The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-10T20:14:18Z

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For students considering a move to New York after college, dorm room closets are good practice for getting creative about how best to use a small space. Footlockers double as tables, drawers go under the bed -- and the Container Store gets a lot of business.

$75: Bed risers, set of 4 ($52); under-bed drawer with wheels ($23) --

$205: Modular stacking drawers ($30), 2 stacking crates ($26), black rolling footlocker with tray (trunk) ($149) --

$55: Huggable Hangers ($20), 6-tier shirt tree ($8), Add-On Skirt/Pant hangers ($12), adjustable closet rod expander ($15) --

$28: 6-compartment hanging sweater bag ($13), 10-compartment hanging shoe bag ($15) --

The tally: $4,454.50