Have you ever slept a full 8 hours and still woke up feeling tired?
Feeling rested has a lot to do with the quality and quantity of your sleep. Aside from stress and other emotional factors that cause sleepless nights, there are many external factors that can affect how well and how fast you fall asleep, such as your bedroom feng shui.
In this post, you will find out how your bedroom feng shui is affecting your sleep, and you’ll get 33 bedroom feng shui tips that can help you fall asleep easier and stay asleep through the night. Take note that because sleeping habits differ from individuals, some of these tips may work wonders for some but not for others.
Also, when you get to bed placement rules, you might find that your unique situation won’t allow you to implement all those tips. In that case, refer to this article to learn which bed placement rule takes priority.
Lastly, I want to emphasize that the feng shui bedroom tips here mostly belong to the Form School of Feng Shui, which deals with what can be seen with the naked eye. These tips are for you to avoid bad feng shui. To gather good Feng Shui Qi and prosper in health, wealth, and love, you need to understand “Li Qi”, or the Compass School of Feng Shui. That is not something that can be learned in a few weeks.
1. Choose a bedroom that is located at the back-end of the house
By “back-end of the house,” I mean the section of the home that’s the farthest from the street.
The main reason for this is that bedrooms at the back-end of the home are usually much quieter. Your sleep is less likely to be disrupted by the sound coming from the front of the house, which includes both human noises and automobile traffic. Because of this, you will also enjoy higher levels of privacy.
The backyard at the back of the house is bad feng shui. The back-end of the house is usually the area right next to the backyard.
2. Avoid bedrooms located above the garage
When your bedroom is above a garage, your sleep can be disrupted by a variety of factors such as the smell of car exhaust, noise from garage door movements, insects that can creep into your bedroom, and warmer-than-usual bedroom temperatures. If you’ve checked for these 4 factors and they’re not going to be an issue, then your bedroom’s feng shui location should be fine. I wrote a full article about it, and you can read it here.
3. Avoid bedrooms located under areas of high activity
Active areas can include restrooms, entertainment rooms, or other spaces where humans tend to do activities other than sleeping soundly. This usually does not apply to apartments and high-rises because in these structures, the bedroom is likely below another bedroom, and the flooring is usually thick and sound-proof.
However, single-family homes are a different story. If your bedroom is right under a restroom, your sleep can be interrupted whenever someone flushes the toilet. Or if you live right under the room of a teenager who has a different sleeping schedule, their movements, music, or other activities can keep you awake all night.
4. Avoid bedrooms located above the kitchen stove
Some say that sleeping above the kitchen stove brings bad energy that disturbs sleep and creates health issues. Though I do not disagree with them, what I do know is that your bedroom’s temperature may rise above the normal temperature if it is right above the kitchen, as it can be affected by the heat given off from the back of the refrigerator. The optimal temperature for sleep is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit, and if your room’s temperature gets higher than this, you may lose quality sleep.
Here’s another potential issue: Do you know where the grease and smoke come out? The kitchen ventilation and exhaust hood use a tube to take the grease and smoke out. The tube is filled with filth, and any leak that it may have can definitely bring negative health consequences to the person sleeping right next to it.
5. Don’t use more space than you need for your bedroom
If your bedroom is too large, you may wake up tired even if you get a full eight hours of sleep. From the people that I’ve talked to, I’ve learned some find it hard to fully relax in very spacious bedrooms.
This could be our survival instincts at play. We are most vulnerable when we’re sleeping, and if we’re spending time in a larger space, we may feel less in control of our surroundings, causing us to sleep on high alert.
6. Place the bed’s head against a wall
Imagine yourself on a plane, seated in a window seat. If you had all the window seats to yourself, would you sleep with your head on the side of the walkway? If you could lie down sleeping on a plane, would you sleep with your head on the side of the walkway?
The same applies to your bed. Although I’m sure you won’t have flight attendants or passengers walking around your bedroom, having a headboard against the wall will provide you with a subtle sense of security that’ll help you fall asleep easier. Again, this has to do with our survival instincts and sense of security.
7. Avoid placing the bed against the same wall as the door
This can be especially helpful if you live with someone else, like a significant other, family members, or even roommates that have a different sleeping schedule than you. If your bed is placed against the same wall as the door, then you might wake up on high alert whenever someone comes in or out of the room. The placement will also require you to rise from your bed just to see who’s behind the door. If your bed is placed opposite the wall with the door, this won’t be an issue.
8. Avoid placing the head of the bed directly below a window
The window is the gateway between your bedroom and the outside world. When you sleep with your head directly under a window, then your sleep can be easily disrupted by the Qi coming from the outside, which includes wind, scent, noise, light, shadows, and the movements of insects and animals.
When you come across an unfamiliar sound, movement, or scent while you’re sleeping, then you’ll likely wake up on high alert, as your survival instincts will kick in. This will make it difficult for you to fall back asleep.
9. Place the head of the bed against the wall opposite the door
Placing your bed this way gives you higher levels of comfort, security, and control. You’re less likely to be disturbed whenever someone uses the door, and you’ll feel less alarmed in case someone does disturb you, enabling you to get back to sleep easily. Just remember to avoid placing the bed directly in front of the door.
10. The bed should not share a wall with the toilet
Placing your bed against the wall with the door to the toilet has similar consequences to placing your bedroom right under a toilet. Positioning your bed close to the toilet will disturb your sleep, as you’ll likely hear the pipes whenever someone flushes or turns on the faucets and showers. If you have no other option but to do this, an easy solution is to use a thick headboard for your bed. This can minimize the unwanted noises that may disturb your sleep. Here are some other useful tips from Dana Claudat.
11. Do not share a wall with the kitchen
This is a little similar to having your bedroom right above a kitchen stove. Some say the fire energy from the kitchen stove can cause insomnia and other health problems arising from lack of sleep. A more scientific explanation is that the wall transfers heat from the kitchen, which in turn reduces your sleep quality. Also, the sound of the refrigerator and water being used in the kitchen can disturb your sleep.
