These 4 Things Create a “Perfect” Bedroom, According to Real Estate Agents

updated Dec 14, 2020
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What makes a main bedroom, or master bedroom, so great, anyway? Surely it has alluring elements beyond its size and ensuite bathroom right?

According to real estate agents, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do a main bedroom. Just watch “House Hunters” or browse Zillow for a bit—you’ll likely come across a glut of spaces fit only for queen-sized mattresses and many shared pedestal sinks.

But while less-than-magnificent main suites are common, it doesn’t mean you need to settle for one—you just need to know what to look for when looking at a space. I asked real estate agents for the magic formula on what makes a bedroom stand out. Here, the four features they say you shouldn’t compromise on:

Plenty of space

If real estate’s mantra is “location, location, location,” when it comes to the main bedroom, it’s all about space, space, space. Nobody likes to sleep shoved up against the wall, so Beatrice de Jong of Opendoor says that at a bare minimum, you should be able to walk around the bed on each side.

“Since the master bedroom should be a retreat at the end at the end of each day, the bed should be the focal point of the room—and fit comfortably inside of it.”

En-suite bathroom

And when you do retreat to your bedroom for the night, you shouldn’t have to leave it again. The best main bedrooms have their own attached bathrooms, says Kevin McCann of Kale Realty in Chicago, Illinois. It’s great if it has a double sink, too—not only does it make your everyday routine easier, it can add a good chunk of change to your home’s value too.

Natural light

One way to make your suite sparkle is to let a little sunshine in. Windows with a view help the space feel larger, according to de Jong.

In warm climates, French doors that open to the yard or patio can take this concept to the next level. According to Samira Tapia of Compass in Los Angeles, when you wake up to fresh air and birds chirping, it can set a cheerful tone for the rest of your day, making a simple bedroom feel like an opulent vacation suite.

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Storage space

If you don’t have enough room for your clothes, what should be your refuge will quickly become a disorganized source of irritation. While a walk-in closet is great, not every main bedroom comes with them. You should at least have enough space for an armoire or dresser, says Steve Gottlieb of Warburg Realty, as well as room for miscellaneous storage. This can be a separate piece of standing furniture, but enough under-the-bed storage can work, too.

Want to know what other factors real estate agents say make up a dream home? Here, the four components of an ideal living room.

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