|This article is about an older version of DF.|
Dormitories are a type of multiple-bed bedroom, similar to the barracks. Instead of hosting the military, dormitories host civilians, although military members may sleep on a bed in the dormitory. A dormitory is designated from a bed.
To create a dormitory, first, construct a bed in a carpenter's workshop, and place it near the middle of the future dormitory area, using . Press -, highlight that bed, and then press , then / until you have the size you want. Then press . The dormitory will automatically include every bed in the area you highlighted. Dwarves don't all sleep at the same time, so even a large fortress generally only needs a handful of beds. Dwarves will sleep on the dormitory ground if there are no unoccupied beds, however this will give them a negative thought (if not smoothed, that is).
Having individual bedrooms requires more space and resources, but greatly contributes to happiness, however, it's a good idea to have at least one dormitory to accommodate newly-arrived immigrants. A higher value dormitory will give better thoughts than a meager one, and larger rooms can easily be made valuable by simply adding many beds.