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    24 Dorm Problems And The 24 Products To Solve Them

    A comfy mattress topper, laundry bag backpack, and more college essentials that'll help make dorm life a little easier.

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    THE PROBLEM: There's a shared bathroom in your dorm and you have to carry a lot of shampoo, conditioner, soap, and other shower supplies back-and-forth.

    1. THE PRODUCT: A mesh caddy that'll fit the shower essentials you need. It has nine compartments you can fill with containers, shavers, toothbrushes, and beauty goods. There's even a handle, so you can carry it from your room to the dorm bathroom without dropping anything.

    before-and-after photo showing lots of shower supplies (top) and same supplies neatly organized in compact black shower caddy (bottom)
    pic of mesh black shower caddy filled with shampoo, conditioner, and soap bottles and shaving supplies

    Even if you only share a bathroom with a small number of people, this shower caddy is also helpful for keeping all your stuff together and in one place. 

    Promising review: "I'm going to be a freshman in college this year and we all know that communal bathrooms are dreaded, so I started to look around for a caddy. I came across quite a few but THIS IS AMAZING and it fits so much!!! This fits EVERYTHING and I still have leftover space! If you are going into college and need a shower caddy look no further!! This one is amazing 10/10 would recommend. SUPER STURDY!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 13 colors and a 2-pack).

    THE PROBLEM: Walking barefoot to the bathroom isn't an option and you need a shoe that's comfy *and* waterproof.

    2. THE PRODUCT: Affordable slides with a comfort footbed that'll feel like soft pillows on your feet. Reviewers swear by these because they're cushy, very durable, and do double duty as an everyday shoe. They're also waterproof, making them great for dorm shower trips!

    Promising review: "Got these for my daughter to use at her college dorm for trips to the bathroom/shower area. She has a very small foot and these fit nicely. She really likes the light blue color and the comfort. She wears them to the shower area and does not slip with them either. We are going to order some additional pairs." —Ann W. 

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in women's sizes 6–11 and in 42 colors).

    THE PROBLEM: You want to watch your fave Netflix or Hulu show, but you have to use your laptop to complete an assignment at the same time.

    3. THE PRODUCT: A 32-inch smart-TV because it'll make streaming your favorite TV shows and movies so easy (no laptop required). An Alexa-enabled voice remote lets you use your voice to browse titles and launch apps like Hulu and Netflix, while a Fire TV setup gives you access to thousands of TV episodes and movies *plus* live TV.

    a reviewer photo of a dorm room with the TV set up at the foot of the bed
    a reviewer photo of the smart TV turned on

    Reviewers also love this smart TV because it takes up minimal space in a dorm and fits on a desk or dresser.

    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 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 $99.99.

    THE PROBLEM: And speaking of laptops, it would be so nice to study and video chat your besties from bed without moving to a desk, because you're so comfy already.

    4. THE PRODUCT: A lap desk so you don't have to get up from your comfy spot on the bed or couch: it fits any laptop up to 17 inches, comes with a built-in mouse pad and a cushy wrist pad, plus a lil' spot for your phone. 

    model sitting on couch while using the lap desk
    reviewer pic of same laptop desk with laptop and wireless mouse on top

    Promising review: "I love everything about this. I currently just started back in the college world and this thing has been a life saver! I can now sit in my giant chair with a blanket and this on my lap. It holds everything! Including my book! So much easier and better for my neck!" —Ashley LeMay

    Get it from Amazon for $38.39.

    THE PROBLEM: You've maxed out all the space in your dresser and closet, but want to use that awkward area under your bed to store shoes, towels, and more random stuff.

    5. THE PRODUCT: Bed risers that'll give you additional storage in your dorm. Slip them under your bed frame and you'll finally have more room for the things you couldn't cram into a drawer or stack on a shelf.

    dorm bed shown with slightly elevated height using the same risers
    GIF of bed without riser on one side (before) and new elevated height with risers (after) and model pushing suitcase under same lifted bed, Utopia Bedding

    It comes with four small risers and four large risers: use the small risers to raise your bed frame 3 inches, the large risers to raise your bed 5 inches, or combine both riser sizes to raise your bed 8 inches.

