Residential Life - Loft Guidelines

Some students who live in East Hall or Garver Hall choose to bring pre-built loft beds to replace the bed provided for them in their rooms. The university does not provide or sell any loft equipment or kits. While we allow purchased metal lofts, we prefer that you bring wooden lofts using the guidelines listed below.

Before investing in a loft, please note that we do not allow lofts to be used in any of our upperclass residence halls (Schwalm, Helman, Oakwood or East Street Apartments) for any reason. Any loft you bring will only used your first year! We do not offer loft storage of any kind and academic year storage for the bed frames provided in student rooms is limited. If the storage space is full, you may not remove or leave your University-issued bedframe and mattress anywhere but your residence hall room.

  Assembling of lofts must occur in the room to prevent traffic problems in hallways and lobby areas.

  1. Lofts are to be free standing and not attached in any way to the room or furnishings in the room.
  2. Construction must be of 4” X 4” uprights with 2” X 6” braces in all directions and connected with 14/3 screws, lag bolts, or 5/16” or larger carriage bolts. No nails or spikes may be used in the construction. There must be a minimum of 2 - 1/4 “or larger carriage bolts or 3 14/3 screws per joint. All major joints are to be mortised; or if they are not mortised, carriage bolts, NOT SCREWS, must be used. Wood should be standard grade or better and not outdoor grade. Six 2” X 4”s should be used as blocks on the inside of the 2” X 6” for the bed frame to rest on; the blocks at the ends should be no more than 14” from the posts. At least one support should be used, from side to side, to ensure that the frame/springs will stay positioned in case the frame/springs come off the support clocks. The entire structure should be cross braced. Carriage bolt threads should be flush with the wood. Materials are to be pre-cut, drilled, and painted before bringing them into the building.
  3. Any lamps, fans, etc. should be attached securely so that they will not fall onto the bed or occupants.
  4. The university reserves the right to require students to fix or remove a loft if it is deemed a safety risk.  Should you have any questions please contact the maintenance office at 260-982-5061 and they will come and inspect it. 

Note: East and Garver ceiling height is 8 feet and all lofts should leave adequate space to sleep, including rolling over.

Please remember to bring the tools necessary to assemble the loft and consider leaving a set with the student in case they need to take it down on their own.

If you choose to bring a metal loft instead of a wooden loft, it must be a purchased, manufactured loft from a reputable retailer and should only require assembly.