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    Does a bedroom have to have a door, by building code requirements?
    Not that I am aware of.


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    The code does not define a bedroom, however, it does define many differences between bedrooms and outside bedrooms (i.e., other areas and rooms), and to do so would require a means to separate the bedroom from the other areas, therefore a door is needed for that separation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    The code does not define a bedroom, however, it does define many differences between bedrooms and outside bedrooms (i.e., other areas and rooms), and to do so would require a means to separate the bedroom from the other areas, therefore a door is needed for that separation.
    Would a wall with a cased opening not count? Are there any requirements (shall have) for interior doors at all? Just curious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mcintyre View Post
    Would a wall with a cased opening not count?
    At some point there would need to be a door, otherwise there is no separation between the bedroom (sleeping room) and the other areas. I.e., you could have a bedroom with a sitting room (which is quite common) and both are connected to a hallway which connects to the master bathroom ... but there would need to be a door to the other areas of the house.

    Are there any requirements (shall have) for interior doors at all? Just curious.
    Nope, not that I can think of, not that state "shall have" a door, but, when you try to separate the areas you will need a door to separate the sleeping room (bedroom) from the other areas.

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    Jerry, You are very good about providing code references but you will not find any requirement in the IRC to separate a bedroom form other spaces. The only doors required by the IRC are the exit door (2006 IRC R311.4.1), and the door between the house and garage (2006 IRC R309.1).

    If the IRC has not been adopted by the jurisdiction and the IBC applies, the only other door that would be required (excluding fire doors) would be one between a bathroom and a kitchen (2006 IBC 1210.5). Think of a loft bedroom overlooking other living space, or a studio apartment. Not that a door wouldn't be a bad idea, just not required by code, either specifically or by inference.


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    No, you do not need a door for a room to be classified as a bedroom. Think of a loft or studio design, neither will have a door but they do have a bedroom. The design provides the separation.

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    Agreed, neither the IRC or IBC makes any requirement for a bedroom (technically sleeping room) door. Features of the structure tend to define various spaces throughout the home. For instance, with all the requirements in the code pertaining to sleeping rooms, there is no guidance to determine where the sleeping room starts and stops. In some homes that can be a challege when enforcing arc faults, egress and other issues, and lands on the shoulders of the inspector.


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    There is no such requirements written any where.


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