Further, the kitchen is an area with high levels of human activity. If you live with someone with a different sleep schedule, your sleep will be disrupted by the clinking of the dishes, ovens, and pots while another person is using the kitchen.
12. Avoid sloped or slanted ceilings
How comfortable are you when you’re in a room with a very low-ceiling? Low ceilings provide a subtle visual pressure that makes most people feel uneasy.
The same is true with slanted or sloped ceilings. Though the feeling is very subtle, it does give you some sort of unease or the sense of being compressed, and those feelings carry over whenever you go to bed. This is especially true if you sleep on the side with the lower ceiling. An easy solution for a sloping ceiling is to use a canopy bed. The four pillars that surround you while you sleep can make you feel more “supported” against the downward pressure of the ceiling.
13. Avoid putting a bed under a beam
Just like staring at sloped or slanted ceilings while you’re in bed, sleeping under a beam can also give you a subtle feeling of unease. Sleeping under a beam can provide you with a sense of discomfort because it is similar to having a sharp object pointed at you. Also, having the beams in your line of sight can give you a feeling that your space is being chopped up, which can be highly distracting.
The size and shape of the beam, as well as the height of the ceiling, all play a role in how much discomfort you feel. The easy cure to this is to use a canopy bed.
14. Remove the hanging furniture pieces above your bed
How do you feel when you stand right under a low-hanging chandelier that’s the size of you? If you have anything hanging right above your bed, such as a chandelier, you will get that same feeling of discomfort because you may not feel 100% safe, and the effects are worse if it is hanging right above your head. The solution is to remove that furniture and place it somewhere else, like right above a dining table, where people will not sleep right under it.
15. Don’t place large furniture pieces by your bed
Some people like putting large bookshelves right by the bed. This makes it easy for avid readers to reach for their favorite books and do a light reading before they sleep for the night. Small bookshelves are fine. However, if you have bookshelves that are more than 6 feet (180 cm) tall, then you are better off without the bookshelf. The reason is that the large furniture can give off an invisible pressure that can make you feel oppressed. It’s similar to the feeling you get when you drive right next to a truck or when you’re standing right under a monumental structure.
16. Move your home office out of the bedroom
Work and sleep don’t mix, so avoid work-related furniture and feng shui in the bedroom, such as a desk. If you have a desk in your bedroom, you may go to sleep thinking about work instead of relaxing. Worse, it may invoke work-related stress, which can significantly impact your sleep quality.
This applies mostly to adults and not students, as the adults are the ones who get more pressure from work due to the need to support their families. The easy cure to this is to remove the desk or other furniture pieces that may remind you of work. Here’s a tip I got from Hipster Feng Shui. If you live in a small space, you can try dividing your work area and your bed with a curtain.
17.Use conventional furniture pieces
Some modern furniture designs are very slick and appealing. Here’s a bed frame that I think looks absolutely amazing.
Though I love how it looks, I’m not sure how comfortable I will be when sleeping on that bed frame. I’ve used flimsy pieces of furniture before, so I would feel anxious and scared of breaking that bed when I move or adjust to find a comfortable sleeping position. I suggest that you choose comfortability over design. And as for bed frames, choose the ones with proper support so that you can feel more relaxed.
Bedroom Accessories & Decors
18. Use dim lighting
Bright lights keep us awake and can disrupt our sleep patterns. It is true even with artificial lights and especially true for LED lights, which are known to create “light pollution” that causes sleepless nights. Light pollution is also the reason why it’s bad feng shui to sleep with your head under a window. Try to use dim lights with a soothing color, as this combination can provide the atmosphere and environment you need while you’re getting ready for bed.
19. Use blinds and curtains that completely block out light
Even a little bit of lighting can disrupt your sleep, as light can penetrate our eyelids and influence our biological clock.
You are in complete control of the lights in your bedroom. However, you have little or no control of the lights outside of your home. That is why you need blinds and curtains that can completely block out the light from the outside. If your current blinds or curtains enable light to pass through at night, it may be worth it to invest in double-layered curtains to improve your sleep.
20. Move electronics away from your bed
People today are so attached to their electronics and smartphones. Just looking at your phone before you go to sleep at night can lower your sleep quality. Electronics, such as your smartphone or alarm clock, are great human inventions. However, most of us are addicted to our smartphones. Staring at this artificial light before bed is also wrecking your sleep. Keep these gadgets somewhere you can’t easily reach at night and improve your sleep quality.
21. Remove mirrors that are facing the bed
Humans have survival instincts. We can credit our vision for identifying threats and helping us ensure our survival to this day. There’s a downside to this, though, as our eyes can be quite sensitive to sudden movements. If you have a mirror facing the bed, any type of movement reflected by the mirror will alarm you. Sometimes, you might not help it but notice your own movements in the mirror, even from the corner of your eyes. Remove the mirror that’s facing the bed to prevent it from distracting your sleep.
22. Remove the plants in the room
Plants have an “evening complex” where they grow taller at night. Their vibrant growth energy gives off quite the opposite energy you want when you’re planning to sleep soon. Contrary to popular belief, most plants release more carbon dioxide than oxygen at night. Carbon dioxide has the ability to affect your sleep quality, and it is one of the reasons why plants should not be in your bedroom. Here’s a post that talks exclusively about how plants affect our sleep, backed by scientific research.
23. Remove water features in the room
Water features are great, but only when we’re awake. At night, we should be sleeping in as much serenity as possible. Science has indicated that sound as minor as whispers have the ability to disrupt the quality of our sleep. The same applies to any other sound, including the water features in your bedroom. Though some find the sound of flowing water soothing, it is likely that you will experience moments when it will irritate you.
24. Choose soothing colors for your bedroom theme
Avoid vibrant colors such as bright orange, pink, and yellow as the main theme of your bedroom. These are not suitable for your bed linens, curtains, and bedroom walls.
Brighter colors tend to shout out at you, which can amplify your emotions and give you more energy. They also reflect more light, which is known to disrupt your biological clock and keep you awake. If you desire to use bright colors, you may need to dim down the bedroom lights to balance out the brightness. Another method is to use bright colors as accents rather than the main theme.
