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    32 Useful Products For Dorm Living That Are Worth The Money

    Make your dorm the best home away from home possible with these organization hacks, cooking gadgets, and more.

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    1. A set of cascading hangers for putting all that empty vertical space to good use and cramming as many clothes as possible into those teeny tiny dorm closets.

    a closet filled with clothes and text reading "before" and the same clothes on the cascading hangers with text reading "After. Save your closet space more than 80%"

    I brought waaaayyyyy too many clothes to college (Fashion merchandising major. Sue me.) and these were the ONLY way to get all my clothes to fit in the limited closet space provided in a college dorm. It's certainly not as nice as having all your clothes hung on the rack normally because you lose some visibility and clothes on the bottom can be slightly difficult to access, but if you're desperate for space they are a true lifesaver. They're super sturdy and I never had any issues with them breaking in all four years of college. 

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two colors). 

    2. A fast-acting air purifier if you're prone to allergies and looking for a quick and easy way to eliminate airborne irritants and weird smells in your dorm. Three-stage filtration works to trap dander, pollen, odors, and more so you can breathe a little easier — literally.,

    The purifier filters allergens, mold, pet dander, dust, smoke, and cooking odors, and covers up to 219 square feet. Plus, there's a smart indicator to let you know when it's time to put in a new replacement filter.

    Promising review: "Originally bought this for a dorm room to get rid of the old, musty smell. Worked like a charm. Since moving out I’ve used it in my bedroom and it has greatly decreased my allergies and asthma symptoms. Also the replacement filters are only $15. This is 5 stars hands-down." —Janae

    Get it from Amazon for $88.96.

    3. An ultra-thin socket cover with an attached power strip so you can actually push your furniture up against the wall instead of dealing with that awkward gap caused by the bulky plug for your powerstrip.,

    Promising review: "This product is awesome! We bought one in the office to stop a nearby chair from continuously hitting the outlet plugs. It solved the problem right away. So we ordered three more to use anywhere there is bulk on the wall. It saves space, makes arranging furniture and desks easy, it's clean looking. Someone is a genius. Thanks so much!" —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A compact mini Keurig to make quick and convenient coffee, tea, and cocoa right in the dorm without taking up a ton of space.,

    If you want convenient coffee, but don't want to create more plastic waste with disposable K-cups, try these reusable K-cups for brewing regular ground coffee.

    Promising review: "This Keurig was the perfect size for my son's dorm room. Great for making coffee, tea, or just hot water for some ramen noodles. I've been a Keurig owner since they first launched and never had any complaints. Take care of the unit, and it will last a long time." —Mark P

    Get it from Amazon for $69.75+ (available in six colors).

    5. A souped-up lap desk with a built-in mouse pad, wrist supports, and phone/tablet holders, because when 75% of your tiny room is dedicated to bed the likelihood that you're going to be writing some term papers from it is high.

    a reviewer image of the lap desk with a mouse and laptop on it

    Promising review: "Bought this for my daughter in college. She loves to do school work on her bed. She says this desk is a 'game-changer.'" —super awsome person

    Get it from Amazon for $39.78.

    6. A cushy memory foam mattress topper that'll make your less-than-great dorm mattress feel just as good (if not better) than your mattress at home.,

    Promising review: "Our college student raves about it. Says it is very soft, supportive, and turns a so-so dorm mattress into luxury." —Dorthe

    Get it from Amazon for $51.99+ (available in sizes Twin–King and in two thicknesses).

    7. Sleek desktop shelves for organizing distracting workspace clutter so you can spend less time digging through stacks of papers just to find your favorite pen and more time actually getting some work done.

    the shelves with desk items on them

    The 6-pound shelf unit comes in two easy-to-assemble parts. The distance between each part is customizable and can be adjusted or rotated to best fit your storage needs.

    Promising review: "Strong, sturdy, nice color, easy to assemble. I love that you can change how you set it up to meet your needs. Even the screw holes are pre-drilled so they sit flush with the wood. This is perfect!" —Chanel Gunzer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in four finishes).

