Loftable furniture is pictured in a Kronshage Residence Hall room

Furnishings

Items Provided

Provided for Each Resident:

  • Bed
  • Mattress
  • Desk
  • Desk Chair
  • Clothing storage (wardrobe, built-in closet, or walk-in closet)
  • Bookcase or hutch (not available in Dejope, Leopold, Lowell, Ogg, and Witte)
  • Dresser (in Dejope, Leopold, Ogg, and Smith, instead of a dresser, shelves are built into the walk-in closet, while in Witte dressers are not provided)

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Provided for Each Room:

  • Compact refrigerator (3.1 cubic ft.)
    • Note: triples and quads will have two refrigerators and hextuples will have three refrigerators provided in each room
  • Window coverings
  • Closets or wardrobes
  • Wastebasket
  • Recycling bin
  • Mirror
  • Cable or streaming TV service
  • High-speed wireless access points with optional wired connections

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Items to Bring

In addition to the furnishings provided by University Housing, we encourage you to bring your own belongings to personalize your room. We encourage you to talk with your roommate during the summer and avoid duplication of large items and electronics. Before you move to campus, we recommend that you make a list of your valuable possessions and leave the list at home with your family for reference in case of loss or damage. You should also label these items with your name or initials.

View/print a full checklist of items to consider bringing

Bedding

  • Students must bring their own bedsheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, and mattress pads
  • Mattress sizes are all either 33″ x 80″ or 36″ x 80″
  • “Twin XL” sheets fit all beds
  • Regular twin sheets with extra deep corners or jersey sheets (t-shirt material) also fit all beds

The University has partnered with Our Campus Marketing to provide a convenient program offering brand new, high-quality, custom sheets for sale that are guaranteed to fit our beds. Value Paks, bathroom essentials, room décor, and more are also available. International students have different delivery options through a unique international linen orders site for their convenience.

Additional Items

  • Computer
  • Smart television
  • Carpet or area rug (see your hall’s room layout for details)
  • Cell phone (phones and landline phone service are not provided)
  • Earphones
  • Alarm clock
  • Locker lock for lockable drawer
  • Microwave
  • Pillows/pillowcases
  • Plastic food storage containers

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Appliances

Please discourage high school graduation gifts of cooking appliances other than a microwave. Extensive food preparation is not allowed in resident rooms for sanitation and fire safety reasons. These restrictions are strictly enforced for the protection of all our residents.

Not Allowed*

  • Electric grills (i.e. George Foreman, waffle iron, griddle, pizzazz pizza oven, panini maker, quesadilla maker, etc.)
  • Pizza cooker
  • Toaster oven
  • Toaster
  • Hot plate
  • All-in-one breakfast maker
  • Instantpot/crockpot/slow cooker/pressure cooker
  • Air fryer
  • Hoverboard
  • Halogen lamp
  • Air-conditioning unit
  • Space heater
  • Electric fireplace
  • Portable electric dryer
  • Electric wax melt

Allowed*

  • Microwave
  • Rice cooker
  • Coffee pot
  • Keurig coffee pot
  • Clothing iron
  • Air popcorn popper
  • Blender
  • Personal blender/juicer
  • Hot water boiler/electric kettle
  • Hairstyling tools
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Humidifier
  • Dehumidifier
  • Clothing steamer

*Note: lists are not exhaustive

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Lofting

*Note: rooms in some residence halls have mixed furniture. Furniture, measurements, and dimensions may vary. Due to the variety of residence halls, rooms, furniture, closets, etc. in University Housing, we are unable to provide details and measurements for all possible situations and items. If the information you’re looking for isn’t shown on our website, we are unable to provide it at this time.

All provided furniture is able to be lofted or bunked. Single beds are normally set up at move-in at the standard (low) bed height. If the room is a triple, quad, or hextuple, then beds are bunked at normal heights with side rails attached to the top bunk. Bed parts to adjust bed heights to mid-loft and lofted are included in each resident room.

Housing staff are not available during move-in to loft beds. Residents and families are encouraged to loft their own beds during move-in.  If residents would like assistance lofting their bed after move-in, a maintenance request can be submitted after move-in and will be completed in approximately a week.

Most rooms in Sellery and Waters have building block style furniture where your desk, dresser, hutch, and bookcase become part of the lofting unit in the most popular setup. All other residence hall rooms have a mix of the upright styles of loftable furniture which allows for different bed heights to be chosen by moving the bed frame up or down on the bed uprights.

Tips & Guidelines

  • Two or more people are required to lift and stack furniture
  • In some residence halls, a soft mallet and pins may be required for assembly (hall desks have spares that can be used on a first come first serve basis)
  • Remove the mattress before lofting
  • Remove all items and furniture under beds before lofting
  • Lift with your legs/arms, not with your back
  • Safety rails should be used
    • Place next to the window if lofting near one (request a second safety rail for the other side via our maintenance request form)
  • Avoid using tape as it will leave permanent marks
  • See your residence hall’s Building Supervisor or your House Fellow with questions

Tall Uprights

Tall uprights on this furniture allow for bed frames to be lofted or bunked at a variety of heights.

