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Residence Hall Lofts

Residence Hall Lofts

Loft Options

All lofts are designed as one piece of furniture with space for 2 mattresses. Remember to consult your roommate first and agree to loft.

The university does not provide any of the lumber or other raw materials.  Plans are designed for double beds but there are instructions on making a single loft in the plans below.

Pre-approved lofts from Amazon may be purchased without contacting Housing. Any other loft configurations outside of the pre-approved lofts must be approved by emailing [email protected]. (more information under Loft Policy).

*Lofting not available in North Hall due to pre-lofted furniture.

Please click on the diagrams below for blueprints for both double and single loft specifications.

South and West Campus Loft Plan
Loft Plan

North Campus Loft Plan

Loft Plan

Loft Specifications

  1. Legs must be at least 4" x 4". It is acceptable to permanently join two 2" x 4"s with glue and screws or bolts to create the 4” x 4” leg post.
  2. Horizontal members used in the frame and cross members must be at least of 2" x 6" dimension.
  3. Legs should be notched to receive the 2" x 6" horizontal members. They must be bolted with at least two 3/8" bolts, nuts and large washers at each joint.
  4. Diagonal bracing members must be used on the legs to make the loft structurally sound. Bracing must be a minimum 1" x 3" utilizing lag bolts with large washers behind the bolt heads.
  5. Plywood or OSB must be used as a mattress platform and should be a minimum of 1/2" thick. Plywood/OSB must be secured to the frame with wood screws, with the smooth side of plywood/OSB facing up to protect the mattress. Great care must be taken to avoid damage to the mattress.
  6. As an alternate design, the university provided bed springs may be placed atop the cross members thus eliminating the need for the OSB/plywood platform.

Loft Examples

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Loft Policy

The purpose of the Loft Policy is to promote the safety of the residents who utilize lofts in the residence halls. While lofts are not necessary to arrange a comfortable room, residents may elect to use these specific loft plans as a means of building a loft for personalizing their living environment.

The university does not require nor necessarily recommend students utilize lofted beds. Facilities such as West Campus Apartments, East Campus Suites, Cramer and North Hall do not permit additional loft furniture to be installed.

The university furniture provided allows for flexibility in the layout of students’ rooms. Should a student(s) elect to use a lofted bed, the university permits their use as long as they purchase an approved loft or build their own meeting the specifications provided in our approved plans. To get approval for a custom designed loft, contact the Office of Housing at [email protected] or call (231) 591-3745. Roommates should agree on the use of a loft prior to one or the other bringing one to the room.

Amazon - Preapproved Loft

Loft Regulations

  1. All materials used must be standard dimensional lumber as specified and of good quality and relatively free from knots, splits, and imperfections. Rough saw (barn) lumber is not permitted.
  2. Lofts may not cover any portion of any window.
  3. Lofts may not be constructed across an exit way (any doorway).
  4. Loft legs should be 60". While ceiling heights vary by both hall and floor, the leg height is designed to accommodate a minimum 30" clearance from the top of the mattress to the ceiling.
  5. Lofts generally should be designed to replace the space used by the beds. Larger structures or enclosed structures are not permitted.
  6. Lofts must be free standing and not attached to the walls, ceiling or floor. Lofts should be padded whenever contact with walls is possible to avoid damage to the walls and paint (nonflammable materials such as pieces of carpet are suggested).
  7. Removal or alteration of electrical fixtures or outlets is not permitted.
  8. Lofts may not cover or block heat registers or vents in any way. A minimum space of 12" must be maintained in front of all heat registers.
  9. All lofts must be removed from the hall prior to exam week (and onset of 24 hour quiet time). Lofts may not be stored at the university during the summer months. A substantial service charge ($150 min.) will be levied against all room occupants for failure to remove loft materials from the hall.
  10. Lofts may not be constructed with nails or spikes. Lofts must be bolted together as noted to allow for ease of disassembly and adequate structural support. See loft specifications.
  11. Storage will not be provided for any university furniture while the loft is in place.
  12. Lofts must include a sturdy ladder, secured to the loft to allow easy and safe access.
  13. Sawing, staining and other preparations for loft construction may not occur within the residence hall.
  14. The university reserves the right to create and enact additional loft regulations at any time without prior notice.