– What is a master suite?

– Why create a master suite?

– How to install a master suite at home?

– How much does it cost to install a master suite?

Your house has several bedrooms and a bathroom, but you would like to create a world of your own by having a true master suite dedicated to bedding, clothing storage and equipped with a separate bathroom. In this post, you will discover the characteristics of the master suite and the solutions that exist to create it in your home.

What is a master suite?

A master suite is an area reserved for parents and isolated from the children’s world. It generally includes a bedroom and its dedicated bathroom or shower room, a dressing room and sometimes an office. It is often proposed for constructing a new house but must be specifically designed during a renovation.

Its layout and decoration must be thought of in a global way to keep harmony between the different spaces when the doors are opened.

The area dedicated to the bedroom must be at least 9 m² to be considered as such, but it is agreed that in the case of a master suite, a surface of at least 12 m² and even 14 m² facilitates both the installation of a large bed and the access to the different areas.

The different configurations


Most often, the master suite has the following configuration: 

The bedroom, the dressing room and the bathroom are in a row. The last 2 rooms are only accessible from the bedroom and never by a door giving onto a corridor.

It can also happen that the dressing room and the bathroom give directly to the bedroom by 2 separate doors, without any enfilade system.

A final solution consists of a large room of at least 20 m², with a bathroom and dressing room created behind a low wall serving as a bed head. The result is a master suite with open spaces, a style adapted to contemporary constructions, and a design decoration.

Why create a master suite?

Creating a master suite is a way to add value to your home, especially if it has several bedrooms intended for a family. It also saves time in the morning when the whole family is getting ready. Besides, it allows you to safeguard a couple’s privacy, letting them sleep and get ready away from the children.

How to install a master suite at home?

If you didn’t plan for this room when you built your house, installing a master suite can be problematic. Let’s consider a home with convertible attic space, for instance. It may be worthwhile to study the possibility of creating the master suite in that space, as you will be able to position the different areas according to what is below and thus recover, for example, the plumbing system of a first-floor bathroom without significant work.

The bedroom area

The bedroom will be treated classically, with the decoration and bed type that you will have chosen. The furnishing could be made of a headboard, and 2 bedside tables, the presence of a dressing room integrated into the master suite allowing to do without imposing furniture like a wardrobe or a chest of drawers.

The bathroom part

To limit costs as much as possible, it is necessary to install the bathroom near a room such as the main bathroom or the kitchen to benefit from the water supply and drainage without having to do too much work. In most cases, it is not feasible to run the plumbing system through every room in the house to supply a new bathroom.

Suppose you want to install a toilet in addition to a bathtub or shower pan and basins. In that case, a macerator may be the most economical way to do so. However, it is not essential if you have a separate toilet in another part of the house.

It is necessary to provide a ventilation system in the bathroom of the master suite so that the moisture produced during its use does not deteriorate the coverings (mould and sanitary problems). Also, too much humidity is likely to cause unpleasant odours, as well as physical discomfort. Therefore, it is essential to provide efficient controlled mechanical ventilation (CMV) to avoid inconveniences.

Good to know: The shower room’s surface doesn’t need to be extensive; you can create a comfortable one in 2 m².

The dressing area

It should be as large as possible to allow you to store your future clothing purchases. A minimum surface of 4 m² seems to be a prerequisite to installing a dressing room worthy of the name. Suppose the installation of a dedicated room is impossible and your room is large enough. In that case, you can opt for a well-equipped wardrobe that will compensate for the absence of a specific room.

How much does it cost to install a master suite?

The price varies according to the work to be done. It is a simple adaptation of an existing volume easy to connect to the central plumbing or a complete creation with significant work. In any case, if you have this work done by a professional, a detailed estimate is essential.

The cost will depend on the quality of the materials used in the bathroom, the fittings made in the dressing room, and the complexity of the work. Calling on professionals and an interior designer will allow you to find the ideal solutions according to your house’s configuration.