    Promising review: "I bought these for my daughter to increase under-bed storage at her college apartment. It turns out she only needed the 5" risers. They were tall enough for her to store her luggage and other items under her bed but not so tall as to raise the bed way above her nightstand. They were the perfect size. We're going to use the 3" on our bed to increase storage space there. My daughter's bed is very stable on her hardwood floors. I thought we might have to buy an additional product to keep the risers from slipping, but that wasn't necessary as they are staying in place." —Monique

    Get an 8-pack from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    THE PROBLEM: Bulky bins don't fit under your bed and you need another storage solution for your never-ending shoe collection and loungewear.

    6. THE PRODUCT: Underbed storage bags to take the stress out of cleaning up your dorm room. Each of these can fit accessories, pairs of sneakers, and even bulky sweatshirts! Instead of throwing everything in a big garbage bag, you can stash them away in these compact containers.

    three large underbed storage bags packed with clothes and toys
    pic of reviewer standing over opened gray underbed storage bag with folded graphic tees

    This set comes with three large storage bags! If you're looking for a shoe-friendly under-the-bed organizer, this one can fit up to 12 pairs! 

    Promising review: "One thing I can say is, it’s definitely worth the price! I was able to fit trash bags full of clothes into the storage bags, which really tidied up my closet. The storage bags can store away more than just clothes, and folds away nice and neatly when you’re not using it. These storage bags are very useful at home, and will be with me when I go back to college. These bags will definitely make moving back into my dorm much easier in the fall." —Greg Hammond

    Get a 3-pack from Amazon for $22.88+ (available in two colors and more sizes). 

    THE PROBLEM: Your dorm room has basically, like, zero outlets for your laptop, tablet, phone chargers, and video game consoles — and you need to share them with a roommate or two.

    7. THE PRODUCT: A six-outlet wall charger for your dorm that's lacking in outlets. It comes with two USB fast-charging ports, six spots for your gadgets, *and* a small night light. You and your roomies will have enough space to plug in your devices and some brightness when you need it. 

    Reviewer turning the light on and off the charger with items plugged in
    Charger with several large plugs in it

    Promising reviews: "This saved the day when we moved our daughter in to her from room. She needed many outlets and only had two. These are sleek, low profile, and get the job done!" —Lindsey

    "Love this. I have many items to plug in now that I have to office at home. There’s plenty of room to plug in two laptops, a computer, a monitor, and my Alexa safely. It’s a little bulkier than I was expecting but that is due to the room your items will need." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    THE PROBLEM: A bulky power strip is getting in the way of your dorm bed or desk and you'd really like it to *poof* disappear.

    8. THE PRODUCT: A thin socket cover with an attached power strip, because with it, you can *finally* push your dorm furniture against a wall without creating an awkward gap or blocking a valuable outlet. If you're done dealing with a bulky plug or power strip, this small tech accessory can help. 

    a reviewer photo of  a hand holding the outlet cover with a power strip attached
    a reviewer photo of the slim outlet cover with a piece of furniture up against the wall

    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 eight sizes).

    THE PROBLEM: You'd like to take a nap or rest, but there's so much noise on campus — dorm doors opening and closing, students coming back from class, and street traffic. 😑

    9. THE PRODUCT: A white noise machine because footsteps, sirens, and your roommate's late-night convos shouldn't get in the way of a good night's sleep. This compact device comes with 24 soothing sounds that'll help you catch up on ZZZs whenever you need to.

    reviewer pic of wooden white noise machine on wooden nightstand next to bed
    reviewer pic of same white noise machine in reviewer's hand

    This gadget has 24 different sounds: seven fan sounds, seven white noise sounds, and 10 classical sounds. You can relax in bed listening to anything from ocean waves to a clock ticking, even if your dorm faces another building or a busy street.

    There is also a sleep timer you can set to 30, 60, or 90 minutes if you want to take short naps or get ready for bed a little earlier. Plug it in, set the timer, and you can *finally* tune out annoying noise. The sound machine also remembers your last timer, sound, and volume settings when you turn it on again.

    Promising review: "Does it’s job! I use it for my college dorm style apartment and it helps drown out my three suitemates, closing and opening of doors, people outside, etc." —Lexi 

    Get it from Amazon for $35.97.

    THE PROBLEM: There's too much light in your room and you can't fall asleep during the day or at night. Plus, your roommate needs to stay up late with a lamp on to study.

