The Evolving Children’s Bedroom



In prior generations, homes were smaller and as a result had fewer bedrooms. The average house had only two bedrooms in the early 1970s, but by the early 2000s the average across all homes was three bedrooms. In the past decade, new construction has been typically of larger homes with three or more bedrooms. Children typically had to share bedrooms in the past but now are more likely to have their own rooms. In this post, we’ll consider reasons why the modern home has more bedrooms and reasons that non-master bedrooms are becoming larger as well. The modern family has fewer children than previous generations, but the number of bedrooms in the home has increased. One reason for this trend is the increased popularity of dedicated guest rooms. While in years past guests may have stayed in a child’s room, with the children temporarily consolidated to other rooms, it is now commonplace to have rooms just dedicated to guests. Since guests will bring fewer belongings, a guest bedroom can be a smaller room without compromising function and aesthetics.


Another reason for the increase in the number of bedrooms in a home is the increased length of time many homeowners are staying in their homes. According to US Census Bureau data, over half of all homeowners now stay in a home for 15 years or more. This varies by region, with half of north-easterners staying put for 22 years or more while half of Westerners stay for 13 years or less. While parents may put children in the same room when they are younger, as they grow older there is increased pressure for children to have their own rooms. Since homeowners now regularly own homes long enough that their toddlers grow into young adults, buying a house with enough bedrooms for each child to have their own becomes a smart decision.

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Even with each child having their own bedroom, the routines of modern life drive the bedrooms to increase in size. A generation ago, a child’s bedroom may have consisted of a twin bed and some simple, smaller furniture like a dresser. If you have a tall child, or plan to use the room as a guest room on occasion, then a larger bed may be necessary. A bedroom desk may help the child concentrate on their homework and activities better than if they have to work in common spaces of the house. When combined with increased storage needs for their belongings, the space for a child’s bedroom may begin to rival the size of a master bedroom. Whether you're planning a home with children's rooms or not, it's definitely important to consider the ideal number of bedrooms you'll need.  If you'd like to learn more about designing a new barn home please contact Timberpeg.