    8. A handmade custom shaped pet pillow so you can turn any high-quality photo into a squeezable, squishable lookalike, which is perfect if you're leaving a furry friend at home for the first time.

    A collection of pillows that look like various pets (cats dogs, birds, etc.)
    Auré Lines + Spaces / Etsy

    Auré Lines + Spaces is a Surprise, Arizona-based Etsy shop creating modern and meaningful home decor like LOTS of charming custom pillows, kitchen linens, and tote bags. 

    Promising review: "My pillow came out so cute!! Bought it to send to college with my daughter and she loved it. Thank you!!!" —Cheryl Moore

    Get it from Auré Lines + Spaces on Etsy for $25.49+ (available in sizes XXS–XXL and three types of fabric).

    9. A compact Dash rapid egg cooker if getting to the dining hall before they stop serving breakfast is just never going to happen. With this, you can make boiled, poached, or scrambled eggs in just a couple of minutes from the comfort of your dorm room.

    The egg cooker in black filled with six eggs

    In need of an egg cooker deep dive? Check out BuzzFeed editor Marquaysa Battle's Dash Egg Cooker review.

    This cooker includes the base, clear lid, measuring cup, poaching tray, omelet bowl, boiling tray, and a handy little recipe book!

    Promising review: "This is great for living in a dorm room. I love making egg sandwiches and small batches of deviled eggs for snacks. It really ties together my mini kitchen set up. I definitely recommend for a college student who may not have regular access to a full kitchen." —HannahJo

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

    10. An adjustable shelving tower that fits over a mini-fridge to store your microwave, coffee maker, snacks, and any other dorm "kitchen" essentials you might need.


    Promising review: "This was perfect for my son’s college dorm room! Adjustable shelves worked for the refrigerator and microwave with lots of space left for snacks." —alexandra

    Get it from Wayfair for $118.34 (available in two colors).

    11. A heavy-duty backpack laundry bag because the journey from dorm room to laundry room can be long and perilous. Thankfully, this bag allows for hands-free travel, with a front pocket big enough to hold detergent and any other laundry tools you might need.


    Promising review: "This is a great bag! Our college student needed a heavy-duty laundry bag; her last one was toast after just three months. So, I went on a mission to find one that's easy to carry as she likes to put everything in it so she only has to take one long trip to the dorm (laundry, snacks, water bottles, etc.). This fits up and onto her back leaving her hands and arms free! Ahhh...yes, finally a sturdy one! It's still perfect after one month." —SheilaD

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in nine colors).

    12. A slim laptop stand that'll raise your laptop closer to eye level, naturally forcing you to sit up straighter and prevent painful hunching while you toil away on yet another essay.,

    This stand fits any laptop from 10" to 15.6" and can be easily disassembled into three parts for easy transportation.

    Promising review: "This has helped my neck pain and workflow. I'm used to working in an office with monitors and this made a big difference in my work from home experience by putting my screen at a comfortable eye level. The material is good quality, feels sturdy, and was simple to assemble. It comes in three pieces and is intuitive to put together without looking at directions. There are pads on the top to keep your laptop from sliding. I'm using it with a 15-inch laptop and it's a good fit. I did get a wireless keyboard to use with it, which I would recommend. If you were to try to type on your laptop keyboard with this, it would be uncomfortable. I bought it for the ergonomics, but as a bonus, I am liking how it helps me keep my desk organized with the extra space beneath. Great product!" —M

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in eight colors).

    13. A genius T-shirt roll holder you can hang on the wall or inside a closet door for neatly organizing up to 16 shirts when dorm drawer space is tight / virtually nonexistent.

    a reviewer photo of a closed closet with several shirts hanging from a hook at the top of the door. The shirts are attached by rolling them up and putting them through stretchy loops.
    Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    The Roll Keeper is a Kelso, Washington-based small biz owned by Traci. Traci has been crafting for over 40 years and created her roll storage design to help organize vinyl, soon realizing that it was the perfect organizational solution for much more. Her shop has versions for bottles, wrapping paper, pens, and more.

