Bedroom

History

Furnishings

Furniture and other items in bedrooms vary greatly, depending on taste and local tradition. For instance, a master bedroom may include a carpeting. Built-in closets are less common in Europe than in North America; thus there is greater use of freestanding wardrobes or armoires in Europe.

An individual’s bedroom is a reflection of one’s personality, as well as social class, and is unique to each person. However there are certain items that are common in most bedrooms. Mattresses and closets are the necessities in a bedroom. Mattresses usually have a bed set to raise the mattress off the ground and it provides some decoration. There are many different types of mattresses, in the 14th century the lower class slept on mattresses that were stuffed with straw. During the 16th century mattresses stuffed with feathers started to gain popularity, with those who could afford them. The common person was doing well if he could buy a mattress after seven years of marriage.[7] Along with televisions many bedrooms also have computers, video game consoles, which are more popular among teenagers, and a desk to do work. In the late 20th century and early 21st century the bedroom became a more social environment and people started to spend a lot more time in their bedroom than in the past.

Futons are common, in addition to a bed (or, if shared by two or more children, a bookcase or other items.

Modern bedrooms

Many houses in America have at least two bedrooms—usually a master bedroom and one or more bedrooms for either the children or guests.

In some jurisdictions there are basic features (such as a closet and a “means of egress”) that a room must have in order to legally qualify as a bedroom. In many states, such as Alaska, bedrooms are not required to have closets and must instead meet minimum size requirements.

Closets are a necessity in a bedroom. A closet by definition is a small space used to store things. In a bedroom, a closet is most commonly used for clothes and other small personal items that one may have. Walk in closets are more popular today and vary in size. However, in the past wardrobes have been the most prominent. A wardrobe is a tall rectangular shaped cabinet that clothes can be stored or hung in. Clothes are also kept in a dresser. Typically nicer clothes are kept in the closet because they can be hung up while leisure clothing and undergarments are stored in the dresser.

In buildings with multiple self-contained housing units (e.g., apartments), the number of bedrooms varies widely. While many such units have at least one bedroom—frequently, these units have at least two—some of these units may not have a specific room dedicated for use as a bedroom. (These units may be known by various names, including studio, efficiency, bedsit, and others.)

Sometimes, a master bedroom is connected to a dedicated bathroom, often called an ensuite.

References

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  2. ^ Lambert, Tim. “Brief History of Houses”. Brief History of Houses. Local Histories. http://www.localhistories.org/houses.html. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
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  4. ^ “Beds in Late Medieval and Tudor Times”. Beds in Medieval and Tudor Times. Old and Interesting. http://www.oldandinteresting.com/medieval-renaissance-beds.aspx. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
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  7. ^ Manier, Jeremy (7 May 2007). “Many Young Kids Have TV in Their Bedrooms”. Young Kids have TV’s in Their Bedrooms (The Seattle Times). http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003696397_tvee07.html. Retrieved 10 November 2011.

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