10 Gadgets and Gizmos to Spice Up Your College Dorm Room

Are you looking for ways to make your dorm room stand out?

Here are ten gadgets and gizmos that will be sure to separate you from your dorm mates (and I have a feeling that they will make Princess Ariel jealous as well).

hi Resolution Wand Scanner

This device comes in handy for those times when you need to copy a page or two from a book that you’re not able to check out of the library, or you don’t have any change on you for the copying machine. Better yet, you don’t have to worry about misplacing anything because the scanner transfers pictures, documents, articles, and any other sort of paper-based information to a microSD memory card to later download and retrieve from a computer.

Maxi-Matic Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Station 

Find yourself sleeping in too late and not having enough time to hit the dining hall before your 8 AM class? Maybe you’re up all night studying and need a dose of caffeine, but the nearest coffee shop is closed. With the 3-in-1 Breakfast Station, you can whip up anything from a toaster strudel in the 500-watt 1-slice oven to pancakes and eggs on the 6-inch griddle. The coffee maker makes up to four cups of your favorite brew at a time.

Scooter BackPack Glyde Gear 

If you’re running late to class and need to get there in a hurry, the Scooter BackPack is the perfect solution. This 3-in-1 contraption contains a backpack with a retractable skate platform and skid plate to get you where you need to go. The backpack also contains padded shoulder straps so it can be worn on the back, and an extendable handle with two wheels on the bottom to use as a makeshift rolling backpack.

Ottoman with Bed 

Having friends spend the night in a dorm room can be quite a challenge, especially if a couch or futon isn’t available for them to use. Avoid having your buddies sleep on the floor with the space saving Ottoman with Bed. In just seconds, the leather ottoman turns into a comfy pull-out bed with a foam mattress and spring supported sleep surface. When it’s not in use, the ottoman can be used to prop your feet up while watching your favorite TV show. No assembly for the pull-out bed is required.

LG Countertop Microwave Oven with Baking Oven 

Whether you’re craving a bag of popcorn in between classes, or you’re in the mood for a late-night frozen pizza, both wishes can be granted with this 100-watt microwave that contains a 1400-watt baking oven underneath. With this dual device, you can opt out of eating at the campus dining hall every night.

3-in-1 Sweeper, Mop and Vacuum 

Ditch the bulky cleaning supplies and rely on one! This battery-operated 3-in-1 Sweeper, Mop and Vacuum sucks up both small and large particles off carpet and hard surface flooring. This contraption also features side brushes to pick up debris in hard-to-reach areas, sensors to avoid falls, and touch-sensitive bumpers that protect furniture and baseboards.

LG Combo Washer-Dryer

Are you going out for the night but realize the morning of that the shirt you want to wear is dirty? Maybe all of the washing machines in your residence hall are occupied, and you don’t feel like putting in a big load. The LG Combo Washer-Dryer is ideal for situations like these. Wash your clothes right before class, come back to dry them, and you’re all set. Now, you don’t have to worry about forgetting your clothes in the community dryer and finding out that one of your dorm mates took them out for you.

Nanda Home’s Clocky Alarm Clock 

Statistics have shown that 40% of people “abuse” the snooze button. Are you one of them? Clocky, an unconventional alarm clock, runs away and hides when you don’t want to get out of bed. An alarm sounds, and Clocky waits for you to get up. If you continue to fall asleep, Clocky will jump off your nightstand from up to three feet and run around your room so that you can get up on time. Never oversleep again!

Philips 7-inch Portable TV/DVD Player 

If you and your roommate are big television and movie buffs, don’t let only having one TV in the room cause a feud! This portable TV/DVD player features free-to-air digital TV channel reception, allowing you to enjoy up to 3 hours of playback with its built-in battery. The player has MP3-CD, CD, and CD-RW playback and allows you to view JPEG images from picture discs. A car adaptor, slim remote control, and headphone jack are also included. Plug in headphones so you can view your favorite flicks in bed while your roommate snoozes away.

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Flexible Surge Protector Power Strip 

Dorm rooms usually don’t have a lot of outlets in them, which is why surge protectors come in handy. However, if your electronics have plug-ins that vary in size and shape, being able to use all of the outlets at once can be impossible. With the Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Flexible Surge Protector Power Strip, you don’t have to worry about that.

The device contains six outlet pods that can be adjusted so large power bricks don’t hog space, and all six outlet pods can be used at once. Its flexible form bends into circular, semi-circular, and zig-zag shapes to fit around furniture and tight spaces, and the six feet of cording can reassure you that you can plug in your electronics wherever you want to in your dorm room.

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Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts is a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois pursuing a degree in English Writing. She has been an Editor for the North Central Kindling humor magazine, Assistant News and Arts Editor for the North Central Chronicle newspaper, as well as a DJ and Rock News Reporter for WONC-FM 89.1, her college’s radio station. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and his cat Willow.