Ok, so I am inundated lately with questions about where, specifically, people should put their beds in their bedrooms. I am going to break down some common misconceptions and hopefully shed some light on the “feng shui bed placement” topic! Ready?
1. Traditionally, a bed should be in a position to “command” the room. What does this mean? It means that if you are at a comfortable distance from the door, facing it to some degree, yet not right beside it. You would have a clear view of anyone entering the door from your bed. The three “best” commanding positions are listed above.
2. Bed placement is a personal thing: Its nearly impossible for me to tell you exactly where I recommend your bed should be if you write me a little note, and I am going to tell you why. Each wall of a bedroom has a different “intention” behind it. Depending on the architecture & structure of your home and your placement of the bedroom within your home, things will vary. Your “best” wall from what you write to me may actually not be a great place for a bed (perhaps its full of draining pipes or right beside an electrical pole outside? There are soooo many factors that prevent me from giving you a “oh, that wall is the best” answer. Does this make sense? I can’t tell you “the best” for you without seing your whole home, but I can give you some ideas!
3. You can break rules for the greatest good. For example, if you can only sleep with your feet facing the door to be in a really solid position in your bedroom, then so it shall be. You can keep your door closed and put up a screen at the foot of your bed to create more of a wall. The only rules I truly don’t like to break are sharing a bed wall with a bathroom and sleeping directly beneath beams, and both can be corrected depending on your situation.
4. If you life your bed off the ground & create or buy a headboard that is solid and well-constructed, you have done a major amount of feng shui right there! Lifting your bed allows energy to circulate freely around you as you sleep. Well-made headboards “support” you as you sleep. Its my theory that modern homes are so filled with electricity and new “waves” of energy that this support and circulation means much more to us…
(A few inches to our left and a little rearranging of art can create space for a second small “nightstand…maybe a small rounded shelf on the wall? …via)
5. Beds smashed against walls or smushed into rooms out of necessity are not as bad as bedrooms designed this way because it creates more room, or for some other reason… If your bedroom just holds a bed, you can use lighting to create a sense of “nightstands” and you can do a lot with this “tiny” space. I.E.: if you have a small space you are not “screwed”.
6. Your bed can be in the “right” place according to a feng shui book and yet “feel” wrong. That means its in the WRONG place. How things feel trumps what the feng shui guidelines say, for, as I mentioned before, there are a MASSIVE number of reasons that a rule might not apply to you. When you are starting on your feng shui adventure, don’t leave your own feelings and judgement out of things.
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Always, I love hearing from you! xoxo Dana
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thank you so very much Denise! The door is open if you have a question!
Quick question – is it better to have two night stands on either side of the bed but one nightstand blocking a closet or nothing on the sides of the bed. The only place my bed can be positioned is next to the closet door
maybe the bed can move? Or you can get creative and maybe use small rounded shelves in lieu of nightstands…
I love this post, but I have a question. My bed is in a great position in relation to the bedroom door, however to one side of my bed is a walk through closet that opens to my master bathroom. This doorway hits in the middle of my bed. The closet has no door, but the bathroom does. Is there a way to make this transition from bedroom to closet flow better so it doesn’t feel like a pathway is cutting through the middle of my bed. Thanks.
i wish i could visualize this better— but i have one idea- put up a curtain to create a “door”. That’s my first impression & will also add texture to your bedroom!
Feng shui, feng shui, sooo many great tips and even more bad choices. I really like this post and did have one question, Dana. I’m not a feng shui guru, but I do believe in the power of energy and that by surrounding ourselves with positive energy, it will bring only good things to us. I’ve just recently rearranged my bedroom (in order to place a tv up onto the wall) and since I’ve done this my room just hasn’t felt “right” to me, it’s more of a place to sleep than what used to be my sanctuary. All from simply moving some furniture around. My bed right now is underneath my window and my feet are positioned facing the door. This drives me absolutely nuts because I feel that there are waves of energy not being able to enter the room, along with a lack of light and the blockage of fresh air. Also, next to my bedroom door, is a mirrored closet, and I refuse to move my bed over (slightly to the right) because then my bed would be 1. Up against a wall and 2. Positioned in front of the mirrored closet. I have a problem with sleeping in front of mirrors, I don’t know if thats a feng shui thing or more spiritual to me, but I don’t believe anyone should sleep in front of mirrors. Possible feng shui “rule”? Also, my tv which is now mounted is positioned on the wall to the left of my bed, meaning if I were to move my bed onto that wall, I’d be sleeping under a hanging television set…literally. I hate the way my room is set up right now. Any tips for helping out, I’d love to hear them! Hope I painted a pretty good picture, thank you!
