Feng Shui Q & A: Is It Bad To Have A Bookshelf In My “Wealth Corner”?

A reader asked the question: “I am wondering, is it bad to have a bookshelf in my wealth corner in my house?”

My Answer: 

Nothing is right or wrong, as your personal feng shui depends upon you.  But, generally speaking, a bookshelf is not a bad thing for symbolizing and building empowering wealth energy.  Its pretty great actually, in general.


Line up the bottom of this grid with the wall that contains your front entrance door in a room or your home overall.

For those of you who don’t know what the “wealth corner” of a home is, check out THIS POST on how to use the bagua map (above) in your home.  The wealth corner is the far left corner from your main entrance door to a room or to a home overall.  It is the area of the home in feng shui that correlates with your self-empowerment and it is generally positive to keep lots of WOOD & FIRE energy in this area.  Books have elemental WOOD energy.  Their messages often contain lots of catalyzing FIRE ideas.  All very good things!

Watch out for books or other stuff stored on this bookshelf that are dusty, that never move (you want motion in this area on your life!) that have negative messages (i.e., “HOW TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE” books, etc !) and try not to STORE books (i.e., your first semester college books you will never ever open again!) in this area.  One other thing to look out for- a high bookshelf (over three feet) not fastened to a wall.  No matter where you live, a shelf full of books = a hazard if it is tall.  You don;t want INSTABILITY in your money area!


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Always, I love hearing from you! xoxo Dana

Cecile April 13, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Thank you for clearing this up! I´ll tidy up my bookshelf and make sure I only have positive books here!

juliemarg June 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thank you for sharing your belief. I will consider this when I will have one..

sue September 9, 2012 at 7:46 pm


My bathroom is located in my wealth corner. Its a small one so there is limited capacity to be creative. Can you give e some ideas please?


danaclaudat September 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Start with keeping your toilet lid down and your door closed. you can also put a long mirror on the outside of the bathroom door to seperate it from the rest of the home energetically a bit more…. thats a good start! 🙂

molyna January 11, 2013 at 12:46 am

hi .. i’m metal element of birth n my sweet love he is wood element .. so we can match for live with? and will rich ? hope hear good idea from you .. all the best . molyna

my moua vang March 12, 2013 at 3:37 pm

is it good to have a sofa in the wealth area?

danaclaudat March 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

its good to have a sofa where you love it. areas of the bagua have nothing to do with it 🙂 xoxo

G Casey April 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I live in an apartment in a house, and the door to my apartment is 180 degrees opposite to the front door of the house. Which is North, the door to my apt. or the front door of the house?

danaclaudat April 15, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I’m sorry, I don’t do north, south, east, west directional feng shui. its antiquated, limited and basically dams your existence 😉 Don’t worry which way is north.

karma selden June 29, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Can i have windows from ceiling to floor big and wall to wall that wide in new floor plan?

danaclaudat July 13, 2013 at 7:20 am

sure. lots of windows along the back of a home could flag in your mind that the space is temporary, but not always…!

Scarlet July 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

I live in a split level ranch home and since I moved here, I have noticed a considerable drop in income. I am assuming its has something to do with the way the energy is moving through my home. When I first enter the house, i have a set of stairs that goes down to the basement and beside it, a set that goes up. The foyer is a square, both sets of stairs are to the right hand side. Because of the split levels, which is the wealth corner? The upper or lower room (in the far back corner) or both? and how do i get the energy to come up the stairs? I just moved my home office into the wealth corner on the upper main floor level. Thanks for any help you can give me. 🙂

danaclaudat July 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

both. up and downstairs. also wealth is not just in the wealth area. you may want to look at helpful people- this feeds your prosperity. also, but a bright throw carpet, secured, or a floor mat that is bright as well as art that is compelling and upward facing light (or just more light) if possible in the entranceway. xxoo

Marlin October 24, 2013 at 1:01 am

Hi Dana, my Wealth corner is where our Laundry room/computer/storage room is. Any good tips to make this room a little more favorable in the wealth dept. it’s also a hard room to keep organized and clutter free as everything seems to end up there. Thank you in advance!

danaclaudat October 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm

In your question is the answer: everything seems to end up there. That doesn’t happen by magic. First step: stop putting things there. Include imagery that reminds you of prosperity there so you see how you are negatively affecting this area by using it as a giant junk drawer…and see what happens when you make the effort to make a change! 🙂 xoxo

may December 11, 2013 at 3:03 am

It’s confusing because if I use the map the left ends up being a room I dont even use .If I use it according to each room it ends up being the same room but another side of the wall. What can I do or put up to help out my wealth?.Thanks.

danaclaudat December 11, 2013 at 5:43 am

Why not use that room you dont use?!

