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38 Dorm Room Must-Haves You'll Still Use After You Graduate

These will get you through your first tiny dorm *and* your first tiny post-grad apartment.

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1. A surprisingly sleek and affordable single-serve coffee maker that can brew regular grounds and K-Cups — so you'll be properly caffeinated during the next four years and beyond. Plus, you need a reason not to spend all your money at the on-campus Starbucks.

Chefman single-serve brewer placed on counter top

Promising review: "I wanted a coffee maker that would make coffee for one quickly and easily, not require a lot of cleaning, and would take up very little counter space. This coffee maker meets all of those requirements. It's super fast. The self-cleaning function is great (though the way its made makes this stay pretty clean to begin with). It's very slim, so it fits easily in between my microwave and stove. I'm not too picky about coffee, but I haven't noticed any taste issues since switching from a french press to this. I'd definitely recommend this to others looking for something similar." —Lindsay

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

2. A three-in-one breakfast station that doesn't take up a ton of space yet can whip up a whole breakfast in mere minutes. You can warm up a croissant in the toaster oven, cook an egg on the griddle, and have a perfectly sized pot of coffee before you have to make it to that annoying 8 a.m. class.


Promising review: "We ordered this based on size and convenience as we have a very small kitchen with little counter space for appliances. We were pleasantly surprised by how well the coffee maker, toaster, and griddle all work! Not only is this cute and compact, but you can cook an entire breakfast with it in minutes!" —Jennie

Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

3. An electric hot pot so you can stop wasting all your money at the food hall and whip up some stews, noodles, and sautéd meats and veggies right in your dorm — or your tiny apartment after college.


Promising review: "I'm a vegetarian flight attendant and sometimes have trouble while on the 'road' eating well. I bought this and it's now a 'must have' item in my luggage. I've showed it to many of my colleagues who have also purchased this ... Boils water in just minutes! My first photo was taken 22 minutes after I arrived in my hotel room at 1 a.m. Restaurant was closed, I was starving. I took dehydrated vegetables, some uncooked pasta, vegetable stock and water. Gorgeous hot steaming veggie soup in 22 minutes." —A. Keeney

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

4. A rapid microwave ramen cooker that'll become your new best friend when you need some fuel for your all-night cram session., Amazon

Promising review: "It is the perfect size for ramen and allows you to cook it in the microwave in just three minutes. The neat thing is that the water line is marked so it takes the guess work out of it. Keep in mind that you will be using only 1 cup of water, so this is intended to be a drier ramen but if you want more broth, just add a cup of water to the dish when you take it out and use all the spice package. Your ramen will be cool enough to eat and you will have your soup! All in all, this is a handy gadget for dorms and small apartments. It is also a great gadget to take with you on vacation! Need a can make your ramen!" —Patricia D.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.99 (available in 15 colors, two sizes, and various packs).

5. A pack of two underbed storage bags — because you're going to need all the storage space you can get in that tiny freshman year dorm.


Promising review: "Absolutely five stars!! I ordered these because I live in a tiny apartment and needed to put away my extra bedding set under our bed. These were the most affordable option I could find for the purpose and it was great that they came in a set of two, at that. Dude...just one of these bags can easily fit like three-to-four thick comforters/quilts. When both of these are filled to the max, I’m sure they will both fit comfortably under my queen size mattress. I definitely recommend!" —Sierra A.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.19+ (available in six colors).

6. A comfy saucer chair for those days when you know you won't get any actual work done from your bed. You can easily fold it away when it's time for a mid-study nap.

Pink folding saucer chair placed in room

Promising review: "I ordered two of these to use temporarily until my new sofa was delivered. I have to say that for the price, these chairs are very well-made, extremely comfortable, soft, and sturdy. These chairs would be prefect for a dorm room, game room, family room, etc." —Stacey K.

Get it from Amazon for $38.98+ (available in 13 colors).