Brittany! You painted a great picture. your room may feel “off” because of the TV!!! It brings in its own electromagnetic energy, light late at night if you watch it then, and potential sleep disturbance. I would say that 1. shutting off tv at a set hour WAY before bed and 2. potentially covering the tv with a light tapestry, etc, while sleeping might be a start! xoxo Dana
I just bought an apartment. From the entrance of the master bedroom door, there’s a long window on the other side of the wall and the wall is not leveled but slightly curvy on both sides and the king size bed would not fit the wall. I only have the options to put the headboard on the left or right side of the wall. However, the left side would mean facing the bedroom entrance door and the right wall is joined to the bathroom with the bathroom door on the same right wall.
My options would be the left wall but this would mean I will sleep facing the bedroom entrance door each time when I turn to my right. Am worried. What can I do? What could possibly happen when the bed is placed in such a position? Thank you.
It sounds ok, if I am following you, to sleep facing the entrance door? As long as your feet aren’t pointed straight out the door should be OK.
Does this apply even if you sleep with your door closed?
It helps a lot to close doors for sure.
Hello there! I am in desperate need of help. Everyday I come home from a long day at work and run my head in circles on how to arrange my room — because so far, nothing has done the trick! ( I just moved into a new apartment and I am renting and not allowed to touch certain things… which presents a problem)
Okay- When you open the door to my bedroom there is a hallway sort of space where my closet is. Then the end of the hallway is the entrance to the bedroom area (no door or anything) which looks like this.
1. Wall immediately to the right is short and half the size of the wall facing it
2. The wall facing the entrance is all floor to ceiling windows. The windows have off-white, greyish rubberlike blinds that fully cover the windows, and then drapes in front of those that are navy blue and gold stripes. However, the gold and navy drapes have white cotton lining behind it which currently is used to wrap over the outside of the drapes and hold them off to the sides. This makes the room look a lot larger and really highlights the HIGH cielings.
3. The wall to the left of the entrance is the only full wall space in the room (my bed is currently up against this wall, but looks incredibly awkward beacuse of how low it is! I also put it in the corner where the windows meet the wall because I wanted more floor space, but now realizing not worth the awakrdness to the eye!)
4. The last wall, the one directly to the left of the entrance is a half wall, due to the large entry way the hallway makes, and the wall space is half of that because the other half is a bathroom door. (The bathroom door is right in the corner, facing the windows on the opposite end)
Here is what I am dealing with —
-a twin sized bed, very very low to the ground. I am overseas and they don’t sell bed-risers anywhere! I am thinking of just getting some bricks to put under the four legs! Any other suggestions? (that are affordable, and don’t include a whole new fed frame?!)
– A dark wood night stand that is beautiful but very awkward looking because it is twice the height of my bed!
– and a very bulky metal desk. I currently have burgundy colored, laced fabric draping over it to hide the metal ugliness underneath! It doesn’t go well with the hardwood floors!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated — I basically want to know if you have a general idea of where to put the bed, and the big bulky desk. With only full wall to deal with, the bed reaches out far enough to reach the desk chair if put right in front on the other wall. Then my only options are up against the window or directly to the side of the foot of my bed, blocking entrance to the bathroom door!
Would really appreciate your insight!!! Thank you!
id try to get some inexpensive new nightstands. and as for the desk, can you sell it and find something more size-appropriate. the way you describe these things, it may be time for a swap! craigslist, thrift stores, yard sales… you can totally hunt doewn and find the right things for you! its hard for me to say what does where- I work in much more specific terms when giving advice to clients as to what is best for them. But what I said above I truly mean- it may be time for a swap- ugly and bulky are not what you want in your space…. 🙂
I moved my bed because the foot of it was in direct line with the bathroom door, however, I had no where else to move it but so the foot of it was lined up with the opening of my walk-in closet. I was just wondering if that falls under the no-no’s for feng shui since its not a doorway (with door frams, a door, or anything) but lookes more like someone knocked half of my bedroom wall down and the made an extension of the room.
