What is the minimum size a bedroom can be in NJ (and any other requirements)?

Asked by Cdkm, 07042 Tue Apr 27, 2010

We're thinking of adding a closet to what we use now as an office to make our condo a true 2 bedroom. What do we need to keep in mind in Essex County, NJ?

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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010
Above grade, door, means of egress (window), closet, heat...agree size likely doesn't matter as long believeable (can a bed fit?). From there, I recommend that you consult with you township.

Good idea incidentally, do it right and it should add value.

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Sharon and K…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010

As to our knowledge to call a room "bedroom" requires a presence of the following in the room: a closet, a window ,a door or an entry way, and to be above the ground. Since you speak of condo I assume you are located above the ground. Size does not really matters. We have shown homes in the past with really small bedrooms. I always say, if it's too small to fit a single bed then it's not a bedroom. Maybe you can be original and call it a nursey bedroom (the funiture there is smaller and requires less room...)

We have just suggested one of our clients to add a closet to one of their additional "dens" and make it into a 4 bedroom house. They are on their way to be sold now.

Good luck to you in your real estate adventure.

Sharon Avram and Karen Abarmson
Sale Associates
Prudential New Jersey Properties
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010
PS forgot to add that smoke detectors need to be in place, too
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Debra (Debbi…, Agent, Livingston, NJ
Tue Apr 27, 2010
Cd you should check with your town's building inspector just to be sure you are in compliance.

As long as the room has a door and a window (egress out in case of a fire) - to the best of my knowledge, there is no minimum size a bedroom must be. If this is in a basement, you should definitely check with the town.

............closet, door, window, bed - voila = a bedroom!

Keep in mind that carbon monoxide detectors are required within 10 feet of any sleeping areas, so if this new "bedroom" is away from any other detectors, you must add one in the vicinity.

Good luck!
Debbie Rose
Prudential NJ Properties
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