7. An electric kettle with a pattern so chic and cute you won't actually mind leaving it out for everyone to see. It's perfect for having a cute afternoon tea party with your roommate... or for cooking up some late night ramen.


Promising review: "I love love love this kettle! It is a lot bigger than i expected and I mean that in a good way. I got the smallest size and from the pictures I thought it would be short and narrow but it's standard teapot size once the max fill line is considered. This is good quality as well. The ceramic is nice and heavy so no fear of easy breaking. It's so pretty and elegant. It's easy pour too, no need to hold the lid, no water splashing. Generally I'm terrible at serving tea because I have small shaky hands but the water streams out of this with such ease that I don't spill a drop.

It has an auto shutoff when the water reaches low boil so you don't have to worry about boiling all the water out of it because you forgot it. Simple on and off switch, it lights blue when on and turns back clear as a crystal when it's off." —Forde

Get it from Amazon for $39.18+ (available in four sizes and five colors).

8. A helpful caddy you can place on the side of your bed for some extra storage space. It's so handy you'll definitely end up using it on the couch in your first post-grad apartment.


Promising review: "I love this thing! I ordered the brown one and it matches my chocolate brown/sage green bedding and curtains perfectly. I have no room on my side of the bed for a night stand. I have an adjustable bed and I kept losing the bed remote in the covers as well as the TV remote. This sits under my mattress very well and holds both those remotes, as well as the remote to my night light so I don’t have to get up and walk around in the dark." —Renee P.

Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in two colors).

9. Or! A tiny bed-side shelf that's big enough to fit a laptop so you can write all those unnecessarily long essays from the comfort of your own bed.


Promising review: "I was looking for something like this and most were really expensive and small. I knew I wanted something large enough to fit my iPad, my iPhone, tv remotes and a mug for when I drink tea. I also really like that this is plastic vs wood because if it ever gets wet or dirty for whatever reason it’ll be easier to clean. The high edges are nice too to keep everything from sliding off the tray also. It goes great with my Ikea bed as well. This table is also surprisingly sturdy. Like it doesn’t budge at all once I attached it to the side of my bed. Installation was really easy too. Took me less than a minute. I highly recommend this table!" —Jess

Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in two colors).

10. OR! the iconic and slightly more compact BedShelfie, which is exactly what it sounds like: a shelf for your bed. Say goodbye to losing your phone, headphones, and remote in your tangled sheets!

BedShelfie attached to bed frame

Promising review: "As soon as I saw the BedShelfie I knew I needed to get one. I have bedside tables but the layout of the room with windows and floor vents requires me to have these a couple feet from the bed so they are not really convenient for items I want want access to while I'm in bed. Beside that, I do not like the cluttered look of having remotes, glasses, phone, books, tablets and such on these tables. BedShelfie is a much better alternative for me. It easily attaches to the sideboard and is a perfect place to store the items I want to access without climbing out of bed. I have one with a charging station for my phone and tablets, another for glasses, remotes and books. All these items are easily accessible from bed, and they are basically out of sight." —P. OBRIEN

Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in three sizes).

11. A TikTok-famous microwavable popcorn popper, in case you need something to snack on when you abandon your homework for a late-night Netflix session.

Model demonstrating how to use microwavable popcorn popper

Promising review: "I love this thing so much! I have avoided bagged popcorn for years because of the weird film it has, plus it just doesn't taste as good as stovetop. But cooking popcorn on the stove is messy and it takes forever and it's hard to judge the oil to kernel ratio. This is the best of both worlds. The little top gives you an idea of how much to use, and you can cook your popcorn in the microwave in a few minutes. It's really the best, and it tastes just like stovetop popcorn. You can add whatever toppings you like and make it as light or as buttery as you wish. This would also make a great gift for friends and family who are missing movie theater popcorn." —Rhianna

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors and two sizes).

12. A super slim storage cart that you can slide between your bed and desk so you'll have a spot to organize all your random supplies and snacks.

