Looking for some unique dorm room ideas? We've got you.

By Amanda Lauren
Updated June 10, 2019
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A set of twin XL sheets, memo board, and shower caddy can only get a college freshman so far. Try these clever, low-budget dorm room ideas to make sure you're prepared for any situation that could come your way–in or out of your dorm room.

All it takes is a few additions to your back-to-school shopping list, and you (or your college student) will have the coolest dorm room in the hall thanks to these smart ideas.


GooDee Mini Video Projector

Instead of marathoning a favorite Netflix series alone, turn your dorm room into a home theater to watch with friends. This portable LED projector connects to your laptop, smartphone, or videogame system to turn any blank wall into a big screen TV.

To buy: $50; amazon.com.


Cofuture Rechargeable Cordless Handheld Vacuum

Though universities provide cleaning services, it’s typically only for common areas. Here’s a smart dorm room idea: Rather than spending all night before winter break picking up a semester’s worth of crumbs with duct tape, use this simple cleaning tool. With several attachments, you can even reach the space between the bed and the wall. It’s cordless and battery charged, so expect your less-prepared floor-mates to ask to borrow it.

To buy: $39; amazon.com.


Chefman 4L Electric Mini Fridge With Warming

With enough space for six cans, this cute mini fridge is great for keeping drinks and snacks cold. But wait, there's more! It can also warm up last night’s slice of pizza up to 140 degrees with the flip of a switch. No toaster ovens allowed? No problem!

To buy: $37; walmart.com.


Branch Basics Travel Kit

We all know how dirty a dorm room can get. So, this little travel kit will really come in handy. There's a Mini All-Purpose Spray for cleaning desks and spills on the floor. The Mini Foaming Wash is helpful to take to the bathroom when the communal hand soap runs out. Use the Concentrate to wash clothes in the sink on those in-between laundry days.

To buy: $20; branchbasics.com.


Brita Stream 10 Cup BPA Free Filter-As-You-Pour Water Pitcher

Take bottled water out of your budget. You’ll use this filtered pitcher every single day.

To buy: $30; target.com.


Bodum Ettore Sottsass Electric Kettle

A plug-in kettle is a must. It’s perfect for making a cup of tea or French press coffee during late night study sessions. Or for ramen on those days when you can’t quite make it to the cafeteria.

To buy: $45; urbanoutfitters.com.


Conair 1X/10X LED Makeup Mirror

Dorms aren’t known for their great lighting, so a portable makeup mirror can be very useful. This chic rose gold magnifying mirror makes applying makeup easy. Even better, it runs on batteries so there’s no need to worry about plugging it in.

To buy: $40; target.com.


Dormify Collapsible Storage Ottoman Chair

It’s a chair, ottoman, and storage cube combined. If you’re living in a dorm room, you probably don’t have a lot of space for storage or guests. Luckily, this cube takes care of everything. It’s ideal for stashing extra linens, shoes, or even last semester’s books.

To buy: $69; dormify.com.


Globe Electric Designer Series Surge Protector Power Strip

Plug it all in. This pastel colored power strip has six outlets and two USB ports, which is more than enough for you, your roommate, and any guests to stay charged.

To buy: $27; amazon.com.


The Twillery Co. Trahan 3" Down Alternative Mattress Topper

An extra long twin bed is rarely extra comfortable, so a quality mattress topper is a must. Down alternative is an especially good material for people with allergies. Did we mention it's machine washable?

To buy: $63; wayfair.com.


Rebrilliant Eady 10-Drawer Storage Chest

Storage tends to be scarce in the dorms, especially if you have a roommate. This multi-colored set of drawers doesn’t take up too much floor space and fits clothing, cosmetics, school supplies, etc.

To buy: $43; wayfair.com.


Bando Work It Out Exercise Mat

At the end of a long day of classes, sometimes you just need to get your zen on. This adorable mat pretty much says it all. Namaste.

To buy: $32; bando.com.


Pop-Color Flip-Flops for Women

You should never use a communal shower without wearing flip-flops, especially in dorms. Trust us, you can never have too many pairs of flip-flops at college.

To buy: $4; oldnavy.com.