Elevated Beds

Elevated Bed Policy

1. The following regulations apply to all elevated beds con­structed by or for students. Notre Dame Modular Systems, as found in most residence halls, are regulated separately.

a. Students must complete a permit form prior to building an elevated bed. Only elevated beds may be constructed; platforms, lofts or structures which constitute additional floor surfaces are not permitted. Permits for elevated beds will be available from residence hall staff at the beginning of the fall semester.
b. Students may construct an elevated frame for a bed.  The frame may be no longer than needed to accommodate the mattress on top of the bed springs.  Bed springs must be incorporated into the frame as a support for the mattress. Note:  Mattresses are 36” x 76”(19 sq. ft.), 36” x 80” (20 sq. ft.) or 36” x 90” (22.5 sq. ft.).
c. In rooms with elevated beds, the total area covered shall not comprise more than 35 percent of the total room area to allow for adequate sprinkler coverage.
d. Elevated beds may not block doors, whether interior or exterior to a room.

1. In multi-room suites, the corridor door in the center room shall be maintained for easy exit.  The center room corridor door must be maintained so as to open at least 90 degrees.  
2. No bed structure or other furniture will block use of the connecting room doors so there is a clear passage or direct access to the center room for exiting. Residents shall be able to exit a room into a hallway by passing through no more than two doors.
3. All corridors in every room (including suites) shall be maintained for easy exit.

e. Residents must maintain a minimum of 18” clearance from all sprinkler heads and position elevated beds to preclude interference with automatic sprinklers.
f.  Elevated beds must not be attached to ceilings or walls or be supported by wardrobes, sinks or other room furnishings.
g. Elevated beds must be adequately braced and bolted securely to prevent swaying and collapse.  At least two bolts, with attached nuts, per joint are required for all joined members.  The main vertical structural members must be at least 4" x 4" or equivalent dimensioned lumber.  Horizontal structural members must be at least 2” x 6” lumber.
h. Elevated beds or their frames shall not be enclosed with fabric, plywood or any other material.
i.  Elevated beds shall abut only on the short ends except when placed in an "L" shaped configuration.
j.  The top of the mattress should not be higher than 7 feet from the floor, regardless of ceiling height.  In cases where the mattress height exceeds 7 feet, a sturdy retaining railing shall be installed.
k. Construction of elevated beds must be completed by the beginning of the first full week of semester classes, or sooner as mandated by the Rector.
l.  All elevated beds will be inspected by the Office of Housing and Risk Management personnel, who will have final authority with respect to interpretation, modification and enforcement of these regulations.  Elevated beds may not be modified or altered after they have been approved by the inspectors.

2. In buildings where the Notre Dame Modular System are provided, they will substitute for elevated or stacked beds, as specified under the Elevated Bed Policy. The Notre Dame Modular System has been designed to meet or exceed Consumer Product Safety Commission Standards for construction, safety and durability. Therefore, no substitutions will be permitted. In rooms where Modular Systems are provided individuals may not construct any elevated bed.

a. No modifications to these units will be permitted.
b. These units are designed to the University's specifications and will be available in several configurations to meet the needs of the many room sizes and shapes. This will preclude the necessity to remove any module of the loft unit from the room.
c. Under no circumstances will any part of these units be removed for storage or use elsewhere.


Questions regarding elevated beds should be directed to housing@nd.edu.