    This handy organizer solver BuzzFeed writer Mallory Mower's folding woes:

    "Before getting this I was driving myself up the wall with my bad folding habits. I basically shoved all my shirts into the storage drawers under my bed, because I have a teeny tiny closet (the picture above gives you a solid idea of how small it is). This has given me a massive amount of clothing storage I didn't have before. The quality is stellar and Traci is 10/10 the most thoughtful person I've purchased a product from!"

    Get it from The Roll Keeper on Amazon Handmade for $19.99.

    14. A portable mini humidifier if stale dorm air is leaving your hair and skin feeling parched. Its small size makes it perfect for sitting on a desk or bedside table, and it's quiet enough that your roommate won't even be a little annoyed by it.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Hey Dewy

    Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable humidifier that could be used anywhere. The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight and is powered by an included USB cord.

    This baby humidifier has genuinely made my mornings SO much better! For months, I would wake up with my nose and lips painfully dry until I started plugging this little guy into my laptop on my desk while I work. Not only are my skin hydration levels waaayyy up, but I really enjoy leaning over to feel the cool mist on my face for a few deep, cleansing breaths throughout the day. It's incredibly refreshing and I already know is going to be a lifesaver in a future where travel is a thing. Dry plane and hotel room air is a thing of the past!

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in three colors).

    15. A drawer divider set to divide and conquer messy drawers and skip the part of the morning where you make yourself late for class digging for that perfect pair of socks.

    a reviewer photo of open drawer with the organizer bins inside filled with clothes

    This set includes four bins: a six-cell (for scarves and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear, briefs, and ties), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).

    Promising review: "No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear, they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer. These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in place, and you won't forget about those items you own that end up buried at the back." —M. Hanson

    Get a four-piece set from Amazon for $14.97 (available in seven colors).

    16. A small but well-stocked 39-piece tool set so you're always prepared to assemble a futon, fix broken eyeglasses, make bike repairs, and do any other quick-fix tasks that comes up.

    This is the toolkit my wiser-than-me mom sent along with me to college. I never thought I would have a use for it but, of course, I was wrong. It's great for move-in day construction (and assembling anything you might buy throughout the year). You'll be shocked by the random instances you'll want a tape measure, and if you plan to bike or skate around campus it's nice to have your own toolkit for repairs. It's tiny, not heavy, and has all the basics covered! It survived four years of college and beyond.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in four colors).

    17. A powerful little steam iron because most of the time it's perfectly acceptable to walk around campus with wrinkly clothes, but for those interviews and meetings where you need to look your best this iron will be there to de-crease your outfit without taking up a ton of space when not in use.,

    Promising review: "I live in a college dorm and I need to iron out a lot of my clothes for meetings. College dorms are not big and this thing is small enough to fit in tight spaces and get the job done. Really portable and it gets really hot for such a small iron." —T. Le

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    18. A 32-inch smart TV with all the streaming bells and whistles of the Fire TV Stick built right in. Not only is the picture great, but it includes an Alexa-enabled remote control so you can navigate to your favorite shows with voice control!,

    Promising review: "Got this for my college-aged daughter who needed a TV for her dorm room. Not only a good TV, but being Fire compatible, it saved a few dollars from having to buy a Fire TV Stick. She can watch movies on Prime, as well as Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. She has only good things to say about it." —Coach

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

    19. An LED-lit jewelry cabinet that doubles as an over-door mirror (a college necessity) so you can quickly find the perfect pair of earrings, grab a tangle-free necklace, and then check yourself out afterward. Spoiler — you look great!,

    The cabinet comes with two keys to lock your jewels away and mounting materials to either hang on the wall or over the door. It features 40 earring stud holes, 75 earring slots, 60 ring slots, 22 necklace hooks, and three hanging rods with auto-on LED lights so you can see them all!

