Eldridge/Fox Hall Loft Information

Eldridge Fox floor planBeds in Eldridge/Fox Hall are unable to be lofted with the furniture currently in the rooms. As such, information below is provided should a resident choose to build his or her own loft.  Students who choose to construct a loft assume any and all liability in regards to physical injury. 

Room dimensions

Bedroom: 12 feet by 12 feet 2 inches
Entrance: 5 feet 5 inches by 6 feet 1 inch

Schematics

Loft plans

Eldridge bedframe dimensions

2nd floor
3rd floor
5th floor
6th floor

38.5 inches wide
82 inches long
5 inches deep
photos of bed

4th floor

38.5 inches wide
81 inches long 
2.5 inches deep (5 with endcap)
photos of bed

Fox bedframe dimensions

1st floor
3rd floor
4th floor
5th floor

38.5 inches wide
82 inches long
5 inches deep
photos of bed

2nd floor

There are two types of beds on this floor. Please contact Residence Life at (269) 387-4735 for dimensions.

Construction notes

  • Lofts should be built prior to the third day of classes.
  • All cutting and sawing must be done inside the student's room or outside of the building. Cutting, sawing and construction are not permitted in the hallways.
  • Lumber, furniture and other items should not be stored in hallways or lounges during the construction period because of the fire and safety hazards involved.
    Please thoroughly clean up and properly dispose of all waste material. Brooms and vacuum cleaners are available at the front desk.
  • Wood should have a minimum of knot holes and be properly seasoned. Untreated construction grade #2 pine/fir is frequently used. Whatever stock is selected, it should be strong enough to withstand normal use. Tree limbs or rough sawn lumber are not permitted.
  • Windows and the room door should not be blocked so residents can freely exit in the event of an emergency. Do not block outlets, cable and data jacks, light fixtures, etc.
  • Sub-floors are not permitted due to safety restrictions.
  • Lofts should occupy no more than 50 percent of the floor space of the room where they are placed.
  • All lofts must be free standing. They may not be secured to walls, ceilings or to the floor. Wedging is permitted. Wobbling must be entirely eliminated from all lofts.
  • Please provide your own tools.

Furniture

  • The bedspring and mattress should be incorporated into the loft. 
  • All Western Michigan University furniture must remain in the resident's room. Lack of storage space prohibits the University from storing furniture or loft parts. 

Safety considerations

  • Ladders: Ladders are not required, but consideration should be given to exiting a loft in an emergency. When in use, ladders must be securely attached to the loft. Ladders must be strong enough to support weight in excess of the anticipated load. Horizontal braces connecting 4-inch-by-4-inch supports frequently serve as ladders.
  • Safety rail: Residents may use a safety rail when sleeping in a loft. A safety rail of sufficient height and strength must be a part of all lofts; however, safety rails may be removable if they are secured in place when in use. If any sides of the loft are pushed directly against a wall, no additional safety rails are necessary for those sides.
  • Swing-away beds: Lofts designed to have the bed spring/mattress move up and out of the way must have a safety catch or chain to prevent the accidental falling of the bed.
  • Enclosed lofts: Lofts may not be enclosed in any way, including paneling, fabric, etc. due to fire code.