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Room sizes & layouts - General Bedrooms

The second, third or fourth Bedrooms are sometimes not given the amount of thought put into their size or configuration that is needed. Many times these rooms are the first to be reduced in size to try and meet budgets.

In determining sizes many of the considerations taken into account with the Master Bedroom design can apply in regards to window and door placement and circulation spaces.

Quite often when the budget dictates, the third (and fourth) bedroom size will be the first area looked at in an attempt to reduce the overall home size and many arguments can be put forward for doing so.
      - ' the third bedroom will be the nursery so it can be small '
      - ' it's only for sleeping in. We can use the extra space better in the Family Room '

Will the bedroom incorporate a study area or is there provision for space in the family room ?.
A popular bedroom configuration is to have two separate single door robes, one with shelves for jumper etc, one entirely hanging space, with a study desk and drawers between. Another is to have a double door robe with a study desk taking up the remainder of the wall space.

Is there a need and does the budget allow for the floor area to include sufficient space for two single beds for when friends stay for a 'sleep over' ?.

Will having different sized rooms and even different layouts lead to sibling conflicts as they get older ?.

Do the room sizes tie in with the overall proportions of other areas of the home ?. For example a 35 square home would not be capitalised upon by having 6 square meter secondary bedrooms. Likewise a 16 square home would be disadvantaged by 15 square meter second and third bedrooms.

Will the second bedroom be used as a Guest room and would it be better placed near the Powder room or Ensuite possibly away from the other secondary bedrooms ?.

Instead of the bedroom your planning to place near the Master bedroom, to act firstly as a Nursery and then later on as a Study, being on the small side, will the budget allow for it to be larger to double as a Guests bedroom ?. Will the extra outlay in this area add to the resale value of the home ?.

Depending upon your particular situation, whether you are building a family home or building as a commercial venture together with many variables in between, your requirements will shape the questions that you will need to address.
An investor looking at an immediate resale will have studied the particular market he or she is aiming at and will tailor the entire design including the bedroom sizes and layouts accordingly. The targeted market may for example be aimed at retired couples requiring only two bedrooms with the second bedroom used only for the occasional guest or grandchild.
A newly wed couple may be looking at the short term with the view of reselling quickly or they may be looking at a home to raise their family in, planning to stay for 10 to 15 years or longer.

The minimum floor area, not including built in robes, for a workable second or third bedroom I would recommend being 2.7 meters by 3.0 meters.
The average size is generally 3.0 by 3.0 or 3.3 by 3.0.
As said in previous pages the best way to gauge sizes is to compare them with where you are now or at friends or relatives homes. Comparing room sizes slightly smaller will give a better impression than slightly larger room sizes, as even 6 inches (150mm) can make a large difference to the apparent size and feel of these areas.
Also bear in mind that varying window and door configurations that you view compared to what you are planning will make a difference.



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