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15 Creative College Desk Setup Ideas

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If you're trying to figure out the best way to make productive use of your space in a small dorm room, you're not alone.

College students everywhere are looking for ways to make the most of their limited square footage, and one great way to do that is by investing in a desk setup that works for you. Here are 15 college desk set up ideas I have found to be helpful in my own journey through higher education.

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1. Minimalist College Desk Setup

I'm sure I don't need to go into the countless studies that suggests a clean workspace bumps up your productivity So if you're looking for a desk setup that will help you get those essays done and ace your exams, consider something like this minimalist set up. It's clean, it's simple, and it'll help you focus on what's important: your studies.

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2. Standing Desk Setup

If you're the type of person who likes to move around while you work or study, then a standing desk set up might be for you. I know I personally get antsy sitting in one spot for too long, so being able to stand up and move around while still getting my work done is a huge plus. And if you're worried about taking up too much space with a standing desk, don't be! You can find plenty of small, compact options that will fit perfectly in your dorm room.

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3. Lighting

Lighting is important for any desk set up, but it's especially important in a dorm room where you might not have the best lighting to begin with. I recommend investing in a good quality lamp that will help you see your work space clearly. You can also find some great string lights that add a touch of personality to your set up while still providing adequate lighting.

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4. Use Pegboards

Pegboards are a great way to maximize your wall space and add a bit of personality to your desk set up. You can use them to hang things like planners, notebooks, pens and pencils, and other small items that you need quick and easy access to. And the best part is that they're totally customizable, so you can change them up as often as you like.

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5. Add Some Greenery

Adding a plant or two to your desk set up is a great way to add a bit of life to your space. Not only do plants look nice, but they also help purify the air and boost your mood. If you're not much of a green thumb, don't worry! There are plenty of low-maintenance options out there that are perfect for busy college students.

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6. Invest in a Quality Monitor

If you're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, it's worth investing in a quality monitor. A good monitor will help reduce eye strain and make it easier to see your work. If you can't afford a brand new one, consider picking up a used one from a consignment shop or Craiglist.

My recommendation is to get a great laptop and a great monitor, then you have the laptop to take with you on the go and any serious tasks you can plug it into your monitor to start gettting work done there as well (especially with the use of spreadsheets etc.).

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7. Create an Aesthetic Work Environment

Your work environment should be aesthetically pleasing because it will help you stay focused and motivated. Make sure your desk is clear of clutter, and consider adding some personal touches like photos, artwork, or even a fun desk calendar.

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8. Use Wall Space

If you're short on desk space, don't worry! There are plenty of ways to make use of your wall space. Invest in a few shelves to store things like books, binders, and other materials. Or, consider using command strips to hang things like calendars, whiteboards, or even a corkboard.

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9. Use Reed Diffusers

One thing I would love to have invested more so in the past, is a reed diffuser. They help make any room smell nice and can be customized to your liking. I find that certain scents help me focus and stay motivated, so having a nice smelling environment is a huge plus.

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10. Get an Ergonomic Chair

If you're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, it's important to invest in an ergonomic chair. A good chair will help reduce back pain and make it easier to focus on your work. You can find some great options online or at your local office supply store. Think of it as essentially investing in your long term back health.

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11. Invest in a Quality Keyboard

It doesn't have to be mechanical but a quality keyboard can make working at your desk a lot more pleasant. I have found that certain keys start to wear down after extended use, so it's worth investing in a keyboard that will last. I personally highly recommend the Apple Mac Magickeyboard (I think Version 2).

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12. Pick Up a Configurable Mouse

Even if you're using a laptop , it's worth investing in a quality mouse. I find that a configurable mouse is much more comfortable to use and can be customized to your specific needs. You can find some great options online - I really like the Logitech Master mice that you can set up to do quick shortcut keyboard tasks that you do repeatedly.

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13. Get a Good Pair of Noise Cancelling Headphones

If you're going to be spending a lot of time at your desk, it's worth investing in a good pair of noise cancelling headphones. Noise cancelling headphones will help you focus on your work and block out distractions (if you have noisy roommates, this is a must-have!). You can find some great options online or at your local electronics store.

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14. Consider a Laptop Stand

If you're going to be using your laptop at your desk, it's worth investing in a laptop stand. A laptop stand will help reduce neck and back pain, and make it easier to use your laptop in a comfortable position. Especially, useful if you plan on linking it up to a monitor.

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15. Use Desk Organizers

If you're desk is cluttered, it can be tough to stay focused on your work. To help keep your desk organized, invest in a few desk organizers. Desk organizers can help you keep things like pens, paperclips, and Post-Its sorted and within reach.

How to Make the Most of Your College Desk Set Up?

Look for inspiration online or in magazines to find a desk set up that works for you. Once you have an idea of what you want, start shopping for the pieces you need. If you're on a budget, try shopping at thrift stores or online second-hand retailers.

Once you have all the pieces, take some time to set up your desk in a way that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Finally, don't forget to accessorize with things like plants, photos, and desk organizers. By following these tips, you'll be sure to love your new desk set up!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Elin Beck

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