Just keep the bathroom/ closet doors shut and you are most likely AOK!
Quick question – I have a solid but simple four poster with a nice high headboard and off the ground. (I love it!) but because of a bulkhead in my bedroom I can’t put the bed against the wall. So it’s out from the bulkhead by about 10cm but from the wall by even more – about 30 – 40cm.
Would that create a problem?
Love your site so much. xx
there’s nothing wrong with some room for air and energy to circulate… I’d say that if you feel good, there’s no issue! THANK YOU! xoxo Dana
Hi Ms. Dana, im from philippines and i just got hooked with feung shui lately and read your article. I have a question and I know you can help me.. My door and window are near each other and i dont know where is the best place to place my bed and full lenght mirror.. I also have small bedroom.. My kua no. Is 5.. I hope you could read this and reply thank you so much and god bless you ^__^ i just need to resend my comment cuz i think i put the wrong email :))
Hi Cyrine, I don’t work with kua numbers or anything life that. I would follow simple guidelines and place your bed so it feel comfortable to you and hopefully you can see the entrance door clearly from where you sleep 🙂
I want to move my bed around, is it bad feng shui if I move my bed in front of a massive window, the window takes up one wall to itself.. so if I move my bed in front of it will it cause bad energy flow?
it really should be covered (with curtains, etc) if you bed is in front of it… and that may be really confining to block the windows. but i can’t see it- so you have to trst yourself. if you try it you can always move it again!
Hi Dana! I was wondering, isn’t position c) a “big red flag” that you described in one of your posts in feng shui & love? that kind of stayed with me as a rule, so I’m confused. Thanks for your great website and all the best for 2014 🙂
Melissa! I love that people are learning! I didn’t make that diagram myself, so its not optimal. THEORETICALLY the bed is in the relationship area (still in that corner of the room) but yes, I would advise against it if there were other options and you are looking for love! Well done!!! xoxo Dana
Hi Dana, love your site! I just moved in to my new apartment and since it’s pretty small i was wondering how I can arrange the furniture, particularly in the bedroom. I have a folding door that opens up immediately to a big bed, so this means my foot is directly towards the door. There are bedside tables on each side of the bed, as well as lamps. From the entrance to your right are the windows which I covered with dark purple curtains coz I can sleep only when it’s dark. And to your right is a book shelf and my closet. Behind the wall of the shelf and closet is actually the bathroom. My bedroom door opens up to the living area. At the opposite end of the entrance to my flat is the door that opens up to my balcony, and I covered this with a rollup shade. I think my flat has so many feng shui no-nos but I actually love it, and would not want to move. But I do own it so I can make a few changes with the furnitures so please help me with that! Thanks Dana! Xoxo
Wow, that’s a whole lot to answer in a general answer. If you’d like to dive in your might want to grab my e-guide to guide you through specific changes for you. If you love your space and your life, no need to do anything wild. Thank you Bee for the blog-love & the question. I wish I could be more specific here! xx
Hi! I just moved into a new home and am having trouble placing my bed in the master bedroom. The entrance door is on the left hand side of the room, and there are windows on the opposite wall from the door and the left wall. The only option I have is to place the bed on the same wall as the door facing the windows. Should I set the bed under the windows off-set from the door? I have heard not to place the bed under windows, but I’m not sure which is more important. Thank you!!!
Personally, I typically prefer to place a bed in front of windows before I would put it on the same wall as the entrance door. See how it feels if you try that. I’d use solid curtains or blinds on windows and a solid headboard.
