Student Handbook

Loft Construction

Lofts will be permitted in Gelston Hall only. Lofts can be no higher than five feet off the ground. Several problems are associated with the construction of lofts and other structures in residence hall rooms. Among these are noise while building the structure, danger to occupants of poorly constructed structures, occasional damage to walls or other furnishings and general unsightliness. For these reasons, the following guidelines must be followed when building a loft or other structures in your room:

  1. Check with your hall director to see if you can have a loft in your room.
  2. Submit a one-page detailed loft plan to Facilities and Service Management. When designing your loft, please reference the Student Life Handbook for guidelines on height, bracing, etc. On your design, you need to show the structural supports, indicate the dimensions of the lumber used, and the height, length and width of the loft. Also, include your campus address, roommate’s name and campus phone number, if available. During the summer, loft plans may be mailed or faxed to Facilities and Service Management at (989) 463-7125. Please include your summer mailing address and phone number on the single page.
  3. When your loft is approved, we will send you a copy for your hall director. If it does not pass safety guidelines, we will contact you for clarification or modifications to the design. Please note that all lofts will be inspected according to the design submitted. Lofts erected without approval will be removed and fines will be imposed.
  4. The maximum height of the loft at the top of the mattress is not to exceed 60 inches above the floor.
  5. Location of the loft cannot interfere with the access to the room.
  6. Beds shall not be supported in whole or in part by College furniture.
  7. Beds must be a minimum of 18 inches from the heat source and 24 inches from the windows.
  8. Construction shall not exceed what is necessary to support raised beds.
  9. A second-story effect between two raised beds shall not be allowed.
  10. Lofts and other structures should be fastened together with bolts to facilitate easy disassembly.
  11. A time schedule for construction of lofts will be established each term by the hall director.
  12. Please remember that additional wood in a room creates additional fire hazard, be careful using appliances.

All structures will be inspected upon completion by the hall director and the Director of Facilities and Service Management. If they do not meet acceptable standards of appearance and materials used, the problem shall be corrected or the structure disassembled within four days.

Because all residence halls are used in the summer by outside groups, all structures must be disassembled when you move out of your room. If this is not done, Facilities and Service Management staff will remove the structure and you will be charged costs plus a $75 fine.

A model which meets College standards is provided in this section. Support of bed frames on cement blocks or other similar materials is not permitted.

Trundling of beds by inverting frames is not permitted because of safety and damage considerations. Lofts are for the purpose of supporting springs and mattresses and no other purpose. Platforms for chairs, couches, etc. will not be permitted.

Alma College accepts no responsibility whatsoever for the safety of a loft. It is constructed and used at your own risk.

Last updated 9/26/2013