Loft Policy

General Information

Students who wish to use a loft must first sign this required waiver. (PDF)

The Department of Housing and Residential Programs does not recommend or suggest that residents build beds in their rooms, and IS IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH BEDS OR ANY DAMAGES OR INJURIES CAUSED BY THEIR USE.

In order to provide a safe alternative to the typical furniture layout, the following guidelines have been developed for student construction of loft systems.

  • Must be free standing (not fastened to walls or ceilings) with weight resting on floor.
  • Must be structurally able to safely support a student (or students) weight.
  • Must be designed/built in such a manner that the removal of built-in, bolted-in, and/or permanent furniture will not be required.
  • Because storage space is not available, University bed frames and mattresses must be incorporated into the loft. Alterations are limited to the removal of nuts and bolts only. DO NOT REMOVE RIVETS!
  • Must not block doorway. Door must be able to swing fully open.
  • Must be located in such a manner as to allow repairs of windows, heating/cooling systems, etc.
  • Must be at least three (3) feet from top of mattress to the ceiling. The reasons for this height restriction are to:
    • Prevent head injury
    • Prevent serious threat to life from rising smoke and toxic fumes in the event of a fire. Ceilings are 8 feet high.
  • Lumber must be smooth and fire retardant. To meet this code, "non-com" stamped lumber may be used or two coats of fire-retardant varnish (Linseed oil) may be applied (save label for proof of application). Most hardware stores have an additive to make your varnish fire retardant. Weatherproofed lumber (a green colored chemically treated wood often used for decks and porches) should NOT be used. This wood may produce toxic fumes in a fire.

ALL DAMAGES TO ROOM AND/OR EXISTING FURNITURE WILL BE ASSESSED TO RESIDENT(S). All furniture is to be replaced in its original location and condition when the residents move out. Damages to the room or its furnishings, and/or the cost of replacement of missing furniture, will be billed to the residents of the room.

Please Note: The Department of Housing and Residential Programs does not recommend or suggest that residents build beds in their rooms, and IS IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH BEDS OR ANY DAMAGES OR INJURIES CAUSED BY THEIR USE.

Loft Construction Guidelines

Choose one type of construction (see diagrams), either using 2" x 6" legs or 4" x 4" leg posts with braces by following the appropriate sections below:

  1. LEGS (two types acceptable)
    • One type of leg shall be made from two 2" x 6" boards that are approximately 60" x 72" high. The two boards of the leg are to be joined lengthwise with three screws Œ" x 3-1/2", or three 2" inside corner brackets with two screw holes as illustrated.
    • The second type of leg shall be a 4" x 4" post that is approximately 60" to 72" high.
    • Bed boxes are made from four 2" x 6" boards to accommodate the metal frame which should rest on the 2" box sides. The top of the lower bed box must be a minimum of 12" from the floor. The top bed box may be at any height, but it is suggested that it be 2" lower than the tops of the legs to capture the metal frame and mattress.
    • The front board of the lower bed box may be eliminated in order to use the bed unit as a loft.
  3. BED BOXES AND LEGS (two types of attachment)
    • The two bed box units and the legs are connected by bolts 3/8" x 3-1/2" for the 2" x 6" legs or 3/8" x 5-1/4" for the 4" x 4" legs. Two bolts and washers are used at each end of the board for a total of sixteen per bed box.
    • Cross-bracing must be attached to at least one end and side of the double-deck structure. Braces should be at least 1" x 6" stock attached to the frame with three screws at each of the two mounting locations. (See examples A & B on the attached diagram.)

The University beds range in size from 76" - 80". Please be aware that new students and their families will be unable to tour the rooms and take measurements of bed frames in advance of the opening of the residence halls for the semester. The majority of the residence halls are in use by summer camps.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The University will not be held responsible for injuries or damages to personal property associated with the use of student-constructed double-deck beds or lofts.

Loft Diagram