25. Remove odd home decors
I’ve slept in a room with ancient masks from African tribes hanging on the wall. What ended up happening was that I just stared at them almost all night. On occasions, it felt like they were staring back at me too.
Humans have an amazing ability to recognize faces and familiar patterns. It is suggested that you remove animal heads (hunting trophies), pictures of faces, and other odd decors from the bedroom because they can keep you distracted and awake.
26. No unpleasant images or artwork
Being surrounded by unpleasant images, such as pictures depicting violence or sorrow, can invoke strong emotions that can keep you awake at night. Worse, these emotions can carry over to your dream, making you wake up tired the next day.
If you have any pictures that invoke strong emotions, remove them from the bedroom and place them elsewhere. Pictures that soothe and relax you are more suitable for the bedroom.
27. Close the window when you sleep
Closing the window can block unwanted scents from the outside. For instance, if you can smell cigarette smoke from your next-door neighbor when they smoke on their balcony, you may want to keep your windows closed.
At the same time, the simple act of closing your windows at night can cancel out the noise from the outside, which is especially important if you live in the cities where you can hear automobiles or other people’s conversations. As previously mentioned, the slightest noise can disrupt the quality of your sleep. If you happen to live in a noisy neighborhood or close to main streets, you might want to invest in double-paned windows.
28. Master bedrooms: close your bathroom doors
Bathrooms are notorious for their bad feng shui because of the excess humidity and filth. For those that sleep in master bedrooms, you might want to make sure to contain bad feng shui within the bathroom.
Leaving the bathroom door open will affect the air quality of your bedroom. For instance, if you just finished “taking care of business”, and you left the bathroom door open, the smell can easily travel to your bedroom, which can significantly affect how fast you fall asleep. Worse, if you have mold in your bathroom, you may suffer from health problems such as muscle and joint pain, headaches, shortness of breath, sinus problems, and more.
29. Close the bedroom door
Closing the bedroom door increases your sense of privacy, especially if you live with family members. It can also provide you with a feeling of security, which can further relax your survival instincts and facilitate better sleep.
Closing the bedroom door also cancels out the noise from within your home. These sounds include the humming of your home electronics and the noise from your family members or roommates.
30. Eliminate clutter from the room
Speaking from personal experience back in my college days, there are many ways to hurt yourself if your bedroom is filled with clutter. You can trip on something, step on your own clutter, or worse, you can stub your toe. The pain associated with that can wake you fully and can completely disrupt your sleeping cycle.
Imagine if that happens to you in the middle of the night. How would you feel? Even if your kids or your pets make a mess in your bedroom, make it a habit to keep your bedroom free of clutter. Furthermore, a clean and organized bedroom is more visually relaxing and less likely to invoke frustration and agitation that can lower your sleep quality.
31. Let go of the TV
Some say that the TV has a similar effect as a mirror, which is mentioned earlier in #20. However, most of us use LCDs now, and I can hardly see any reflections from that. So I don’t think the mirror effect applies anymore.
Though some people claim that having the TV in the background helps them sleep, the light and sound from the TV are actually causing us to stay awake longer than needed. The light from the TV is a form of artificial light that has the tendency to keep us awake by delaying the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. Furthermore, whatever show or movie that you’re watching can also invoke strong emotions that’ll keep you awake longer than usual.
Some experts also mentioned that electronics in the bedroom bring electromagnetic fields that can potentially harm us. I’m not sure how it affects our sleep, but I do know that strong electric currents create strong electromagnetic fields that can cause many health consequences, which is why you shouldn’t live close to power lines.
32. Keep work out of bed
Even if you don’t have a work desk in your bedroom, you need to keep your laptop, smartphone, and emails away as you prepare to sleep. Any of these can remind you of the work that needs to be done, which can easily increase your stress levels and prevent you from relaxing.
For others, it can keep you awake because it stimulates your mind to return to work mode. Even if you’re already tucked in, you may be thinking about how to solve a certain problem at work or how to perform better. Sometimes, this can make you more inclined to grab your laptop or smartphone to write an idea down when you should be going to sleep instead.
33. Open the window during the day
After a full night’s sleep, your bedroom is filled with your own carbon dioxide. To refresh the air quality in your bedroom, make it a habit to open the window right after you wake up. This way, your bedroom will feel more nurturing during the night.
Carbon dioxide is known to adversely affect the quality of your sleep. So even if you live in a region with extreme cold or hot weather, try to keep your window fully open for at least a couple of hours during the day to refresh the air in your bedroom.
The feng shui of the bedroom is very important because we spend almost a third of our lives there. It determines how well you sleep and how much energy you have during the day, all of which directly affect your work performance, mood, and how you interact socially.
Further, chronic sleeplessness can cause inability to learn, headaches, weight gain, colds, depleted sex drive, depression, and many more horrible things. Maybe that’s why feng shui places a special emphasis on the bedroom. After all, we spend about a third of our lives in our bedroom sleeping.
If you want feng shui to help you with other aspects of life, feng shui in the bedroom is not enough. For instance, if you want feng shui to assist you with health, wealth, and relationships, you need to leverage the compass or the “Li Qi” part of feng shui. I offer a remote feng shui bedroom consultation that can help you with your bedroom’s “Li Qi”.
But if you’re only looking to better your sleep, these tips should suffice in helping you feel rested and energetic to prepare you for tomorrow’s challenges.
Do you have other bedroom feng shui tips that have helped you with your sleep? Has any of these worked for you in the past?
Let me know in the comments below. I’m eager to hear your experiences!
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I just moved into an apartment where the only way I can place the bed is my head facing north. My KUA number is 7 and I’m female. What I’ve read thus far is that this is not the best sleeping position for me. Is this true and if so, do you have any cure recommendations I can do? Thanks so much. Stacy
Before using your KUA directions, first step is to know about the KUA of your house. Read this: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-home/feng-shui-directions-eight-mansions-house-kua/
Then, you use “areas”, then “directions”.
Could you please tell me if this bedroom alignment is ok according to feng shui rules: http://i.imgur.com/0L2aEmo.png?1
Thank you in advance!