    Promising review: "I absolutely fell in love with this jewelry cabinet. First, I was worried that I had to create holes in my door to hang it but then realized that I can hang it like a regular mirror on the door. Secondly, the amount of space this cabinet has is wonderful. I always struggled with keeping my jewelry organized and I always would lose one ear piece, but not anymore. I literally come straight from work, put all my jewelry in the cabinet — it’s easy as that. I have a lot of jewelry and this is a perfect size. It doesn’t look cheap and seems as though it is made of real wood." —Harpreet Kaur

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99+ (available in three colors).

    20. A lightweight bagless vacuum for keeping your dorm floors clean with surprisingly powerful suction and a slim design that's easy to stash in a closet or corner between uses.,

    Promising review: "My son asked for a vacuum for his dorm but he didn't want a bulky vacuum. I got this one, hesitant that it would work since it's small and slim. My son was so happy! He can keep his room clean and most of all it cleans his carpet so good with only one swipe. Very nice vacuum, and cost-effective." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four colors).

    21. A stylish velvet ottoman if you're looking around your dorm room thinking, "Where will guests even sit if I have them over?" The solution is this multifunctional stool, which features interior storage and a lid that doubles as a seat *and* and table by simply flipping it over.

    Amazon, Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord has found so many uses for this stool:

    "Another bonus? If you flip the lid over, it has a wooden base, so you can *also* use this as a teensy snack table. I recently got one of these for my new apartment to stash my candles and ~candle accessories~ in and it's pretty much become my favorite piece of furniture?? I use it to prop up my feet during work hours and sometimes if I want to eat on my couch I'll use it as a tray. It's also sturdy enough to sit on, if I ever wanted to have guests over and needed an extra chair. It was RIDICULOUSLY easy to set up — I had it done in less than ten minutes, and probably didn't even need the directions. It also just looks so darn cute (and comes in so many colors that I'm tempted to buy another!)."

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99 (available in nine colors).

    22. This set of honeycomb window clings that refract light to create rainbows so you can gain a little privacy, especially if your dorm room is on a lower floor, without totally obstructing your view or blocking out the sun.

    Dandelion Whiskers / Etsy

    Dandelion Whiskers is an Etsy shop with the goal of adding a little magic to your home with a selection of suncatcher window clings in a variety of fun shapes.

    Promising review: "These little stickers are darling! They do need pretty direct sunlight to actually make bright rainbows but they are very pretty just in the window as well! I recommend hanging them up while it is sunny so you can find where the window catches the sun best!" —Kelly Trevillian

    Get it from Dandelion Whiskers on Etsy for $6.50+ (available in packs of 10, 20, and 30).

    23. A three-tier rolling utility cart because dorm living is all about cramming maximum storage into any available space, and this metal organizer is just the thing to transform a seemingly useless corner into an all-in-one station for books, toiletries, and that random mug you won at orientation!,

    Promising review: "Worked great for my college student. Fits in small places and very sturdy." —Jessica S.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five colors).

    24. A pack of adustable furniture risers to bump up your bed and double (even triple!) your available storage space. These ones stack so you can customize the level of height you want.,

    I've owned these bed risers since college and they are still in use today on my NYC apartment bed. They are VITAL for creating additional under-bed storage and can be stacked to create even more height. I haven't exactly been precious with my set and they have survived many many moves and look pretty much the same as the day I got them.

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three colors).

    25. A bamboo bedside shelf with a hearty 15-pound weight capacity and no-tool installation that'll serve as a convenient catchall table if you decide to loft your bed or there just simply isn't space for a proper nightstand.


    Promising review: "We got this for my daughter’s dorm room. The kids lifted their beds for more floor space, which all but eliminated the possibility of a bedside table. BedShelfie is the perfect answer. It’s nicely constructed and sturdy; she had it attached to the bunk frame in less than five minutes. It is a good value for the price; a nicely made shelf that will be able to go with her through college and beyond. We went with the original BedShelfie, for fear that cheaper knock-offs would not stand up to the test of college life. We are very, very pleased with this purchase." —D. Krahnke

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in four styles).

