What is a loft or bunk kit?

Many students like to maximize their usable space in student rooms by incorporating lofts or bunks for their beds. A loft is a bed that is raised so that a student may place their desk or other furniture underneath to maximize space. 

A bunk is when two beds are stacked on top of each other. Loft and bunk information differs according to building and floor.

Halls With UHDS Rental Loft & Bunk Kits

The halls and floors below have beds that have the ability to be lofted or bunked with UHDS rental kits. Requests are made online through the MyUHDS website and can be ordered throughout the academic year.

  • Students living in these halls are not allowed to build their own lofts.
  • These halls also have adjustable beds that can be raised up to 42 inches high without a loft kit.


Halls With UHDS Rental Loft & Bunk Kits
Bloss Hall Buxton Hall Halsell Hall Hawley Hall
Weatherford Hall McNary Hall Poling Hall Sackett Hall
Tebeau Hall West Hall Wilson 4th Floor Wilson No.539
International Living Learning Center      



The loft and bunk nonrefundable rental fee is $210.00 which is charged to the student's OSU account upon confirmation of the request. The $210 bunk rental fee will be split between the two roommates so that each student is charged $105.  Bunk bed requests will be confirmed only after both roommates submit a request.



UHDS rental loft kits are approximately 6 feet high, 7 feet long, and 3 feet wide. See below for examples of different styles of UHDS rental loft and bunk kits.



Requesting a Loft & Bunk

For Fall 2018 loft and bunk requests may be made beginning June 29, 2018 at 10am if the student has been assigned a room and signed their contract. Based upon availability, all loft and bunk reservations confirmed by August 3, 2018 will be installed by UHDS staff and placed in the student’s room before the school year begins. Requests made after August 4, 2017 will be filled based upon equipment and staff availability.

There is no limit on the amount of students that can order loft kits in a single room, unless doing this would block a window, due to the shape of the room. Loft and ceiling heights may vary slightly.  Please submit a maintenance request through MyUHDS to have your loft height adjusted.


If there are no available loft or bunk kits, the student will be placed on the waitlist which continues into the school year. If a loft or bunk kit becomes available, the first student on the list will be notified via ONID email and will have 48 hours to accept. 


Moving Rooms

During the academic year, if a student with a loft or bunk changes rooms to a room which accepts UHDS rental lofts or bunks, the loft can be moved with the student to their new room at no additional charge.  The student may request this move by submitting a maintenance request through MyUHDS. If a student cancels moves to an ineligible room, they can transfer a loft or bunk to the roommate remaining in the room at no cost as long as there is no waitlist for lofts or bunks.


Removing Loft or Bunk Kit

Loft and ceiling heights may vary slightly.  Please submit a maintenance request through MyUHDS to have your loft height adjusted.

Complimentary Lofts and Bunks

Some rooms require lofted and bunked beds as part of the room configuration and do not incur a loft charge. Additional information regarding room configurations may be found online on the Residence Halls pages.

See a list of 2017-2018 rooms with complimentary lofts and bunks.

Student-Built 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 safety rails. 

  • In these halls, bunk beds are not allowed. 
  • Students who desire more storage without a full loft kit may use retail-purchased bed risers to increase the height of beds for storage purchase.


Halls with no bunks and student-provided lofts
  • Callahan Hall
  • Wilson Hall (2d, 3rd, 5th and 6th floors)
  • Finley Hall


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 are also responsible for disassembling and removing the loft kits when they move out. Failing to remove a student-built loft kit will result in charges to your student account.


Rules for Building a Loft Kit

In the halls that do not have UHDS rental loft kits, students can provide their own kits by following specific safety guidelines. 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 lofts 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 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.


Rules About Loft Design
  • "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.
  • Designs of a single loft style are required (where no one would be sleeping under another bed).
  • Designs may not use anything that damages the walls, floor, or any other part of the room.
  • Students who wish to simply raise their bed less than 18 inches - may utilize commercially purchased "bed risers". These are available a various home improvement, department, and specialty bed/bath stores.
  • 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 while in bed. Lofts may not exceed 80” in height from floor to top board.
  • 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 lofted 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.


Rules About Loft Construction
  • Students may not use UHDS provided or rental 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 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.
  • Center stretcher must be used in lofts.
  • Do not tighten bed bolts too tight, or you may damage the boards.


Rules About Loft Deconstruction
  • The room and the original furniture must be returned to the original condition upon move-out.
  • Bed glides must be reinstalled upon dismantling loft. The student may be charged for replacement of missing glides or any other furniture damage/loss.


Safety Warning

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.