What makes a closet a closet that can make a room a bedroom?
February 29, 2012 3:11 PM Subscribe
What makes a closet legal enough to turn a room into a bedroom?
posted by julen to home & garden (16 answers total)
I live in a house that has rooms built variously between 1800 and 1850. Needless to say, the original builders did not build closets in the rooms where people slept. As a result, we have several rooms with beds and bureaus/dressers that are not legally bedrooms if we ever sell (real estate taxes are based on less stringent rules, apparently).
If we were to build closets in the rooms, what rules do we have to follow? Do the closets have to be built in or permanent or attached to the wall in some way? Do they have to reach the ceiling? Are there width requirements? Height requirements? Depth requirements? I live in Virginia, but surely there must be guidelines somewhere.