What constitutes a bedroom.?

Asked by Mike, 02169 Fri Apr 17, 2009

If there is a small room on the 2nd floor with all the other bedrooms but has nocloset can it be considered a bedroom

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United Inspe…, Other Pro, Framingham, MA
Sun May 8, 2011
Many good points on the previous answers. I suggest you contact the local board of health as an official source for determining if a room is fit for human habitation and for sleeping.
A couple of quick points that come to mind that I didn't read on previous answers is the ability to heat the room. Also a bedroom can not be adjacent to a room that uses combustion air. (This is not a complete list)
Feel free to contact us for more non-official information on room requirements.
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William John…, Agent, San Diego, CA
Sat Jan 15, 2011
The answer that would most likely satisfy the building code as well as appraisal requirements is that the space has to have ventilation and secondary egress to the outside ( an operable window large enough to crawl though, not higher than 48" or a door to the outside would in most cases satisfy this requirement.) Other limitations such as minimum size, any closet requirements ,passing through another room for access will largely depend on local codes in your area that may specifically address this. What is typical for your area or neighborhood can weigh heavily on the question of the other limitations.
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Joseph Runfo…, Agent, Staten Island, NY
Fri Oct 8, 2010
Hello Mike, here in NYC a bedroom generally must have minimum dimensions of 8 feet x 8 feet. A bedroom must also have a minimum floor space of 80 square feet, and must be six feet wide at its narrowest part. However, if the apartment contains three or more bedrooms, half of the bedrooms may have minimum dimensions of 7 feet x 7 feet x 7 feet. All bedrooms must have at least one window that opens to a street, yard, or court on the same lot. The window may also open to a balcony that opens on a street, yard, or court. The total area of the windows in the room must at least be one-tenth the floor area of the room. All required windows must be at least twelve square feet in area. A room may not be counted as a bedroom if an occupant must pass through it to reach other parts of the apartment.
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Ken Lambert, , Exeter, NH
Mon Apr 20, 2009
Hi Mike- There are also minimum room dimension/ square-footage requirements to be considered a bedroom- per Mass Code. Might be 7x8 feet- not including the closet space. Not 100% sure.
Similar to what the person below mentioned- you should find out about what the septic system / design is to backtrack to what is a legal bedroom in the house.
If the septic was approved and built as a 3 bedroom and that's on record, it doesn't matter if this room is perfect, it cannot be used a bedroom without septic alterations/ enlargements. So it would not officially be a bedroom.
If I can help in any way further, please let me know. Thanks,
Ken L.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sat Apr 18, 2009

door+window+closet = bedroom
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Richard Power, Agent, Scituate, MA
Fri Apr 17, 2009
Mike, I believe the requirement is "confined" space with a closet.

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Carla and Jim…, Agent, South Easton, MA
Fri Apr 17, 2009
Hi Mike,

The room needs to have a closet to be considered a true bedroom. Living in Bridgewater myself, one bigger concern is to find out the size of the septic system to determine the amount of bedrooms actually existing in the house.
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SanfordMullen…, , Boston, MA
Fri Apr 17, 2009
In the state of MA there needs to be a closet to be considered a legal bedroom.
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