Three-tiered storage cart placed between bed and bedside table

Promising review: "This has transformed the way my bathroom looks in the best way, I have nothing on my floor and top of my toilet anymore and it really just makes everything look 10x cleaner!! I wish I would have bought this sooner, literally will do wonders for whatever it is you need to keep clean and organized (just make sure you’re getting the right size and you’ll be golden!!)." —Monika Fia

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in three colors).

13. A super lightweight stick vacuum — because yes, you do have to clean your dorm every now and then. It has swivel steering so you can easily maneuver around furniture and an extra-large dust cup so you can vacuum the whole room in one go.


Promising review: "Great little vacuum! Needed a small little vacuum to clean my studio apartment and this did the job! Once you turn it on you will be surprised about the suction this little guy has! Cord was plenty long enough and the accessories worked perfectly." —Jonathan G.

Get it from Amazon for $30.

14. A set of five desk organizers in a stunning shade of gold to keep your desk looking tidy and Instagram-ready at all times.

Five gold desk organizers filled with supplies and placed on desk

Promising review: "I moved into a new office space because of quarantine, and I needed something to help personalize the space, and these did the trick! Just what I needed to help me stay organized and bring some color into the space without being overbearing." —Brittany

BluMonaco is an Etsy shop that specializes in organization and decor.

Get it from BluMonaco on Etsy for $45.

15. A set of space-saving folding hangers that will practically double your tiny closet space. They easily unfold when you're ready to hang up your fresh laundry, then fold back down to give you some extra room.

Promising review: "I was so desperate for more space, I was considering spending big bucks to have a professional come in and redesign the space. Then I found these and it's like my hanging space quadrupled! It feels downright luxurious in my closet now. I can see all my clothes and nothing is squished together like it used to be. I can also comfortably add a substantial amount of clothing and would still have room to grow. BUY THESE IMMEDIATELY!" —milanina77

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in two colors and a pack of 16).

16. An easily hangable T-shirt organizer so you can roll up all of your favorite graphic tees and neatly store them on the back of your closet door. It'll look so much nicer than an overcrowded closet or drawers with half-rolled T-shirts hanging out of them.

The organizer holding 16 T-shirts while hanging in a closet
The Roll Keeper on Etsy

Promising review: "This fits perfectly behind a bifold door to the closet. I have one on each door. Quality product that utilizes space that was wasted." —Juno

The Roll Keeper is a small business based in Kelso, Washington.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

17. This folding portable table so you can turn your bed into the ultimate work station. There's even a little cup holder that's perfect for your afternoon coffee break.

Lap desk placed upright on bed with laptop, coffee mug, iPad, mouse, keyboard, and iPhone on top

Promising review: "This comes in handy when I want to relax on my bed and be on my computer. It’s sturdy enough for light use and the legs fold in when you’re done with it and easily stores. Also holds phone upright." —M

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two colors and various styles).

18. A super sleek wooden laptop stand that lifts your screen and keyboard to the perfect height and easily disassembles when not in use.


Promising review: "This stand exceeded my expectations! It was crafted so beautifully and is amazing quality. I also love that it is easy to take apart and store away without taking up too much space. I got the increased size because I have a MacBook Pro and it is very sturdy. I am so happy with my purchase!" —Erandi S.

CamHarness is a small Etsy shop based in Minsk City, Belarus.

Get it from CamHarness on Etsy for $24.43+ (originally $29.56+, available in two sizes and four colors).

19. A cushioned laptop desk with a special spot for a mouse and your phone so you can hold all the basics right in your lap., Amazon

Promising review: "Love this work surface. I was actually expecting it to be a lot bigger and bulkier and to my surprise it's fairly nice and compact. It holds your phone and tilts it at a perfect angle, even with a phone case. The mouse pad is large enough to easily navigate your screen without having to the lift the mouse and start in a new section. There are so many other lap work surfaces out there but what I love about this one is that it doesn't have that awkward cushion where your wrist sits. I would't have that wrist pad working on a desk so I wasn't going to risk the awkwardness of having one attached to my work surface. This product is awesome. I can now comfortably work in bed on my laptop and have the convenience of having my mouse right there with me." —elizny

Get it from Amazon for $28.70+ (available in six colors).

