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PLANNING A BEDROOM | An Architect Explains

PLANNING A BEDROOM | An Architect Explains

A Bedroom is primarily used for Sleeping, Resting, Convalescing, Dressing/Undressing, Storing Clothes, Personal Care etc which means it has to be a very private space away from the rooms meant for entertaining guests. A Bedroom is also used for other activities like Reading, Writing, Studying, Working, Watching TV, Listening to music, Caring for Infants, Sewing, Telephoning, Drawing/Painting, Doing Exercise, Hobbies, Storing bulk/seasonal items and should have calm and peace. Therefore in designing a Bedroom, one has to know some planning considerations:

  • The number of occupants of the bedroom – whether Single Occupancy or Double Occupancy.
  • The age of the occupants – whether a Master Bedroom, Children’s Bedroom or a Guest Bedroom.
  • Size and type of Furniture.
  • Space allowance for Furniture.
  • Clearance and space around the Furniture for movement.
  • Storage space for clothes, dressing etc



The Typical pieces of furniture in a Bedroom and their sizes are listed below. The sizes of furniture may vary a little but does not affect the overall size of the Bedroom.There are several types of beds depending on the number of people sharing them:

  1. Single Bed – 3’0″ x 6’10” (Cramped for an adult but suitable for a child)
  2. Twin Bed – 3’3″ x 6’10” or 3’4″ x 7’0″ ( Okay for an adult)
  3. Double Bed – 4’6″ x 6’10” or 4’6″ x 7’0″ (Cramped for 2 adults, but okay for 2 children)
  4. Queen Size- 5’0″ x 6’10” or 5’0″ x 7’0″ (Cramped for 2 adults but okay for an adult and a child)
  5. King Size Bed – 6’6″ x 6’10” or 6’6″ x 7’0″ (Comfortable for 2 adults)
  6. Crib – 2’0″ x 4’6″ or 2’8″ x 5’0″
  7. Bunk Bed – 2’8″ x 6’3″ (Suitable for 2 children)
  8. Dressing Table – 1’3″ x 3’0″, 1’6″ x 3’6″, 2’0″ x 4’0″ etc.
  9. Dresser or Chest of Drawers – 1’6″ x 3’0″, 1’10” x 4’0″
  10. Bedside Table – 1’2″ x 1’2″, 1’6″ x 1’6″, 2’0″ x 2’0″
  11. Desk – 1’6″ x 3’4″, 1’8″ x 3’6″
  12. Chair – 1’6″ x 1’6″
  13. Boudoir Chair – 2’6″ x 3’0″
  14. Chaise Lounge – 2’0″ x 4’0″, 2’4″ x 5’0″ etc.
  15. Closet  or  Wardrobe Each shutter size is about 1’6″ x 2′ depth x 7’0″ height. A 2 shutter Wardrobe is the minimum in a single occupancy bedroom and a 4 shutter or 6 shutter closet is necessary in a double occupancy Bedroom.
PLANNING A BEDROOM | An Architect Explains
Typical pieces of furniture in a Bedroom



To ensure adequate space for movement and the convenient use of furniture in the Bedroom, the following minimum clearances must be observed:


The bedroom being a space used for rest, relaxation, reading, writing, working, listening to music, convalescing, sleeping, phoning etc., it needs to have privacy, quiet and peace. It should be well lit and airy and preferably near some green garden etc as the oxygen released by plants is rejuvenating for the occupants. Keeping all this in mind, the location of the Bedroom depends on the Cardinal directions, and the layout of the rest of the house. To get some tips on the best location for Bedrooms, go to:

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