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Loft Guidelines for Residence Halls

To insure that lofts are safe and in compliance with safety and fire codes, the following regulations must be followed:

  • Your loft should be constructed from non-pressure treated wood (pressure treated or chemically treated wood is designed for outdoor use only and can create serious health hazards in an enclosed environment).
  • Loft must be free standing and self-supported, which means they may not be attached to wall, floor or ceiling or supported by any College furniture.
  • The sleeping surface (top of the mattress) can be no higher than 6 feet in height.
  • Lofts should be no more than 40 inches wide and 84 inches long (please note that the College provided mattress is 36"x80").
  • Lofts may not obstruct the functioning of windows or interfere with access to any part of the room for routine maintenance.
  • Lofts may not be used in conjunction with the College provided bed frame. Students are responsible for storage of the College bed frame, which may be stored in residence hall storage rooms, if space is available.
  • Lofts should have means of safe access (i.e. ladder).
  • Electrical wiring, fixtures or appliances may not be attached or incorporated into the sleeping surface.
  • Occupants of rooms where a loft is located agree to hold the College harmless and acknowledge that the College is not responsible for any accident, injury or damage to the occupants of the room, guest or personal property as a result of construction, design, installation or presence of the loft.

It is strongly suggested that before building/designing your loft, that you see your room. For this reason, it is better to try out the College provided furniture first and then decide if you want a loft. If you build your loft ahead of time, please be prepared to make adjustments to the loft upon your arrival to campus.