I have been thinking a lot about bedrooms recently. It could be because I have a little girl who keeps me from spending a whole lot of time in what I call my bedroom (a corner of our living room). Or, it could be because we are soon to be building a home with a space that I would actually call a master bedroom suite. Either way, I have found myself wondering how other people think of their bedroom space and what kind of things they want out of it.
Those of you who have been around awhile might be familiar with my predjudice against large bedrooms. However, contrary to what my wife might tell you, I am willing to admit that I am not always completely and totally right, or at least, I am aware that my opinions on this matter may differ from those held by others. The way in which I use my bedroom (largely for sleeping) may be significantly different from the way those with larger bedrooms, like the one pictured above, use theirs (aerobics? interpretive dance? dodge ball?). To dig into this a bit deeper, I am going to tell you a bit about my bedroom and how I use it, and you can do the same in the comments. Hopefully, someone will speak up who has a bedroom that resembles a small carpeted gymnasium, and we can get some real answers to this master bedroom question. Just please keep in mind, as I will, that there may be some bedroom activities we don’t all need to know about.
I typically use my bedroom for three major functions. I sleep in the bed. I read in the bed. I store my clothes in the dresser, shelving system or closet. My current “bedroom” only allows for two of those things as the dresser and hanging rack have found more space to live in my daughter’s room. This isn’t ideal though, and I would still prefer a bedroom that allows me to comfortably sleep, store clothes and read. Essentially, my ideal bedroom is one with just enough room for a bed, a little table on which to place my book and a beverage, a dresser and a small amount of closet space. Multiply that by two for my wife and I’m happy. I like the coziness of a small bedroom. I like the way one window lights the whole place up. And, I especially like the way reducing the size of my bedroom can give space to other rooms that need it more.
The typical household, with children, seems to often have a hierarchy of bedroom size. The parents have the largest room and the rest descend in size based on the age of the children. To me this seems backwards. Young children have a lot more activities that could take place in a large spacious bedroom, activities like making a giant mess of everything. I am inclined, in the future, to always give the larger bedroom(s) in my home to my child(ren). Might I change my mind someday? Certainly, but until those little punks need to be reminded who the master is, I think they might make better use of the space.
Now, as to the bathroom included in the master bedroom suite . . . I get it. I don’t need it, but I get it. I myself am very utilitarian in my ablutions. I take quick showers and don’t wear much makeup. My wife differs. She likes a bath and occasionally makes especially good use of the mirror. I am still strongly of the opinion that I only want as many bathrooms in my home as is absolutely necessary, but I can understand the appeal of a master bathroom. Now, if only someone would attach one to a smaller bedroom.
I want to be clear that my opinions in this matter are certainly not those of Postgreen as a whole, but if anyone else in the company wants to get a word in on it they’ll have to write their own post or do it in the comments like everyone else. I will also say this, for all my small bedroom dogma, I would be hard pressed to give up the top floor of the Two Point Five.
So, what is your ideal bedroom space? Are there other uses for a bedroom that require more area? How do we feel about the master bathroom? Does anyone else find the use of the word “master” here odd?
Let’s hear it in the comments.
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