I am putting together my two son’s room, they are sharing, and have found a twin bed set that I like and at a great deal. The best place to put them would be on both sides of the big window in the center of the room (framing the window with the two beds). Problem is, from the corner to the window trim is 42in and the width of the bed is 44. Is is terrible to overlap some of the window trim with bed on each side or is that a big no no. If so then I am back at ground zero. I don’t want it to look tacky and there is one more configuration I could do but would rather the beds be near the window because of where the door is. help!
it doesn’t sound like a big deal- only 2 inches! 🙂
Hi, I just moved to a new apt and would like to know about the positioning of my bed, it has a solid head and foot board. I have 2 issues with the placing of my headboard. First is have my headboard indirectly across a bathroom; there is a walk-in closet, (from my parents room) between my room and the bathroom, is that ok? Second, my head board is blocking a 1/4 part of my sliding door closet because on the other side of the bed, a part of my foot board will block my bedroom door. I was thinking of putting the headboard against the window that I would be indirectly facing the bedroom door, but this position also have negative effects. Need help!
i would not block a closet. i would not worry about negative effects. i’d put the bed on the wall that makes most sense to function first and foremost 🙂
We are moving to a new two storey constructed home. I noticed that the floor plan our master’s bedroom is directly above the oven and exhaust vent. Will this create a problem? Pls advise. I love reading all your comments and answers! Thank you!
You know, I don;t really put a lot of stock in this unless it’s right next to your bed. If it concerns you, I would consider a big throw rug in earth tones that is also under your bed. and surrounding it 🙂 xxx
I’m thinking of moving my bed to the middle of the room (nearly the middle) – floating, not against any wall. Is that good?
not the greatest- support is a good thing 🙂
Hi Dana, I’m planning to move a new room recently. Its main door is on the North wall and its a bath attached room with bathroom door on the south wall. And there is a window on the west wall and the East wall which is plane now. The two doors which are facing each other. My doubt is that which place is good for placing my bed in this room.
Away from the bathroom… it is super hard for me to tell you exactly where in a short message… you should avoid bathrooms for sure!
Hi Dana my home only has one entrance so the back door is basically the front door is this okay?
yes it is!
Just wanted to tell you that I read this and moved my bed. Before, it was on the same wall with the door into the bedroom, and on the other side of that wall is the bathroom. The reason the bed was there was that two of the other walls have off-center windows and the fourth wall has the closet and is broken up with an alcove, so not enough wall space for a bed.
The compromise I had to make was having part of the bed in front of a window. I have an iron headboard, so it isn’t solid. But, wow! Moving the bed so the foot of the bed faces the wall with the door, but is not in line with the door, made a huge difference.
Now I drop off to sleep at night with no problem. Before, I was tossing and turning for quite a while before finding sleep. And I sleep better. I can now see out the windows while in bed, and that’s a nice way to greet the morning.
And I thought it would look awkward to have about 1/4 of the bed in front of the window, but the room looks much better than it did before, with the bed pretty much blocking your way into the room. The room looks bigger and airier and I’m so happy with the change.
I just LOVE to hear this. And solid curtains can help with the bit of window behind you! xoxxo
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Your website may be the cherry on top of my 5 year overdue cleanup, both domestically and emotionally. <3
Dana! It’s the 2nd time I’ve moved since following your blog, and your posts never fail to guide me. 🙂 I just wanted to say thank you for being so practical when advising us in feng shui. Your unique perspective gives me the confidence to stray from “conventional” beliefs when I feel that they’re being too restrictive, or preventing me from getting the most out of my rooms. I always look forward to hearing your thoughts!
omg I am so thrilled to hear this!!! Congrats on your new move! xoxoxo
Am renting so am limited with what I can change. My bedroom has one solid wall only, which puts me feet to double stained glass doors. The other walls are the back of freestanding wardrobes (created walk in robe) or double windows … I can’t place bed under windows as have heating vent on floor which I can’t cover. There is a second door to bedroom which is to left of bed kind of into walk in robe … i e can’t be seen from bed. I have velvet curtains across stained glass doors at foot of bed which I draw at night, could I also hang a crystal? There is not enough space for anything at foot of bed. I don’t really want to be against the wardrobe as it doesn’t feel right. Advice welcome.
gosh this sounds amazing— its fine to have glorous windows at your feet!!!
Hi Dana! Thanks so much for sharing your feng shui tips and breaking them down so it’s easier to understand 🙂
I do have a quick question for you. My bed is in line with my closet door, as in my feet point straight towards the door when I’m laying down. Besides having a high footboard, can simply keeping the door closed when I’m sleeping be good enough? My room is rather small so having a high footboard might make it feel a bit stuffy. Any suggestions would be great, thanks!
closets are not a bad thing— but clear your closet of what you don’t want or need!
