Ideas to make bedroom more appealing

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Butterfly44 Fri 17-Jul-20 22:34:35

I have a good size double bedroom in the middle of a house layout that has no external window. It's not great that there is no window into the outside. I'm redecorating and wondering what design or gadgets can I add that would make it more appealing for a uni student?

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GemmeFatale Sat 18-Jul-20 10:57:58

Assuming you’re in the U.K. I believe if there’s no window you can’t market it as a bedroom.

Grobagsforever Sat 18-Jul-20 15:13:55

Yes you can't rent cupboards as bedrooms!

FlamedToACrisp Sun 19-Jul-20 00:57:04

All is not lost, OP!

homedecorbliss.com/do-bedrooms-need-windows/

Dinosauraddict Sun 19-Jul-20 07:13:12

Ignore PP's link unless you are US-based. Usually you need a window for it to be able to be legally classed as a bedroom, there are a couple reasons for this but mainly to provide an alternative means of escape in case of fire.

ExchangedCat Sun 19-Jul-20 07:29:05

According to RCIS a bedroom doesn't have to have a window, but it should be a room that should be expected to be a bedroom: www.ricsfirms.com/glossary/what-is-a-bedroom/

What was your windowless room intended to be? I can't think of anything except a utility or bathroom which would might not have windows when built!

My0My Sun 19-Jul-20 08:43:59

Poor student! Who would want to work in an airless “room” with no window? It’s not suitable. More like a prison cell. Student rooms must have desks. They expect to work in their rooms.

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Bluntness100 Sun 19-Jul-20 08:51:08

Not sure why everyone is answering a question the op didn’t ask.

Op, I’d paint it a bright colour with some nice artwork on the walls. Light coloured flooring, double bed, desk for work, and chair, some nice lighting, either desk or flooring.

Butterfly44 Sun 19-Jul-20 10:47:53

Thanks. I'm in the UK. It does have a window but it's internal not external, ie. the window opens into space of an extension we had built into previous yard space. It's a large room. I'm redecorating and was after ideas.

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Butterfly44 Sun 19-Jul-20 10:53:39

Thanks @Bluntness100 that's exactly the kind of ideas I'm after! Lighting and artwork are things I'll look into smile

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My0My Sun 19-Jul-20 18:04:54

Well that’s all very well but there are legalities about letting out a room without an obvious means of escape in a fire. See attached. In fact it’s debatable if it’s a “bedroom” at all. A tenant would be mad to rent it.

FlamedToACrisp Sun 19-Jul-20 18:29:40

Dinosauraddict

Ignore PP's link unless you are US-based. Usually you need a window for it to be able to be legally classed as a bedroom, there are a couple reasons for this but mainly to provide an alternative means of escape in case of fire.

I gave the link because (as well as various rules in American states) it has a list of ideas on how to make a windowless room more appealing.

My0My Sun 19-Jul-20 23:35:44

It’s a pointless exercise to attract a tenant though! It’s not a suitable space in the uk.

Butterfly44 Mon 20-Jul-20 17:52:48

@My0My My post was asking for clever ideas for decorating an internal facing bedroom. I've not said anything about renting, it's nowhere in my post! It's a 3x4ft double bedroom so not a cupboard. Lots of presumptions your making.

Thanks to others who gave good suggestions. Bought some lovely artwork yesterday and lighting on order.

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My0My Mon 20-Jul-20 20:32:07

You did. For a uni student. In your op! Is this for your student child then? Or for free?

Butterfly44 Mon 20-Jul-20 23:07:20

@My0My Errr..no I didn't!! I said for a uni student which gives context of who it's aimed for.....as opposed to a child or an elderly person who's likes would be different.

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JaJaDingDong Mon 20-Jul-20 23:11:37

Could you put in a fake window with some clever lighting so that it looks like it's daylight outside?

GemmeFatale Tue 21-Jul-20 06:37:31

@Butterfly44 perhaps if you gave more context people could help more.

If you’re decorating for a family member obviously the advice will be different to decorating a room to rent.

Veterinari Tue 21-Jul-20 06:47:53

It seems @My0My is imagining a scenario regardless of the info OP gives confused

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How much light does the room get via the extension? If it's quite dark then I'd actually emphasise this by painting the walls quite dark with contrasting white woodwork, and adding a couple of lamps to give a warm glow. Painting light colours in poorly lit rooms often just makes them appear cold and harsh. Also a nice fluffy rug and a throw across the bed. Think of layers and cosy textures. Fairy lights add cosiness.

If the student needs a study space then ensure there's a designated desk area with a lamp - perhaps section off with a rug.

My0My Tue 21-Jul-20 09:02:15

The op said “what design or gadgets can I add that would make it more appealing for a uni student?” Given that the op needed to ask, it was assumed by many that it wasn’t for a family member but was for a paying student. It’s difficult to see what other conclusion posters could have come to. The op is defensive about it and frankly I don’t give a flying f—k. It’s still a crap room!

My0My Tue 21-Jul-20 09:03:05

There are rules and regulations for letting to mythical students! Yes. A desk is a requirement! And a bed.

Whatthebloodyell Tue 21-Jul-20 09:13:56

I assumed tenant too. Otherwise why not just ask the said student?

Is this a downstairs room OP, the former dining room with a window on to a kitchen extension?

My0My Tue 21-Jul-20 09:25:21

They built into their yard and obscures the window. So not a great design.

Veterinari Tue 21-Jul-20 19:46:45

Gosh @My0My you really are invested in this thread aren't you? grin
Lovely to see that you clearly care so much about mythical student welfare! I'll sleep easy tonight.

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