Bedrooms can be a place to escape from the world and enjoy some privacy or they might be used only for the sole purpose of recharging your batteries with needed rest. How you and your family members make use of your bedrooms needs to be taken into consideration as you layout the design of your new home. Here are several tips to help you plan your bedrooms.
Furniture Dimensions and Arrangement
One of the unique parts about bedrooms is that they are typically used for a number of purposes, but those purposes can be extremely varied depending upon each individual and also upon the furnishings that are placed inside the room. Besides having a bed, a dresser and a nightstand or two, bedrooms might also contain various other furnishings, such as:
- A sitting area in a master bedroom could have a couple of chairs, a love seat and/or a coffee or end table.
- A study area for students or for adults might include a desk and bookshelves.
- A child’s room might have a child’s bed and a toy chest.
- A baby’s room might include a diaper changing table.
In many of these situations, the space required and the furnishings that are in it can change as children grow older. Plan to provide space for the items that will be there and the space that will be needed when the room is at its fullest rather than at a minimum.
Open Floor Area
Open floor area is also dependent upon how the room is used, but there are also some standard dimensions that are necessary to move around in a bedroom and function properly. Here are some dimensions to consider:
- Provide a minimum of two and a half to three feet (depending upon the size of the door) in front of a closet so that the door can open without hitting another piece of furniture.
- Provide a minimum of two and a half feet in front of a dresser so that the drawers will open easily.
- Provide a minimum of two feet on either side of a bed that sleep two persons and on one side of a bed that sleeps one.
- Provide plenty of space to open the door to the room fully without striking another piece of furniture.
- Children tend to play or entertain in their rooms, take those activities into consideration as you consider open floor area as well.
The best advice that you can take is not to skimp on closets. In fact, whatever space you think you need for a closet, consider doubling it. There is really no point in building an entire house and not providing enough space for your family to hang up their clothes or store their personal items.
Make those closets spacious with plenty of shelving and double up the hanging rods by placing a higher and lower rod in every closet. Make master bedroom closets big enough to walk into and store years’ worth of clothing that you might never wear, shoe boxes full of memorabilia that you just can’t get rid of and plenty of shoes. You’re going to be glad that you did.
Bathrooms are discussed in another post, but they ought to be considered along with bedrooms in your design phase. In master bedrooms, the bathroom is typically a feature in an overall, bedroom, closet, bathroom suite and making them easily accessible makes things a lot more comfortable. In cases where a bathroom is being shared between two bedrooms, make it easy to get in and out of on both sides, leaving plenty of open floor space for the door to swing fully open without striking a piece of furniture.
Not only is natural light necessary to make a bedroom more cheerful, especially in the morning, but windows in bedrooms are very often a part of the local fire safety code. Operable windows with minimum size requirements for egress are one of the requirements of the Uniform Building Code. The dimension requirements of windows are typically 10% of the total area of the room and must be within a certain dimension of the floor for ease of access. A professional designer can assist you in making certain that your bedrooms meet these minimum egress standards and advice you on to make them work in your design.
Bedrooms serve a variety of functions. They can be an escape, a place to play, study, or they might just be a place to rest. How your bedrooms are used in your home can determine the space necessary in your home design. Even as you design that space, don’t forget that they are also play a role in family safety as well.