Hey! I wouldn’t have my headboard share the same wall as the door, so perhaps consider switching the bed’s position with your wardrobe. That’s all I can say with the image!
My son’s room is quite small so the only position for his bed is to be aligned with the door which faces the stairs. Any remedies for this placement?
Hey Ma, when there’s a limit on how to position the bed, you’d have to pick the “lesser evil”. One remedy for your current placement is to use a screen divider between the bed and the door. Hope this helps!
Is it okay if my head faces the door? The foot of my bed doesn’t face anything, and my head of the bed is against the wall where behind it is my main entrance door to the home. I have both sides of the bed free (not against a wall, but on one side, there’s the bedroom door, the other side, the window. When I open my bedroom door, there is about 2-3 feet of space to my the bed, idk if it’s still good or bad feng shui? Thank you!
Your head doesn’t face the door because the head of your bed is against a wall, so that’s fine. The window is fine. The door that faces the bed, however, is not the best but also OK. It seems like your current placement is the best in terms of feng shui.
I’d only suggest that you hang a door curtain/drapery over your bedroom door. It’ll give you an added sense of privacy.
Hope this helps.
Our bedroom with my husband is very small i cant find the best place for our bed. Our bed foot is in line with our closet is this okay.
Yes, you’ll be fine. Just keep the closet door closed.
Is it ok to sleep in a new place your goin to rent even your not fully move in?
Yes, that is definitely ok.
I have a huge neem tree over my studio room covering my window with its shade and coolness…it that ok
This makes your studio room more Yin than it should because sunlight is the best source of Yang energy. Some ways to balance it is with lights and brighter colors that reflect light.
Hello Victor..remedy for beds facing main door and cannot b changed due to no place..head is infront of a washroom wall..my job n finances are low for the pass two years. Please advice.
Easiest remedy is to place a divider between your bed and your front door, if space allows.
Hope this helps.
Hi Victor, our room small our bed is facing the door f u open the door u see our bed under the window.it is fine? Thanks.
If you can, I suggest move your bed somewhere else so that it doesn’t face the door, if that’s possible. Or else try inserting a room divider between the door and the bed.
Good Morning Victor,
I have a service dog that at night travels between my room and daughters room. She is quiet , only way I know she has left my room is when I wake she is sleeping in child’s room. If I shut my door she will push against door. My door is usually open 7 to 8 inches any suggestions?
If you’re wondering whether it’s bad Feng Shui to have the door open when sleeping, let me tell you that you’re fine. It also sounds like you’re not bothered by it, so I’d say don’t worry about it!
I’ve read conflicting information of the best body alignment during sleep. I would like to start following Feng Shui and am incorporating what I’ve read in my BR layout. How should one align his or her body during sleep? Head facing the North pole (or avoiding that direction)? Also if I “must” have a mirror in the BR, ok to cover it during sleep? Thanks!
Ideally, the head should be placed towards your favorable direction determined by the Kua. That’s if there are no other conflicting rules: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/
As for the directions, some research has indicated that sleeping North is better (affect heart rate, blood pressure): https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-science/feng-shui-cardinal-directions-magnetism-science/
Yes, mirror can be covered.
too long a list. if u follow every bit written here, you will literally go insane. what i know is that our human brains acclimatise to our surroundings. I was once in africa where noise was always a problem including bedrooms that broke all the laws you hav elisted here. I had a problem sleeping the irst few weeks but I finally got used to it coz i had no where else to go. If the brain realises that there is no solution BI can tell u from experience that it will take on anything.
I definitely agree with you. I believe most of us can adapt, if not all. But some will change as time passes, such as having worse temper, unhappier, or poorer health, among many things. Thanks for your input.
Hi Victor! The beam in our room is placed in the middle, so there’s no way you can avoid it even if you move the bed, so i made a diy canopy to cover the beam. We’re living in an apartment so we cannot put a false ceiling. Is canopy fine? Also there is a pillar at the back of our headboard, and again, we cant move the bed in any other place coz we only have limited space. What is the best cure for the pillar? Thanks!
Canopy is great! In fact, I think it’s the easiest cure for beams. As for the pillar (I’m assuming it’s bulging out from the wall), you just need a solid headboard. Not to worry too much!
Whats a good remedy for sleeping opposite a window.. i cant change it as other options are sleeping opposite built in mirrors or then opposite the door.. our bedroom is also in the wealth sector.. Thank you in advance
Sleeping opposite a window is totally fine! It’s definitely the way to go than the other two options you listed here.
The only concern you may have is the wind and the noise from the window. A good solid blind should do the job (if you like to keep the window open during sleep).
Hi, is there any cure for gate keeper bed position if this is the only position that can fit in the bedroom? Aside from screen divider, is there anything else? And also our headboard is sharing a wall where our tv is placed in the living room?
As for the gatekeeper bed position, is it affecting your sleep? If so, an easier solution is getting a thicker headboard. This will also help with the TV on the other side, which shouldn’t be affecting you much depending on what kind of TV you have.
Thank you so much Victor!!! I only just saw you had responded now because I am on the thread for the new comment.. for some reason I must have missed the notification, sorry for late reply!! Thank you again!!! I’m so happy to hear the window is the way to go. We are getting a solid blind 🙂 love your posts
Hi i want to know if its a bad feng shui our bedroom door cannot be open fully due to the space using king size bed in a room
I wouldn’t call it “bad”, but ideally you should be have clear and un-obstructed pathways to move around. Those pathways are similar to how the the Qi flows.
Thank you Victor
Hi victor , I was just wondering where could I place my bed it’s a little bit small space. If I place my bed in a command position the feet of my bed will face the closet door but it will also beside the window and some part of the bed has a poison arrow because of the edge of closet. But the other option is that the bed position will be close to the bedroom door. What should I do. ? Where should I put the bed? Hope you can help me. Thank u
For the first position: feet facing the closet door should be ok, if it’s not the door of a walking closet. As for the edge of the closet, can you place the edge close to the wall? It’ll help mitigate its effect. Having the window beside you is acceptable if it’s not right next to your head. However, there’s still some health consequences from the outside wind that you should watch out for.
