There are, in fact, a number of details that make a room a “bedroom”—and both home buyers and sellers had best know them to avoid misunderstandings.
Six features that define a bedroom
The laws vary by state, but here are six ways you can tell if your room is a bedroom rather than just a “room”:
- Minimum square footage:Although this can vary from state to state, 70 to 80 square feet is generally the acceptable minimum.
- Minimum horizontal footage: A bedroom must also measure at least 7 feet in any horizontal direction.
- Two means of egress: There have to be two ways out of a bedroom. Traditionally, these would be a door and a window.
- Minimum ceiling height: At least half of the bedroom ceiling has to be at least 7 feet tall.
- Minimum window size: The window opening must be a minimum size, usually 5.7 square feet.
- A heating and cooling element: We’re talking a heater (a space heater won’t qualify) as well as a way to cool it down, whether that’s by opening a window or good old AC.