See 17 Different Types Of Rooms You Can Have In A House


Your house is a very delicate structure, whether large or small, and the rooms are what defines the house. There are many types of rooms in a house and having a solid idea of each and their functions will make drafting your house plan relatively easier.

But I believe you have so many questions in need of answers. Some of the questions may be: where do you start? How do you know which room goes where? Which type of room is a must-have and which isn’t? Can a room pull a double duty?

If you are considering building a house or buying and renovating one and you find yourself asking daunting questions about the house plans and the rooms, then you are at the right place. I will highlight some possibilities for potential rooms in your house, as well as their specific purpose.

Types of rooms in a house

1. Foyer/Entrance hall

Entrance View From Inside

The foyer or the entrance hall is basically the first room you see once you enter the house. It is among one of the most vital rooms in the house, it’s the first thing your guest will see, so it is more like the stage setter to the guest, so it is essential it be aesthetically appealing and spacious.

2. Kitchen

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I do not have to stress how important a kitchen is; it is one of the most used rooms in every home, so I guess we can rank this room as one of the must-haves. Not only is this room used for food preparation, but it is also a spot where you can catch up with other members of the family or where your kids may fancy getting their schoolwork done.

3. Family/Living room

Living Room

The family or living room is another high-use room in the house. It is basically the main spot for leisure and socialization in the home. It is also used to entertain guests and has even become a primary dining space in many American households in recent years.

4. Dining room

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The dining room is slowly losing its place in most modern homes today, but that doesn’t stop us from mentioning it. Its main purpose is to dine with the family. However, most modern home designs have the dining room in a general area between the kitchen and living room or other to maximize space.

5. Bedroom

Full Bedroom View

Another must-have room in the house is the bedroom. It is a place of relaxation, a place where you unwind and spend most of your evenings. There are actually several types of bedrooms: the master bedroom, the guest bedroom, the nursery, and the children’s bedroom. They may all vary in size and decor, but their main purpose is to provide comfort and pleasure, and they refuse to do so at night.

6. Bathroom

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The bathroom is a high-traffic area in the home, consisting of a room with a shower or tub (maybe both), toilet, and sink. Bathrooms are usually built or connected to the bedrooms. However, you can have an extra one installed separately for guests.

7. Home office/study

A home office or a study is a room meant for work, reading, or self-reflection. The main purpose is basically for working, no kids, no noises, and no TV (except you ask for one to be installed personally). In terms of design, you will likely just see a desk, chair, cabinet, etc. It bears a minimalistic design, except the individual requires custom decor in the interior.

8. Closet

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A closet is a room designed to store clothes, shoes, and other accessories; it can also function as a dressing room on several occasions. There are different types of closets, and the choice is mostly determined by the space available for usage.

9. Laundry room

laundry room

The laundry room is a space equipped with a washing machine and dryer to attend to clothes and house linen. There is no fixed location for a laundry room as long as the space is functional enough. Most homeowners will even include extra storage, a utility sink, and additional countertops to increase the efficiency and functionality of the room.

10. Pantry

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A pantry is a storage area usually next to the kitchen used to store dry foods, appliances, extra pots, and pans. The size or dimension may vary according to the space available in the house. But its main purpose is to create a storage space that leaves the kitchen tidy or organized.

11. Playroom/Man-cave/Gym

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There are rooms that are not that important but can be added to match the lifestyle of the homeowner. You have the playroom, which is meant for children to learn and play. You also have the gym, which is meant to work out. And the man cave, which can be used for a number of activities.

12. Mudroom

A mudroom is a room designed to store outdoor clothing, shoes, and other accessories. You will usually find the mudroom or garage near the entrance of the house. The main function is to safely store outdoor clothes and keep dirt in the form of muddy or wet clothes, shoes, or accessories away from other rooms.

13. Sunroom/Conservatory 

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The sunroom or the conservatory receives the most sunlight out of all the rooms in the home, hence the name “Sunroom”. This kind of room features a large glass window, allowing sunlight in while also providing a broad view of the environment. This room gives you the feeling that you are outside while still protecting you from the elements.

14. Attic


An attic is a room or a space directly under the ceiling of the house. This room is used by many homeowners as a storage room. However, it can also serve other functions. If the attic is finished, it can be used as a bedroom, game room, study, library, you name it.

15. Basement


The basement, just like the attic, is a versatile room in the house that can be used for a variety of tasks. It is located in the lower section of the house and is often used as a storage space. However, if you convert a basement and maximize its usage, you can turn it into a laundry room, yoga room, bedroom, home theatre, or a wine cellar for storing drinks.

16. Panic room

Panic room

A panic room is a secret room in the house. It is a place where the homeowner and family members go to hide if there are safety concerns. They usually come with CCTV screens so you can see what is happening in the house. However, this type of room is not all that common.

17. Garage

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The garage is more like a room for the car. You store the car there safely at the end of the day and drive it out when you have to again. But you do not have to be limited to that. The garage is versatile and can be used as a storage room or a workshop, too.


Which types of rooms are essential in the house?

The bedroom, kitchen, living room, and bathroom are the most essential of them all.

How many types of rooms can a house have?

There is no fixed amount as the number of rooms can be dependent on the lot size.

Can a room function as another type of room?

Yes, it is normal for a room to play other functions. For example, an attic can be used as a bedroom, exercise room, game room, or workshop.

What rooms are used the most in the house?

The kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom are some of the most used rooms in the house.

What is the first room in the home called?

The foyer is the first room in the home; you see this room once you cross the front door.

Conclusion – Types of rooms in a house

It is important you note that this article is simply to educate you on the different types of rooms one can have in a home. Not all of them are necessary for the house to run smoothly. Not all homeowners even want to have these many rooms in their homes.

You may also have a smaller lot size and be unable to add some rooms you want. If this is the case, you can combine certain rooms to maximize space. For example, you can have your kitchen and your dining table joined, or you can use your garage space to function as another room.

This is why it is important to get the right team before you commence your project. At Samkins Construction Lnc, we bring your dream home to life. Get in touch with us today let’s work on a plan for your dream home.

Thanks for reading.

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