My closet is facing my bedroom door, is that a bad feng shui? I also have a small drawer in front of the closet before the door. Should I move my closet sideways from the door instead?
Not sure about your closet placement question (hard for me to imagine how this looks!) but the closet doors should be as “unblocked” as possible. As for the bed facing closet- totally fine 🙂
Thanks for your post, appreciate it. I have a problem with my son’s room, since it’s only small, they have a double bed in line with the door (foot) and under a window (crown) and a single bed at the other side, i tried to kind of re arrange it but the doubled bed dont fit. What can I do? Thanks s much for your help
do you want to send a picture? maybe it can spark an idea! xoxo
I have a tiny room with one window and three doors. At first, I had the bed against the wall without the window, but it had barely any room to walk on one side, and not much room for the furniture. So, I moved the bed under the only other option, which is half way under a window. I have thick red drapes, and a solid headboard. Also, now I can walk around both sides of the bed (it’s facing east not directly facing one door).
I was reading never to put the bed under a window because it will drain vitality and health after time. Is this true? If i move the bed back to the other wall, facing the bathroom door, My armoire will block part of the closet, and I’ll have to squeeze myself out of bed.
I woke up wondering how to Feng Shui my small bedroom with 3 doors and litlle options….I’d be so appreciative of your expert advise!
my question : how does it make you feel? there are no absolutes…. despite what you read…. and it sounds like you found a viable option that is working for you!
Hi Dana! I love your posts and since I am moving to a new apartment, I am thrilled to start putting your posts to good use. The new bedroom poses a bit of a problem because in the power position (farthest corner from the door) I have a walk-in closet there and that entire wall has windows. The wall perpendicular to the door also has windows window and the wall the door is on connects to my ensuite bathroom. If I do place my bed in the power position, I would be sleeping next to my walk-in closet and under a window. What do you recommend?! My bedroom is in the love bad relationship sector of my apartment (if that helps) and that is one area of my life I seriously want to emphasize. Thanks!!!
next to a closet isn’t bad. you can put curtains on windows to create more of a wall. you have to feel it out- your bed needs to feel supported. 🙂
I have no choice ~ my bed faces entrance door to room. My feet face door, have solid headboard and good energy flow clear under and around bed.if I close door and sleep so my feet face wall of door entrance not pointing toes to closed door, am I ok? If not what can I do to counteract feet facing door or wall door is on? HELP
Help, no choice my feet face door or door wall at sleep. Solid headboard and energy flow. What can help?
door closed, try a shoji screen at foot of bed when you sleep! 🙂
Thank you for your post. My bed is facing the wardrobe doors , is that bad Feng shui -the same as bed facing door – ??
nope. you are fine 🙂
hey dana love your blog!
got a quick question, my bed is placed in the command position HOWEVER, i have 2 doors in my bedroom ( the main door and a door which opens to a small cupboard under the stairs). my bed currently faces the door to the small cupboard, I heard this isn’t very good as it’s like the coffin position! any suggestions?
a door to a closet is not a bad thing 🙂 Just keep that door closed! xoxo
Thank you for this post. I am a bit lost, I’ve moved the bed 3 times in my room and can’t seem to sleep. I found out that my best direction for wealth is west, so I placed my bed against the left corner of the room (south east) facing away from the door so my feet are facing west. My door is at the north west corner or the room. The problem is that there’s a window against the wall where my bed is, not behind the bed board but where my face is, perpendicular to the bed board and I can feel my mind being awake. Is that ok? I only see posts about windows being bad if they are right behind you, but what about if they are directly next to you? Maybe thick dark curtains would help? The best sleep I had in this room was facing north which is suppose to be not my direction. SO confusing!! Help? 😉
curtains can help. also… try de-cluttering your bedroom & closets and check out more sleep tips like not using electronics for a hour before bed, try some meditation… there are lots of reasons for great sleep (and no sleep) so its worth investigating. also, try a sleep kit with your dr if all else fails, there may be other, easy to correct reasons for not sleeping! 🙂
My new bedroom has corner windows faceing north and west. entrance door is on the east side, but the south has closet door and bathroom door. Here is my problem I like to sleep by the windows because I feel closer to nature and air. I love to camp and sleep outside. also I do not like doors on my closet or bathroom I find doors seem to be in my way Here is my problem if I put my bed by windows my feet are east faceing door, Can i offset my feet from door? But then my head is in direct path of bathroom door.
