Most people believe for a room to be counted as a bedroom it has to have a closet. That’s not true! The International Residential Code does NOT mandate a bedroom to have a closet.

Here is the definition of a bedroom we have to follow when entering data into the MLS with the Austin Board of Realtors.

“A bedroom needs at least two methods of egress, so it should be accessible from the house with a latch to afford privacy and then have one other exit (window or door), ceiling needs to be at least 7 ft tall and the room should be at least 70 SQFT, and more specifically the room cannot be smaller than 7 feet in any horizontal direction. Most bedrooms contact a closet: however rare exceptions do exist such as historical homes.”

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