If you would like more storage space or a different look for your room, PLU beds provide you with a variety of options. Beds in the residence halls can be adjusted to multiple heights to accommodate storage space underneath without the use of additional parts.  If you are interested in even more space, you can check out a loft kit which raises the bed even higher providing more options.  Bunking is also available.  Some roommates select the option to bunk their beds in order to provide more available floor space in their room.  

Pacific Lutheran University has a significant number of loft kits available for check out.  These are accessed on a first come first serve basis. Please see your RA to request a loft kit if you are interested.  

Types of Beds on Campus

PLU has two types of beds, tool free and tooled.  Each bed type has a slight difference in height adjustment options as well as what is required to assemble or change the height of the bed.  Residence hall front desks have a limited supply of tools available for check out to assemble a loft kit or change your bed height.  If you plan to request a loft kit at move in or want to change the bed configuration, you might consider bringing your own tool if you have one available.  

**Please note that loft kits requested at move in need to be assembled and adjusted to your height preference. Bunking beds requires bunk pins to stack the beds and can be requested, but you will need to assemble the bunked beds with the pins.

 

Tooled Beds

Halls with tooled beds are South, Harstad, Hong, Hinderlie, and Stuen. These beds require a ⅜  drive ratchet and a ½ inch shallow socket or an adjustable crescent wrench for loft kit assembly or height changes.  

All beds in the rooms will be set to Move in Formation at move in, which is the lowest level the bed can be set.

Tooled beds have the following height options:

Move in Formation: 8 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the frame (set at move in)

2nd Level: 20 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

3rd Level: 32 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

Bunked Beds

This option requires bunk pins and stacks one bed on top of the other.  The bed ends serve as a ladder to the upper bed.  This formation has the bottom bed in Move in Formation and the top bed at a height of 70 inches between the floor and the bottom of the top bed frame.

Lofted Bed

Fully lofted: 69 inches of clearance from the floor to the bottom of the top bed frame.

 Loft Kit Assembly Directions for tooled beds

 

Tool Free Beds

These beds require a rubber mallet for loft kit assembly or height changes.  Halls with tool free beds are Tingelstad, Pflueger and Ordal.

Move in Formation: 10 inches of clearance from the floor (set at move in)

Raised Bed Options:

2nd Level: 13 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

3rd Level: 16 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

4th Level: 19 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

5th Level: 22 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

6th Level: 25 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

7th Level: 28 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

8th Level: 31 inches of clearance between the floor and the bottom of the bed

Bunked Beds

This option requires bunk pins and stacks one bed on top of the other.  The bed ends serve as a ladder to the upper bed.  This formation has the bottom bed in Move in Formation and the top bed at a height of 68 inches between the floor and the bottom of the top bed frame.

Fully Lofted Bed – 68 inches of clearance from the floor.

Depending on the height you choose, this option may require extra people (3 or more) to raise the pieces and the bed decking to the desired level.

Loft Kit Assembly directions for tool free beds

 

Returning your Loft Kit or Bunk Pins

Students are responsible for disassembling and returning their own loft kits or bunk pins. Loft kits/pins must be returned to the designated loft kit room in their hall.  Students returning a loft kit/pins mid year should contact an RA on duty.  Students returning a loft kit/pins at a designated move out time will have the opportunity to return the equipment during scheduled hours to the loft kit rooms.  

Students must return their bed to Move in Formation at move out.  During room inspections, a bed found to not be in Move in Formation will incur a fine to the corresponding occupant.