Many students like to maximize their usable space in student rooms by incorporating lofts for their beds. Loft information differs according to building and floor. Please carefully review the listing below and choose your location.
UHDS-Provided Loft Kits
The halls/floors below have beds that have the ability to be lofted with a UHDS-provided loft. These lofts are requested online through the MyUHDS website and can be ordered throughout the academic year.
For Fall 2013 loft requests may be made after July 12, 2013 if the student has been assigned a room, signed their contract, and has confirmed their arrival date. Signing the contract and submitting an arrival date can be done through MyUHDS. If there are no available lofts, the student will be placed on the waitlist. The waitlist will continue into the school year. If a loft becomes available, the first student on the list will be notified via ONID email and will have 48 hours to accept the loft before the next student is notified and the offer is cancelled. Based upon availability, all loft reservations confirmed by August 9, 2013 will be installed by UHDS staff and placed in the student’s room before the school year begins. Students living in these halls are not allowed to build their own lofts.
The loft rental price is $200.00, charged to the OSU account, and covers installation and removal of the loft by UHDS staff. The fee is nonrefundable and will not be reduced, even if the student moves out early, unless the student cancels their UHDS contract prior to arriving at OSU. If the student changes rooms to a room which accepts UHDS provided lofts, the loft can be moved with the student by UHDS staff by submitting a maintenance request through MyUHDS. If a student cancels their contract or moves to an ineligible room, they can transfer the loft to the roommate remaining in the room as long as there is no waitlist for lofts. There is no cost associated with transfers to a roommate.
- UHDS can provide loft kits for the following buildings:
- Buxton Hall
- Cauthorn Hall
- Halsell Hall
- Hawley Hall
- International Living Learning Center
- McNary Hall
- Poling Hall
- Weatherford Hall
- West Hall
- Wilson Hall, 4th floor
Some rooms in Weatherford, most triples, and most quads require a loft or bunked beds as part of the room configuration. These rooms include a loft and will not incur a charge. Most beds in Sackett are bunked, therefore, don't need a loft.
Note: If a student wants to de-loft their bed and it is one that they rented (not already lofted due to the room configuration) they must know that they will not be refunded the $200 fee and they then need to submit a maintenance request through MyUHDS requesting this to happen.
This type of loft is in:
Wilson - 4th floor only
Dimensions are: H=6’, L=7’, W=3’
This type of loft is in:
Dimensions are: H=6’, L=7’, W=3’
This type of loft is in:
International Living-Learning Center
Dimensions are: H=6.5’, L=7’, W=3’
UHDS-Provided bunk kits
- Students and staff can bunk beds in their room at no charge for halls that allow this. The process to do this is as follows:
- Student requests a bunk kit by submitting a maintenance request through MyUHDS.
- Bunk kits will not be processed until after the student has moved into their space.
- Bunk kit requests will be processed based on availability of parts after loft kits on the wait list have been assembled.
- Once a bunk kit request has been approved, parts for that kit will be dropped off at the hall front desk for the student to check out with the RA during evening desk hours.
- Check out of the bunk pieces will include the tools to put the bunk together.
- Student will then put up the bunk and return the tools to the front desk.
- Bunk kits must be disassembled and the beds returned to their normal state when a student moves rooms or moves out otherwise they may be subject to an improper checkout fee.
Download: Bunk bed building instructions (PDF)
Student-Provided Loft Kits
In the halls/floors below, UHDS does not supply lofts and residents must build their own that comply with specific rules for loft kit construction, which ensure safety and building code compliance, including the use of the safety rails. Custom built or homemade lofts are permitted with the express understanding that the safety of the loft is the sole responsibility of the occupant. Residents may also purchase UHDS approved loft kits from multiple lumber companies in Corvallis. More information about these companies can be provided by hall staff after residents move in. Residents are also responsible for disassembling and removing the loft kits when they move out.
- Student-provided loft kits can be used in the following buildings:
- Bloss Hall
- Callahan Hall
- Finley Hall
- Wilson Hall, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th Floors
In our the halls that do not have UHDS-provided loft kits, students can provide their own kits. Lofting a bed requires compliance with specific rules for safety and smooth operation of the hall community. In these specific halls, the standard dimensions for the iron framed beds in the rooms are 36’’ wide, 79’’ long, and 12’’ high. Custom built or homemade lots are permitted with the express understanding that the safety of the loft is the sole responsibility of the occupant. As bed frames and mattresses cannot be removed from resident rooms, the loft kit must incorporate these items. If you chose to loft your bed, please do so in a safe and secure way.
Any lofts used in the Residence Halls or Cooperative Houses must comply with all the rules listed below. Failure to comply with these rules may result in a requirement to dismantle the loft and additional sanctions. As always, please consult with UHDS staff if you have questions about loft safety.
- Students who wish to simply raise their bed a few inches - but less than 18 inches - may utilize commercially purchased "bed risers". These are available a various home improvement, department, and specialty bed/bath stores.
- "Pressure lofts" which exert force between the floor and the ceiling or between walls will not be allowed. Only completely free-standing units will be allowed.
- Students may not use UHDS provided furniture in any way to provide support for a loft. This includes dressers, bookcases, desks, wardrobes and closets.
- All lofts must utilize the bed frames, bed legs, and mattresses which are already in the room. There is no storage for these components, and they may not be removed from the room/building.
- Designs of a single bunk style are encouraged (where no one would be sleeping under another bed). Any other design must be mutually agreed upon by both roommates.
- Beds must be far enough from ceiling and/or sprinkler heads to avoid head injuries and damage. You are required to have at least 18” from your nose to the ceiling. Lofts or bunks may not exceed 80” in height from floor to top board.
- Designs should utilize untreated wood and metal bolts.
- Other materials (e.g. nails, fiberglass, metal sheeting, chains, ropes, wires, PVC pipe, etc.) are not allowed.
- No loft may utilize any treated lumber (particularly green treated lumber). Some types of lumber may create a health hazard in an enclosed environment.
- A loft must be positioned so the room door can open freely. A loft should not hinder a door from being opened all the way or block window access.
- Beds bunked or raised to a level at or above the window ledge (approximately three feet) may not be placed parallel to the window, unless the loft is at least three feet from the window. This will prevent falling against the window and/or screen.
- The room and the original furniture must be returned to the original condition per the inventory card which will be reviewed at move out.
- Bed glides must be reinstalled upon dismantling bunk. The student may be charged for replacement of missing glides or any other furniture damage/loss.
- Center stretcher must be used in bunks.
- Designs may not use anything that damages the walls, floor, or any other part of the room.
- Do not tighten bed bolts too tight, or you may damage the boards.
- Bunks must use two support boards connecting the two beds together. Bunks must also use rails on the back and sides of the bunk.
UHDS requires the use of safety rails on all bunked and lofted beds. Not using a safety rail could increase your risk of falling and injury. Lofts must be at least 1.5 feet (0.46 meters) from the student sleeper to the ceiling due to the risk of smoke inhalation in case of a fire. UHDS staff do not inspect all lofts and room set ups but still retain the right to enforce a change if upon an inspection the staff feels the current set up to be unsafe.