What Determines a Bedroom in a House?

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What Determines a Bedroom in a House?
Bedrooms are legally required to have appropriately sized windows. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

It's tempting for homeowners to increase the number of bedrooms in their home by listing unused rooms as bedrooms. However, according to the International Residential Code, a room must meet specific requirements to be classified as a bedroom.

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Dimensions

Bedrooms must measure at least 70 square feet, with the length and width measuring at least 7 feet and the ceiling height measuring at least 7 feet, 6 inches. In rooms with sloped ceilings, at least 50 per cent of the ceiling must measure at least 7 feet, 6 inches.

Windows

All bedrooms must have windows measuring at least 5.7 square feet, being at least 20 inches wide and 24 inches high. Windowsills must be no more than 44 inches above the ground. Windows must capable of being opened from the inside without keys or tools.

Closets

The international residential code does not require closets in bedrooms. State and local jurisdictions may have varying regulations on bedroom closets.

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