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    • welshy_2002
    • By welshy_2002 5th May 10, 12:16 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 12:16 PM
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    Can you fit a bed into each small room?
  • dudes
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    • 5th May 10, 12:21 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 12:21 PM
    That is the rule?
    • pimento
    • By pimento 5th May 10, 12:28 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 12:28 PM
    As long as it has a window I suppose it's a room. Otherwise it would be a cupboard.

    I viewed a new flat years ago that was being marketed as a two bedroom. The second bedroom had a cot in it and a chest of drawers. They'd taken the door off. I doubt it would have fitted a single bed (not if you wanted to close the door afterwards, anyway).
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 5th May 10, 2:31 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 2:31 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 2:31 PM
    There's no rule really. Getting a bed in it does help! How big are the bedrooms you are talking about?
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  • Sammy85
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    • 5th May 10, 3:39 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 3:39 PM
    I have a house where the 3rd bedroom doesnt fit a regular length bed in it, its more a nursery than a bedroom, it was still marketed as 3 bed though.

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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 5th May 10, 5:56 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 5:56 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 5:56 PM
    For new build, developers have to show a bed, chest of drawers, and wardrobe or built in cupboard, on the plans to show they are applying for permission for 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom etc dwellings. However there is no minimum requirement under Building Regulations.

    I thought habitable rooms had to have windows (kitchen may or may not count as habitable depending on locality) but the 'easy' and 'yotel' style hotels, which don't, suggests there is a way round that.

    There are minimum room sizes defined for Houses of Multiple Occupation in Scotland.
    • Brallaqueen
    • By Brallaqueen 5th May 10, 7:19 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 7:19 PM
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    I used to think that rule of thumb for a double bedroom was 10 foot square, not sure about singles?
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    • egyptiangirl
    • By egyptiangirl 5th May 10, 7:27 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 7:27 PM
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    • 5th May 10, 7:27 PM
    In my uni student house I lived in a 'bedroom/cupboard' - it basically couldn't fit a single bed with the door fully closed. It was classed as a bedroom that I paid rent for. Happy days
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  • Emmzi
    my EA told me single bed + a wardrobe you could open the doors of had to fit. think it's more a guideline than the law tho!
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  • mqandy
    I viewed a new build flat recently.

    The 'double' bedroom was unfurnished and barely fitted the 3 of us in the room to view. Ended the viewing there and then.

    The sooner we get a decent minimum size law a la France, Germany et al, the better.
    • Running Horse
    • By Running Horse 5th May 10, 8:13 PM
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    It is a little better in the USA where a bedroom has to have a closet, door, and window:
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    • Fire Fox
    • By Fire Fox 5th May 10, 9:39 PM
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    There was a previous thread on this and I looked up if there was a minimum legal size at the time. Came to the conclusion that there was no actual law although I believe there has to be a proper wall and window. I have rented rooms in houses that could not fit a single bed plus standard depth wardrobe.

    Estate agents do tend to use some element of common sense - a bedroom should fit a single bed or they tend to name the room 'nursery' or 'office'. All the flats in my block have a heavy sliding wooden door on bedroom two, so the flats are usually called 'one/ two bedroom' or 'one bedroom plus crash space' or 'one bedroom plus occasional bedroom'.
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