Elle December 15, 2013 at 12:42 am

I am considering to move to a new apartment and there the bedroom and a closet are in the Wealth area, and the bathroom is the in the Relationship area. Is that bad for both the Wealth and the Relationship and rest? Should I just keep looking for another place? Thank you so much for your wisdom!

danaclaudat December 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

By you asking it seems it feels wrong to you… Regardless of what is placed where. It’s not “ideal” in an “ideal” sense but if it felt 100% awesome to you then it would be a no-brainer and you could just improve those areas feng shui wise. Something tell me you aren’t convinced its the place for you? xxx

Joanna December 28, 2013 at 2:32 am

I am currently using my back door as my main door because my front steps are not in great shape to be used ( I know bad chi ). So, is my wealth corner from my back door which is presently my main door or is it from my main front door? Thanks!

danaclaudat December 28, 2013 at 7:18 am

In this case it’s tricky, but yes is the easy answer to your question. Oriented from the back door, though, those steps fall into either money, fame or power areas, most likely. Is it a great expense to fix the steps? Is there a DIY you could learn and do, or friends who can help or someone to hire to do the fix? I think it will be well worth your effort. And a great new year challenge. Symbolic of repairing things that you’d otherwise be tempted to just work around, perhaps? xxoo Dana

jess January 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

My Love area on the 1 floor is in the garage, and the upper floor is the closet.
any ideas please?

danaclaudat January 31, 2014 at 3:34 am

make’em clear, bright, and look at the condition of your bedroom….make it a real love nest! xxx

Theodora February 28, 2014 at 6:39 am

Hi Dana! I’m confused, I just read somewhere that the Wealth area is associated with luxury items, money for things we want rather than need, and that the Family area is associated with money to pay for bills, etc, and money we need rather than want. Can you please advice briefly on what area to focus on and make changes for people with money issues? I’m trying to help out some friends, I’m sure your answer will probably be to make changes in all areas, but if you could narrow it down to one of two it’d be easier for them to actually do something about it! Thank you!

danaclaudat February 28, 2014 at 9:53 pm

I woudn’t worry too much about “what to do in what area” in such a deeply nuanced way. Pay bills where it makes most sense 🙂 And make the whole home solid and wonderful! xoxoxo

Theodora March 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

Thanks Dana! xx

Laxman Bong March 6, 2014 at 9:42 am

I confused for for my home’s wealth corner.It will be southeast corner or left back corner of my living room.my flat is facing southwest with left side entrance in living room.living room attached with terrace.please advice me .thanks

danaclaudat March 6, 2014 at 7:34 pm

It is the far left corner of your home from the entrance door 🙂

Nicole April 2, 2014 at 12:11 am

When using the Bagua, do I include the attached garage as part of the “home” or just the actual living space? If so, the garage would be in the Wealth & Descendants sections and part of the Wisdom section would be missing because the depth of the garage is smaller than the rest of the house. What could I do to fill in or enhance this missing area? Thanks!

danaclaudat April 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Technically yes. Especially if you use it often & it is attached. Rather that thinking of it as “missing” think of the space as folded into the surrounding areas of the bagua. So make those areas great and you are “filling in” what is “missing” 🙂 You can also place something in your yard that makes sense (a big bolder, a fountain, or something that makes sense) to mark the corner were the perfect rectange would come together. Hope this helps!!! xoxox

judy June 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

hi Dana, i have floor to ceiling and wall to wall windows in my wealth corner. should I place any remedy for that. if yes, can you please recommend some. this is in master bedroom.

danaclaudat June 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm

what is outside? what is inside covering the windows? how does it make you feel?

Joanne July 28, 2014 at 1:48 pm

My kitchen is in the far left corner of the house. I need some ideas on how to enhance the wealth of this area? Thanks

danaclaudat July 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm

cook! put away your dishes! wash your refrigerator! clean your oven! xoxo

Laura January 19, 2015 at 2:50 am

I am re-doing my bathroom and it is in the southwest corner(or wealth) corner of my house. What colors are the best colors to bring out the best wealth energy

danaclaudat January 21, 2015 at 6:23 pm

thats not a real thing… https://www.fengshuidana.com/core_20161207-181903/core_20161207-181903/2013/03/15/feng-shui-woo-woo-superstition/
but bathrooms are meant to be earthy to be most stable.

Marina March 2, 2015 at 4:30 am

Hi there, my wealth corner is split between outside and inside, on the inside is a wood burning stove, on the outside a shade garden… Any thoughts?
Thank you!

danaclaudat March 2, 2015 at 4:42 pm

that sounds great!

Angsuman March 8, 2015 at 9:32 am

Hi there,
I have only two questions this two questions confusing me for a long time
a) where is the correct position for a metal glass cover book shelf and
b) where is the correct position for a computer table/laptop stand ?
please advice the exact or the substitute place / corner for room,
if the exact place is not possible then please mention which place will be the next better option

danaclaudat March 9, 2015 at 10:12 pm

there’s really no hard and fast rule, sorry! if you understand the basic feng shui principles you can do this with lots more certainty for yourself. this video guide may help you…! http://bit.ly/1AsuWvS xoxo

Loredana Poenaru August 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Hi, my wealth corner is in my bedroom, and love and romance in the kitchen, please give me some ideas on how to improve both areas..

John May 19, 2016 at 3:47 am


I will be moving into a trailer home where the wealth area happens to be a bathroom closet just off the master bedroom. Does the wealth corner have to be considered the absolute far corner or would the master bedroom corner suffice as it will be a much more occupied area. I have a crystal collection focused on abundance and prosperity I would like to display and not stuff in a closet. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks and be well,


danaclaudat July 18, 2016 at 4:31 am

display those crystals and keep the closet in great order. Both will serve you well no matter where they’re located!

Erin September 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm

My front door is in the Northwest section. Once you walk in there is a low beam that runs from the North to Northwest section. The North section directly to the right of the front door, is made up of two big closets. I have been having a lot of problems at work once I moved into this apartment, what can I do to remedy the north closet problem?

Thanks, Erin

danaclaudat September 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm

i’m not really sure what you mean by north and northwest- i don’t do ay type of compass directional feng shui for many reasons (the greatest being that it doesn’t work!) and for all your closets some “space clearing” and decluttering is a great first step!

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