20. A cooling weighted blanket that's so much more breathable and lightweight than the one you were using all winter long.

Model laying in bed underneath cooling weighted blanket

Promising review: "This is the best purchase I have ever made. It’s big enough for husband and me, we have a king-sized bed but it doesn’t need to cover the whole bed. We both find it incredibly soothing. And it isn’t extremely hot either, that was something I was worried about. I have anxiety and PTSD so this was a very smart purchase, I think it will help with late night panic attacks and nightmares, because I feel like I’m being held, wrapped up, swaddled and safe." —Valerie

Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 14 sizes).

21. Or a cooling blanket for all my fellow hot sleepers who still like the feeling of curling up under the sheets. It's made with "Arc-Chill" cooling fibers that absorb body heat and transfer moisture from the skin so you won't wake up covered in sweat.


Promising review: "Let me start by saying I get extremely over-heated when I sleep but also enjoy the weight of a blanket on me. This blanket is the perfect solution for that. It is large enough to cover my entire queen-sized bed and just heavy enough to provide some weight while I sleep. It is definitely cold but not overwhelmingly cold at all. It’s like flipping your pillow over the cold side, except it’s an entire blanket! I love this thing, but I may have to get another one since my husky-mix loves it just as much as me!" —Madison P.

Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in three sizes and six colors).

22. A super cute and easily washable desk mat that will bring you one step closer to having the Instagram-worthy dorm you truly deserve.

Floral desk mat placed on desk

Promising review: "Perfect for my new work from home desk! So glad I bought it - feels like good quality and love the design!" —Emily Peeler

LoomandBlossom is a small Etsy shop based in Chicago, Illinois.

Get it from LoomandBlossom on Etsy for $9.94+ (originally $13.25+, available in six sizes).

23. An oscillating tower fan that will increase air flow and is powerful enough to circulate stuffy air across the room. There's also a special nighttime setting that slowly decreases the fan speed while you sleep, which you and your roommate will both appreciate.

Reviewer's tower fan placed in living room

Promising review: "I live in Louisiana. Not only is the temperature around what the fiery pits of Hell must be like, but there is also humidity to add even more fun to it. I come home to a house that is roughly around 84 degrees F at 5:30 in the evening so I needed a little help with cooling off. Within five minutes of turning this thing on it was like an angel had come down from heaven and began to personally blow cool air on my face. I was genuinely close to tears. If this thing only lasts a month it will have been worth the money." —Lori

Get it from Amazon for $63.69+ (available in two colors).

24. A charging cube with an impressively long cord so you can have three outlets and three USB ports right next to you at all times.

Charging cube with USB charger plugged in

Promising review: "I had to have extension cords all over my room for all my electronics. It was a hassle and a fire hazard. Then I found this little cube. It powers my cordless phone, my light pad, my Cpap and two cell phone chargers. Wow. This puts everything in one place for me. No more having something in the room come unplugged. If you have a lot of electronics in a small place, you need this power cube!!" —Martina Poole JDP

Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

25. A sleek desk lamp with two USB ports and one outlet so you can stop complaining that there just aren't enough outlets in your dorm. The lamp also has two slots for a phone or tablet, so you can also eliminate some of that clutter all over your side table.


Promising review: "Of all the products I’ve ordered from Amazon over the years, this might actually be the best one ever!! Perfect for my spot and excellent quality. The touch feature and three-way brightness are amazing and I love that I can plug two devices directly into it as well as having an electrical outlet, too. I can’t say enough good things about it!" —iambb213

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two colors).

26. A rolling lap table that can slide underneath your bed so you'll have a perfectly sized mini desk for your laptop and phone. Or your coffee and snacks.


