Can you use a sunroom as a bedroom? (What’s required?)

A sunroom can be a beautiful addition to any home. However, it has been known for some homeowners to use their sunrooms as additional bedrooms. But before you do this, there are other things you should know about the legality of using your sunroom as a bedroom and whether or not it is worth doing so in the first place. This blog post will cover all that you need to know about this topic!

The advantages of using a sunroom as a bedroom:

Using a sunroom as a bedroom is a great way to add a bedroom to your home at a reasonable price. Some steps need to be taken to ensure that the room can be counted in the home’s total occupiable square footage.

The first steps are that it needs to use the home’s HVAC system. The room needs to be integrated with the rest of the home. Bedrooms require an egress exit that most sunrooms will have, but I include it for the sake of completeness. Finally, bedrooms also need some area for storage such as a closet, although the exact requirements for closets are pretty flexible.

Many prospective homebuyers filter homes by the number of bedrooms. The number of bedrooms will be determined by the family size so some people will only be looking for 3 or 4 bedrooms. If you have a 2 bedroom house that you can successfully add a bedroom to you can immensely increase the value of the home.

Furthermore, extra bedrooms aren’t going to filter people out. For our current home, we were looking for a 3 bedroom home, but we are open to anything above that number. In the end, we ended up in a 4 bedroom home.

Another benefit of the spare bedroom is that it can be used as a quarantine space. Our family uses our spare bedroom when we have guests. We also use it if either my wife or I feel sick so that we don’t wake the other up with our coughing.

Another use for a bedroom as a sunroom can be a spare bedroom that can easily be rented out via Airbnb. It will have its entrance, and it can be separated from the rest of the house so the guests will have some privacy.

One other benefit is that the sunroom will have a great view either in the evening or morning. The scenic view can be a great selling point to either people who want to rent the room for the evening or to potential buyers when you want to sell the home.

How to convert your sunroom into a bedroom?

There are four items that you’ll need to have in a sunroom so that you can count it as a bedroom.

Sunroom must have heating and cooling

A sunroom must be integrated into the home’s HVAC system to be included in the total livable square footage. If the room doesn’t meet this basic criterion, it’s a showstopper for counting as to any room in a home.

The sunroom must have an egress exit

Internation building codes require all bedrooms to have a regular exit and an emergency exit. This emergency exit is what an egress exit is. There will be met for most sunrooms as they will have the doorway to the home, and they will have the doorway to the outside.

The sunroom must be integrated into the home

A properly built sunroom will be incorporated into the home. This is another hurdle that must be met for the room to be included in the home’s total square footage.

The sunroom must have a closet

Many homeowners will convert a formal dining room or loft area to a spare bedroom. The requirements aren’t in the international build code, but many states have versions of this requirement. Furthermore, the lack of a closet is going to greatly lower the livability of the bedroom.

We live in Arizona, and it is explicitly required here for bedrooms to have a dedicated place for storing clothes.

The sunroom must have a door for privacy

The final requirement for a sunroom to be counted as a bedroom is a door that can be closed. This is so that the occupant can get some privacy. This also limits the ability for lofts or other open areas to be considered as bedrooms. For sunrooms though, this shouldn’t be an issue.

What furniture should you put in a sunroom bedroom?

First, you will need either a bed or a futon. I would suggest going with a smaller bed either one or two twin size beds. Going with a queen or king-size bed in the sunroom is going to make it feel quite small.

Futons are also very popular in sunrooms. They can be used for seating during the day or when it is not being used as a spare bedroom.

I also like having a chest of drawers or other storage space in the room. TVs and other electronics can be set on the chest of draws. Many people also want a desk in the room so they have a place to use their laptops.

The disadvantages of converting your sunroom into a bedroom

At a high level, there aren’t a huge number of disadvantages of converting a sunroom to be able to be used as a bedroom even if you never utilize the room in that manner. The extra storage space from the closet can be used to store patio-related items.

The single only true drawback is that the extra requirements of a door and closet will add some expense, but that’s the limit. For us, I strongly prefer having the addition to the home have the option to be counted as a bedroom as I feel it is well worth the extra money.

The disadvantages of converting your sunroom into a bedroom

At a high level, there aren’t a huge number of disadvantages of converting a sunroom to be able to be used as a bedroom even if you never utilize the room in that manner. The extra storage space from the closet can be used to store patio-related items.

The single only true drawback is that the extra requirements of a door and closet will add some expense, but that’s the limit. For us, I strongly prefer having the addition to the home have the option to be counted as a bedroom as I feel it is well worth the extra money.

What are the best window coverings for a sunroom as a bedroom?

When it comes to window coverings for a sunroom that’s going to be used as a bedroom, we highly recommend going with something that offers the best room darkening features.

I would start with blackout curtains and look for reasons to choose anything different. Blackout curtains will ensure that all the sunlight from the many windows won’t create an unwelcome space for someone trying to sleep.

Blackout curtains will also do a reasonable job of dampening some of the sounds from the outside in case of heavy rain or cicadas. Also, blackout curtains are a solid fabric that will add to the room’s overall insulation factor which will make the room a little more consistent temperature which will also be important for some who want to use the room for sleeping.

Best flooring for sunrooms used as a bedroom

For a general use sunroom, were fans of open concrete with area rugs or LVP. We’ve written a full guide to sunroom flooring if you’d like to read more about that topic. For bedrooms specifically, though, our top choice is carpet. The reason is that either concrete or LVP will be cool to the touch. Putting your foot on a cold surface can jar some people awake and make it hard for them to get back to sleep. If you are going with concrete or LVP, I recommend keeping some nice slippers next to your bed. This is what we used to do when we lived in a space with hardwood floors that would get cold in the winter.

Wrapping up

With these tips, you can convert your sunroom into a bedroom for an affordable price. If this sounds like something that might interest you and make sense in your home, we’ve got the full guide to sunroom . As our normal disclaimer, remember we are not licensed construction professionals or general contractors. The authors and editors at Newawning.com are simply average homeowners who enjoy DIY projects. All our posts are intended only to be general information and entertainment for people new to DIY projects. If you have specific questions, we suggest hiring a licensed professional who can provide precise answers to your exact situation and needs.

Last Updated:November 28, 2022