Only lofting and bunking done by University of Mary Washington staff with the University-issued materials is permitted. A student wishing to either bunk, loft, or adjust the bed height must submit a bed modification request (not through the regular Facilities Services request process). Note that beds in Willard are not able 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).
Prior to the Fall semester, Bed Modification Work Order Requests for bed adjustments must be submitted from July 15 through August 7 for staff to be able to complete the requests by move-in. This way, there is time for staff to complete the requests in August during the short period after summer conferences prior to move-in. Students arriving early (before the general student move-in) may not have their work order request completed prior to moving in due to a high number of requests. 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 September 15. For the spring semester, requests must be submitted between December 1 and January 23, and will be completed as soon as possible.
Once the bed is modified, it must remain in that position. Facilities and Residence Life staff are unable to return multiple times to shift the bed’s position. 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 work order request should mark the bed with a sign to indicate which bed should be lofted. There are a limited number of available ladders, and they are available upon request only (in the work order request).
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.
Adjusting of a bed: If the height of the bed is too high or low, it can be challenging to climb into the bed or store items below it. If a student needs assistance adjusting the bed’s height, a work order request may be submitted. Stating the specific notches to be added or reduced is necessary. Students may wish to bring a rubber mallet to adjust their own bed height.
There are ten possible notch settings on the bed. The highest notch allows for 31 inches of clearance. With each subsequent notch lower, the clearance decreases by 3 inches. So the next highest setting would be 28 inches, 25 inches, etc.
One notch from highest possible: With this setting, there is approximately 28 inches of clearance underneath the bed.