Many moons ago there used to a minimum size quoted in the Building
Regulations. In Scotland, where I live, it was 7 square metres. This is
still a good minimum standard for a single bedroom. Anything less is just a
boxroom IMO. There are now no minimum room-size standards, however, the
Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2004 state the every apartment
(i.e., every habitable room in a dwelling, excluding the kitchen and
bathroom) must be able to accommodate a 900mm wide x 2000mm long single bed
+ a 400mm wide activity space around it, a 750mm wide x 450mm deep chest of
drawers and a 600 wide x600mm deep wardrobe + 1000mm activity space in
The abandonment of the old 1960's Parker Morris standards for housing design
throughout the UK has led to the proliferation of crap housing IMHO.
'Just because I'm nostalgic doesn't mean I live in the past'
I know nothing of building regulations but I believe the law on overcrowding
states maximumum occupancy of a room as follows
Floor area of room Number of persons
110 sq ft or more 2
90 sq ft or more but less than 110 sq ft 1 1/2
70 sq ft or more but less than 90 sq ft 1
50 sq ft or more but less than 70 sq ft 1/2
Rooms which are less than 50 sq ft 0
Where 1/2 a person is a child under 10.
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