Promising review: "This snack table is perfect. I wasn't sure about the wheels at first. But it's awesome, I can roll it nice and close to me and push it around the living room without lifting it, even tho it's lightweight. The table was easy to put together in about 20 minutes. The directions were easy and all the pieces were labeled. It fits my Chromebook, a cup, and snacks perfectly!" —Vaneska

Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in six colors).

27. An adjustable stand so your phone is always visible and at the right angle for any unexpected FaceTime calls.

Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Amazon

Read our full review of this phone stand (#4 on the list)!

Here's an excerpt: "It has a sleek but pretty, not-too-pink champagne-y rose gold body, an adjustable stand (so you can position it to your height perfectly), and a hole in the back you can snake a cord through for easy charging. The ledge is wide enough to fit a fairly substantial case without worry, and it's a game-changer that I can just look at the screen to unlock my phone. Magic! Now I can keep those group text updates truly ~at a glance~ — without interrupting my flow until I take a break later." —Maitland Quitmeyer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in seven colors).

28. A personalized jewelry stand to become the standout item on your tiny desk. You know that giant knot of tangled bracelets and earrings in your drawer right now? This will eliminate that for good.


Promising review: "This is such a beautiful piece. Will definitely buy again as a gift for someone one day. Hangs all of my earrings perfectly and holds some rings as well." —laurlaurcara

Etchey is a California-based Etsy shop that specializes in personalized items.

Get it from Etchey on Etsy for $23.99 (available in two materials and nine shapes).

29. A nifty shelving unit to add some extra height so you'll actually have space for your laptop, textbooks, and everything else you need to get some work done in your dorm.

Desktop shelving unit placed on desk

Promising review: "I am so glad I purchased this shelf! I was surprised by the quality. It doesn't feel flimsy or like it will break. It was super easy to put together, very sturdy and holds a lot. You're able to adjust the length of the shelf because the two parts aren't connected, which is nice. Its not too big or bulky that it takes up too much space, but still reasonably sized to fit pretty much everything you need. Overall, I just love it and am happy with my purchase!" —Desiree W.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors).

30. A rose gold monogrammed pencil holder that will add some organization and personalization to your tornado of a desk.

Monogram pencil cups filled with pens placed on table

SweetClementinesCo is a small Etsy shop based in California.

Get it from SweetClementinesCo on Etsy for $17.99.

31. A hanging laundry hamper to get your clothes off the floor and create space for the cute décor you always impulsively buy at Target.

Laundry hamper hanging over top of door filled with laundry

I've personally used this for about a year now and WOW, where has this been all my life?! Every little bit of space counts in New York City apartments, and this miracle hamper helped me clear up enough space to fit a new shelving unit in my room. I've been using the adhesive hooks it comes with and they have held up surprisingly well, even when my hamper gets a bit more full than I'd like to admit.

Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (also available in a two-pack).

32. A mini cactus humidifier that will add a touch of cuteness to your room while adding some moisture to the air if your dorm is feeling drier than the desert.

Cactus-shaped humidifier placed on desk

Promising review: "I needed a humidifier that I could keep on my small bedside table that didn't take up a lot of room but pumped moisture into the air all night. I love the size of this humidifier and that it is a cute cactus shape. Overall I am happy with the amount of humidity it creates and the amount of time it lasts before needing to be refilled." —Girlwithbucket

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three styles).

33. A bed pillow to keep you sitting up and focused instead of slowly sinking under your blanket and taking an accidental nap.

One gray sitting pillow placed on bed and one navy sitting pillow placed on window ledge

Promising review: "I decided to give this a shot because I wanted to be able to sit up comfortably in bed. This is exactly what I've been looking for and I wish I bought this sooner. It feels amazing to lean against this when I have lower back pain. Great for relaxing and watching videos on a laptop or my phone!" —Katie Lee

Get it from Amazon for $38.72+ (available in three sizes and two colors).

