Lofts are permitted in Miller Hall only! No other residence hall, CLC House, or other campus housing may have lofts, nor may any University owned furniture be removed from the rooms.

Loft Construction Policies

A Loft Construction and Inspection form MUST be obtained from a Miller Resident Assistant or Residence Coordinator and submitted to the resident's building Residence Coordinator before Friday of the second week of classes in the Fall semester. As a component of the Loft Inspection form, all residents must sign a statement verifying that the loft was constructed of fire retardant wood and painted with fire retardant paint. (See reverse for further information.) Loft construction must be completed before Friday of the second week of classes in the Fall semester. Construction may not occur during designated quiet hours. The Residence Coordinator will inspect lofts during September. Storage of the University owned bed frame must be completed properly and with permission. The University bed frame may not be placed in hallways or lounges at any time. The bed frames may be stored in the appropriate storage area with the permission from the Residence Coordinator, and the frame must be properly tagged. It is expected that all room furniture remain in the room at all times. Failure by the resident to complete all of the above steps may result in immediate removal of the loft and/or associated charges for removal and failure to comply.

Loft Removal Policies

All lofts must be deconstructed and removed by the Friday before the final exam period. Lofts may not be deconstructed or removed during quiet hours. Students are responsible for returning stored bed frames to the room upon checkout. There is a $100.00 charge for failure to return a stored bed frame to the room. The construction and installation of a loft within any residence hall room is subject to final approval by the Director of Residence Life.

Loft Specifications

  • The loft may not block or obstruct doors or window egress as stated in Section FM-601.0 Hazards of the Fire Safety Codes.
  • The loft may not block or obstruct electrical wall switches.
  • If the loft is in the center of the room, there must be at least a 4-foot egress from the window to the loft and from the door to the loft.
  • The loft may not exceed a maximum height of 72 inches, or extend higher than 12 inches from the top of the door.
  • The loft must be free standing. The loft may not be nailed or fastened to the wall, window frame, doorframe, desk, etc. in any way.
  • Platform lofts are prohibited.
  • Rubber or foam backed carpet or padding is prohibited. These requirements apply for all floor material. Carpeting may not be used as a door or wall covering.

Fire Safety Construction Specifications

Wood material used must be either pretreated or stamped indicating that it is flame resistant material or dipped or coated with a UL flame retardant coating that has been rated for a flame spread of 25 or less. All surfaces must be treated. Combustible building material (post, joint, supporting members and decking) must be rendered fire-retardant, using the recommended application of intumescent paint (as specified by the manufacture). Certified Fire-retardant treated wood meets these requirements. Residents must sign a statement indicating that the loft meets fire-retardant specifications. Flame retardant additive can be purchased from The product is Flame Guard. The construction may not restrict exit from the windows or doors of the room. Windows and doors must be completely operable. There may be no change in the permanently installed electrical system. Electrical wiring must not be included in or attached to the loft construction. The loft may not be enclosed in any way including drapery, beads, wallboard, fishnet, etc. Construction materials may not be stored in corridors, stairwells or any public area. Debris resulting from construction must be removed from the building and placed in proper waste containers.

Loft Paint

NFPA 703 - To be classified as Class A fire retardant finish, the coating as applied to building materials, must reduce the flame spread to 25 or less.


O.F.C. - Chapter 6 - Means of Egress 1301: 7-1-05 - Orders to Eliminate Dangerous Or Hazardous Conditions Hazardous Conditions. O.B.B.C. - Chapter 8 - Means of Egress


F-601.1 OBSTRUCTIONS: A person shall not, at any time, place an encumbrance of any kind before or upon any fire escape, balcony or ladder intended as a means of escape from fire. The means of egress from each part of the building, including stairways, egress doors and any panic hardware installed thereon, aisles, corridors, passageways and similar elements of the means of egress, shall at all times be maintained in a safe condition and shall be available for immediate use and be free of all obstructions.

Emergency Escape Windows

F-603.1 MAINTENANCE: Emergency escape windows and doors shall be maintained operational and available to occupants of sleeping rooms in residential uses.

Maintenance of Exits

805.1 OBSTRUCTIONS: It shall be unlawful to obstruct, or reduce in any manner, the clear width of any doorway, hallway, passageway or other means of egress required by the provisions of this code.


Loft may not be stored at Heidelberg University at the conclusion of the academic year. Residents must return all stored furniture to the room upon check out.

Charges Associated with Loft Non-Compliance

  • RE-INSPECTION - $10.00

All charges will be billed to the student account with the Business Office.