Lofts and Bunks

Lofting and bunking help maximize the space in your room by lifting your bed off of the floor. The DOR provides lofts in all residence halls (except Helser) and all DOR provided lofts can also be converted to bunk beds. In Helser Hall you can rent, buy, or build a loft. Helser bed frames are 80" long x 36" inches wide. You should confirm the dimensions of your room to make sure your loft will fit.

LOFT RENTALS - Collegiate Concepts, Inc. is the ONLY loft rental vendor permitted on campus and their lofts will fit all ISU residence hall rooms. If you rent from a different vendor, you must receive your loft at home and bring it to campus with you.

BUYING A LOFT - There are many companies that sell lofts, loft kits, or plans for you to build your own loft. A quick internet search will bring up any number of available stores / vendors.

BUILDING YOUR OWN LOFT - The DOR does not provide loft building plans. If you build a loft, you assume all risks and responsibilities related to the loft you build. You will be required to sign a waiver of liability agreement.

POLICIES FOR LOFTING/BUNKING - The following is from the Policy Handbook.
  • You will be required to sign a waiver of liability agreement if you have a bunk bed or a loft bed, whether it is your own or provided by the university.
  • If your room is provisioned with a loft bed, you may not substitute your own loft.
  • In Helser Hall, if you choose to provide your own bunked or lofted bed, the university assumes no liability and you are fully responsible for any injury or damages that may occur.
  • In Helser Hall, if you choose to provide your own bunked or lofted bed, it must follow these minimum standards:
    • Be 36 inches from the bed platform to the lowest part of the ceiling;
    • Be 24 inches from any smoke detector or sprinkler head;
    • Be freestanding;
    • Not be attached to any wall, ceiling, or furniture;
    • Have an installed ladder made of metal or wood construction (other furniture may not be used as a step stool);
    • Have an installed side rail designed to prevent you from rolling out of the bed. The top of the safety rail must be 5 inches above the top of the mattress;
    • Not be wider than the size of one student mattress;
    • Be constructed of metal or wood. Fabric cannot be suspended from or around the loft;
    • Not restrict exit from any portion of the room or be a safety hazard to persons walking around the room;
    • Allow the door to open perpendicular to the door opening, and at least 22 inches must be allowed for exiting from any interior room arrangement.