    10. THE PRODUCT: A Bluetooth-enabled eye mask, so you can listen to music and drift off to dreamland at the same time. It helps block light from electronics and your environment, plus comes with built-in headphones so you can relax with a podcast or Spotify playlist.

    pic of reviewer wearing black Bluetooth-enabled mask over eyes while resting in bed
    pic of another reviewer wearing the same sleep mask

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this sleep mask because I hate falling asleep in a quiet room. At the same time, I share a dorm room, so I try to be respectful of my roommate. This helps immensely. Not only can I fall asleep listening to relaxing music, I can also sleep while he studies, because the mask blocks out light super well. It's padded around the eyes and nose. It was odd to get used to at first, but I really enjoy it. The only problem I have is that, with time, the indents where your eyes align started to curve inward, making the mask press against my lids uncomfortably. With a bit of adjustment, it is remedied, though. Overall, a great buy that I use almost nightly." —Storm

    Get it from Amazon for $22.58+ (available in seven colors).

    THE PROBLEM: You and your roomie's electronics are also too bright and contributing to your "I can't sleep" dilemma.

    11. THE PRODUCT: A few sheets of LED-dimming stickers if lights from your router, TV, and other devices are keeping you up. These small adhesives dim 50%–80% of light from gadgets, so you can check if they're still working without an annoying glare. If you want your room to be darker, they'll help so much when it's time for bed.

    A reviewer image of something plugged into an outlet emitting an intensely bright blue light
    A reviewer pic of the same device and outlet, but the blue light is significantly dimmed

    Promising review: "This is the best thing you never knew you needed. I own a digital clock with the numbers displayed in red LED light, and every night I've blocked the light with a cover so it doesn't shine in my eyes as I sleep. Silly I know, but I like my room pitch black and cavelike. On a whim I bought this product. OH MY GOD! Game changer!! For the first night EVER I didn't have to cover the clock display before I went to bed! Also the product is easy to remove and doesn't leave a sticky residue at all, which can't be said for most tapes." —Amazon Customer

    Get a sheet of over 100 dimming stickers (in multiple sizes and shapes) from Amazon for $2.89.

    THE PROBLEM: Your room keys are always missing and you need a safe spot for them that's not a desk chair or jacket pocket.

    12. THE PRODUCT: A TikTok famous cloud magnetic key holder to place on the wall near your bed, desk, or door. It can hold up to three key rings and it'll look so cute in your dorm!

    Check it out on TikTok here.

    Promising review: "I bought this product almost 2 years ago for my college apartment and it's the best thing I ever bought! Perfect place to hang my keys up when I get home and I never lose them! It also looks very cute and simple. The adhesive is really strong and the magnet in it super strong as well. It holds up my apartment keys, my car keys, and my boyfriend's heavy Audi keys perfectly fine. Love it." —Meghan Consadene

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    THE PROBLEM: You have a large load of dirty clothes and need to bring them to a laundry room, which requires you to walk and/or take an elevator to get there.

    13. THE PRODUCT: A backpack laundry bag that'll make traveling from your dorm to the laundry center less of a project. With a front pocket for detergent and dryer sheets and a spacious interior pocket that'll securely hold clothes, you'll be good to go when it's laundry day.

    a model wearing the laundry bag on their back
    model pulls clothes out of black-and-white backpack laundry bag to put them in washer

    Promising review: "I think that this was one of the best purchases I made for college. But this could be used for any sort of having to transport laundry to a different location than just your dorm room or your apartment. It has lasted me two years and has carried and fit about two weeks' worth of laundry without dropping or ripping. I also enjoyed having the pocket in the front to store laundry detergent pods as well as dryer sheets and other laundry-related items in order to be hands-free to push elevator buttons, open doors, or carry my phone among other things. Great buy!" —Nitya

    Get it from Amazon for $14.39+ (available in 13 colors).

    THE PROBLEM: And bringing a bulky detergent container is a pain, because it's very heavy and sometimes leaks everywhere.

    14. THE PRODUCT: Plastic-free laundry detergent sheets because they'll be so much easier to carry — just slide them in a laundry bag pocket when you need to make a trip. An added bonus? They're dissolvable, liquid-free, and don't make a mess. Place one inside a washing machine, load up your clothes, and that's it.

    box of ECOS laundry detergent squares on a pile of clean laundry

    Promising review: "We love this product! Very little scent, gets our clothes clean, completely dilutes. No big boxes or bottles. Nothing to measure, so son will have no problem learning to do his own laundry when college starts." —TJ's Mom

    Get an 114-pack from Amazon for $25.79+ (available in two scents).

