What is the Legal Definition of a Bedroom?

Dated: November 8 2021

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Here are some requirements for bedrooms that apply state-wide, in Virginia:

1. Means of Egress: A bedroom must have two ways to exit: one that leads to the rest of the home and one that leads directly to the outside. In most cases, the outside egress will be a window. A bedroom egress window must be at least 5.7 square feet. It can be no more than 44 inches from the room floor, unless there is a permanent step installed. In addition, it is illegal to have locking bars or grates covering an egress window. Also, in order to be considered a legal bedroom, its sole entrance must not be through another bedroom. Finally, the bedroom must have access to a bathroom without going through another bedroom.

2. Closet: Contrary to popular belief, Virginia has no closet requirement for a bedroom.

3. Square Footage: The minimum size of a bedroom is 70 square feet. If more than one person occupies the room, there must be 50 square feet per occupant.

4. Ceiling Height: Ceiling height must be no less than 7 feet.

5. Heating and Ventilation: Every bedroom must have access to natural ventilation (i.e. to the outside air), and must have a heat source. Portable heaters do not count as an adequate heat source.

Source: NVAR.com