  1. Remove the mattress from the bed frame.
    • Five Foot Uprights: stabilizer bars are not required and do not need to be requested.
    • Six Foot Uprights: apply upward pressure to the ends of the stabilizer bar to remove it (or tap with a soft mallet) and set it aside to reinstall later.
  2. Disengage the hooks on the bed frame from the uprights by applying upward pressure to the corners of the frame (or tap with a soft mallet).
  3. Lift the bed frame to the desired height on the top uprights
    (while propping the top uprights against your body so they do not fall).

    • Six Foot Uprights: lean the uprights against the wall so they do not fall.
  4. Insert the two hooks on each end of the bed frame over the steel rods in the steel channel embedded in the uprights at the desired height.
  5. Apply downward pressure to the corners of the bed frame (or tap it with a soft mallet) to lock it in place.
    • Six Foot Uprights: reinstall the stabilizer bar by inserting the steel hooks on each end to the uprights at the desired height. Apply downward pressure to each end of the stabilizer bar (or tap it with a soft mallet) to lock it in place.
  6. Install the safety rail by laying it flat on the bed frame. Engage the two brackets to the bed frame and raise it to the vertical position.
  7. Lift the mattress on to the bed frame. The mattress will hold the safety rail in its upright position.

Stackable Uprights

Uprights on this furniture are required to be stacked on top of each other to loft. Bed frames may still be lofted or bunked at a variety of heights.

  1. Remove the mattress from the bed frame.
  2. Disengage hooks on on the bed frame from the uprights by applying upward pressure to the corners of the frame (or tap with a soft mallet).
  3. Lift the bed frame to the desired height on the top uprights (while propping the top uprights against your body so they do not fall)
  4. Apply downward pressure to the corners of the bed frame (or tap it with a soft mallet) to lock it in place.
  5. Move the bed frame and top uprights aside.
  6. Install the stabilizer bar closest to the wall in the top two highest steel rods of the steel channels embedded in the bottom uprights.
  7. Slide the two pins on each end of the stabilizer bar away
    from each upright to lock the stabilizer bar in place.
  8. Lift the bed frame, top uprights, and safety rail up
    and onto the round posts of the bottom uprights.
  9. Apply downward pressure to the bed frame and top uprights
    (or tap it with a soft mallet) to lock it in place.
  10. Lift the mattress onto the bed frame.
  11. Lift the safety rail into place on the top uprights. You may need to briefly unhook one end of the bed frame to get the safety rail to fit.
  12. Insert the two brackets on the safety rail into the bed frame.
Lofted bed with building block-style furniture

Building Block

This furniture features stackable furniture where your desk, dresser, hutch, and bookcase become part of the lofting unit in the most popular setup.

  1. Remove the mattress from the bed frame.
  2. Position the desk and dresser on the floor where you’d like to loft your bed approximately 56″ apart.
  3. Insert steel pins (extras are available at hall desks on a first come first serve basis) into furniture. Use long pins for beds and short pins for other furniture.
  4. Lift the hutch on top of the desk.
  5. Lift the bookcase on top of the dresser.
  6. The safety bar should not be removed. If the bar is not in the proper position for your setup, turn the bed frame over side-to-side or end-to-end to position it correctly.
  7. Lift the bed frame so that it sits level on top of the hutch and bookcase.
  8. Lift the mattress up into the bed frame.

Note: the bed frame(s) are reversible and can be lofted at different heights by turning the bed frame over or by stacking it directly onto the desk and dresser.

Residence Halls Lofting Measurements

#To the top of the mattress

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Futons

While futons are not provided, many residents choose to bring them. If you or your roommate keep your beds unlofted, you may not have space in your room for a futon or loveseat. As with all our furniture, your individual setup, as well as the size and shape of your room, will determine what size furniture will fit. Below are general guidelines:

  • In Sellery and Waters, your loft setup will determine your available width, however, a 56″ wide futon/loveseat will fit underneath a lofted bed with most setups using this furniture
  • All other residence hall rooms will accommodate futons/loveseats up to 79″ wide placed underneath a lofted bed
  • Some single rooms in Davis cannot accommodate a small futon or loveseat unless the bed is lofted

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*Measurements

*Note: rooms in some residence halls have mixed furniture. Furniture, measurements, and dimensions may vary. Due to the variety of residence halls, rooms, furniture, closets, etc. in University Housing, we are unable to provide details and measurements for all possible situations and items. If the information you’re looking for isn’t shown on our website, we are unable to provide it at this time.

Residence Halls Furniture Measurements

#Desk includes a 17″ pedestal that can be separated

##Desk includes a carrel shelf that is 40″ x 12″ x 23″

###Desk includes a 15″ pedestal that can be separated

Residence Halls Miscellaneous Measurements

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Cleaning Supplies

University Housing provides vacuums for resident use. Vacuums are usually checked out at your hall desk or from House Fellows, and there may be limits on the times they are available. Be prepared to have your Wiscard (the official UW-Madison student ID) scanned when you check out a vacuum.

In addition, cleaning supplies including brooms, mops, rags, dustpans, and buckets are provided on each floor for your use. Our staff maintains common areas but students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms, including rooms with private bathrooms.

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