    THE PROBLEM: You need to quickly clean your dorm suite before hosting a study session or game night with friends.

    15. THE PRODUCT: A cleaning paste that's popular on TikTok and will save you so much time — it'll tackle stubborn stains on your bathroom sink, shower tiles, and more messy surfaces in your living space. No more scrubbing and wiping for hours when you have a busy schedule.

    GIF of reviewer scrubbing away rust on faucet with The Pink Stuff
    Before-and-After picture of messy stove burners and clean stove burners after using same cleaning paste

    This all-purpose vegan paste is great for removing rust, hard-water stains, grease, and more messes around home! To use, just apply it to a surface with a damp cloth, gently rub it in, rinse it off with water, and polish the area with a dry cloth.

    Promising review: "I bought this product to help me clean my dorm bathroom, including shower, sink, and toilet. I had my boyfriend bring his drill and clipped on a brush head just for efficiency but a hand brush will do just fine. I definitely recommend for any bathroom. As a college student and move-in day having started or near, I 10/10 recommend because we all know how mucky dorm showers can be." —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    THE PROBLEM: And you don't have room for a big broom or vacuum, but need to get rid of crumbs, dirt, and hair on the floor.

    16. THE PRODUCT: A handheld vacuum cleaner with strong suction and a crevice tool for super tight spaces around your dorm suite. It not only picks up debris from hard-to-reach areas, but it's also cordless and can easily be stored on a closet shelf. 

    model holds white and gray handheld vacuum to clean up colorful cereal on floor
    reviewer pic of the same handheld vacuum on a gray couch

    This small vacuum has a wide mouth design for large debris and strong suction for crumbs and dust. A crevice tool makes clearing up nooks and crannies around your living space a breeze, while an upholstery brush gets to work on dirty carpets.

    Promising review: "I got this to use in my dorm to pick up hair, crumbs, eraser shavings, and it works very well, it sucks everything up." —lyla

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

    THE PROBLEM: Everyone in your dorm suite has similar phone chargers and keeps taking yours by accident.

    17. THE PRODUCT: A cool charging cable tag because it'll let everyone know which Android or iPhone charging cable is yours and (hopefully) prevent your roommates from "borrowing it" indefinitely.

    colorful pink, blue, and orange name tags that say
    Delightful Luna/Etsy

    Delightful Luna is an Etsy shop based in North Carolina. They sell cool 3D-printed accessories, including magnets, keychains, and pen caps.

    Promising review: "They are perfect! Now my bf won’t steal my charger anymore. They clip so well!" —Etsy Customer

    Get it from Delightful Luna on Etsy for $5.50 (available in two charger types and 16 colors).

    THE PROBLEM: Your dorm bed isn't comfy at all and you're constantly tossing and turning, even though you have good pillows and sheets.

    18. THE PRODUCT: A super cushy gel-infused memory foam mattress topper that's basically what sweet dreams are made of: If your dorm bed feels like an uncomfortable rock, plush memory foam and temperature-regulating gel beads will prevent you from feeling too achy or hot while you sleep. 

    blue gel-infused memory foam mattress topper on wooden bed
    reviewer pic of the mattress topper underneath sheets on a dorm bed

    Promising reviews: "I bought this mattress topper for my daughter to use at college, and she loves it! I originally got her a cheaper/thinner one, but it wasn’t working out. She started experiencing back pain and was having trouble sleeping (college dorm beds are the worst). As soon as she started using this topper she said she felt a tremendous difference; back pain eased up, and sleeping better. Only wish I would have gotten this for her from the beginning instead of opting for a cheaper version." —Joann A.

    "I’m in LOOOOOVE with the topper like it makes such a huge difference. I don’t know why I didn’t get this sooner. For the past 2 quarters, I’d always wake up with back and shoulder aches from the hard rock of a college bed I was provided, but now? Omg. Squishy comfortable back savior. Also no weird smell and it unwrinkled in like 15-20 mins after opening. Thank you." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in sizes twin–California king, including Twin XL, and two thicknesses).

    THE PROBLEM: You don't have room for a nightstand for small essentials, like your glasses, Kindle, and TV remote. (Or your bed's lofted or the top bunk.)