How to Raise a Bed in a College Dorm Room

Raised beds help open up floor space.

College students often face the problem of getting their belongings to fit neatly into a small college dormitory room. The problem worsens when sharing the room with one or more roommates. Raising a bed allows you to utilize a considerable amount of available space under the bed. Determining how you raise the bed depends on the college regulations, the shape of the room, the provided furniture and the cooperation of any roommates. Raising the bed typically requires the assistance of at least one to three people depending on the type of furniture or loft assembly you select.

1 Using Bed Raisers

2 Remove objects from around the bed area

Remove objects from around the bed area to avoid breaking them. Push other furniture aside so you can work unobstructed.

3 Remove the mattress

Remove the mattress, if necessary, or tuck bed covers out of the way.

4 Raise one end of the bed

Raise one end of the bed, with a person at each corner, and place the bed raisers under each bed leg post. Repeat the procedure with the opposite end of the bed.

5 Using Loft Kits

6 Remove objects

Remove objects from around the bed area to avoid breaking them. Push other furniture aside to allow you to work unobstructed.

7 Remove the mattress and bed covers

Remove the mattress and bed covers.

8 Place the loft pins

Place the loft pins into the slots of the loft-kit frame. Connect the stabilizing rod or beam if the kit contains one.

9 Raise the bed

Raise the bed off the ground and place the kit frame underneath it. Align one top corner leg hole over the pin and push together. Repeat with corner on opposite end, the other side and last corner.

10 Attach loft braces

Attach loft braces, clips or locks if the kit contains them. Place mattress back in the bed.

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