For the second position: Is the bedroom door facing the bed? If not, then I would go with the second position.
If you’re still in doubt, try both positions and see which one is better. Good luck!
Thank you so much for explaining the flying stars so clearly. Finally I am beginning to make sense of it.
My bagua number is 1 and I have to sleep in the west area of my home. South is my best direction. Please can you tell me what I can do to lessen the effects of the west area in 2017. My walls are cream, side tables are cream, and my bedspread is silver grey. I do have difficulty having a restful sleep and often wake up several times in the night. Please will you advise. The TV is covered overnight.
Your issue with sleep may (or may not) be related to Feng Shui. I would start with checking with your stress levels and your daily sleeping and eating habits. Then I would check the bedroom Feng Shui. This article may help: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/
In 2017, West has the quarrelsome star #3, which is Wood. Adding some Fire element will weaken the Wood, but do NOT overdo it.
Hi victor, I was wondering if my dresser can go on the wall facing the end of my bed? Or should I put it on the wall beside me?
Both are fine if space allows. Make sure your walking space is not crammed. I’m assuming the dresser doesn’t have a mirror included.
Yes we have lots of space in our bedroom and no there is not a mirror. Also where is the best place to put a fish bowl? I’ve heard the living room, but where is the best place in the living room?
Fish bowl location is a loaded question. Some quick facts: it depends on its size. As for living areas, its not suitable for bedroom but suitable for bedroom. As for Bagua, anywhere that needs MORE wood and water elements is suitable (determined by various factors, such as amount of living space in that area of the home). Southeast and East is wood, so they are suitable there (but again, not in kitchen or bedroom). Also, don’t place the fish bowl on the “ghost line” – https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-rules/feng-shui-rules-related-to-supernatural/
I’m confused about what “facing” a certain direction means. If the bed is supposed to face east then does that mean the headboard is against the west wall? (so your body lies head west toward feet east?) thank you!
Yes, it sometimes gets confusing. Facing is where your head is pointed towards when you lie down on the bed.
Hi Victoria! My bed is facing south towards my closet that stays closed, my feet face my lingerie chest, and my door or slanted, so my feet aren’t facing the door…is that ok? Also, my headboard covers the bottom of my window with my blinds going upward….am I ok, or can you suggest a change. Thanks so much!
How’s your sleep? Sounds like your fine because the door doesn’t face your bed. The only thing is the window on top of your head. But it sounds like you have quite a big headboard because it covers the bottom of your window, so you should be fine with that too. If your sleep is not affected, then you’re all good!
By the way, who’s Victoria? 🙂
I sleep fine…that was a typo Victor lol.
Thank you so much! : )
The best position to place my bed points my head SE. My Kau number is a 6. Unfortunately, this places me in the Unlucky Kau position in my bedroom. What takes priority? Best bed placement or Kau. Is there a cure for placing my bed in an unlucky Kau area of my bedroom? Thank you. Gianna
In terms of Kua, the first is to select the bedroom in a favorable section based on your Kua. Second is favorable section when looking specifically in your bedroom (as opposed to the home). Finally, it’s the direction of your head.
I’m just decorating the bedroom that is in the east. We’ve just had a new small toilet put in a cupboard in the corner of the room pointing north. There’s so much confusion out there and reading your article seem to make sense. I have the bed on the wall were the door opens and facing the windows . I want to move the bed to the back or main wall so we can see the door to are left and the toilet door at the far right corner .The toilet door is not directly facing the bed just a few inches away ,Will this be OK? I was reading other articles that was very confusing as what wall you shouldn’t move it to because of the direction North Northeast..ect because of bad health.
Can you help pleas
A few inches away is totally fine. Don’t worry too much about this.
Can you give me your opinion on Murphy beds/wall beds and on building a wardrobe around the bed versus on the side wall of the bed or in front of the bed?
My current options for the wardrobe placement are building it in the lateral wall adjacent to the bed or around the bed, on both sides of the bed, and including an additional wardrobe in front of the bed in the left hand side next to a small dresser, which also would be located in front of the bed.
If having the wardrobe, which is a large piece of furniture, in one side of the bed, it is necessary to balance the other side too?
I could also build a L-shaped wardrobe in one side of the bed instead, if I don’t place the bed in the middle of the wall, which would create extra space in one side (the bed wouldn’t be squished into a corner, but there would be a considerable difference between the space in one side and the other; let’s say 4 feet in one side and 2 feet in the other side). In your opinion, which scenario would be most optimal? Any remedy for possible issues or variables to avoid?
If placing the wardrobe around the bed on both sides instead of placing it in the wall adjacent to the bed, I wouldn’t put any storage above or below the bed (I would be able to walk around in both sides of the bed too, although the wardrobe will occupy some space, being around 2 feet in depth), there could be built-in nightstands on both sides of the wardrobe and I could also opt for a Murphy bed/wall bed, in which case, when closing the bed, I would have more space in the room to roll out a yoga mat. That’s what I’d prefer to do, but I don’t know if this arrangement would pose any issues. If having the wardrobe around the bed, I would probably still have to build an additional small wardrobe in the left hand side next to a narrow dresser in front of the bed in case I need the extra space.
I guess it depends on other variables, but generally speaking, would it be preferable to have the bed diagonally as far to the door as possible (in which case, the bed would be closer to the window), the opposite (closer to the door and further from the window) or in the middle of the wall?
Is it ideal to choose a low piece of furniture right across the bed or taller ones, like an wardrobe, would be also ok?
Thank you for all the information in this blog. It’s been a great help!
Out of all that you said, I think you already know the answer to your own question as to where to place the wardrobe.
Balancing the wardrobe on the other side is up to you. It won’t really affect the Feng Shui other than how its presence makes you feel.
Another note – if the wardrobe is really big, having it by your side can create a extra pressure on you because of its over-arching presence.
This is my current bedroom layout:
Any suggestion in how to improve it?
Your current layout seems to be the best use of space. Just be sure to read this article: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/sleep-head-under-window-bad-feng-shui/
Great information Victor thanks. What’s the story on putting a small corner table in a corner of a bedroom?also i hate curtains and just have a net on the window although i could be tempted to bring back light curtains. reasons for less fabric in the room is dust mites etc..any opinions ? Cheers.
