In this age of crowded space it seems there isn't enough room for everything! Lofts provide a convenient way to maximize the space in your room, lifting your bed off of the floor to create useable space for other furniture and accessories. Most lofts are generally tall enough to comfortably accommodate an average adult seated in a desk chair.
Lofts are permitted in all residence halls where a loft bed is not already provided as part of the standard furnishings. Currently, the halls where a loft bed is provided are Barton, Birch, Buchanan, Eaton, Elm, Freeman, Linden, Lyon, Martin, Maple, Oak, Roberts, Wallace, Welch, Willow, and WIlson.
There are many companies that sell or rent loft kits. Some of these companies also sell plans for you to build your own loft. A quick internet search will bring up any number of available stores / vendors. Please note: The DOR does not endorse any specific vendors. It is the responsibility of the individual to verify the quality and safety of the products offered. Some lofts may or may not fit our residence hall rooms. Room dimensions vary from hall to hall, so confirm the dimensions of your assigned residence hall on-line to ensure that the loft you purchase fits your room.
Collegiate Concepts, Inc (http://www.loftconcepts.com/) is the only loft rental vendor permitted on campus. With all other vendors, you must receive your loft at your home and bring it to campus with you when you arrive to check-in.
For liability reasons, the DOR does not provide plans for building lofts. If you are planning on building your own loft, you should know the following:
Please note: There are dangers and hazards in the construction, assembly, use and disassembly of a bed loft. You assume all related risks and responsibilities. Students will be required to pay the repair or replacement costs of any University property lost or damaged as a result of loft construction or use. The university assumes no liability and you are fully responsible for any injury or damages that may occur.
The following text is excerpted from the Policy Handbook for RESIDENCE HALLS. The entire handbook is available in the Policy Handbooks.
In all residence halls, a bed is provided. It is recommended that you use only the bed provided by the university. Some rooms are provisioned with a loft bed [see above]. If you choose to provide your own bunk or lofted bed, the university assumes no liability and you are fully responsible for any injury or damages that may occur. 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 you choose to provide your own bunk or lofted bed, the structure must follow these minimum standards:
Whether purchased, rented, home-made or provided by the Department of Residence, all residents using bunk beds or lofts in the residence halls must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability form. This form is located on the back of the Residence Hall Room Inventory & Condition Report card that you will receive at the time you check-in. The form reads as follows:
In accordance with the Residence Hall Policy Handbook, residents using bunk beds and/or lofts whether or not provided by the Department of Residence are required to sign the following liability waiver form. Failure to sign the form and/or meet the minimum construction requirements will require you to use ONLY a university-issued regular bed.
I, _____________________________________ (please print first and last name), wish to use a loft or bunk bed. Therefore, in return for permission to use such a loft or bunk, I agree to the following: