A bedroom must have a closet? right ? otherwise it is computer room?

Asked by Matt Wid, 34475 Tue Mar 29, 2011

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Annette Levi…, , New York, NY
Tue Mar 29, 2011
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A bedroom must have a closet and a window, otherwise it is just an alcove.
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Tom Priester, Agent, Tequesta, FL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Matt,

The closet issue has been around for a very long time and some say that if there is no closet then it is not a bedroom. However, there are many older homes in many parts of the country where there are "bedrooms" that do not have closets. However, if a room does have a closet it must have an egress window meeting your local building codes. Size of the opening and the height of the sill are the important features of an egress window and this is a safety issue that all homeowners should be concerned with.

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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Matt,

Mathematically......

Closet+window+door=bedroom

Bill
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Clifford Wil…, Agent, Ocala, FL
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Mat;
You are correct, errors are mae both ways often. If you are looking for a 4 bedroom home and find only 3BR listed, you may want to look at larger 3BR, you might find that they are really 4 bedroom homes. But, you are right, to call it a bedroom it must have a closet and egress window.
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Cliff WIlson
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Ray And Karen…, Agent, Mount Dora, FL
Tue Mar 29, 2011
In this area a closet is needed to be considered a bedroom.

It's not a law just what is customary.
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scott farmer, Agent, Scottsdale, AZ
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Most places in the U.S. define a bedroom as having a window, door and closet and needs to be large enough to hold bedroom furniture.
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Page, Home Buyer, Pueblo, CO
Mon Aug 26, 2013
I am waiting for the appraiser for the sale of my house built in 1909. Watched a video that said in to be a bedroom it must have a window, closet, and door, and be 8 by 8 feet. It was a coal company house. That means all the houses look alike with 4 different sizes. This is what they call a 4-roomer. Originally two bedrooms upstairs and two rooms down-stairs. The original bathroom was an out-house shared with one neighbor family. Around 1949 the coal company sold all the houses. Indoor toilets became fashionable, cast iron in green, blue, or pink. Most people think the 4-rooms were for the immigrants. In fact the company owned all the houses and rented them. Of the maybe 700 houses in the town, 400 are mine boss houses, and 33 are railroad houses in brick. The people who rented the boss houses ($33 per month) rented out the bedrooms for miners sending money back to family in Europe. Those were three bedroom houses My great grandmother had one, and she rented out two bedrooms, each with four beds, to 24 miners. 8 miners times three shifts. The 4-roomers where wore the actual bosses lived. Rent was $7 a month. My great grandfather served in the Prussian Army, was exiled to Pennsylvania, and became a blacksmith for the coal. My grandfather was also a blacksmith for the coal after WW!. Dad was a military lifer, US Army 1939-69. Myself US Army 71-05. In 05 I bought the old house. Sold my house in Bucks County, bought this place when it was a wreck, for $32k put $47k in it. Plenty of fond memories of this old house. Everyone calls it the homestead. They are correct. I sold the house to a kid from Plymouth Meeting. I listed it at $40k. I get nervous. I hope the appraiser understands.
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Florida Home…, , Saint Augustine, FL
Thu Jun 30, 2011
To be a extra bedroom you need to be able to fit the following items in it. You will need a bed then a closet to hang your clothes and put your shoes. You will need to fill it with one of the following an mother-in-law, best friend thats out of work or you when you fight with your wife. But if you dont have these item a closet will do and a door and window.

Michael
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Mon Jun 20, 2011
Depends on what area you are looking. In our area a bedroom must have a closet and must have a window. Otherwise it is not considered a bedroom.
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Debra B Albe…, Agent, Port St Lucie, FL
Tue Jun 14, 2011
Matt,

To be a bedroom, there needs to be a closet. If there is no closet, it is a den, office or maybe a playroom. I do not think that adding an amoire counts. Hope this helps~

Debbie Albert, PA
Keller Williams Treasure Coast
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Douglas Mader…, Home Owner, Montgomery County, MD
Tue Jun 14, 2011
The International ResidentialCode requires 'sleeping rooms' to have emergency egress direct to the exterior. This is for safety sake to get out and so a rescuerer with a tank on thier back can get in. This code, adopted in most of the US, does not define 'bedroom', but does has requirements for light and ventilation and all of these are nicely met with a sufficient window.

I think it is a realtor/appraiser rule that a bedroom must have a closet - not a building code or architectural rule. There may also be a rule about access to a bath on the same level. Where are these rules written?

If you were trying to sell a house with a room that had no closet but otherwise functioned well as a bedroom, could you include an armoire in the sale and then would MLS let you call the room a bedroom?

- a residential architect
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Hugh Moore, Agent, Ocala, FL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Put a Window in it and call it what You will.
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Funny no one as said: It's needs a bed":
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Marion Thack…, Agent, Winter Park, FL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
You can use a room without a closet for anything you would like, however when appraising or marketing a home it will have to have a closet to be counted as a bedroom.
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Donna Powers, , Oak Ridge, TN
Wed Mar 30, 2011
In the state of
TN a bedroom must have a closet and exterior window in the room.
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Joan Congilo…, Agent, Freehold, NJ
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Any room in a home can be used for whatever purpose an owner chooses. However appraisors classify a usable bedroom as one that is above ground (not in a basement), has a window & a closet. If your additional room does not have these features it would just be classified as " other " room.
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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
In our area, that's determined by the MLS rules. And in northern Illinois our MLS says that in order to be a bedroom, a room must be directly accessible (you don't have to enter it through another room), have direct light (an outside window), acceptable egress (a window reachable, and large enough for a fireman in full gear to get into, and for the occupant to get out of), and enough room for at least a twin bed and an armoir, or closet.

The room doesn't actually have to have a closet of it's own, merely enough space to put an armoir, or build a closet. (our rules used to say it had to have a closet, but many 100 year old homes didn't build closets in their bedrooms, as people of that era had armoires for that).
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Allan has it right - same is true in NJ. While you can use space as you please, you can not count a room without a closet or proper above ground egress as a bedroom for marketing purposes. When push comes to shove, a good check is to contact the town and ask how many bedrooms they count for the property. If you get into a dispute, that interpretation will be reviewed.

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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Wed Mar 30, 2011
Basically in this area what you have is a den/office or as you wish Computer room. By definition a Bedroom here would have a closet and be at or above ground with some type of egress + a full window.
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Genevieve Ra…, Agent, Punta Gorda, FL
Wed Mar 30, 2011
On the MLS a room has got to have a closet to be considered a bedroom. Otherwise it could be a computer room or a den.
Genevieve Ramachandran
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John Juarez, Agent, Fremont, CA
Tue Mar 29, 2011
A bedroom is a place to sleep. You can hang your clothes anywhere. You can put an armoire in the garage but it is still a garage, not a bedroom. Check your local building department for what is considered a bedroom – it has to do with building code and not custom.
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John Bennett, Agent, Orlando, FL
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Isn't Alcove something you use to season a Ham?
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Debra B Albe…, Agent, Port St Lucie, FL
Tue Mar 29, 2011
Actually you could put an armoire in it. Buy basically YES you are correct, no closet?? It is not a bedroom.

Den-
Dining-
Play Room-
Office-
TV room-
Reading room-

Not a bedroom

Debbie Albert, PA
Keller Williams Treasure Coast
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Tue Mar 29, 2011
If room has a closet yes it would be considered as a bedroom, room with no closet could be dining / living/ den/ utility / or any another type of room

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