    26. A nonstick mini electric pot with an included spatula for quickly whipping up delicious pasta, oatmeal, eggs, and so much more without making the long walk to the dining hall.,

    Promising review: "Got this as a gift for my sister-in-law who’s in college. She absolutely LOVES it! It’s truly perfect for a dorm room. Perfect size, cute color, easy to use. She’s been sending us videos of her cooking noodles, hard-boiling eggs and even frying chicken!" —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    27. A hanging organizer with 24 pockets so you can turn the back of any door into functional storage space for shoes, cleaning supplies, or whatever random things don't fit in the two drawers that whoever designed these dorms thought would be enough.,

    Promising review: "I live in a dorm and ran out of space for my flats and sneakers. I was able to put this on my closet door to gain more shoe organization! I have size 11 shoes and these fit great. I put one shoe in each pocket. I would fit two in each but it doesn't hang as well. I put two sandals or flip-flops in each. I have had no problems or complaints :)" —Sarah Jaworski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97 (available in three colors).

    28. An adhesive under-desk phone holder to up your productivity during late-night study sessions by keeping your phone out of sight and hopefully out of mind.

    Seekon Solutions / Etsy

    Seekon Solutions is a Boston-based Etsy shop run by Jake — an engineer by day who creates useful gadgets at night to solves those little problems in your office and home.

    Promising review: "This is definitely a hit! I installed it horizontally because my desk has a square frame under it that I couldn’t put it on as the instruction, but it still does its job. My screen time has decreased a lot during day time. I work remotely from home, this really helps in terms of being more efficient that I can finish my work early and get more me-time back at the end of the day. Highly recommend it if you want to be less distracted while working!" —Shelby Cedrone

    Get it from Seekon Solutions on Etsy for $9.88 (available in six colors).

    29. A slim LED makeup mirror because dorm rooms aren't exactly known for their stellar lighting, and you're not trying to leave for class without properly blended foundation.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a lighted makeup mirror to use in my dorm room since the light in there isn’t very good. Everything I found either wasn’t bright at all or was way too expensive, but this is perfect! I love that you can use batteries or a cord with it, the magnified mirrors are super helpful, the light is super bright — and you can dim it! Such a great product for such a great price." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    30. A set of shelf dividers that'll organize piles of jeans, towels, and leggings by preventing them from falling over and taking over your limited shelf space with one messy super pile.,

    Promising review: "I love these! I just have a shelf on top of my closet. I keep my leggings there. These dividers separate the leggings and make everything so much more organized. I’m buying more to do my linen closet! You need these!" —Lynn Blue

    Get a pair from Amazon for $10.34+ (available in two colors).

    31. A pack of adhesive cable clips if you're tired of fishing for fallen charging cords every time you want to give your phone or laptop some juice before class.,

    Promising review: "These are so cool and just what I was looking for! I stuck mine on the side of my desk in my dorm, one for my laptop charger and the other for my phone charger. My phone charger cord is almost too small to stay put, but I just wrap it around twice and it works just fine. They stick well. I haven’t tried removing it yet so I don’t know if they take off paint and such." —m

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.96.

    32. A sleek vacuum-insulated tumbler for limiting trips from your dorm to the water fountain down. This wide-mouth bottle keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours *AND* includes a built-in diffuser for tea or naturally flavoring your water.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Welly

    Welly is a small biz named to honor the founder's mom — Elly. All of their beautifully designed products are built to make eliminating single-use plastics easier and they donate at least 1% of sales to clean water projects worldwide.

    The year is 2014. I'm a freshman in college just entering the world of proper hydration. I went off to Ohio with some random water bottle and in the first couple weeks of school had a tragic incident where this SUPPOSEDLY leakproof water bottle failed to, ya know, stop leaks and gave my backpack (and my laptop) a good soaking. So, don't be like 2014 me. Be like 2021 me, with a water bottle made by a socially conscious company that is pretty, DEFINITELY leakproof, and keeps water delightfully cold for hours. The wide mouth makes it easy to clean and I've definitely dropped this bottle more than once and it still looks perfect!

    Get it from Welly for $33 (available in 15 styles).

    Now get ready for the best school year yet!

    Comedy Central

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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