How To Feng Shui A Bedroom

Feng Shui is of ancient Chinese origin. It is an old practice that has evolved into modern-day living. In simplistic terms, it refers to the use of energy to create peace and balance in a living area. So in this article, we’ll be looking at how to feng shui a bedroom. 

What Is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui deals with the harmonization of energy flow or levels with the arrangement of things in a room. This concept was often used in Chinese culture to properly situate the location and design of buildings, as it was believed that this had to be done in order to have the perfect living area. Basically, it is the art of placement.

Feng Shui translated to the English language simply means “wind and water”. Wind and water are two vital natural elements that are associated with movement. They are basic elements of human survival. The use of this practice is no longer restricted to China as daily, many people are implementing this in their homes for a more peaceful existence.

The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui takes into a lot of consideration, looking at the architectural plan or design of a building. Not only that, but it also takes into cognizance the interior design and layout of living space. When we speak of the interior design, we also have to examine the application of colors and the materials used for the production of the household equipment.

Why You Should Feng Shui Your Bedroom

The bedroom is one of the most important areas in the house as this is where we spend a lot of our time in relaxation. For the bedroom to be a safe haven, the style of the room ought to be welcoming and have a calming effect on the occupant.

Implementing Feng Shui in the bedroom is said to improve relationships, health, and quality of sleep. When it comes to the bedroom, positioning is important as this can alter the energy in a positive or negative manner. Alteration of energy can mean that energy is heightened, depleted or allowed to escape.

Feng Shui is a rather complex system, however, the process has been broken down into tips to enable you properly Feng Shui your bedroom.

The Bed

There is no bedroom without a good bed. The position of the bed is vital when it comes to the implementation of Feng Shui. It is suggested that the bed should not directly face the bedroom door because the Shui will be altered and become unstable. Also, the traffic into the room will affect the sleep. 

There are two common types of bed position. The coffin position and the commanding position. 

The Coffin Position

This position describes when you are lying on the bed and your feet are pointed toward the direction of the bedroom door. Feng Shui experts have often opined that this is a bad position for the flow of positive energy. 

The Commanding Position

On the other hand, the commanding position is said to be the best position to receive and/or harness positive energy. For this position, the bed is situated in such a way that you can see the entire room. Usually, in this case, the bed is placed at the center of the room.

Furthermore, below are a few pointers you should take note of when positioning your bed:

How To Position Your Bed (Feng Shui)

The headboard should be made of superior and quality wood material.

The headboard must be placed against a solid wall.

The restroom should not be positioned behind the headboard of the bed.

The kitchen should not be positioned behind the headboard of the bed.

Stairs, elevators, and hallways must not be situated behind the headboard as the noise coming from these areas will disrupt the energy flow.

Avoid windows and air-conditioners behind you when you sleep 

Ensure that you leave walkways on both sides of the bed. The reason for this is to allow room for the energy from both sides of the bed (when it is being occupied) to flow freely.

The side of the bed should never be placed against the wall.

Beddings must be made of eco-friendly and soft materials.

Large mattresses are more effective than smaller ones, a King Size or a Queen Size bed would work better with a Feng Shui Bedroom.

The underneath of the bed has to be kept clutter-free in order to not distort the energy in the room.

Sometimes the bedroom space gives little or no room for changes. In such instances, you should attempt to be as compliant as possible.

If your bed is aligned with the bedroom door, you may want to move it away, except you are in a small space and there is no other available option. An alternative is to make sure that a piece of wooden furniture is placed in between your bed and the door.

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  • No chandelier, bright lights, and fan should be above the bed, this is to prevent the light and fan from interfering with your sleep.
  • The bed should not be placed directly under the ceiling beam if there is one. It is believed that ceiling beams carry heavy energy and this can interfere with your personal energy level.
  • Furniture such as tables and desks should not be placed under the beam.

Mirrors And Shiny Objects

  • Mirrors should not be directly opposite the bed
  • Oval-shaped mirrors are always a better option.
  • The same goes for the TV, it must not be positioned to face the bed directly.
  • Reflective objects should be positioned at the corner of the bedroom, away from the bed space
  • The bedroom must constantly be decluttered


Color is known to depict different forms of energy. One would naturally attribute coolness to the blue color, excitement to the yellow color, while the color red would readily depict anger, fire or violence. 

There are color codes and guidelines for different layouts of your bedroom if you are going to effectively implement Feng Shui. 

Color choices can be gotten from the Feng Shui elements which in no particular order include: earth, water, wind, fire, and wood. These elements all individually stand for different things; passion, clarity, calmness, nourishment, ease, and growth, respectively.

