Student 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. While we allow purchased metal lofts, we prefer that you bring wooden lofts using the following guidelines:

East and Garver Halls are provided with furniture however residents may bring built lofts. All lofts must conform to the specifications listed below. The university does not provide or sell any loft equipment or kits.

  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.

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.