5.1 Bed Units, Bunks and Lofts

To maximize the useful life of beds and mattresses, beds may not be removed from a student room nor disassembled. 

University Housing does not supply removal or storage of unwanted beds. 

Mattresses and box springs must remain on assembled bed frames provided by University Housing. 

Waterbeds are not allowed in a residence hall, suite, or apartment room. 

Loft, Bunk Bed and Bed Riser Information  

Due to safety considerations, university policy does not allow residents to construct their own bed lofts or bunks for use in residence hall rooms, apartments, or rooms in Greek managed residences. 

Attempting to bunk or loft beds without the proper equipment and parts may place residents at risk of severe injury. 

With the furnishings provided, residents can arrange their rooms using the bed bunking and lofting options offered by University Housing. 

Stabilizer bars must be installed on high loft configurations. 

Residents are not allowed to build free-standing loft units or loft their beds using bunk bed components, in any residence or Greek managed house. 

The use of cinder (concrete) blocks, bricks, woodblocks, PVC pipe, etc., to raise beds is prohibited. 

Acceptable bed risers are available at local retailers. 

Duncan Avenue Apartments does not have loftable beds. 

In the picture below, note that the steel bed spring can be inserted into the posts at residential height or at a higher (loft) height. 

The loft height will allow items to be placed under the bed for space-saving. 

Note that the spring has two hooks on each end that insert over the steel rods on the steel channel embedded in the wood post (pictured below). 

If bunk beds are desired, replace the stabilizer bar with a steel bed spring. When changing resident's bed height or configuration, it is important to undo both hooks on each end of the spring. If both ends are not detached, damage to the resident’s bed may occur. Note, lifting on the spring while one foot is on the lower cross rail disengages the spring. 

Sometimes it requires an upward tapping (rubber mallet) under the corner connection to dislodge the spring hooks from the steel rods. It is critical that the steel stabilizer bar (steel bedspring if bunking) be positioned approximately 12” from the floor when the higher spring height positions are selected. 

When the spring is positioned at lower heights, the stabilizer bar (steel bedspring, if bunking) is positioned 12” from the top of the bedposts. The stabilizer (steel bedspring if bunking) inserts into the bedposts as described for the spring. 

To attach a guard rail, slide the mattress so the guard rail can lay flat on the spring. Engage the two brackets of the guard rail to the spring and raise it to the vertical position. The mattress can now be re-positioned and will hold the guard rail in its upright position. 

Residents may request and receive a guard rail for use on resident's bed frame through the FIX IT service or by calling the University Housing's 24/7 Service Center at 479-575-7005. 

Updated August 2022 

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