Loft Guidelines

Lofts may not be constructed in Gant, Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Payne, Spalding, Spooner, or Van Antwerp Halls, or the Woodland Park Apartments.  Residence hall loft kit rentals are available on a limited basis to the residents of Gant, Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Payne, Spalding, Spooner, and Van Antwerp. Students will receive specific details on how to reserve a loft kit with their fall housing assignment. Once the school year has begun, students can request them at their residence hall front desk on a first come first serve basis.

NMU’s Loft Policy was developed with input from students and staff to provide students with a framework within which they may creatively and safely make their rooms their own without damaging university property.

Basically, a loft is a wooden frame which raises the bed or beds in your room off of the floor so you have more room for furnishings.  Building lofts for your bed not only adds a distinctive look to your room, it can make it more functional and attractive.

Lofts must be constructed with milled, untreated wood to minimize fire hazard, and must be free-standing.  They cannot block windows or doors, and all lofts must be constructed in student rooms and not in TV lounges, hallways or study rooms.

Students must remove double lofts prior to a prospective new student moving into their room.  The University provided bed must be properly arranged for the prospective new roommate.

For a more complete description of how you can build your own loft, along with sample drawings, click the link below or contact your resident adviser or resident director.

Loft Construction Guidelines (pdf)

Gant, Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Payne, Spalding, Spooner, and Van Antwerp Furniture

The pictures below depict samples of loft kits that are available to students who live in the halls noted above.  The loft kit that a student actually rents may, in fact, look slightly different than the representative pictures below.

Loft Kits available for rental in Gant, Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Payne, Spalding, Spooner, and Van Antwerp Halls.

Bunk Bed are quick and easy to set-up.


If you are interested in renting ($70 per year) a loft kit from NMU, visit to verify that you're assigned to a hall that allows loft kits.  From there, you may reserve your kit.

Please contact your residence hall staff member if you have any questions.