Lofts are permitted but must conform to certain specifications. The specifications are listed below. Lofts not conforming to specifications must be removed. The university has no provision for storing lofts over the summer, so they must be removed at the end of the year. If you decide to build a loft, the university-provided furniture must be stored in your own residence hall room. All lofts must be removed and the bed reassembled two weeks before the end of the spring semester. Because the beds that are furnished in Kesseler, Campbell, Kulhavi, Robinson, Celani and Fabiano Halls may be lofted, students are not allowed to bring their own lofts. In addition, personal lofts are not allowed in Carey, Cobb, Troutman or Wheeler Halls because of space restrictions. 

Loft Company:

The University has an agreement with rents approved lofts to interested students. The  Residence Hall Assembly student leadership group receives a portion of all profits which helps support programs and activities for all residence hall students; however, Central Michigan University is not responsible or liable for the services and/or actions of 

Even if a loft kit is marked “CMU Approved,” the specifications should still be verified with these guidelines and a Waiver of Liability completed.

Loft Policy & Guidelines

The University considers lofts to be personal furniture.  Lofts are not encouraged, inspected or endorsed by Central Michigan University, although some residents may choose to have a loft in their residence hall room to utilize additional space and individualize their room.  Because lofts have the potential to significantly change room use, cause injury or damage, the Office of Residence Life has developed Loft Guidelines.    

The following guidelines provide the criteria and procedures for construction of lofts by students for use in student rooms in campus residence halls.  These guidelines are for the safety and protection of the room occupants and other residents of the residential facility.  All construction of lofts by students in residence halls must be performed in accordance with these guidelines.  The University is not responsible for injuries to the occupants of the room or their guests during and/or after the completion of the work as a direct result of the construction and/or use of the loft.

  1. A loft is defined as a freestanding platform intended to provide a sleeping surface only.
  2. Personal lofts are not allowed in Campbell, Kesseler, Kulhavi, Robinson, Fabiano and Celani Halls because the furniture provided may be used as a loft.  
  3. Personal lofts are not allowed in Carey, Cobb, Troutman and Wheeler Halls, due to space limitations of the residence hall rooms.
  4. Before constructing a loft, a resident must read the Loft Guidelines and Waiver of Liability document, and sign the Certification at the end of this document, which contains the “Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk.”
  5. It is the responsibility of the resident to discuss their loft design with their roommate(s) prior to assembling the loft in the room.
  6. Lofts must be ready for assembly when entering the residence halls.  All painting, sawing, staining, etc. must be completed before move-in.
  7. While the loft is being constructed or dismantled, hallways, doors, or window areas must not be blocked by lumber, furniture, fixtures, etc.
  8. Residents of the room assume responsibility for the construction and disassembly of the lofts in residence halls.  You must provide your own tools. The University is not responsible for loft construction, disassembly, or the loaning of tools for such purposes.
  9. Residents of the room are responsible for any damage to University property caused by the construction, installation, use or removal of a loft.  No University-owned furniture or equipment may be removed from the room.
  10. Lofts must be completely dismantled and removed from the room two weeks prior to the resident vacating the room either by changing rooms during the academic year or upon final check-out at the end of the fall or spring semester.  Lofts may not be stored in the residence hall during the summer months.  The room should conform to the original room condition with all furniture assembled as it was upon check-in.  Failure to dismantle and remove all materials or re-assemble university furnishings will result in a substantial service charge levied against all room occupants. 
  11. In the event of a mid-semester or mid-year check-out or room change, any loft belonging to the resident leaving the room may be left standing only if the new occupant of the room agrees to accept the loft and provides the Office of Residence Life with a signed “Waiver of Liability” form.

Loft Procedure:

  1. Students interested in building a loft should request a Loft Guidelines & Waiver of Liability form from their residence hall director after moving into their hall.  Click here for a Waiver of Liability Form.
  2. Students should turn in their signed Waiver of Liability to their residence hall director upon completion of his or her loft.
  3. The signed Waiver of Liability will be kept on file in the hall director’s office. If a signed Waiver of Liability is not submitted and approved, loft construction may not begin, or must be removed within 24 hours.
  4. Please note that although all loft construction specifications may have been followed, final approval is made through the discretion of the Director of Residence Life or its designee.

Construction Guidelines:

  • All materials used must be standard dimensional lumber as specified. This means 4” x 4” and 2” x 6”s that are of good quality and relatively free from knots, splits and imperfections.
  • Lofts may not be constructed in front of a window with less than 3 feet of clearance.
  • Lofts may not be constructed across an exit way. At least 3 feet of horizontal distance must be maintained between the loft and the exit.
  • Lofts must have at least 2 feet of clearance from the top of the sleeping surface to the ceiling.
  • Lofts covering more than 75 percent of the floor area of the specific room where they are located will not be approved.
  • Lofts must be free-standing and not attached to the walls, ceiling or floor.
  • All wood to be used as perimeter board needs to be at least 2” x 6”.
  • The legs of your loft are notched to accept the 2” x 6” perimeter wood members.
  • Removal or alteration of electrical fixtures and outlets is not allowed.
  • Diagonal bracing should be bolted or screwed to the loft.  No nails are allowed.
  • The plywood covering for your loft should be at least ½” thick or greater.
  • The plywood covering for your loft should be nailed or screwed around the perimeter on cross pieces unless the plywood is set inside the loft.
  • 2” x 4” cross pieces are needed if your loft is more than 4ft. wide with a plywood covered loft.
  • The springs to your loft are bolted to the loft.  Large washers are to be used.
  • The springs to your loft are set (not bolted) on your loft.  2” x 4” cross pieces must be installed with a maximum spread of 2 ft. (24”).
  • The area below the loft will not be used for storage of combustible materials.
  • Lofts constructed with nails and spikes will not be approved. See construction exceptions.
  • False floors and platforms are not permitted.
  • A smoke detector is required in the suite.



Loft Specifications:

  • The loft must be designed to support a minimum of 75 lbs. /sq. ft. with a safety factor of 4.
  • The loft must support a 36” x  80” mattress with springs 81” long.
  • Legs must be at least 4” x 4”. It is acceptable to permanently join two 2” x 4”s with spikes, lag screws or bolts.
  • Horizontal members must be at least 2” x 6”s on the complete perimeter.
  • Cross pieces must be at least 2” x 4”s, with a maximum spread of 24” at center. Joist hangers are recommended for this application.
  • Legs should be notched 1 5/8” deep, which is the standard width of the number to receive 2” x 6” horizontal members. They must be bolted with two 3/8” bolts and large washers at each joint.
  • Diagonal or horizontal bracing members must be used to make the loft structurally sound and may be either 1” x 4” or 1” x 6”s. They should be lag screwed in place using large washers behind the screw heads.
  • Plywood may be used to cover the loft and should be a minimum of 1/2” plywood nailed or screwed to the horizontal perimeter members. If the loft is no more than 4 feet wide and plywood is used, cross pieces may be eliminated.
  • Some students choose to bolt the springs directly to the horizontal 2” x 6”s at the ends of the loft. The springs must be bolted near the middle of the end pieces. Large washers should be used.