College is a time for growth, change, learning, and creativity. We want you to put those new life skills to the test in the Dorm Hacks Contest! Show us the things you make or do that simplify your college life, help you save money, make your dorm feel bigger, and anything else that relates to a DIY college experience.

Prizes are provided by Sugru including a MacBook Pro, Kindle Fire HD, Sugru kits, and more. Instructables will be judged on originality, documentation, and presentation. Good luck and have a great semester!

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The Dorm Hacks Contest 2016 is closed.

Grand Prize

19 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten Runner Up Prize winners will receive an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or stainless steel mug.
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Sep 26, 2016 and Nov 21, 2016 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Dorm Hacks Contest 2016. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.