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Master Bedrooms

Isolated Master

Some people like having the master bedroom separated from the other bedrooms of the home. This lets the parents have more privacy. You can also do soundproofing in the walls, ceiling, and floor of a master bedroom to help make it more private and quiet.

You could have a separate wing of the home for the master bedroom area. You may want to have several rooms clustered near the master that can be private from the rest of the home. Some rooms you may want to have in the master bedroom wing may include a nursery or den, dressing room, sitting room, and his and her baths.

Two Master Bedrooms

Some people like to have a master bedroom on the main floor and another master bedroom on the second floor. When the children are young, the master bedroom on the upper floor can let the parents be closer to their children. The lower floor master could be used after the children have grown older. Also, a master bedroom on the main floor can be helpful if you have other relatives or guests who may want to stay at your home.

Potential Master Bedroom for Future Buyers

If you are building a two-story home, it can be helpful if the home is designed so that it is easier to modify a room to have a master bedroom on each floor. For example, having a private bathroom or large closet near a den may let a future home buyer convert the den into a master bedroom. The location of the master bedroom can affect the sell ability of the home. If your home is designed in a way where a master bedroom could be created on easily by removing a wall or reusing other spaces then this can make the home easier to sell in the future. Also, having the potential of a master bedroom on each floor may be helpful to you in the future (for example if you become disabled and can't use steps).

Extra Room Off of the Master Bedroom

Some people like to have access to another room from the master bedroom. Sometimes having the nursery or office near the master bedroom can be convenient. A sitting room off of the master bedroom may be desirable. A sitting room can be a convenient place to have breakfast, read a book or newspaper, or sit down to have conversations.

Dressing Room

Having a separate dressing room off the master bedroom or master bath can be very convenient. This lets one person get dressed without waking up the other person. If your dressing room is large enough, you can put all of your clothes, dressers, and furniture in the dressing room and reduce the amount of furniture in the master bedroom. Putting your clothes furniture in a dressing room can also reduce the size needed for a comfortable bedroom and makes your bedroom feel less cluttered.

Walk In Closet

Consider having a walk-in closet near the master bedroom. This can help improve resale value of a home. Walk-in closets are less important for other bedrooms but try to have adequate closet space for the other bedrooms too. A fold down ironing board can be a convenient feature in the master walk-in closet.


A fireplace in the master bedroom can add some elegance and romance to the room. If you get a gas log, consider getting one with a remote control and a timer that can automatically turn the fireplace off when you fall asleep. A see through-fireplace can allow you to have one fireplace shared by 2 rooms. For example you cold use a see-through fireplace between the master bedroom and a sitting room, or between the master bedroom and master bathroom.


Children's Bedrooms

It's easier to design and assign children bedrooms before the children are born or when they are very young. How you design the children's bedrooms can affect how the children interact with the rest of the family and where they spend their time. Here are some suggestions.

Have Children Share a Bedroom

Parents often think they should have a separate bedroom for each child. However, having children share a room can be a good way to help the kids develop. Sharing a room can help your children learn to get along. Sharing a room can help develop a child's social skills and help your children to become closer to each ther. Sometimes younger children feel more comfortable if someone else shares their room. Being alone in a dark room can be scary to small children and young children may prefer sharing a room with another child.

Have Smaller Bedrooms for Children

Smaller children need less space then adults do. A smaller room may feel crowded to an adult but it may be just the right size for a child. It may be beneficial to intentionally make a child's bedroom smaller or limit the amenities in their room. Often parents create environments for their children where the child may go and hide way in their rooms and not interact with the rest of the family. For example some children's bedrooms have televisions, phones, desks, internet access, refrigerator, computer games, stereo systems, and so on.

By making a child's bedroom smaller and with fewer amenities it may encourage children to spend time in other rooms of the home. This may help the family spend more time together. Also by reducing bedroom sizes or having children share rooms you may free up space to use for group activities such as having a designated play room or larger family room.

Light Switch Height

If you have young children, you may want to have the height of light switches put slightly lower so that it will be easier for the children to reach the light switch.

Plan for Future When Choosing Furniture and Decor

When decorating a child's room you may want to consider what changes you may need to make as the child ages. If you decorate the room for the age level of a three-year old then you are building in future upgrade needs. For example if you buy beds that are shaped like racecars or furniture with cartoon characters painted n them then you may need to change your furniture as the child ages. The same is true of wallpaper and other decorations.

When buying beds, consider getting at least a twin-sized bed or a full-sized bed. When decorating with themes, use themes in things that are easy to change such as pillows or bedspreads. This will make it easier to update the room's theme as the child ages. If you want to decorate with wallpaper then choose themes that are less age dependent. For example, nature, planets, maps, geometric patterns, or other themes may be appropriate for a child's room but will not be too tailored to the age of the child.

Adjustable Storage

It's helpful if the height of closet storage shelves can be changed as the child ages. Low storage shelves are convenient for small children but as the child grows their storage needs and storage heights will change. Give the child storage space they can easily reach without having to climb on chairs or ladders to reach the items they need to access things such as toys and games.

Decoration Wall

Consider having one wall in the child's bedroom they can use to hang up drawings and artwork they create. Cork boards or bulletin oards can be helpful in a child's room. A chalkboard or marker board may be nice to have.



 Crib Safety Zone

Avoid placing a crib near anything that might be dangerous to the child. Small children can strangle on cords from window curtains or blinds. Plastic bags can suffocate a child. Electric outlets should be far away from the child's fingers. No shelves, furniture or other objects that could fall or be pulled down should be near the crib. Avoid using any kind of strings near a child's crib.

Infant's Bed

Babies should sleep in a crib with a firm, tight-fitting mattress. The crib bars should be close enough together that the baby cannot slip their head between the bars. If the crib does not have these features there is a greater chances of suffocation or strangulation. Never put a baby in an adult's bed or a waterbed. Also, when laying a baby down to sleep, have the child sleep on its back.

Baby Monitors

Baby monitors let you hear or see your child from another room. This can be a convenient way to check on a young child without having to constantly go to the child's room.

Automatic Fade Lights

You can have lights on timers to gradually fade the light off. Automatic fade lights can gradually turn the lights off in nurseries so that a child isn't startled buy having a room suddenly become dark.

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