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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. Students can rent lofts or bunks from UHDS but may not build their own. Some rooms have beds that come with complimentary bunk or loft kits due to the room configuration.
Beds in UHDS residence halls can be lofted or bunked with UHDS rental kits. Requests are made online and can be ordered throughout the academic year.
The loft and bunk nonrefundable rental fee for the 2019-20 academic year is $220.00, which is charged to the student's OSU account upon confirmation of the request. The loft kit fee will be charged to the student requesting the loft kit. The $220 bunk rental fee will be split between the two roommates so that each student is charged $110. If roommates want to adjoin beds to make a bunk, both roommates must request it. 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.
For Fall 2019 loft and bunk requests may be made beginning July 1, 2019 at 10 a.m. if the student has been assigned a room and signed their contract. Based upon availability, all loft and bunk reservations confirmed by August 2, 2019 will be installed by UHDS staff and placed in the student’s room before the school year begins. Requests made after August 3, 2019 will be filled based upon equipment and staff availability.
There is no limit on the number of students who can order loft kits in each room, unless adding additional loft kits 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 you submitted your request by August 2, 2019, you must cancel by August 7. If you cancel your request after August 7, you will be charged for your loft or bunk.
To cancel your loft or bunk request, go to your MyUHDS online housing portal.
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.
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.
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 Hall pages.
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.