Feel free to put a corner table in a corner of a bedroom!
Another option for curtains are blinds. Of course, it can also gather dust but is much easier to clean.
Hi Victor, need your advise, you can view this bedroom plan
You can see both this bedroom sharing the same toilet and the positioning of the bed in this 2 bedrooms make me very worry as I’m out of ideas how I can position them best way.
As for the bedroom on top, you can remove the shelf if you want because the bed is not sharing the same wall as the toilet.
As for the bedroom at the bottom, you can try moving the bed into the “command position” if the window doesn’t mess with your sleep.
Read this for for reference: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/
And don’t worry too much!
If you look closely on my floor plan, the top room does share the same toilet wall with the bed if I remove the shelf, that is why I place the shelf behind the bed so that it will not share the same wall, any remedy for this?
As for room below, I can place the bed into the “commanding position” but the toilet door will be facing the bed, so how to remedy the toilet door facing the bed?
Thanks for pointing those out. In that case, your current setup is optimal because avoiding doors facing the bed should be priority.
The easy remedy is adding a divider in between the bed and the restroom door (for the bottom room). However, this can create more of a nuisance.
When i open mynroom door i am seeing directly the side of the bed, but headboard is turned to a solid wall. Is this ok?
Seeing the bed is ok. It’s just that the door should not face the bed. Meaning, if you open the door and walk straight, you wouldn’t run into your bed.
I stay in a duplex house and my bedroom is above kitchen in first floor but the stove is in southeast and have my bedroom in south, hence the stove is not exactly below my bed, please advise will it cause me health issues
The stove is not below your bed, so you’re fine!
Is it ok to place a large shelve in front of the bed? I use this shelve as storage place to store my luggage and household items?
If the space is not too cramped, and if it’s not too close to your bed, then you’re good!
Hi Victor, I have now put two children in one room. Boy/girl. One wall has a high window which you can only see the sky. One bed was originally under this. The other window which at the moment the beds are under but both beds are half under the window and half on the wall. This layout gives better room for the children. Also the beds face towards the door but it’s on a angle. How does that sound?
Sounds like the window is high enough to avoid the bed, which is good. The only issue is the door. Does it form a straight line to the bed? If not, then you’re good.
Here’s another short answer about Feng Shui for two beds that you can use as reference: https://fengshuinexus.com/answers/feng-shui-room-with-two-beds/
Love your site! I too have a question concerning bed placement. Kua 7, Bazi best direction is SW.
Bedroom is very slight rectangle with the two short sides:
1) Faces N and has a large window
2) Faces E and has the closet door. This eliminates either of these walls.
The two longer sides are:
1) SW with the bedroom door slightly off-center – there is just enough space for the bed to be against this wall, parallel to door in gatekeeper position. No room for nightstands, etc.
2) opposite NE wall is most ‘open’ but it has the closet door situated such that to be able to open the closet, the bed would have to be placed directly facing the bedroom door in ‘coffin’ position.
I have tried the bed directly in front of the door for the last two weeks since moving due to the room being obviously designed for this layout.
Despite being somewhat skeptical of Feng Shui at first, I have slept the worse of my life the last two weeks!
I then re-read carefully your articles and have tried several Feng shui cures (using a screen, crystal) without any improvement… I am now convinced there is something to this!
Would the gatekeeper position be the best Feng shui position?
Thank you for your input!
Thanks for the description, although I’m still a little bit confused on the layout of your bedroom.
By Gatekeeper position, do you mean where the head of bed shares the same wall as the door? If so, that’s NOT the best position. You should be in the “command” position and your bed should NOT face the door and form a straight line with it.
This article should help: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/
Thank you for your reply … I am afraid in trying to be clear, I may have been too complicated. My apologies!
Basically, the only positions I can put the bed in are coffin position (NE Spritiual growth), under the large window (N, career section) or gatekeeper position (SW,Romance section and my Bazi beneficial direction.
I am trying to figure out which position would be optimal, as I am not sure even after reading your articles!
Both the gatekeeper position and the coffin position are bad positions. Your first priority is to avoid those before you consider the directions. (As outlined here: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/)
As for which is less bad, the gatekeeper position should be better than the coffin position. Still, if you can avoid both, that would be best. (along with others, such as under a beam, etc.)
Thank you again, Victor. I know neither position is ideal, yet the gatekeeper seemed better than coffin or a very large window with birds that nest right outside!
I really appreciate your time, and love your eBook too! Highly recommend it =)
You’re right about that, Belle. Thanks for the compliment and good luck!
Hi Mr Victor, where is the best position of my bed.
Eside is window, Nside is window, S is wall of cr. W is wall align to door.
What is your suggestion. Thank you
First, avoid the undesirable Feng Shui, like head of bed under window, beam, etc. Like the ones you see on this article and another article here: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/
Then, you can use your Kua number for placement.
Thanks for sharing your feng shui knowledge to the community. I have a bedroom layout, and would like your opinion on which option is better for feng shui. My kua is 7 (west). The bedroom is above the kitchen with stove location labeled in the diagram.
Left option – feels more commanding, more spacious when lying in bed, but stove underneath
Right option – feels clustered when lying in bed, but avoids stove, west kua
The effect of having the kitchen stove can make you more moody. If you don’t feel it, or if the kitchen ceiling is quite high, it should not concern you.
I would stick with the left option because it seems like you like that position more.
Thanks Victor. Another question is, considering the closet door, do both option fall into “bed align with the door”? Is it big enough of a concern to apply feng shui remedy?
The closet door is not really a door. There’s really little or no incoming Qi from the closet door. So there’s no need to worry about applying a Feng Shui remedy.
My bedroom is very small and the only position for my bed is below a window. Is it all right if i were to keep that window closed all the time? I have another window in my room which i can open during the day to ventilate it though. Please advise. Thank you
Hi Lau Wei,
If you keep the window closed when you sleep, you’ll be fine. The thing bad about it is the wind, noise, and light coming from the window that disrupts sleep (and if it’s right above/next to your head): https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/sleep-head-under-window-bad-feng-shui/
Again, you don’t have to keep the window closed all the time, only when you sleep.
