Optimal feng shui bed placement is vital in feng shui design because it can have a significant impact on the flow of energy in your personal space. Your bedroom is one of the most influential areas of the house because it is meant for rest and rejuvenation. When energy is not flowing well while you sleep, it affects your mood and vitality throughout the day, impacting other areas of your life.
Even if you don’t believe in feng shui principles, understanding good feng shui bed placement will help you achieve a more balanced design and provide feelings of stability.
Guidelines for Feng Shui Bed Placement
Even though we lay out these guidelines for bed placement, it is important to remember that feng shui is a flexible system. You should adapt these principles to your own situation in a way that reflects your space and preferences. So, listen to your own intuition and work out how to adapt these ideas for your own use.
Place Bed in a Command Position
The command position in any room allows the user to see the entrance without being directly in line with it. For the bedroom, the piece of furniture in the command position is the bed. Therefore, you should look for bed placement options that allow you to see the door from the bed. In theory, this positioning is supposed to give you time to see any threats that come through the door before they reach you. In many rooms, this will mean that you should position your bed diagonally to the entrance door.
Of course, some room layouts make this exact positioning impossible. One cure for this is to position a mirror so that you can see the door. Be careful not to position the mirror so that you are visible while sleeping as this creates negative energy.
Avoid Placing a Bed Beneath a Window
Windows allow energy to enter and exit an enclosed space. When you place your bed beneath a window, this can potentially drain your energy while you sleep. Windows are also less secure than a solid wall. This less secure position can create feelings of insecurity and disrupt your sleep. In practical terms, windows also allow in more noise and drafts that might interrupt good sleep.
A bed placement near or under the window may be inevitable in your room layout. To counter the negatives of this placement, use solid headboards or heavy curtains to help support you and create more feelings of safety and security.
Place Along a Solid Wall
Positioning your bed against a solid wall rather than a window is the most secure placement for a bed. This provides you with the assurance of safety while you sleep, allowing you to sleep comfortably. This positioning also allows for the best energy flow as it provides a clear demarcation between the bed and the rest of the room.
Your bedroom’s layout may limit your ability to have your bed along a solid wall. Instead, use a sturdy headboard to provide the same sense of stability. You can also look to plants to provide a visual barrier that may help to provide a feeling of protection.
Avoid Bed Placement Under Beams and Sloped Ceilings
According to feng shui design principles, putting your bed under heavy beams or sloped ceilings will create feelings of oppression and pressure. This can lead to worse sleep outcomes. This placement can also create a disruption in harmonious energy flow, which can lead to imbalance and discord in your life.
Use a canopy to create an artificial ceiling for your bed if your bedroom’s design makes this placement a necessity.
A helpful rule of thumb is to try to position your bed in such a way that it creates symmetry in the room. One easy way to do this is by positioning the bed so that there is the same amount of space on either side of the bed. Many feng shui experts recommend that you leave at least 15-20 inches on either side of the bed, as this will allow you and a partner to enter and exit the bed with ease.
You should also strive to accent the bed with furniture in pairs. In feng shui ideology, this helps you to promote harmonious energy. This is perfect for couples but is even helpful if a relationship is something that you desire in the future. Decorating in pairs can include matching nightstands, lamps, artwork, and throw pillows. Consider any items that you can use to create more symmetry and balance.
Avoid Bathroom Doors and Walls
Bathrooms are notorious in feng shui design as places that drain energy away from your home, so placement of the bed near the bathroom is not ideal. On a practical level, bathrooms are also humid and noisy, so they do not create the best sleep environment.
Try to avoid placing a bed along a wall with a toilet. It is also best to avoid placing a bed directly across from a bathroom door. Your home’s layout may force you into one or both of these placements. Use a solid headboard to help shield you from the sound and energy effects of too much water. You can also incorporate earth elements into your bedroom decor to help weaken water energy. It is also important to keep the bathroom door closed at all times so that you can keep the negative energy more contained.
Create a Comfortable Bed
Invest in good quality furniture rather than inferior quality pieces. This means a comfortable mattress and quality bed linens. This may be more expensive in the short run, but it will pay off over time. Using good quality products will provide support for a better night’s sleep. This also means that you will not always have to replace them. This can provide a sense of stability and security that will give you a more comfortable foundation for rest.
Avoid Corner or Diagonal Bed Placement
You might be tempted to place your bed in a corner or at a diagonal angle. This is especially true if your bed is large and does not fit the proportions of your room. Above all, it is important to use a bed that is proportional to your space, as this creates the most optimal energy flow.
Avoid placing a bed in a corner. Not only does this placement make it difficult for one partner to exit and enter the bed, but it also creates feelings of being trapped and, thus, negative energy. Similarly, do not place your bed at a diagonal angle in your room, as it leaves a void of space behind the bed.