Lofting and Bunking
Only lofting and bunking done by University of Mary Washington staff with the University-issued materials is permitted. A student wishing to either bunk or loft their residence hall room bed must submit a bed bunk or loft request through OrgSync (not through the regular Facilities Services request process).
Students who have submitted a housing wait list form request or who believe their assignment may change should not submit a bed bunk or loft request.
The bed bunk or loft request form must be submitted prior to August 7 to ensure the request is completed by move-in. Requests received after August 7 will be completed as soon as possible, but this may not be prior to general student move-in. Requests for the fall must be submitted by 5pm on August 26. For the spring semester, requests must be submitted between December 1 and January 15, and will be completed as soon as possible.
Students arriving early (before the general student move-in) may not have their bed modification request completed prior to moving in due to a high number of requests.
Once the bed is modified, it must remain in that position. Facilities Services and Residence Life staff are unable to return multiple times to adjust the bed. Students should consider how they will want their bed for the entire year. Students on campus in the room at the time of a lofting request should mark the bed with a sign to indicate which bed should be lofted. Each lofted or bunked bed will have a ladder unless the requestor indicates he/she does not want one.
Note that beds in Jefferson and Willard are unable to be bunked as they are single occupancy rooms and they are not able to be lofted as they are a style of bed which does not permit lofting. In Russell Hall, the built-in furniture prevents lofting due to the close spaces and odd corners that it creates (bunking is usually doable in Russell). Because of lower ceilings (fire code compliance), beds are unable to be bunked or lofted in the UMW Apartments.
Definition of Terms
Bunked beds: When both beds are placed parallel to each other – one on the bottom and the other above it. Bed pins secure the bed boards to each other. Both roommates would have to communicate with each other to know if this is the best bed situation, who would sleep in either bed, etc. If a specific side of the room is important for the layout of the beds, the students will need to state that information in the work order request.
Lofted bed: When one bed’s boards are doubled and secured with bed pins (and a security bar) to be raised high above the ground. The mattress is placed high so other furniture items are in the space below the mattress to maximize space usage. The highest a loft can be raised is just under 6 feet ranging between 5`9 and 5`8 1/2.
Students wishing to adjust the height of their bed will need to do so themselves using a rubber mallet. Resident Assistants have rubber mallets and can instruct students in the proper way in which to adjust beds either higher or lower as desired.