How Much Room Do Large Items Need?


Last week, we wrote about the average sizes of various rooms in the modern home, covering cases for small, average and large homes. While knowing that the average master bedroom in a home built today is 309 square feet can help in home planning, it might still be hard to visualize how a large bed will fit in that space. Although many furnishings like couches can be purchased to fit into an existing space, some large items need a dedicated amount of space. Here are a few large items that are frequently found in the modern barn home and how much space is needed to accommodate them.

King Bed

Some of us may be perfectly content with a queen size bed, but those who have upgraded to a king bed rave about the world of difference that their extra 16 inches of width makes. If you are married to a spouse who sprawls or dogs that muscle their way into bed at night, this extra bed real estate can make all the difference in getting a good night’s sleep. Of course, this extra width also means the bedroom needs to be larger as well.

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A king sized bed measures 80 inches long by 76 inches wide, but experts say you should add about 8 inches of space on all sides to accommodate your frame. If the headboard and footboard are very large you may need to add more space. To this, you should add 30 inches of space to all sides except the head of the bed to accommodate getting in and around the bed. Adding these numbers together, you need a 12 foot by 10 foot space just for a king sized bed. If you have furniture like dressers in the room you need to add space for them as well, but some objects like nightstands can go within the existing buffer space.

Indoor Games

A pool table can be a great addition to the recreational space of the barn home, but it is also occupies a great deal of space. A regulation table is 9 by 4.5 feet, which is quite large by itself. To that size, however, you need to add the length of a cue to all sides of the table. A standard pool sue is 58 inches long, which means the total space required is 18 feet by 14 feet. If your space is more restricted, a 7 foot by 3.5 foot “bar” table can save space, or you can use shorter cues.

One game that requires a bit less space is darts. For darts, the standard is that the toe line is 7 feet 9.25 inches from the board, so you will need at least 12 feet of room for darts. Luckily, the clear space only needs to be around 3 feet wide.

Dining Tables

Although tables vary in size, you need to leave enough room to seat yourself comfortably. If the dining area does not have significant foot traffic, than 3 feet on each side of a table is sufficient. If the walkway along a side of the table is frequently used while others are dining, then a 5 foot space from the table is ideal.

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Whether you need a room to fit a humble nightstand or something as grand as a grand piano, our designers can create the perfect timber frame home for your needs. Contact Timberpeg today to get started.