Types of Bed Risers for Dorm Rooms

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One of the biggest disadvantages to life in a dorm room is the limited space, especially when it comes to storage of extra towels, sheets, clothing, or other items you may need to store. Luckily, your bed can be turned into a storage area as well by utilizing the space beneath through use of bed risers. This tool comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to have plenty of options based around personal needs.  In addition to providing the convenience of storage space, they can also act as a decorative piece in your room. Bed risers are a great solution for anyone looking for a relatively cheap and efficient way to increase storage space.

The type of bed riser you want to purchase will depend on your priorities.  After all, some individuals value lower prices while others seek to add decorative touches or conserve space through multipurpose pieces. Read our guide below to find the right bed riser for your needs.

  1. Least expensive bed risers

If you are on a tight budget, you are in luck.  Most standard, stackable bed risers come in sets that range from $3.99 – $13.99.  This classic style of bed riser is one of the most common types you will find in today’s dorm rooms, and they are generally made from plastic or rubber. These risers have a non-slip feature that will hold your bed in place on any surface.

  1. Decorative bed risers

This style of bed riser will not be the least expensive option, but still reasonable in price. Decorative bed risers can really bring a room together. For example, if you own a wooden bed frame you can find wood to match the frame.  Just like a variety of bed frame colors, the wooden risers can come in different shades, from honey to espresso.  Alternatively, if you’re looking to match and mix funky patterns, you can also find stackable plastic risers with fun designs printed on them.

  1. Multifunctional bed risers

Add even more convenience to your life with the use of these multifunctional risers that contain a power outlet.  For example, with an additional charging feature of these risers, you can charge your phone or keep your alarm clock plugged in right next to your bed.  These bed risers cost more than the standard version, but won’t break the bank.

  1. Adjustable bed risers

As the months go by while living in the dorm, you may find that your storage needs change in either being increased or decreased. This is where adjustable bed risers become your bed option.  Look for a set of risers in varying heights.  These sets generally range from 3” to 8”.

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Trunk Styles for College Dorm Rooms

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A trunk for your dorm should be one of the first items you invest in while out shopping for your room’s supplies.  Space tends to be limited in residence halls, so the additional storage trunks provide is great for clothes, towels, extra sheets, books, or whatever personal items you choose to store.  You can also use this classic furniture piece as an end table or a coffee table in the living space, making it a multi-functional product. There are a few different styles to choose from, depending on its planned use.  Read on to find the right trunk to fit your dorm needs.

  1. Armored Standard Dorm Size Trunk

This waterproof, scratchproof, and dent-proof item is especially prepared for the ups and downs of college life. If you are unsure of your dorm room’s measurements, this may be the best choice for you. The dimensions of the standard trunk are 30” x 16” x 16” with four cubic feet of storage capacity. For those who are uncertain about how much space they need, you can have peace of mind in knowing that this is the size that is most popular among dorm dwellers. With these trunks, you also have the option to add wheels for easy transportation.  They also come equipped with padlock compatibility to keep your valuables secure.

  1. Plastic Trunk

Plastic trunks are some of the most rugged and durable options available. They share many of the same benefits as the above mentioned style, including the option of wheels and the inclusion of a padlock. What’s more, they’re waterproof, airtight, and shock resistant. The main difference is that this style lacks the aesthetic appeal that many armored standard trunks provide. Therefore, we recommend either storing plastic trunks away from your immediate line of sight or covering them with an attractive blanket.

  1. Suitcase Trunk

The name of this dorm essential describes the wonderful multifunctional purpose of the item.  This is especially useful if you are moving farther away from home, as this trunk option passes TSA luggage check. This nifty product serves as a trunk but has all of the conveniences of a suitcase.  It has wheels, an extendable handle, multiple compartments, and is more lightweight than most trunks.  This item still has the style and durability of a trunk, and is equipped with padlock compatibility. Most models are smaller, so it may not be practical for housing larger items like extra dorm bedding or doubling as seating.

  1. Underbed Trunk

Once again, the name of this trunk says it all.  When you are living in such a small space as a dorm room, you may want to maximize your open space by storing your personal belongings out of sight and out of the way.  With this trunk, you have the same style, durability, and padlock compatibility as any other trunk, but it will be shorter so that it slides easily under your bed.  Utilize bed risers and you have everything you need for this ideal storage option.

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Types of Backpacks for College Students

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Staying organized in college is important due to days filled with classes and meetings. One of the items that should be on your list of must-haves when shopping for college is a backpack. Having the right design will help to simplify your life on campus. Classes that you take in college will have you lugging around more books than you did in high school, so messenger bags are not recommended, as they can cause shoulder and neck pain due to the uneven distribution of weight.  Read on to find the right backpack for your needs.

1. Classic Book Bag

You can find a great variety of brands for the classic schoolbook bag.  These frameless models are designed not only for carrying books, but contain multiple compartments for storing writing utensils, calculators, and other school supplies that you may need to carry around with you. Since you will probably be spending a good part of your day going from class to class, you want to be sure that a book bag provides proper shoulder support with thick, padded straps. Most products also have convenient slots for laptops, tablets, and MP3 players, so you will be able to keep all of your belongings safe and organized. Make sure that all compartments utilize hardy zippers rather than Velcro.

2. Sports Backpack

For the college athlete, you will need a special kind of bag for your sports equipment. If you simply need to carry around a change of clothes, a sports drink, and a few small miscellaneous items, you can go with something that is lightweight with only or two compartments. Waterproof materials are advisable to prevent the absorption of water bottle spills and your back’s sweat. If your activity is a bit more involved and requires extra equipment, carrying your items in a large, durable backpack is recommended over using a duffle bag that has an over-the-shoulder strap.

3. Canvas Leather Backpacks

If you are interested in convenience and style, this is a great option for you.  What the canvas leather backpack lacks in extra padding, it makes up for in style.  You will find sections to keep your items organized, and many of these styles are unisex.  These bags carry laptops and other essential school supplies that you will need to carry while providing a vintage classic look to your style. The downside is that their smaller dimensions may be limit how many books a student can carry at once.

4. Purse Alternatives

Women will be delighted to know that many purse designers create elegant backpacks. Often the same size as a large handbag, these petite carriers free up the hands yet provide the same chic touch. This design is meant to provide little more space than your average handbag, so it’s not advisable to buy one to carry bulkier school supplies.

5. Drawstring Backpack

This inexpensive option is ideal for simple transport of lightweight items like a change of clothes, wallet, phone, make-up, etc.  This bag is not intended for the transport of heavy books, but is quite convenient for day-to-day use. Look for a model with a zipper compartment so your smaller items are easier to find.

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