bathroom door isn’t bad! 🙂
Hi Dana, to position my bed on a solid wall with small window at top, I am facing a built in cupboard with mirrors. The other two choices are on the same side as the bedroom entry door or under a half window facing bedroom entry door. Where do you suggest placing the bed? Thanks
id probably put the bed facing the door 🙂
Question: we are setting my sons new room
Up and the room is just awkward for arrangement. I’m struggling with where to put his bed. The wall with the door is literally my only “full solid wall” in the room. There are two walls with windows (corner windows) and the 4th wall has the closet. My only two open toms for the bed are on the same wall as the door (headboard against that wall) or the headboard against the closet wall, this way he’d be laying paralle to the door wall. The way the room
Is set up you walk into the side of the bed this way. Neither option to me is really that great, but it seems to be my only options based on there the windows are in the room. What do I do?! Headboard against door wall or headboard on closet wall? Both ways his fear would face a window.
Its hard to say for sure without being in the situation but his comfort comes first and I would likely chose a closet wall in general over a window wall, but the feeling of safety for him as she sleeps is what matters most.
Thank you for some helpful tips, but I was wondering if you can help me figure out the best feng shui positions for my master’s bedroom. Here’s the quick floor plan: The entire room is painted pastel light minty green. It has a vaulted ceiling and it is about 14 x 13 feet dimension. Currently, I have a box spring and a queen sized mattress on it. Yesterday, I just purchased a sleigh bed with a wood curved (cherry color) wood headboard and a footboard lower than the headboard. The frame is raised maybe about 12 inches from the floor. I haven’t assembled them yet because I am not sure which position my bed frame and headboard should be facing?? Along with the new bed frame and headboard, I also bought the two matching nighstands. However, currently my bed is facing the north wall. When I sleep, my head is on the lowest slope of the vaulted ceiling. The south wall has the higher slope and also has all 4 (1980’s) mirror closets which I absolutely do not want and plan to replace them. They give me too much reflections and I have difficulty sleeping often, but what kind of closet doors do you think will be good? The east wall has two big windows and a small window which I have a small ac unit for the summer. All of the windows have all white wooden blinds. The west wall is my master’s bathroom wall. The bathroom door opens to the inside of the bathroom and it opens to the right side. The entrance door is on the west wall left to the master’s bathroom (when you’re inside the bedroom). Also, the bedroom door opens to the inside of the bedroom to the right wall or south wall where the mirrored closets are. My house has two floors. When you open this bedroom door from inside of the bedroom, you will see the stairs (leading to the first floor) on the left hand side.
I heard that the coffin position is when your feet face the entrance door, but does it also apply to the closet doors as well? Also, I read something about hanging a crystal over the bed if I were to put the bed in front of the windows? I still don’t like the idea of moving the bed in that direction but moving it in front of the bathroom wall or facing the closet doors do not sound like a proper feng shui position either?
Will placing the sleigh board with strong headboard and footboard facing the closet doors or bathroom help circulate the positive energy because there is a footboard?
I would like to get a love seat in my bedroom, if it’s feng shui okay, where would it go? Do you recommend it?
I am also a single woman and would like to attract the right male partner into my life. What kind of painting or materials? Peonies, mandarin ducks, rose quartz? What are your recommendations? I know I have given you detailed info and asked a lot of questions here. Sorry. I think I am still confused so your responses would be highly appreciated. Thank you so much in advance for your help 🙂
Hi Pam, You may want to download my e guide to feng shui as it can help you sort out your house- these questions are great but far out of the scope of what i can answer on the blog. i think you’ll like it… ! https://www.fengshuidana.com/core_20161207-181903/core_20161207-181903/feng-shui-101-how-to-transform-the-place-where-you-live-into-a-home-that-you-love/
Hi Dana! I love your website and all of your helpful comments. We live in a small apartment and have a cal king bed. We have had the bed in the living room because of its size and we had to take the frame off. It is in a good position but we back up to neighbor with barking dog so we are considering a move to one of the other rooms. The room has two doors and we would be forced to put the bed against one of the doors (which opens out–so still usable if you crawl!) We would not be in direct line of other door and have good sight line. Is this ok? Have not heard of this question. How important is it to have a frame and headboard? Thank you so much!
tricky question to specifically answer but if it did go up agaist a door (unusual I will admit) Id keep the door locked and treat it as a wall.
