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Loft Bed Information and Policies

Last updated June 14, 2019

Rooms with provided lofts:  Morningside College is in the process of a multi-year, furniture upgrade to provide lofts in residence hall rooms.  Currently, all rooms in Dimmitt Hall, Poppen Hall, Waitt Hall, Lags Hall and the Garreston Houses have a loft bed provided.  Roadman Hall South (rooms 30-41, 130-142, 230-246, and 330-349) also have a loft bed provided.  All furniture provided by the college must stay in student rooms.

Rooms without provided lofts:  Roadman Hall Rooms 201-228, 301-328, Roadman Apartments 1-12, and The Plex 200-216, 300-330 do not have provided lofts.  These rooms have bunk bets. Students who have bunk beds have the option to provided their own loft or rent a loft.  Please follow the rules below if you plan to bring your own loft.  All furniture provided by the college must stay in student rooms.

Extra-Long Beds: in addition to the rooms with lofts Roadman 3rd North (Rooms 301-328) now have extra-long bunk beds.  The approximate mattress dimension is 80” long x 38” wide x 6” deep

Rent Your Loft

Students who have bunk beds have the option to provided their own loft or rent a loft.  Rent your loft at rentals are only available for rooms that do not provide college owned lofts.  

Loft Policies for Non-College Owned Lofts

All lofts provided by the student will be inspected by residence life professional staff during room inspections. Student Loft Construction:  As a safety precaution, these guidelines for student construction within the room must be followed.

  •  The structure must be free-standing, not fastened to the walls, ceiling, or other furniture provided by the college.

  • All supporting structures in the loft must be assembled with carriage bolts and/or lag screws, and not nails.  (Nails work loose over time and pose a possible hazard.)

  • The loft must be structurally able to support a student’s or students’ weight.

  • The structure must not block the doorway, window, or heating system.  The door must be able to open perpendicular with the door opening.

  • The structure must not restrict exit from any portion of the room.  A minimum width of 22 inches must be allowed for exiting from a student room from any interior room arrangement.

  • Only structures used to loft beds are allowed.  No other platform construction is acceptable.

  • The construction must not include any materials or any design of a particularly hazardous and/or flammable nature, including suspended flammable fabrics, carpeting applied anywhere except as a floor covering, and flammable plastics such as Styrofoam.

  • There must be at least three (3) feet from the top of the main construction frame to the ceiling.  (The reason for a minimum height to the ceiling is to prevent head injuries.  Also, in the event of a fire, smoke and toxic gases tend to rise to the ceiling and a person could be overcome--even from the fumes of a wastebasket fire.) The College recommends that all lofts include a safety rail or board to prevent injury.

  • Residents must be prepared to respond to concerns of staff about the hazardous nature of construction and decorative materials and must remove materials that are judged to be particularly hazardous by the housing staff. 

Approximate mattress dimensions to help in constructing your loft. 

  • Extra long beds: 80” long x 38” wide x 6” deep

  • Standard beds: 75” long x 38” wide x 6” deep

Although not required, it is also recommended that some form of nonflammable padding be applied to the loft at any point that touches the wall(s) so as to prevent damage to the wall paint, which would carry a fine to the student for repainting.