7 Awesome IKEA Hacks for Your Kid's Dorm Room

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If you have a kid heading out to college for the first time this fall, then this is the post for you. Dorm rooms are generally super small and pretty boring as far as decorations and furniture go. Let’s do something about that, shall we? There are some pretty genius IKEA hacks that are perfect for sprucing up and making the best of a dorm room. When I went to college, I had no idea just how small the room would be, so my biggest issue was storage. And I’m sure I’m not alone! We came up with whatever methods we could to create more storage space without making the room look like a giant closet. This list has some great ideas that I wish I had back in the day! We also found some ways to spruce up the dorm and make it your own, something college kids will absolutely love! And of course, IKEA. Isn’t it the greatest? Sure we don’t always love the designs, but with a few hacks here and there, you can turn some cheap items from IKEA into something you really love. Here are seven fantastic IKEA hacks that are perfect for your kid’s dorm room.

Cork Board 1 of 7
Everyone needs a great cork board — even college kids! This cork board is easy to make and is great for using up any corks you might have lying around. Don't have corks? You could easily replace them with cork mat, which is even easier!

Get the tutorials from Suze Geeks Out here.

Get the frame to make your own for $24 from IKEA here
Fancy Desk 2 of 7
I love this one: a dining table turned fancy desk. I wish my desk looked this great back when I was in college! I just might have to try this one out for my own office.

Get the tutorial from Matsutake Blog here

Get the table to make your own for $69 from IKEA here
Room Dividers 3 of 7
Dorm rooms can seriously lack in the privacy department. Get a little privacy with some room dividers! I love this idea; using curtain panels to divide the room is genius!

Get the tutorial from IKEA Hackers here

Get a similar curtain panel for $12.99 from IKEA here
Cabinet Bed 4 of 7
When I was in college, the thing to do for storage under your bed was to put the bed on cinder blocks. This is so much prettier! Add some kitchen cabinets under your bed and you have instant storage! So clever.

Get the tutorial from Ikea Hackers here

Get similar cabinets to make your own starting at $181.99 from IKEA here
Dresser Turned Dream Desk 5 of 7
How amazing is this mini library and desk? It's perfect and compact for the studious college student, and it looks great! I love that it goes up the wall instead of out.

Get the tutorial from Atelier 4, 5 here

Get the dresser for $99 from IKEA here
Homemade Closet 6 of 7
Let's be honest, dorm room closets can be nearly non-existent. Enter the homemade closet! With a few alterations to IKEA shelving, you can make yourself a super handy closet in no time.

Get the tutorial from IKEA Hackers here

Get the shelving to make your own for $139 from IKEA here
Jewelry Storage 7 of 7
Even jewelry needs a place in the dorm room! This mirror and peg board in one is a brilliant idea.

Get the tutorial from Ikea Hackers here

Make a similar one using this frame for $19.99 from IKEA here
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