  • In a Feng Shui bedroom, primary colors should be avoided as much as possible. The primary colors are Red, yellow, and blue.
  • Cool colors are generally better than warm colors.
  • Beddings should be of a neutral color.
  • Bedroom furniture should also be of neutral colors.
  • The room should be decorated with Earth tones or neutral colors.
  • Milder hues of colors are considered to be serene and calming. In the alternative, you can choose from a wide range of monochromatic colors. However, avoid black and grey colors as they are associated with negative energy

Other Feng Shui Tips

Other tips required in other to appropriately Feng Shui your bedroom are:

Having little potted plants in your bedroom is known to have a calming effect. 

You can place two nightstands on both sides of the bed to balance it out.

Plants should be located more in the south and east areas of your Feng Shui bedroom or living area.

The Feng Shui bedroom should only have needed furniture, a bedside table, a bedside lamp, some chairs (if necessary). Any other addition will lead to the room looking cluttered.

Furniture in the bedroom must be of an appropriate size. They shouldn’t be too big that they fill up the entire space in the room, and they shouldn’t be too small to be functional.

You should avoid having your bedroom crowded with plants, minimalism is just fine.

If you are an art enthusiast, it is more effective to have an artwork that has a serene and calming theme. You, however, don’t want to have too many artworks, your bedroom is not supposed to look like an art gallery or a museum.

An additional tip is to avoid sharp angles from pointing at you, this is believed to draw negative energy that may be harmful to your spirit.

Let in natural light into the room during the day, at night, opt for clear fluorescents rather than tinted ones.

Benefits Of Feng Shui In The Bedroom

The benefits of Feng Shui include but are not limited to:

Better and improved sleep patterns or cycles

Good luck

Improved interpersonal relationships

A lot of people have sworn to the innumerable benefits that Feng Shui provides, even though none of these benefits have been scientifically proven. Some of these benefits pertain to general body wellness, and on the other side of the discussion, is the myth that it brings about good luck and financial success.

Effectively implementing Feng Shui is really no different from the basic and sound design principles that are needed to have a comfortable living space.

Implementing the appropriate color schemes in accordance with the Feng Shui guidelines, arranging furniture and positioning them appropriately in line with the layout, avoiding unnecessary clutter in the bedroom area, investing in good quality mattresses, bed frames, beddings, and pillows are the right steps in ensuring a good Feng Shui bed space.

How To Feng Shui A Bedroom – Frequently Asked Questions

What is bad feng shui for the bedroom?

Feng shui is a Chinese philosophy based on the idea of positive and negative energies and how they impact the human psyche. Certain things are considered bad Feng shui for bedrooms. One of these is having a bedroom over a garage. It is believed that lots of movement in the garage direct negative energy towards the room above it. Putting a bed directly under a window is also considered bad Feng shui as it is believed to reduce personal energy. Having a room under a bathroom and placing your bed close to the door are also considered bad Feng shui. 

What household items keep positive energy?

In line with the Feng Shui philosophy, there are a number of items that are believed to contribute positive energy to the household. For instance, a dried pepper verse is believed to ward off bad energies and envy. Elephant sculptures and indeed many animal-shaped ornaments are believed to attract prosperity and wealth. Fish paints or objects are believed to bring good luck, wealth, and prosperity. Bells are believed to promote balanced energy within the house as it gets rid of negative energy. 

Why shouldn’t you sleep with your feet facing the door?

Feng shui philosophy relates that it is not good to sleep with your feet facing the door. It is believed that when one sleeps this way, they lose energy at night. Energy is not properly contained when they sleep. According to Feng shui philosophy, doors are considered energy connectors between different spaces. Therefore, doors typically “pull” energy. Hence, sleeping with your feet facing the door means that your energy will be constantly pulled at night. 

Should you sleep with your door open or closed?

Sleeping with your door closed is advised and is considered safer. A closed-door will reduce fire growth and spread in the case of a fire outbreak. This results in limited damage to your home. In hot weather, closed doors will keep the temperature of the room cool as it acts as a kind of regulator. Also, according to Feng shui philosophy, open doors allow positive energy to flow out of the room while negative energy flows in. Feng Shui philosophy further advises, in addition, that all doors in the bedroom be closed. 

Where should a dressing table be placed in a bedroom?

According to the Feng shui philosophy, dressing tables that typically have mirrors mounted on them must be placed carefully to avoid creating bad energy. Firstly, dressing tables should not be placed opposite the bed where the reflection of the bed could be seen in the mirror. Also, if the bedroom is on the western side of the house, then according to Feng Shui, the dressing table can be placed in the northern, southern, and eastern walls of the room. This way, it is believed that you will avoid generating bad energy. 

Why is it bad to have mirrors in your bedroom?

According to Feng Shui philosophy, mirrors can negatively affect your energy. For instance, a mirror facing the bed is said to deplete personal energy. Mirrors are believed to bring in the energy of a third party into an intimate relationship. Big mirrors are believed to bring in the energy of the Feng shui element – water. This is believed to attract and create the energy of sorrow. If there will have to be a mirror in your bedroom, it should not be too big, otherwise, it will have to be covered up.