The 10 Best Bed Risers for Your College Dorm Room, According to People Who Just Need More Space
If there’s one thing we learned from freshman move-in day, it’s that no amount of space planning in the world could have prepared us for the squeezing and maneuvering we had to endure. However, there’s one space-saving hack that every college dorm room needs: bed risers. And after culling countless reviews, we compiled a list of the best bed risers to accommodate just how tall you want to make your bed, how much weight they can support and overall aesthetic. Below, find ten of the best bed risers of 2022 that’ll make move-in day just a tad less stressful.
THE BEST BED RISERS, AT A GLANCE
- Best Overall: Tuffen Adjustable Bed Riser with Power Outlet and USB Ports
- Best Budget: Simply Essential Bed Lift with Outlets
- Best Stackable: Utopia Bedding Adjustable Bed Furniture Risers
- Best for Caster Wheels: BTSD-Home Adjustable Bed Lifts For All Wheels
- Most Durable: iPrimio Aluminum Bed Risers
- Best Low Profile: Utopia Bedding Pack Of 8 Furniture And Bed Risers
- Tallest Risers: DormCo Suprima Ultimate Height Bed Risers
- Best Non-slip: BTSD-Home Heavy Duty Stackable Furniture Risers
- Most Stylish: Slipstick Stack-Its Adjustable Bed Risers
- Best Wooden Risers: Aspeike Heavy Duty Bed and Furniture Risers
- Maximum height: 8 inches
- Maximum weight: up to 1,500 pounds
Equipped with two fast-charging USB ports and an electrical outlet, this set is the ultimate study buddy for when you’re doing homework in bed. We love how this set features eight risers with three adjustable height options—including 3-inch, 5-inch and 8-inch—and a 6-foot power cord that makes it easy to reach any outlet in your dorm room. Oh, and did we mention that it's made from sturdy, anti-scratch plastic that can hold up to 1,500 pounds? “I used these to elevate my desk a bit because my chair was made for taller desks. These did the job perfectly and the extra outlet and USB port come in handy. Also, I didn’t read the description but this is an 8 pack, not a 4 pack—the additional [four risers were great for under-bed storage],” writes one reviewer.
- Maximum height: 8 inches
- Maximum weight: up to 1,400 pounds
If you’re looking for the same USB features without the price tag, this is your best alternative. The set of four offers 8-inches of height and one riser features two USB ports and two electrical outlets that’ll allow you to charge your phone while you scroll TikToks from bed. Each riser can hold up to 350 pounds and features a 6.5-inch width that accommodates most standard twin-sized bed frame. “[This set is] super sturdy. I was concerned it was going to break but it didn’t. I have a full-size wooden bed and a luxury, 100-pound mattress, and it supports [both with ease]...No creaks or movement…Love it but it’d be even better if they could stack,” writes one reviewer.
- Maximum height: 8 inches
- Maximum weight: up to 1,300 pounds
For the freshman who refuses to leave anything behind, these stackable plastic risers are a necessity. The set comes with four risers that can be adjusted to three height options: 3 inches, 5 inches and 8 inches (when combined), and can accommodate up to 1,300 pounds. Plus, you can choose from three finishes to make sure they match your bedframe. One reviewer writes: “I love these—easy to use, and my dresser and fridge both fit under my bed because of the height of these risers.”
- Maximum height: 6 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 2,200
Something the other bed risers have forgotten is how common caster wheels can be on dorm beds. That said, this set of risers has you covered with a grooved design that’s made for caster wheels to sink into without sliding. Each riser has a 3-inch height with a stackable design that can raise your bed a total of 6 inches. “I love the indentation on the riser. It…doesn't allow for any wobbling or movement, which I had an issue with my last risers, because they just had a round, flat surface,” one reviewer writes, adding: “They look great under the bed skirt. It actually looks like furniture legs.”
- Maximum height: 5.5 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 9,000 pounds
These risers are made from heavy-duty aluminum and are about as durable as you can get (without placing a cinderblock under your bed). Each set comes in at a 5.5-inch height with four risers that are guaranteed not to bend or break. They can easily hold up to 36,000 pounds, according to the brand. “These are the best risers. I used these to loft my dorm bed which weighs a ton,” one reviewer says. “They are very secure and don’t budge an inch. Super happy with this purchase.”
- Maximum height: 4 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 10,000 pounds
If you only need to store a few bins under your bed, these 2-inch risers are perfect for giving your bed a little lift (and congrats, you’ve mastered the art of “not overpacking”). We love how this set has anti-slip foam pads at the top and anti-slip rubber pads for the bottom for a truly sturdy design that can hold up to 10,000 pounds. Plus, it features a stackable design, so if you ever find yourself cramming for space, you can stack another set on top for a whole world of hidden storage. One reviewer writes, “Just what I needed to raise up the height of my cheapie futon, so people can get out of it without needing assistance! I used two risers stacked together for each leg, which raised the height up 4 inches. Perfect!”
- Maximum height: 23.5 inches
- Maximum weight: Works with Twin/TwinXL Beds
If you’re looking for a riser that’s tall enough to store a mini-fridge, drawer organizers, suitcases, trunks and more, this is *the set.* The set offers an additional 23.5 inches (!!) of height—which is four times the height of most standard risers—and comes in two, sturdy carbon steel finishes. It’s worth mentioning, however, that its 2-inch diameter doesn’t work with metal bed posts and the excess height might be wobbly on certain types of flooring. “[The set] doesn't really look ‘cute,’ but if you put a bed skirt that covers the tightening notches, it would be great…it did make the bed wobble a bit on the carpet, however, I [tried them] on laminate flooring and it was very sturdy. I definitely wouldn't purchase [this set] if you plan on using it in a carpeted room. Still, it’s [perfect for anyone who’s] going to college and needs more storage space,” writes one reviewer.
- Maximum height: 12 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 2,200 pounds
Otherwise, if a wobbly base is your main concern, this set of risers guarantees that your bed will stay in place, all semester long. Featuring scratch-resistant, anti-slip plastic, these babies are sturdy, stackable and sleek enough to match your under-bed containers. While the set only comes with four 3-inch-high risers, you can stack these to 6-inch, 9-inch or even 12-inch height (just make sure you won’t topple over in your sleep). They’re made to handle heavy-duty furniture weighing up to 2,200 pounds, and reviewers rave about this set’s durability. “These are super sturdy. I bought two more sets in white. They are the best risers I have ever purchased,” one says.
- Maximum height: 3 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 1,000 pounds
If the idea of aesthetic-ruining bed risers gives you hives, we feel you. Luckily, this set of 1-inch plastic risers is the closest you can get to having no risers at all. Not only is its clear design subtle and understated, but each one features a rubber O-ring bottom to grip the floor without scratching it. The set comes with eight risers that can be doubled for a 3-inch height that can accommodate low-profile storage bins. One reviewer says, “These are so sturdy and durable and look so high end!”
- Maximum height: 3 inches
- Maximum weight: Up to 4,400 pounds
Sticking with the theme of dorm room aesthetics, we love these wood-stained, 2.75-inch wide risers for their natural look. The set includes four risers that can raise your bed an additional 3 inches, and its 4,400 weight capacity ensures that they won’t crack while you and your friends are hanging out after class. Our favorite thing about this set, however, is that you can choose from seven wood-stained finishes—so you stack them under a desk or dresser for a more curated look. “I really like the look and lift of these! We had a dresser that would cover the only heat vent in our bedroom so these risers are a very good solution. They blend in enough that they seem part of the design and they are very sturdy,” one reviewer raves.
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