Hi we’re living in an apartment and we sleep with our mattress on the floor. I have disposed our bedframe when we move in because the bedroom size is just enough and having a bedframe will eat up a lot of space, what could be the best cure for this? Thank you.
Some Feng Shui Masters say that a bed frame is preferred because it allows Qi to flow through the bottom. Me, however, thinks it’s a good to have and not absolutely required.
If space is more precious, then just leave your mattress on the floor. If it bothers you, try shopping for an lean frame. Placing charms or crystals won’t help Qi to flow through under your bed when your mattress is on the floor.
Hi I will rent a room with two bed.. it is intended for two person but I will just rent it alone. is it ok to use the two bed. I will just put them together and use it as if it is a queen size bed? And is the mirror at the back of my bedroom ok for feng shui. Thank a lot
Combining the bed is totally fine. As for the mirror, as long as it doesn’t face the bed (or be able to see yourself when you lie on your bed), you’ll be fine. This article will help you: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/mirror-facing-bed-feng-shui/
Hello Feng Shui Nexus ! I have a question ! I was planning on adding a decorative decal to my ceiling bedroom of a galaxy space them. Not to large, the edges break away from ceiling to the outer cosmos. Would this affect my Feng Shui negatively or badly being that I hear purple and blue should avoided for ceiling bedroom Feng Shui and can cause clouded low thoughts ? Is this true ?
If you like those images, they should have a better emotional impact than what you’ve heard. One thing to consider here is your lighting (Yin/Yang). If the colors you chose tend to be dark, then balance it with more brightness.
Also keep in mind that the bedroom favors Yin for sleep, so don’t keep the place too bright.
Hello – I am seeking your advice regarding remedies for a challenging master bedroom space (unable to determine a suitable command position for bed placement). The master bedroom is accessed through a bedroom door however the master bath is first, on the right after entering the master door. A few more steps then you arrive in the master bedroom space and the depth of the room is to the right…away from door.
This means that the ideal wall for the bed does not allow for command position.
To see the door the bed would have to be placed against a window, or with the head of the bed facing the door.
Please help! Is there a solution? Should I place mirror across from the door to reflect thedoor while I am in bed.
I would really appreciate your feedback.
Thank you and best regards,
There is no absolute need to place your bed in a “command position”. It is ideal, but not required. Avoiding bad placement comes in priority before having a good placement.
Also, there is no need for the mirror!!
I live in a block of flats, I am the front one of two. The bedrooms back onto each other and are not sound proof. When I am in bed my feet face my neighbor’s feet in bed as the flats are mirror images of each other. What can I do? It makes me restless knowing I can hear my neighbor’s in the bedroom and they can hear me.
There are soft materials which you can cover your wall with to make it sound-proof. That way, your neighbor wouldn’t hear you and you won’t hear your neighbor.
Thanks Victor, but what about the foot of my bed facing the neighbor’s foot of the bed? Is there a cure I can use to stop this negative energy?
This shouldn’t be a concern!
Hi a question from Belgium , sorry for the bad english.
What do you think of sleeping above the electrical ( where all of the electricity of the house is coming together ( dont know the english word) of the house, I see no other option
The ceiling / floor is thick concrete.
Also the toilet of the neighbours is on the other site of the wall but the walls are 2x 13 cl of stone and a 5 cm isolations in between.
Thanks for your help!
There is a possible concern, but I don’t think you should worry because of the thick concrete and low voltage. Having high voltage will be more of a concern, which you can read more here.
As for neighbor’s toilet, the wall seems to be quite thick. If your bed doesn’t share the wall with the toilet, you’re good. Even so, if you can’t hear the flushing of the toilet, you’re in good shape.
Hope this helps.
It’s a shame that slanted ceilings are a feng shui no-no. That room with the slanted ceilings in the picture you used looks so cozy! I can definitely see how sleeping under a ceiling like that would be uncomfortable though.
Yea… sometimes the first impression looks great! But as for Feng Shui…
ok I have a problem …I have a window and bedroom door alignment going on …is that bad and if so how can I fix that
Sorry, your comment went to spam and I just saw this. Window and bedroom door alignment just means you have a stronger flow of wind coming from your window, if they’re both open. Some may say it’s bad because energy cannot gather (which is what Feng Shui is all about). To remedy, just keep your door and window open at the same time for no more than 2 hours a day. It’s also not too big of a deal if you keep the both open – it just means it’s harder for the bedroom to gather Qi energy from the outside.
We have a master bath attached to our bedroom. The only way to place our bed ends up with our feet facing the bathroom wall (not the door itself) It is way too tight of a squeeze to put any furniture at the foot of the bed, and we can’t afford a tall footboard. Even if we could, it would squish my hubby, because his feet almost dangle the way it is. There is a dresser against the wall adjoining the bathroom. I am super superstitious and found this fung shui by accident. Is this horrible luck, even if we keep the bathroom door closed? Everything else that I’ve read (and I’m not reading anymore lol) seems to be good in the bedroom. We can see the bedroom door well, and the head of the bed is not on the same wall with a closet, main door, or window. It also isn’t against the adjoining bathroom wall. It is balanced, and honestly, I love my bedroom. I have just recently started having major insomnia around 3 months ago, but we have lived here for 1.5 years with no issues prior. I’ve actually slept like a baby until this issue began. Thanks!
It’s not bad Feng Shui if your bed’s foot is facing the bathroom wall. Are you experiencing stress? It is one of many explanations that can explain your insomnia.
The only stress I really have IS the insomnia. However, it seems to be resolving a bit at a time. I thought I read that it was bad to have your feet facing the area of the toilet, especially the bathroom door. My feet face a bit to the side of the door, but I can see part of the bed from the bathroom. I’m glad I was mistaken on the wall! Thank you!
Your blog is very informative. The only thing you didn’t mention is whether or not it is OK to have a fireplace in the Master Bedroom. If it is OK, then which wall should it be on? I would really appreciate your response. Thank you.
