8 Storage Bins Cute Enough To Have In Your Dorm Room


Storage bins are a simple solution for clothing organization. In a shared dorm room, you must make it your priority to ensure that your roommate does not hate your guts. To do this, keep your stuff contained. This is easier said than done but I have found that storage bins are the most effortless way to keep things neat. In a rush, you always have the option to toss your clothes into a bin and there will be no excuse to leave them anywhere else. After scouring the internet (and getting carried away by Ikea’s website) I have compiled a list of cute storage bins for you to buy if you are in need on one for your dorm room.

1. Colourful

If you’ve landed yourself a classic grey and dreary dorm room, add a few bright pops of colour to liven up the space. These West Elm baskets will act as the perfect catchall for the base of your closet, by your bed, or next to your desk. In addition to holding clothes, these baskets will provide the perfect cozy home for your favourite stuffed toys. Drape your baby blanket over it and you won’t have to worry about feeling homesick in your dorm room.

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2. Natural

This rustic option is made of natural wood so if you are channelling eco-chic in your new dorm room, these storage bins will be perfect! The old school wooden milk crate look is so laid back and full of character. If you want to make these crates even more personalized, take advantage of the grainy wood surface and paint it however you want. But if flowers and rainbows are not your style, consider staining and/or varnishing the wood to seal in the splinters and enhance the natural patterns of the wood. These are available already decorated but you can find the plain version at Home Depot.

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3. Octopus

Anthropologie always sell adorable versions of home decor products. This octopus bin is so perfect if you are going for an “under the sea” themed dorm room. Even if you aren’t, the addition of this octopus bin to your room would probably brighten up your mornings. Put your favourite stuffed animals in this storage bin and watch them become friends with this big guy.

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4. Felt

This style of felt storage bins from Ikea is called Pudda. It probably is not what the designers had in mind but I think Pudda is very fitting for these baskets because they are soft like pudding. If most of your wardrobe consists of sweats, these felt baskets will match them perfectly! The soft heather grey and little buttons come together to create a cubical basket which looks so much like a solidified pair of sweatpants. If you have also got some smaller items like socks and mittens to store, you’re in luck because Ikea also sells a much smaller version of these felt baskets.

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5. Picnic Basket

Although this “storage bin” is technically a picnic basket, I think it is easy to see how this would make a very practical and cute storage bin. The solid structure and wide opening makes it easy to store and organize articles of clothing. Best of all, this bin doubles up as a picnic or shopping basket. To save our planet from plastic bags, take this basket with you to the campus supermarket. You would just have to dump out all your clothes on the bed first. No worries though. You will pick them up as soon as you are back from the store . . . right?

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6. Crystal Clear

Bed Bath and Beyond is of course a well-known one stop shop for students preparing for university. These storage bins a are sleek, modern and stylish way to keep organized. They even come with lids on hinges which makes these bins easy to stack. The only trouble is that with bins this crystal clear, you better make sure the insides are organized!

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7. Wagon

For a storage bin you can roll, check out this adorable wagon container. If you are storing dirty clothes in here, you can hold it by the little green rope to wheel this wagon to the laundry room to wash your clothes. When the cycle is done, hold that green rope to wheel the wagon back to your dorm room. What a way to make new friends.

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8. Practical Plastic

Moving into dorms with all your favourite clothes is no small feat. Personally, I chose the very practical lidded storage bins for my move in day and continued to use them throughout the year to store my belongings. They also came in very handy when I moved to off-campus housing in the following years. Mine had a bright green lid but this one has an adorable twist with the addition of polka dots. These bins allow you to pack very compactly for ease of transport.

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I think we can all agree that storage bins are a must when it comes to dorm room organization. If you are looking for the perfect one before you cross it off your list, I hope this list helps. Pick one that will brighten up your day while you get ready for class in the mornings.

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