Does A Bedroom Have To Have A Closet?

I got this question the other day. We were walking through a house and the buyer says, “This isn’t a bedroom. There’s no closet. Doesn’t a bedroom have to have a closet to be considered a bedroom?” And I’m going to give you two answers. I’m going to give you the short one, and I’m going to give you the not-so-short one.

Short Answer

The short answer is no. That’s a myth. A bedroom does not have to have a closet to be considered a bedroom.

Longer Answer

Now, the long answer is this varies from state to state and town to town, so the best thing you could do is call your municipality and find out what their requirements are, because some of them require a certain square footage, but there are two things that I know of that a bedroom must have: one is a form of heat, and the second is a second means of egress. So, that is typically the bedroom door coming in, egress one, and a window that you can escape out of, egress two.

Now, there are other factors to consider, the size of the septic system, is it a two-bedroom, a three-bedroom, that will dictate the number of bedrooms a house can have. So, bottom line, call your town, see what the requirements are, but I can tell you a closet is not a requirement.

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