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Building Block Furniture Information

Your Building Block modular furniture can be set up in any of four approved configurations. You may be happy with your current configuration, but if you want to make a change, please review and follow all safety requirements and assembly instructions. For safety reasons, only the configurations presented here are allowed.

You can check out which residence halls and apartments have which style of modular furniture here. This furniture is not provided in Northwood IV and V.

Rooms with Building Block modular furniture will include the following items:

Item Depth Width Height
Bed 80″ 40.5″ 30″
Bookcase 12″ 34.75″ 30″
Desk 24″ 36.5″ 30.25″
Desktop Organizer 12″ 34.75″ 30″
Dresser 24″ 36.5″ 30.25″

 

Safety Requirements

  • Many of the modular furniture pieces are heavy. Two or more adults are required to lift and stack these pieces. Always use proper lifting techniques to prevent serious back injuries.
  • The steel pins provided must be used in all stacked configurations to position and lock the pieces together. (Replacement pins are available at your Community Center.)
  • In any stacked configuration, the safety guardrail should be positioned on the outside of the bed and not against the wall.
  • Do not remove the safety guardrail.
  • Do not remove the desktop organizer from the desk.
  • The side of the bed without the safety guardrail must be placed against the wall.
  • Furniture should be a minimum of two feet away from windows and from heat registers and radiators. (Does not apply to Northwood residents.)

Trundle Beds

  1. Place the first or lower bed in place with the shortest bedposts on the floor.
  2. Place the dresser parallel to the lower bed’s safety guardrail. Its distance from the safety rail should approximate the length of the top bed.
  3. Place two pins in the top of the first bed’s safety guardrail.(Indicated by asterisks.)
  4. Turn the top bed so that shortest ends of the bedposts are facing down (toward the floor). Make sure the safety guardrail is facing out and not against the wall.
  5. Lift and place the second bed so the pinholes on the bottom of the bedposts align with the pins in the first bed’s safety guardrail on one end. On the dresser end, the bottom of the bed frame should rest at the middle of the dresser top.
  6. Check all pin connections to ensure that they are secure.
  7. Use the ladder to get safely up and down from the top bed. 

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Bunk Beds

  1. Decide where you want your bunked beds to be located.
  2. Position the bottom bunk with the shortest bedposts on the floor.
  3. Place a pin in each of the lower bunk’s bedposts.(Indicated by asterisks.)
  4. The top bed frame should be turned so that the safety guardrail is positioned on the outside of the bed and not against the wall.
  5. Lift and position the second bunk on top of the first, with the shortest bedposts down (pointing to the floor).
  6. Check to be sure that the pins are firmly connecting the two beds at the corners of each bedpost.
  7. Use the ladder to get safely up and down from the upper bunk.

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Lofted Beds

  1. Place the desk (with attached desktop organizer) where you want that end of your loft to be.
  2. Place the dresser on the other end.
  3. Place pins in the pinholes on top of the dresser. (Indicated by asterisks.)
  4. Position the bookcase on top of the dresser, making sure that the pinholes in the bottom of the bookcase are aligned with the pins in the dresser top.
  5. Turn the bed frame so the safety guardrail will be on the outside of the bed and not against the wall.
  6. With the shortest ends of the bedposts toward the floor lift and place the bed frame on top of the other furniture.
  7. Check all pin connections to ensure that they are secure. 
  8. Use the ladder to get safely up and down from your loft. 

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BBF HALF LOFT

  1. Decide where you want your lofted bed to be located.
  2. Place the dresser on one and the bookcase on the other. (For greater accessibility, both should be placed face out.)
  3. Place pins in the dresser and the bookcase.(Indicated by asterisks.)
  4. Turn the bed frame so the safety guardrail will be positioned on the outside of the bed and not against the wall.
  5. With the shortest bedposts toward the floor, lift and place the bed frame on top of the other furniture, making sure that all pins are properly aligned with the holes in the bedpost.

CAUTION: Bookcase must be kept square to the floor when using this configuration.

 

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Single Bed

The bed frame can be flipped so that either the short or long ends of the bedposts are on the floor. The mattress will fit on either side. Placing the longest bedposts on the floor will provide the most under-bed storage.

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More Options

The beds are not the only pieces of modular furniture that can be stacked. Consider stacking:

  • Dresser on dresser
  • Bookcase on dresser
  • Bookcase on bookcase

Simply place pins in the pinhole locations to connect the two pieces.

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