Post # 1
We’re in the process of buying our very first home after renting for the past 5 years. I am super excited, but obviously can’t get my mind off of square footage, and possible guest rooms, and down payments, and mortgages, etc…can’t shut it off.
We are looking for a 3br 2ba house that is 1500-2000sq ft…it seems like all the bedrooms in these houses are on the smaller end. So my question is how big are the extra (ie not master) bedrooms in your house?
Also, if you’d like to share additional measurements of your house like livingroom, master, etc I would love it!
Post # 3
Our master is 15×19, and the 3 spare rooms are 11×14. We only have one spare room set up right now with a queen size bed, and it feels just right. I wouldnt really want any rooms much smaller than that. The living room is 15×20, family room is 15×18. The dining room feels a little small at 13×13, and the kitchen is 20×15.
Post # 4
I feel like our townhouse is a major hit & miss….our living room is huge, and we have an even huger couch in it, but the kitchen is super small…this works perfect for us cuz we lounge a lot and almost never cook! lol! Our second Bedroom is 12 X 14. I feel like this is a major waste of space. I grew up with an even bigger bedroom at my moms house, and I still feel like theres no need for all that space in a kids room/guest bedroom. It should only be big enough for a queen size bed & dresser. If I could remodel our place, I would 100% expand the bathrooms upstairs, and put a walk in in that second bedroom for my personal storage, & throw a bed, & tv in there & paint it pretty for company. I think 8 X 8 or 8 X 10 is a bit cramped, but totally reasonable in terms of rooms that are used MAYBE once or twice a year by a guest for a week, or a nursery/office, or storage all year round. My master is somewhere between 16 X 12 or 16 X 10….not sure…I think this is a perfect size…we have a huge window, dresser, king size bed, larger then average nightstands, plenty of room to change, and hang clothes….we also had an oversized recliner in the bedroom when my fiance was in his halo, and there was still plenty of space.
Post # 5
Thank you, ladies! I feel like most houses on the market in our area (and pricepoint) have larger living rooms (around 18×20…which I love) but the bedrooms are 10×10-10×12. To me that doesn’t necessarily sound too small, but actually seeing the rooms, I’m like “What am I supposed to fit in here?”. I’m thinking the smallest size house I’d be comfortable is around 1800sq ft. It seems like most of the houses on the market though around here are 1400-1600sq ft. I wish my DH was more interested in the home buying process. I feel like I have no outlet for my house-brain!
Post # 6
We bought our house about 6 mos ago, and it is 1547 square feet. Our master is 12X12, and the two smaller bedrooms are 12X10. I thought they were going to be a bit too small when we bought the house, but the huge kitchen and living areas made up for it. To my surprise, the rooms are plenty big! We use one spare bedroom as an office/workout room, and the other as a guest room. Neither feel cramped, and we have a good amount of furniture in both rooms. Our master bedroom could be a bit bigger, but we rearranged it recently and it feels huge. For me, the bigger living space was worth it because I like to entertain, and the living spaces have more than enough room for that. My advice would be to focus on the rooms you will spend the most time in. Also, although my master bd is a bit smaller than I’d like, it has a gorgeous view of our wooded backyard, and a huge window. So, for me, it was worth it. 🙂 We did actually look at bigger houses, but they weren’t as nice as the smaller one! Good luck!!!
Post # 7
@mg1363: the bedrooms are 10×10-10×12. To me that doesn’t necessarily sound too small, but actually seeing the rooms, I’m like “What am I supposed to fit in here?”.
If it helps at all we have a king size bed with two night stands, two dressers, and a desk in our 10×12 bedroom! It’s a little tight but there’s still plenty of space to walk around the room and what not.
Post # 8
we have 3 extra bedrooms. They aren’t rectangular so it is hard to judge size but 2 of them seem huge. Like 11x17ish I think. Then the 4th bedroom is 10×10. Honestly the big ones are kind of just hard to deal with because it is hard to make them look full enough
Post # 9
@MissBoPeep: lol good idea, I should put what I can fit in my master… We have a full size bed, 2 dressers, a stand-up mirror, a tv & stand, and a bench. We don’t have side tables because we use our dressers…it saved space and made the room more ‘walkable’ 🙂
Post # 10
Our house is about 1650 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath, and the master is about 11×13 ft. It’s not big by any means, and I wasn’t thrilled about it, but honestly, it’s just the right amount of space. We also have a pretty large king bed, so it’s not like we’re fitting tiny furniture in there, the dimensions just worked out perfectly. The kitchen is large and beautiful, as well as the living room and family room, which I prefer. Since we spend so little awake time in the bedroom, I’d rather add more square footage to the rooms I spend more time in. The extra bedrooms are definitely pretty small, only one of them could be a guest room with a queen bed (10×12) and the other is even a little smaller.
The main thing that helped me be comfortable with the smaller sizes is that we don’t plan on having kids, and the house is beautifully renovated. Therefore, we didn’t need any more space than this, and we just loooooooved that spaces that we got. Don’t just obsess about measurements, think how long you want to be in that house and what plans it’ll have to accommodate. Look at each house individually and picture yourself living in those rooms. Also, I think layout is much more important than square footage, I’ve seen some huge spaces that looked tiny, and vice versa. Good luck!
Post # 11
We live in a 1,500 sq ft loft. The master bedroom is 15×13 not including the master bathroom. Our living area is an “all in one” loft space so it includes the living area, dining area and kitchen all together and that space is 22×26, we also have a second floor which we use as my fiance’s “man cave”, and an office space. The whole space feels very spacious, but it may also be because of our 16 ft ceilings and floor to ceiling windows!! I LOVE our loft!!