to be woken up by them turning on the light in the morning. A good night's sleep is precious in college, and this comfy mask will help you get the slumber you deserve!
22. A soft pillow tablet stand for the nights you'd rather lie in bed and re-watch Grey's Anatomy for the tenth time instead of going to a party. It also makes a good stand if you're using your tablet as a second screen while you study!
23. A 16-pack of Command small wire hooks to hang up string lights, hats, scarves...truly anything you want to keep within reach on your dorm room walls. The best part is you can remove them at the end of the year without damaging the walls!
25. Under-bed storage bins to hold some of your less-worn items like formal outfits or winter clothes so you can fill your drawers with clothes you know you'll be wearing on a regular basis.
26. Expandable drawer dividers because your university is probably only supplying you with a couple of drawers, and you'll want to make them as organized as possible!
27. Or this set of clear drawer organizers if your desk doubles as your vanity and you need a place to keep all your makeup organized. You can even stack them on top of each other if you have a deep drawer.
Promising review: "I love these stacking storage organizers. They fit perfectly in the bathroom drawers, even if you stack them. I use the smaller ones for holding cotton makeup pads and other smaller cosmetic items. I store fingernail polish and items I don't use every day in the larger square containers that fit on the bottom. The long ones are used in the top drawer for toothpaste, hairbrushes, tubes of smaller first aid items, moisture eye drops, etc. I liked them so well, I ordered a second set and threw away the thin, funky plastic organizers I had used for years. These are much classier." —JW
Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $14.99.
28. A sleek bedside caddy to keep essentials close by at night, even if your dorm room's so small you can't even fit a bedside table. Just place this in between your mattress and bed frame and voila! Everything you need is within arm's reach.
29. A hair tool organizer so you won't scorch your desk by leaving your super hot flatiron on top of it. The silicone flap will attach to any nonporous surface.
30. A stackable cabinet organizer to store all of your food organized on the one shelf you're able to fit in your dorm room. Look, we know your education always comes first, but snacks are a close second!
Promising review: "Let me start by saying that I’m not one to post a review about anything. I just ordered two sets of these and they transformed my pantry in the blink of an eye! They are high enough to accommodate my short basket full of half-bags of noodles and grains, and durable enough to hold any assortment of vinegars and home can goods. I ordered two sets (four shelves) and plan on buying more for the rest of my sloppy kitchen." —V
Get a set of two from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in two colors).
31. A set of bed risers if your dorm bed doesn't have the ability to be lofted but you still want to be able to take advantage of that precious storage space underneath.
32. A set of gold cable organizers so you're not constantly losing your charger cord every time you go to plug in your laptop or phone. Organic chem is hard enough — might as well make your day-to-day life a bit easier!
Brighttia is a New York-based small business established in 2018 that specializes in industrial and modern interior lighting and decor.
Promising review: "These brass cable organizers are beautiful and high quality. I’m using two of them to keep a plug-in sconce cord attached to the wall and to direct the cord to the electrical outlet. These little gold pieces add a touch of functionality and glamour to the sconces. Exactly what I was looking for." —Amy Margolis
33. An LED alarm clock if you're looking to add a bit of a futuristic flair to your dorm room. It also doubles as a mirror when you're not displaying the time, and you can charge your phone on the side!
34. A storage ottoman designed to add some extra seating space to your dorm while also holding blankets, toiletry items, or anything else you want to keep out of sight but within easy reach.
35. A twin-sized comforter you'll find just ~peachy~ as you take your daily nap in between classes. It's long enough to fit extra-long twin beds, which is standard for most dorm rooms.
36. Or this ultra-comfy blanket so soft and fancy-looking, everyone in your dorm hall will be asking you where you got it from.
37. A posh set of 10 neutral, abstract, instantly downloadable art prints — many dorm rooms come with a huge bulletin board for you to decorate, so print these out and put them up with thumb tacks to instantly dress up your space.
Each order comes with JPG files of the designs in four different sizes.
Kiki & Nim is a Black woman-owned small business based in Dallas that makes so many stylish, instantly downloadable works of art for every room and occasion, including pre-curated gallery walls like this one!
Promising review: "I love this artwork and the delivery/download experience was super easy." —Bairdness
38. A book organizer that's not only useful for holding up your class notebooks and small-sized books, but is also a great piece of decor for your home away from home.
Promising review: "I didn’t want anything too bulky on my nightstand but I like to have several books I like to read in bed. I previously had them stacked on top of each other and found this and was afraid it might be cheaply made but it is sturdy and beautiful! I’m such a bookworm and I am in love with this added piece to my room." —Stephy Lynn
Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in three colors).