Heading off to college and looking to make the most out of your dorm room space? These space saving dorm room ideas will not only maximize your dorm room space, but will make it feel like a true home away from home!Space Saving Dorm Room Ideas that you will love!

College dorm rooms are like an empty box just waiting to be transformed! You may not have a ton of space in your dorm room, but with the right products and a little imagination you can create a great space that is conducive for studying and will show off your personality and style!

I am very proud and excited to partner with Ikea and serve as one of their Brand Ambassadors! Be sure to read all of the way to the bottom to hear about our exciting giveaway!

I am the parent of an incoming college freshman. Sending your child off to school is a dream of almost every parent. A great education is a gift that we all want for our children, but at the same time, it is so hard to let go and watch them leave.

College bound from a mother's eyes

As a parent, I want to set my son up to be successful in this new life away from home, but honestly, I didn’t know where to start in helping him prepare for packing up and moving up to school. I was so excited when IKEA asked me to partner with them to develop a guide that shares some Space Saving Dorm Room Ideas using some of their great products.

What I love about IKEA is not only is everything so affordable, but I love their style and innovation. They show you great ways to use their products that you would never think of!

BUT, here was my challenge. My son, who is going to school this fall, is a counselor at summer camp all summer and has a week and a half after he returns and before he leaves again for school. So shopping for his room fell on to me! (Bonus when one of your best friends daughters is in the same exact position – so what do we do – FIELD TRIP for the moms to IKEA!!)

Moms shopping for kids back to college dorm rooms

Now, if you have kids of any age, you know generally whenever you go shopping for them, you always pick out the wrong thing. So I saw that IKEA had a “Determine Your Dorm Room Style” quiz to take to determine what your college dorm room style is! Hallelujah!!

So, my friend, Julie, and I had our kids take the quiz. My son, Jake, got Rustic and Adventurous and my friend’s daughter got Playful Pastel. This made it so easy to help get an idea of what type of bedding and accessories Jake would want for his room! Would you believe that when I showed him the bedding I picked out, when he came home for his day off, I got an “Awesome. That is perfect!” I just about fell over! SCORE for the IKEA Find your Sytle Quiz!!

Rachel's Style on the Ikea what's your dorm room style quiz A woman standing in front of a refrigerator

One of my favorite things to do is walk around IKEA and see how they layout rooms. They are so creative and innovative. I would never, ever think of any of these great uses for products that they do. I love how they SHOW you different ways to use their products! I swear I want one of their designers to come over to my house and help me decorate!

Love how IKEA shows you different ways to use their products

They are particularly good at maximizing small spaces, and they don’t get much smaller than a dorm room! So Julie and I spent a few hours walking through IKEA looking at the way they used some of their products (not to mention they have an awesome area dedicated specifically to dorm rooms and a college checklist which is great for apartment living too!)

Here are a few of the items we found (and purchased) for our kids rooms! I cannot wait to get them up there and try these products out!

Heading off to college and looking to make the most out of your dorm room space? These space saving dorm room ideas will not only maximize your dorm room space, but will make it feel like a true home away from home!

I love these KNAGGLIG boxes! They are so versatile. You can paint them any color to match your decor and you can stack them so they take up very little space!

Painted storage boxes from Ikea for extra storage space

Floor space is so limited, these carts go vertical so that your space is tripled! These RASKOG carts come in different colors and are on wheels too, so you can easily move them wherever you have space.

Utility carts are the perfect organizers for a small space, like a dorm room or small kitchen

I love finding new uses for things! This is such a great way to repurpose a magnetic knife rack! Perfect for next to a desk – use the magnetic rack for other magnetic items like scissors, paper clips and more!

Store small items - genius new use for a magnetic knife holder

A futon is perfect for a dorm room or any small space. You get the best of both worlds! Extra seating and space should you have an unexpected guest spending the night! IKEA has a ton of options in all price ranges (see here).

I particularly love this one, the EKEBOL It has some great extra storage space underneath and even a shelf around the back. However, we are going for the BALKARP version, which is both economical and efficient, given our budget and my sons tendency to eat pizza and soda on the couch.

a futon is the perfect way to have the best of both worlds in a small space or dorm room

A busy college lifestyle requires furniture that’s just as flexible. Check out all of these great ideas for small spaces like a dorm room!

The KALLAX shelf unit can be used as a bookcase, a bedside table or a storage unit. Add the KALLAX hanging organizer to hold small accessories and easily-lost items like keys and ID cards.

A busy college lifestyle requires furniture that's just as flexible. Check out all of these great ideas for small spaces like a dorm room!

Nesting tables are great for small spaces. Just unstack them when you have friends over and stack them back up when they leave!

Nesting side tables are great for a small space

Now, of course, after a successful IKEA shopping trip, you must reward yourself with none other than their famous $1 ice cream! No better way to celebrate!

I want to share in this special time with my readers! Sending a child off to school is one of the most special moments in my life. No matter what age your kids may be, there are so many special and important milestones and moments. Tell me about one of YOUR special moments (in the comments below) either with your child or in your life and what it meant to you for the chance to win one of THREE $100 IKEA gift cards.

Just leave me a comment below and I will be choosing 3 winners, each for a $100 gift card to IKEA. Winners will be chosen on August 15, 2017 and will be notified by email. They will have 24 hours to reply or an alternate will be chosen.

Ikea Ice Cream Cone

Disclosure – I am a Brand Ambassador for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post. IKEA is a registered trademark of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and is used with permission. The views, ideas and opinions expressed here are my own.


Jennifer Fishkind

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  1. I always seen Ikea ideas and I love them but have never had the funds. I’ve been searching for ways to help my 6 year old daughter with her organization skills and there are so many ideas I could use! Honestly she is a hot mess in comaprrison to her older brother who I swear will be some kind of interior designer because he is constantly moving his room around and trying to move my stuff in the house as well. Heres to hoping to help my 6 year old with organizing her bedroom and keeping it thag way wish me luck!

  2. My 14 yr old daughter has discovered IKEA and Pinterest. She likes to share her pins with me and her dream room inspirations. I would love surprise her and redo her room with some of your ideas and hers, of course!

  3. Thanks for the tips. My eldest is heading to college next month. Excited to check out Ikea for so many of the recommended products.

  4. I love these ideas. I have a daughter who is also an incoming freshman to a dorm and we made a trip 4 1/2 hrs to buy some of the stuff for her room from Ikea! My favorite place to shop.

  5. My daughter just turned 10 and we are redoing her bedroom, she is transitioning from her little girl room to a more grown up space. I want the room to be able to grow with her, to reflect the in between she is right now but easily transition to a teen space in a few years. A gift card to ikea would go along way to assist in the organization of the space

  6. I love IKEA! I am a teacher and am always trying to figure out ways to better use the small space I have! Many times I will walk through IKEA just to get some inspiration for my classroom or for my home! I am a mother to 3 beautiful kids! My son is 7 and my twins are 6. We are getting ready to move into a home that has limited closet space so a gift card from IKEA would really help me in many ways!

  7. This post was a great find for me! I’m in college and love to find new ways to save space or organize things that would be laying around. I never even thought about using a magnetic bar to hold my stationary things! I’m definitely going to have to take a trip to IKEA now!

  8. Thanks for these great ideas!! My son is also going away to college this fall – in just a few weeks! One of my favorite moments was when he got in to the school of his choice. He was so excited! All his hard work paid off and we’re very proud of him. Even though he will be over 7 hours away, we know he’s ready — even if I’m not!!

    He’ll be in a small triple so these vertical storage ideas are terrific!