This depends on what school of Feng Shui you’re practicing. For instance, if you’re using the Bagua, then the fireplace is not suitable if your bedroom is located in the water location, or the Northern sector of the house.
Generally speaking, fireplace should be ok in the bedroom, assuming you don’t use it that often and if it doesn’t bother with your sleep.
Which is better of the two choices. Sleeping under the high part of a sloped ceiling means that the bedroom door will “cut” into the bed. With the bed under the lowest part of the ceiling, which is the commander location, I get headaches and have fallen ill.
Both are not ideal. If you are experiencing trouble, try moving the bed to another position. Hopefully you won’t experience other types of problems.
Another option is to use canopy bed with the top covered. That would negate effects of sloped ceiling.
I would like to have a canopy bed in our bedroom – for no particular reason, it was just always my dream. I have looked up all google articles and i have found many discouraging ones regarding canopy.
Is it good to have one ONLY if it is like a “protection” from a worse case scenario feng shui or it is fine to use it when otherwise everything else is well set-up in the bedroom according to the feng shui?
Thank you in advance for your advice.
There’s nothing wrong with canopy bed per Feng Shui. It’s not used only for protection against bad Feng Shui Forms. Some people feel more protected when they sleep in canopy beds. It is important that you (and your partner) like it.
I work as a seafarer and ever since I moved here, I always have a bad dream. I can’t move or rearranged things around me since it is fixed already. Beside my room is our hospital clinical. I hope you could help me or give advice on what is the best thing for me to do. Thanks!
I can’t really give solid advice without taking a look at the place. I think the reason for your bad dreams is because your room is beside your hospital clinic?
What I would do is to place something that soothes you in the room, like a painting of a forest (this varies by people). Also, make the light intensity soft, accompanied with calming or neutral colors.
Hi! Thanks for a very detailed post. I rented an apartment and there’s a huge wardrobe beside the bed. The wardrobe has mirrored doors. What can I do with the mirrors? Shifting the wardrobe is not a solution as it is a rented place. Is it advisible to paste opaque stickers on the mirror so as to block reflections? Thanks in advance!
Yes, opaque stickers would work. But only if you need it because some people are not bothered by it.
Hi Victor, The four walls on our bedroom, one has the main entrance door the room, 2 have windows and the 4th is the closet and master bath. I have our bed positioned where the head board is up against a window, foot facing the closet and bathroom doors to avoid facing the main door. The only 3 walls I can put the bed on are either under a window or the same wall sharing the main door. My question: Which is better, headboard against window or headboard against wall that shares main door, then foot of bed would be facing the other window?? Don’t know if I should leave bed under window or change wall to be on same side as the door. – Hope that makes sense. Thank you!
Also, is it ok to have a mirror facing the bedroom door? That is the only one in our room minus the one in the bathroom. It inst used often. Can remove if needed. Thanks again! 🙂
This is ok as long as you feel comfortable with it.
This depends on how the room is used. If the door is frequently used when someone’s asleep, or if the other side of the wall is an active area, then I would suggest NOT to have the headboard be sharing the same wall as the door. Same concept applies to the windows. If they’re about the same, I suggest placing your headboard where the window is (can’t be sure because I don’t know what windows you have).
This is just the Form part. You also need to consider the Li Qi, or how Qi enters the room from the door and windows.
Hi Mr. Victor,
Hope you are well.
Your article is really helpful in helping new homeowners like us to take note of the taboos and the preferred way of designing our home. One of the questions I have is if fengshui will be impacted if we were to combine 2 bedrooms – master bedroom and bedroom 2 into 1 room, with a glass door segregating it. And also, we have decided to sleep in the second bedroom so that the larger space master bedroom can be used as the walk in wardrobe instead. Will this arrangement not be ideal?
What you intend to do wouldn’t be a problem. Just don’t make the wardrobe into another room that a person can live in.
Thank you for the detailed article and great sharing. My bed is currently against the wall due to the rectangular shape of my room and I understand that it is not ideal as energy flows from one side only and it may impact opportunities of finding a partner. I am thinking of rearranging my bed and study/work desk as per the images labelled “Potential Room Layout 1 & 2”. However, there will be a “beam” above my bed and study/work desk if I shift to the potential layout. Would you recommend I stick to the current layout or shift to the potential layout? Can you kindly also share what are the potential remedies I could do for each layout? Thank you!
I would avoid the beam. Plus, you have to consider the directions and what kinds of Qi is coming from the outside (windows) and the inside (door). To do that, you need compass reading and further analysis. I suggest that you find a Feng Shui professional to help you.
Hope you are well and safe.
I am seeking for your advice regarding remedy on the overhead cabinet/wardrobe above the bed in the master bedroom.
Is there any other solution for it except moving the bed position or tear down the wardrobe?
Thank you and stay safe.
Hi Ming Xing,
I’m not sure how your overhead cabinet/wardrobe looks, but it shouldn’t be an issue because it can act as support. This becomes an issue if you’re concerned if the things inside would fall out.
Are there any types of beds more suited to a particular sign than another? Like is a wooden bed better for Tiger; a metal bed better for Rat, etc. And particular colours?
You will hear “masters” saying something like that based on your Bazi chart and its elements. I don’t think those make much of a difference (if any).
My bedroom is small and the hanging lights are just above our heads. Is there any way to mitigate this?
If the hanging lights are small and don’t bother you, you don’t need to do anything. If it is large and you feel it suppressing you in any way, then the easiest for your small bedroom way is to change the lights.
Hi, there! Really helpful articles. Here it is a question: in a beach refuge, bedroom is rectangular and thin so bed can not be placed side-wide. There is the door at the East lateral wall and a wall mounted desk at the West side wall with a small roof window, so bed can only be fit long-wide. Therefore, bed cannot be placed against a wall and neither had a headboard. What would you suggest to fix this? Ive read the tortoise solution but curious about other suggestions. Thanks a lot!
If the bed cannot be placed against a wall, the next best solution is to have a solid headboard for the bed.
More for your reference: https://fengshuinexus.com/feng-shui-bedroom/feng-shui-bed-placement-rules-conflict-use/