How to Build a Master Bedroom Suite


Building a master bedroom suite will require you to invest time in detailed planning. You want to create a space that looks appropriate for your home’s design. For example, a beach house requires a different approach than building a master suite in a colonial home. You can create a master bedroom suite without too much difficulty if you have a sufficient budget and floor space.

Things You'll Need

  • Your home’s floor plan
  • Graph paper
  • Lumber
  • Drywall
  • Joint compound
  • Insulation
  • Electric wiring
  • Light fixtures
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Wood flooring
  • Tile flooring
  • Paint
  • Closet shelving system
  • Wood trim and molding
  • Crown molding
  • Use graph paper to sketch your home’s existing floor plan. Count one square of graph paper as six inches. Draw the bedroom space or other area you will designate for the master suite. You can add space from adjoining rooms, hallways or closets. Look for ways to expand the suite to include a sitting area, bathroom and large closet. Designate where bathroom plumbing pipes and drain lines will enter the room. Sketch in the exact places air and heat ducts and vents will go.

  • Consult with a building expert to define which walls are load bearing. These walls are literally holding up the weight of the house. Frame the walls you knock out to provide support that shifts weight to new beams and support posts. Install all framing in the master bedroom area, including closets and bath areas. Bring water pipes and plumbing into the bath. Run electrical wiring in the framework of every area of the suite before you install drywall. Place electrical outlet boxes. Insulate exterior walls if necessary.

  • Install drywall over the framework for the bedroom area, closet space and bath. Finish the drywall with joint compound. Hook up light fixtures and electrical outlets. Trim the room with appropriate molding and crown molding around the ceiling area. Paint the room and all adjoining areas.

  • Hang closet doors. Install a light fixture in all closet areas. Build wire or wood shelving into closets.

  • Finish the bathroom space and install the commode, sink and vanity. Put down tile and wood flooring throughout the master suite. Place baseboard materials around all floor perimeters and inside the closet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Build your master suite in stages, if your budget is tight. For example, you can wait for expensive flooring and use area rugs if you can get the basic area completed. Or, you can wait to finish off an area set aside for a new bathroom
  • Don’t start to remodel a bedroom area unless you have a good place to store bedding and clothing. It can take a lot longer to finish a master suite than you originally anticipate. Come up with a plan to manage a difficult remodeling in case your time line doesn’t work out as planned. For example, you might wish to spend a few nights in a hotel while the process is underway.

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