Master Suite – Upstairs or Downstairs? This is a common question for couples when building a home. This is something to really think about because depending on which season of life you are in, your answer may differ.

Upstairs Master

When building your dream home, you want everything to be perfect. Placing your master bedroom upstairs may be exactly what works for your family.


  • All bedrooms on one floor
  • Close proximity to small children
  • All personal rooms upstairs; public rooms downstairs


  • Harder to go up and down stairs as you get older
  • Noisy if you have older children

Downstairs Master

Considering your master bedroom downstairs? Take a look these pros and cons to help you decide if this is the right placement for your family.


  • More comfortable to navigate as you age
  • Easily accessible
  • Usually higher resale value


  • Can be worrisome if you have small children upstairs
  • Takes up square footage if you are building on a certain size lot

There are many things to consider when arranging your floor plan. Whether you are a young couple just starting out or if you are a retiring couple looking for a functional home, personal preference is the main factor. A third option to this dilemma is to place your master suite on the 2nd floor and have a guest suite downstairs. This will be perfectly functional for any guests, especially parents and grandparents, but as you get older you could transition downstairs. Offering a guest suite is a great addition to a home. Guests love to have their own space so they don’t feel like they are pushing someone out of their room. If this is a viable option, it would take all the worries out of your decision.

A master suite is meant for tranquility and comfort. Placement will depend on your needs, but in the end, you will be glad you made an informed decision for what suits your family best.