Lofts create a degree of privacy within your room, provide an opportunity for individual expression, and allow for better use of space. These guidelines assist students in constructing lofts, protecting the condition of the rooms, and ensuring the safety of the residents. Lofts and other non-university beds (NUBS) must be ready to assemble (pre-constructed) when you arrive.  Lofts will be defined as beds with decks greater than 65 inches and less than 75 inches from the floor.  NUBs will be defined as all beds with decks between 7 and 17 inches from the floor.

University Policy and General Guidelines

Installations and Removal: Lofts may be installed only during the first seven days of the semester. At the end of the year, lofts must be dismantled before the deadline published by the Office of Housing and Residential Life. Note: A resident may request permission to assemble a loft at the time of a room change.

Storage of Lofts:
Lofts may not be stored in residence hall storage areas at any time due to fire regulations.

Damage to room: Residents of the room are responsible for any damage caused by the construction, installation, use, or removal of a loft. To prevent floor damage, do not drag loft parts across floors.

Padding: A minimum of two inches of carpeting or high density foam rubber must be placed between the loft and the wall to prevent damage to the walls. In addition, all loft supports must rest on a piece of carpet. This prevents the support from damaging the floor tile. The carpet must be attached to the support or be placed on the floor with the support resting on the carpet. Attach fastening nails or screws to the side of the support so as not to have contact with the floor. When using rubber-backed carpet, the rubber-back must be attached to the support.

Height of loft: The top surface of the loft deck must be no higher than 75 inches from the floor. In case of fire, the 75-inch height limit allows staff, police, and firefighters to see someone in a loft. Decks must be at least 65 inches above the floor. Low lofts with beds underneath are not permitted due to fire hazards.

Proximity to windows and doors: A loft may not obstruct doors or windows at any time. There must be accessibility at all times.

Radiators: Lofts must be one foot from radiators to ensure proper air-flow for heating the room.

Enclosing a loft: Lofts may not be enclosed in any way. The only wood which may rise above the deck is a guard railing. An individual must be able to exit from all sides except those which face walls. Curtains may not be used to enclose the loft. In an emergency, curtains will hinder the ability to see someone is in a loft.

Guard Rails: Rails are recommended to prevent accidental falls. Rails may be a maximum of eight inches above the deck.

Smoke Detectors:
Any loft wider than 43 inches must have a working smoke detector attached to the underside of the loft.

Suggested Guidelines and parts descriptions:


  • Are vertical beams that support the entire loft
  • Must be at every corner of the loft
  • Must be a minimum of 4"x4"
  • Must rest on a piece of carpet
  • Must be free standing and not attached to any part of the room

Cross Beams:

  • Are horizontal pieces that attach to the supports that support the deck
  • Should be 2"x6"
  • Must be attached to supports with bolts (min. 3/8"x6" ) and lock washers

Deck Joists:

  • Are horizontal pieces attached to the cross beams that support the deck
  • If 2"x4"s are used, they must not exceed 6 feet in length; if length is greater than 6 feet then 2"x6"s must be used
  • Must be attached to cross beams with bolts (min. 1/4"x3")

Deck (must use University springs and mattress):

  • The horizontal surface must accommodate the springs and mattress resting on top
  • The mattress is a standard twin
  • The University bed springs are 73 3/4"x33" 1/2"x1 1/2" with two side-hooks approx 10" from each end
  • The hooks protrude 1 1/2" and are 2" wide

Cross Supports:

  • Are angled pieces used for strengthening and are recommended if the loft wobbles


  • Are 2"x2" pieces of wood nailed parallel to cross beams
  • They are highly recommended as they add stability to the loft
  • Metal brackets (hangers) nailed into the cross beam to support joints serve the same purpose as cleats

Additional information regarding Lofts

The beds provided by the university are loftable.  Therefore no personal lofts are allowed in these buildings.