University Loft Puts its Best Foot Forward with Innovative Form and Function in Student Furniture

Just got back from a neighborhood walk of a couple miles or so. These days, my walks are much more comfortable because I discovered the perfect shoe (for me, anyway). Fila Skele-toes have made it possible for me to walk comfortably despite a nerve problem that makes my right foot go numb in regular walking shoes. Skele-toes are those weird-looking shoes with defined, separated toes (but only four distinct toe pockets in each shoe, so you kinda look like a cartoon character). Because these shoes allow me to walk more naturally, like barefoot, they are, for me, a marvel of form following function. And that’s a design philosophy that University Loft knows well and has mastered in the world of student furniture housing.

Just Like Fila Skele-Toes, University Loft Puts Its Best Foot Forward with Form Following Function

You see, the whole inspiration for University Loft’s student housing furniture came from a matter of function: when James Jannetides was a student at Southern Illinois University in the 1980s, his dorm room was simply too cramped. He needed more space. And of course, he couldn’t exactly knock out a wall, right? So the solution, simple as it was, was also inspired: Build UP. Raise the beds and move other dorm room furnishings beneath them. Simple. Practical. Genius. Form following function.

Even all these years later, University Loft still puts its best foot forward with innovative student housing furniture design and construction based on the ever-present need to maximize space in dorm rooms and on-campus housing residences. Our Graduate Series, for example, has dozens of possible student furniture configurations.

Take a closer look at ULoft student furniture and you’ll see how our designs have been inspired by the functions and space planning needs of college students in university housing. In fact, visit our showroom and warehouse in Greenfield, Indiana for an up-close look. But be warned: our facility is massive, so there will be some walking involved. Got some comfortable shoes?


The ULoft Blog Team

About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:

Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”

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