Tips for Determining How Many Bedrooms You Need
How Big of a House do You Need?

If you’re considering purchasing a new home, there are many potential home characteristics you’ll need to review before beginning your search. One of the most important features you’ll need to decide on before looking at houses is the number of bedrooms you and your family will need. This can be tricky because it’s a hard task to determine the amount of space you and your family will need years from now.

As a potential home buyer, you need to at least establish a satisfactory range for the number of bedrooms your new home should have. There are many factors to keep in mind when determining the number of bedrooms you’ll need in your next home, so review the following tips to help you decide on how big of a home you should be looking for when browsing potential properties.

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Consider Your Family’s Size

Before you start searching for homes, figure out how many bedrooms will be utilized by immediate family members. For example, you may plan for two children to share a bedroom, which should be helpful when calculating the number of bedrooms needed. You should also think about your family’s future, especially if the home you purchase next will be your primary residence for years to come. Here are some factors you should take into consideration as you decide the number of rooms you will need:

  • If you have children who will graduate high school soon and will be off to college, you may not need to buy a home that offers separate bedrooms for them. However, if you foresee your children coming back for lengthy stays at the home, a bedroom for each college attendee can be useful.
  • If the plan for your future home includes accepting a roommate or two, you’ll need a separate bedroom for each person you plan to bring into the home. Keep in mind that if you’re renting out your home, these bedrooms will need to remain empty. Unless you rent the room as furnished, you cannot store any furniture in rooms you offer for rent. You also will not be able to use the room for storage or for any other purpose.
  • If you’re planning to expand your family soon, you may need an additional small bedroom to use as a nursery. Your child will also eventually need a full-size bed, so ensure the room used as a nursery is large enough to convert into a bedroom for a child as they grow older.
  • If you anticipate an elderly family member needing care and coming to live with you due to declining health, you should consider counting an additional bedroom for this family member as well.

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Analyze the Purpose of Each Room

Once you’ve counted how many family members will need rooms in the home, it’s time to think about the additional ways you will need to use bedroom space. For example:

  • While some homeowners have no use for a home gym or decide to set this equipment up in the garage, other homeowners prefer to utilize a spare bedroom as a gym space.
  • If you work from home or enjoy having a working space when needed, an extra bedroom may be useful as a home office.
  • Some homeowners who enjoy crafting, collecting memorabilia, painting or performing another hobby can use an extra bedroom to store their supplies and to work on projects.

You should also consider how many guests you usually have staying with you. If friends or family members frequently visit and spend the night, you may want to consider setting up a guest room or two in your home to make them comfortable. Bedrooms can also be multi-purpose, so don’t feel like you need a room for every hobby or guest you have. For example, a spare bedroom can be set up with a guest bed and still have a desk and working area set aside as your office space when not in use as a guest room.

Think About How Much Stuff You Have

Some of your bedroom purposes, such as a gym, office or craft space, can be set up throughout the home in other areas. However, keep in mind that using a bedroom to store these items is a great way to hide them. If you like your home’s common areas to stay free of clutter and excess objects, it is important to purchase a home with enough bedrooms to dedicate to you and your family members’ hobbies and needs. Some of the items you may need to store in a spare bedroom include:

  • Snow sport gear.
  • Hobby supplies.
  • Extra bedding.
  • Collections or art.
  • Books.

It is important to analyze how much stuff you have that you would like to be out of sight in your home’s common areas. You may need to utilize bedrooms as extra storage areas for these items, so consider this when coming up with an accurate bedroom count for your potential new home.

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Contemplate Additional Features of the Home

While you should consider how you will store your belongings and how you would utilize extra bedrooms, you should also think about the layout, size and additional features of the potential home. If the home includes a large outdoor shed, you may be able to store items there that you would have placed in a spare bedroom. Many homes also offer small dens that most homeowners use as office spaces or libraries. This can alleviate your need to have an extra bedroom for a workspace or to store an excess of books. Some homes may also provide ample closet space for crafting supplies, linens or memorabilia. However, you should still consider all other factors and uses for bedrooms even if a home includes these types of features to make the most informed decision.

If you get stumped while calculating how many bedrooms you need in a new home, use these tips to help you come up with an accurate range. It’s important to carefully decide on this characteristic to ensure your family doesn’t outgrow the house you want to stay in for a long time. Figuring out the number of bedrooms you and your family need can put you one step closer to narrowing down the search for your dream home.

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