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Weird Sitting Room Off Master Bedroom

Jessica Cunningham
10 months ago

We are in the process of remodeling our master bedroom/bathroom and have the STRANGEST “sitting room” off the master leading to the master closet. The cutout to the sitting room/closet is load bearing and the sitting room/closet is above the garage. We have talked about framing the cutout with wood and taking down the closet wall to open it up. Don’t want to put doors on the cutout in fear it will make the master seem small. Thought? Would love some ideas!

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    Patricia Colwell Consulting
    10 months ago

    I need to see the floor plan please . IMO this is useless space why not make it part of the closet like a dressing room ,but I need to see the floor plan

  • apple_pie_order
    10 months ago

    Try another photo with the lights on in the closet. A double door to the closet that opens wide may be helpful (see Patricia Coldwell's request for a floor plan). The empty area is a dressing room. You could move your dressers or chests of drawers into this room, add a pouf or bench to sit on, and a three way mirror. Here's an over the top showcase house version:

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  • felizlady
    10 months ago

    Is there a good light in this space? If you are the type of person who likes to pick two or three outfits to choose from, this is a place to hang them (on wall hooks) for consideration. You could have a dresser on one wall and a long mirror on the other.

  • Jessica Cunningham
    Original Author
    10 months ago

    There is zero good light in space. We will add overhead lighting. I’ve attached two more pictures, I’ll have to draw out a layout when I’m back in front of my computer this afternoon. Thanks for looking :)

  • Marco
    10 months ago

    Use this space as a dressing room, an extension of the closet. Put the bedroom dressers and mirrors in this space. This will make those furnishing more convenient to the closet, and will make the bedroom feel larger (and maybe make room for an easy chair if you want one in the bedroom). A table lamp or two on the dresser will give appealing lighting, and a harsh overhead will be handy on laundry day.

    Think of your absolute favorite dress or scarf -- the one that best brings out your own beauty -- and paint the walls that color. Don't worry if that color is "too" light or dark or strong or pastel; this is just a passthrough space where you can take a little risk.

    I think you can make this awkward space into one that is both useful and pleasant. Good luck!

  • decoenthusiaste
    10 months ago
    last modified: 10 months ago

    I'd make it function with the closet and as part of it. Maybe you could use "his & hers" closets. He can trek to the back one and you get the pretty one in front.

  • Kay Stu
    10 months ago

    Each side of this space could be a separate desk area. Or built in cabinets with drawers for storage. Or one side desk area, one side cabinets.

  • happyleg
    10 months ago

    And the back one can be some storage do you need a MI in I refrigerate

  • happyleg
    10 months ago

    A Mini refrigerator?

  • lisaam
    10 months ago

    It may also have been intended as a space for a crib (altho I agree that the lighting plan, lack of windows and layout seem poor)

  • katinparadise
    10 months ago

    Since you have a switch for the closet right there, it shouldn't be too expensive to have an overhead light put in. Your closet already looks to be the size of a small room! I would leave it open but do as suggested and add dressers and a mirror to use as a dressing area. Add a small, comfortable chair as a place to put on socks and shoes and a decorative hamper for dirty clothes.

  • apple_pie_order
    10 months ago

    Good photos. The closet looks very well organized and uncrowded.


    Is there a switch for an outlet in the extra room? Switched outlets are common in some areas.

  • suezbell
    10 months ago
    last modified: 10 months ago

    My aunt (now deceased) had a similar "dressing room" between bedroom and bath but with a tiny window and built in vanity w/mirror. She had in it along the inside wall a cedar wardrobe and other cedar cabinets she called ?chifferrobe? and "highboy" -- this was in addition to her walk in closet which was parallel to it without exterior wall/window. Her house would be over a hundred years old now so that might have been considered "old school cool".

  • suezbell
    10 months ago

    Would not hang "open" rods in there resulting in your rubbing against your hanging clothes as you walk thru this room to your closet. Instead, add cabinets or build them in.


    https://www.vafurnituremarket.com/item/mission-triple-dresser/485497766 

  • Jane Harvey
    10 months ago

    maybe consider opening up the wall to the existing closet, and incorporating this weird space into it. I know you said you didn't want to put doors between the master and this space, but if you use some really nice, glazed French doors, they wouldn't make it look too heavy or dark, but would give some separation between closet/dressing areas and Tremain master.

  • suezbell
    10 months ago
    last modified: 10 months ago

    If the small space makes you feel claustrophobic, you might consider cutting for tall narrow "window" openings in the four short walls.

  • Jessica Cunningham
    Original Author
    10 months ago

    Here is a crude layout of the room. The house is 20 years old, I think the original owner before us liked lots of little rooms 😆

  • happyleg
    10 months ago

    Agree :)

  • acm
    10 months ago

    I'd either move the dressers (setting up a clothing zone) and maybe add an arm chair to the main bedroom, or I'd use the Weird Space for some annex function, such a a reading nook or a desk...

  • Lisa Dipiro
    10 months ago

    Agree with katinparadise ... fung shui also says you should be able to see who enters your room, can do that if the bed is between the windows...can get a nice sofa or two chairs where the bed is now and have real retreat

  • decoenthusiaste
    10 months ago
    last modified: 10 months ago

    Yes, that says "his & hers" to me!

  • Juli
    10 months ago

    How about switching your walk in closet with the weird space and adding a pair of nice closet doors. Your current closet can become ??? storage room?? Hidden room? Jewelry Vault:)