34. An over-the-door rack with nine hooks that can hold basically any and everything you need, from the belt that ends up in various places every time you take it off to the cross-body bag that always gets lost on your shelf.

Over-the-door hooks with various items placed on them

Promising review: "We recently moved into a small rental while we are building a home, and it lacked in storage! So I ordered a few of these to put on doors and it has solved some of our storage problems! Very sturdy. I hang my kids' backpacks on them, plus so much more and they hold up. I ordered the bronze, and it is a nice finish. Definitely recommend!" —Amber D

Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

35. A microwave pasta maker for the days when you're craving buttered noodles but sadly don't have a stove to cook them on. All you have to do is fill it with pasta, add water, then microwave for about 13 minutes.

It yields up to four servings at a time, and is top-rack dishwasher-safe.

Promising review: "I don't want to get all gushy over a pasta maker, but man... I really love this gizmo! I try to limit my monthly food expenditures, and the Fasta Pasta helps me work in at least one inexpensive pasta meal every week, if not more. First of all, I like spaghetti, but I'm lazy and impatient and don't like things that take a long time to make, with a bunch of steps, and a big clean up afterward. The Fasta Pasta is perfect for me. I get the exact amount of correctly measured spaghetti; it's faster than boiling water in a big pot then having to watch and stir the pasta; the pasta comes out perfectly cooked every time and the cleanup is a snap. No big pot, no colander, no spaghetti fork to lift out the pasta. Just the easy-to-clean Fasta Pasta, and a pot to heat up the sauce. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Smilin Sam

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

36. A storage unit with pull-out drawers that are perfect for neatly organizing socks, underwear, or any other clutter you want to keep concealed.

Model opening drawer in hanging closet unit

The unit comes with one drawer with a removable divider for 12 spaces (perfect for socks and underwear), one drawer with a removable diver for two spaces, one large drawer, and two side-by-side small drawers.

Promising review: "If you are looking for an alternative to a dresser/closet organizer system due to limited space or limited budget, this is a great product. It is easy to assemble. The drawers slide in and out easily. Has a good amount of storage space. It is secure with the velcro that holds to the closet rod, even with clothing's weight. It is also a great value for the price." —Janet K.

Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

37. An adorable cherry blossom tabletop lamp to add a whimsical touch to your drab room.


Promising review: "This is a wonderful piece; everything we wanted for subtle light in the corner of our dining room without getting yet another lamp. And what a conversation starter! It looks exactly the way it appears in the online photos, is easy to bend and shape and the black stand is perfect. We have it sitting on a black side table which gives the appearance of a little tree growing right out of the top. I love it! If you are looking for a touch of classy whimsy in your home, this fills the bill." —Dedicated Shopper

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two lighting colors).

38. And a folding tabletop mirror with some impressively bright lights that will have you saying "Hey guys, welcome back to my channel!" like the glamorous beauty influencer you were meant to be. No judgments if you talk to your invisible audience through your makeup tutorial.,

The 21 LED lights can be easily dimmed with the touch sensor button and can be powered with either batteries or a USB cord — so you can leave it permanently plugged in or take it around with you. It also has an adjustable swivel base with a nifty storage tray and two magnified mirrors on the right side so you can get a closer look and really make sure that concealer is blended to perfection.

Promising review: "I've been using this mirror for a few months and it's fantastic. I've done my makeup by the light of this mirror alone, in a completely darkened room, many times, without any issues. The lights are bright, but aren't so intense that they strain my eyes. The biggest difference this mirror has made for me is that it's made eyeliner much, much easier. I used to struggle with it because my natural eyesight (sans glasses) wasn't quite sharp enough for me to clearly see what I was doing. The combination of the lights and the 3x magnifying mirror has made my life much easier." —Lisette C.

Get it from Amazon for $21.98+ (available in seven colors).

You making the most of your tiny yet charming dorm:

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