Lofts and Bunks
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.
The DOR provides lofts in all buildings except Friley, Helser, and the Memorial Union. In Friley and Helser you are permitted to rent, purchase, or build your own loft. In the Memorial Union lofts are prohibited. In all other buiding, you must use the DOR provided loft.
LOFTS FOR RENTAL OR PURCHASE
There are many companies that sell/rent loft kits or sell plans for you to build your own loft. A quick internet search will bring up any number of available stores / vendors. Collegiate Concepts, Inc. is the only loft rental vendor permitted on campus (http://www.loftconcepts.com/). With all other vendors, you must receive your loft at your home and bring it to campus with you.
Please note: No other vendors are endorsed by the DOR. It is your responsibility to verify the quality and safety of the products offered. Not all lofts fit our rooms, so confirm the dimensions of your assigned room on-line to ensure that the loft you rent/purchase/build will fit.
BUILDING YOUR OWN LOFT
The DOR does not provide loft building plans. If you plan to build your loft, please be aware of the following:
- Bed frames are typically 80" long x 36" inches wide.
- There are dangers inherent in the assembly, use, and disassembly of a bed loft. You assume all related risks and responsibilities.
- The university assumes no liability and you will be required to sign a waiver of liability agreement if you have a bunk bed or a loft bed.
- You are fully responsible for any injury or damages that may occur and you will be charged for any University property lost or damaged as a result of loft construction or use.
Lofting and Bunking Policies
The following text is excerpted from the Policy Handbook.
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.
- Bunks. Some metal frame furniture cannot be bunked.
- Lofts. If your room is provisioned with a loft bed, you may not substitute your own loft.
If you choose to provide your own bunk or lofted bed, the structure 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.