When moving into a college dorm, you'll find that your room is small and that there's very little space to put things. Even if you've left a lot of your things at your parent's house and haven't brought much with you, you'll find as the term moves on and the seasons change, you'll need a few more things to get you through. The trick is to find places around your room to store your stuff. And under the bed is the perfect spot.
Before you begin, make sure you've measured the storage space to ensure you have the right dimensions. That way you'll know how high storage units can be and how many containers will fit within the space.
I'm a big fan of plastic containers. They come in lots of different sizes and shapes, with many that will fit under your bed. I recommend purchasing the kind with wheels to make it easier to maneuver. They'll also come with lids that allow them to be stacked and packed away when not in use. Plastic containers are perfect for all kinds of things, such as sweaters, socks, tee shirts and any other item you'd put into a drawer. They're also useful for storing out-of-season clothing and make a great place to keep shoes. I also use them for office supplies, and to store books. You can also opt for the clear plastic containers that allow you to see exactly what's inside so you're not digging through box after box to find what you're looking for.
With that said, use the containers to store things you're not using at the moment and label the outside noting what's stored inside. This will help you find exactly what you need when you need it.
Baskets and fabric bins
Like plastic containers, baskets and fabric bins make great storage units. They store easily and give the room a cozy feel.
Just remember that they usually don't come with lids, so stacking them can be a little more difficult. Also, without lids, items inside can become dusty. But if you're looking for a storage idea to hold items you use often and want a nicer look than plastic containers, baskets and fabric bins are the way to go.
File boxes and/or cardboard containers
While plastic containers are my favorite way of storing things under the bed, for students, they can be costly. If you're on a budget, then I recommend purchasing cardboard file boxes. As these boxes come in one standard size, you'll need to make sure they fit beneath your bed. But because they're sturdy, have an attached lid and enable you to write on the outside, providing the perfect place to list contents, they make great storage containers. All that and they're inexpensive, too.
Budget storage ideas
For people who want to save money on storage ideas, I recommend browsing your local thrift store or rummage sale and seeing what you can find that would fit your space. In the past, I've used old drawers, attached wheels and added a hand-sewn fabric top that kept dust out, or have even used old milk crates that stored my books, papers and odds and ends.
There are lots of ways to get more storage space. If you're not sure where to start, head to your local home store and browse the aisles. Don't just look in the storage section, but check out other areas where you might find ideas you hadn't considered before. I often look in the kitchen area, bathroom and even the gardening section for ideas and to see if I can find something I can adapt to suit my particular needs. Often you'll find that kitchen storage containers are less expensive than those found for the bedroom. Or you might discover that a gardening tool bin will be the perfect holder for your text books. Look around, compare prices and let your imagination be your guide.