Typical Bedroom Sizes: A Quick Guide

Designing a bedroom requires a detailed understanding of the space you are working with. Don't make the common mistake of buying too big furniture for your room.

Do you want to make your bedroom appear larger or brighter? Do you know if you’re utilizing the correct size bed for your room? Bedrooms come in many forms and sizes, so it’s important to know how much space you have to work with.

Knowing where your bedroom sits on the scale can help you plan your redesigning project. It’s also something to think about when moving into a new home or purchasing the proper size bedroom furnishings.

The average bedroom is between 132 and 244 square feet in size. However, not all of them are properly shaped rectangles or that exact size. Some of them have more space to offer than others. Others require a little ingenuity to transform into a pleasant refuge.

Whether you’re working with a master suite or a bedroom nook in a small closet, remember to consider the size of your bedroom. It’s the first step toward transforming your sleeping accommodations into your ideal bedroom.

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Standard Bedroom Sizes

As a general rule, bedroom sizes will vary depending on the size of the residence. Homes under 2,500 square feet in the United States have an average bedroom size of 11 feet by 12 feet. However, there are many variations.

The larger of the rooms is commonly referred to as the master bedroom. Smaller rooms are then used as child’s bedrooms, guest rooms, and additional offices. Knowing the sizes of bedrooms can assist you in subsequently deciding how to decorate your own room.

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Master bedroom

Generally speaking, the measurement of a master bedroom is between 200 and 250 square feet in size. Averaging 14 feet by 16 feet, they are able to hold larger beds, chests of drawers, and other sizable furniture.

Master bedrooms are usually located closer to a bathroom than other rooms, and they are often included in the layout. If that’s the case, they are considered a master suite. 

Master suite

Considered the royalty of bedroom sizes, master suites are combined with their own separate bathroom. Sometimes, they also offer an additional sitting space or a smaller workspace.

Ranging from 300 to over 350 square feet, master suites are either open-planned or separated by walls that allow the rooms to flow together seamlessly. 

Second and third bedrooms

Often filling the role of a child’s bedroom, a guest bedroom, or a home office, second and third bedrooms are smaller than master bedrooms or master suites. The size will depend on the home’s overall size, but the average smaller bedroom size is around 132 square feet.

These rooms are usually located within the vicinity of a bathroom, but they are rarely attached to them. Usually, bedrooms other than the master will share a home’s additional bath. 

Questions About Making the Most of Your Bedroom Space

Regardless of your bedroom size or shape, designers have thought of hundreds of clever ways to make the most of it. From making a bedroom look bigger to maximizing the available space, there are a number of tips you can take from the design pages. 

Before you grab the paintbrush and get started, you’ll need to ask yourself the following questions. Then, you’ll be well on your way to having all the bedroom space you need.

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What’s the best layout for a square or L-shaped bedroom?

When choosing the layout of your bedroom, you’ll need to consider both the room’s shape and the location of the door. If there are closets, you’ll need to take the closet doors into account, too. 

Bedrooms that or square or L-shaped can be a little more challenging to balance, but the proper placement of the bed is a good place to start.

If your square room doesn’t allow for the bed to be placed in the middle, try to put it in a corner so that you have plenty of room for your other bedroom furniture. And if you’re L-shaped room is giving you a headache, think about utilizing only one part of the room for your bed. 

How do I make my bedroom feel bigger?

After you’ve decluttered and moved things around, it can be frustrating to realize that your bedroom doesn’t feel any bigger. When you reach this critical point, it’s probably time to take a look at your furniture. 

Stuffing bulky furniture into an under-sized room will automatically make it feel smaller. Today’s designers are all about sleek, minimalist design. You might love your antique chest of drawers, but there’s a good chance it’s taking up precious space. Instead, look for furniture that’s modern and simple.

Paring down the size of your nightstand or your bedframe could create a lot of room you wouldn’t otherwise find. 

Will paint color make my bedroom look bigger?

Paint color is a magical tool that can make almost any space look bigger or smaller, depending on the tone. The thought of a warm red bedroom might sound luxurious — in reality, it’s likely to make your space feel shorter, darker, and smaller.

While paint can’t cure everything, sticking to lighter neutral tones like whites, light grays, and sandy hues can reflect a lot of light. This light reflection will create the illusion of a bigger space. 

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How about bedroom lighting fixtures?

Having the correct bedroom lighting is another great way to make your room feel more spacious. Natural light is, of course, the easiest way to brighten up your room. Bedrooms are not exactly known for their natural lighting, though. 

Instead, look for light fixtures that provide lots of overhead light. You won’t have to go without your reading lamp, but the light from a ceiling fan, track lighting, or pendant lighting can do a lot to make your bedroom feel more airy and alive.

Should I combine more than one room? 

As a last resort, there’s always the option of removing a wall and combining smaller bedrooms to make one large room. You might need the help of a professional, but it’s often the best alternative. 

Whether you want to create your own master suite or you are overflowing out of your current room, having a larger bedroom can often add value to your property. 

Bedrooms and The Right Bed Sizes

Naturally, the size of your bed shouldn’t overpower your bedroom. Of course, you want to have plenty of sleeping room, but having the ability to move freely throughout your bedroom is also important. As many designers have pointed out, your bed should be a part of the room, not the focal point. 

So how do you know what bed size is the right size for your room? With so many options available, you’ll have to compare your room’s size to the common sizes of beds. 

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California King

The California king is the largest of all the bed sizes, which measures six feet by seven feet. Since a bed of this size will take up 42 square feet of your bedroom’s space, it’s ideal for larger rooms. 

Although platform versions of the California king will offer a little more wiggle room, it’s still best to stick to the size that will give you more options.


Only slightly smaller than the California king, standard king-sized beds measure 76 inches by 80 inches. While they do offer more sleeping space than smaller beds, they can still take up a lot of room. 

If you’re planning to use a king-size bed in your room, your room should be at least 13 feet by 13 feet. Although they can work well in spaces as small as 10 feet by 13 feet, leaving room for side tables and dressers must be considered.


Measuring 60″ x 80″, the queen-sized bed is one of the most popular options for average rooms. Queen beds are not as large as the king options, but they are still big enough for two people to sleep comfortably. 

Recommended for rooms that are at least 10 feet by 10 feet but no larger than 10 feet by 14 feet, this bed size offers a lot of versatility. 


Because they offer more sleeping space, full-size beds are a good alternative to twin-sized beds. Full-size beds measure 54 inches by 75 inches and can be utilized in nearly any size room that’s above nine feet by 10 feet. 

Often purchased guest beds, they are large enough for a comfortable sleep. Yet, they’re small enough to provide more usable floor space. 


Twin beds are large enough for one person to sleep comfortably, and they are true space savers. At 38 inches by 75 inches, they are the smallest option of all the bed sizes. 

Usually used rooms with children or in a guest room, twin beds are often later interchanged with full-sized beds. 

Bedrooms are not one-size-fits-all, and they can vary wildly in size. Designed in proportion to the size of a home, they can range from the size of a large closet to the entire upper floor of a home. 

Getting to know average bedroom sizes can help you create the space you’ve wanted. Even if you’re working with a smaller room, choosing the right bed and using a few designer tricks will help you enhance the space you have.

Teresa Burns
Teresa Burns is a design specialist who has been in the business for over 20 years. She has seen design trends change from traditional designs to more simplistic modern designs. She not only has seen it all, she understands it all. She has a large collection of articles to help spread her love for design.
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