Hi is it ok to have bed behind the door my friend said it coffin position. My feet are towards my wardrobes.
I don’t know what you mean by behind,,, if feet face out the door you can make a few adjustments 🙂
hi…our bed is up against a wall but our feet is directly facing a glass door which is intended for a veranda door in the future. Since its not being use right now, its always close and we cover it up with curtains just for us not to see the glass door every night. Is it ok? or we should move the bed in other position that will not face any door? thanks
that sounds totally fine.
Hi Dana, love your website and your writing! ☺ just a few quick queries:
1) Do we really need nightstands? Small space + big bed = cramped if we add nightstands
2) Our king sized bed has a headboard to a very solid wall. BUT to the left is the walk in closet (no mirrors), to the right is the standard sized window and to the bottom is the door (which catches a foot of the bed…meaning, if I sit on the edge of the bed closest to the window, I see my feet pointing to the door). Is that a good placement?
Hi Jade! Yes, even small nightstands are fantastically balancing and supportive. And your bed sounds like its in a great place 🙂 !!!
My Master bedroom is big but the layout is quite weird so I have to put my bed in the hide away corner but I can’t see the bedroom door ….If I put the bed where I can see the door ,the bed would be close to the door….. which I don’t like …Also with that position the bed would face direct to the bathroom mirror and direct to the bathroom area . So my best choice would be a corner where I can’t see the bedroom door …. My bedroom has too many windows and even if I put a small mirror across the bedroom door …I still can’t see the bedroom door from my bed either . Why is there a need to see the bedroom door in feng shui?
….and what would be the best remedy for my bedroom …
Thanks so much for your advice.
the reason why: it makes you feel safer to see the door. you can also put jingle bells on your door, helps accomplish a bit of the same 🙂
Hello Dana. I read your comments above and I fund them very useful. I am re-planning the bedroom of my sun and I can not decide where to place the bed. Which position is better 1. Across opposite the room door but near the wall underneath the window, and over the head is hanged up the air condition? or 2. facing the room door and attached to the wall, but not having a direct look at the door?
Thank you in advance for your reply.
i would sleep under any electronics that were plugged in, ever, so that’s my practical answer 🙂
Our bed is facing to the north this is bad position what should I do can I place the headboard on the west
i don;t do directional feng shui. if you are comfortable with the bed where it is you are already ahead of the game 🙂
I have always been interested in the placement of my bed, 3 legged toad and a water feature in my house. A few years back I was told that my kua number is 5 and that the best position for my headboard is West (for marriage and love). Unfortunately, if I do that in my new home it places the headboard against a very large 3 panel window.
The only other option I have for placement would have the headboard against the South wall…which I understand is bad for my particular KUA. Can you help?
I don’t ever do kua numbers…! i’d ignore it….
Hello Dana, my bed is facing the bedroom door. I don’t want to turn it because then the air con will be directly above my head and the pipes are the protruding kind. Is it okay if I just keep the door shut when I sleep? I don’t wish to add a screen because if I do that will mean that I won’t be able to see whoever that is coming in. Is it okay if I put an open shelf at the foot of my bed so that I can still see the door and it acts like a screen? or I can put an open shelf and hang a picture on the side that is facing the bed will that be better? I read that open shelves are like knives but I really love them is it okay to break that rule? Thank you!!
i really don’t know what you mean specifically by open shelf at foot of bed… but if you like it and if feels stable to you, thats what matters!
Hi Dana, I’m loving your blog, it’s so positive and solution-oriented.
My bedroom is very near my front door, about 2 metres away from it and facing it so you see the bedroom door when you come into the flat. Naturally, I feel a bit exposed sleeping in a room that is so close to the entrance of my flat. I was wondering if I should put a shoji screen between my bed and the bedroom door, and a (curved) mirror high up on the wall opposite the bedroom door so I can still see the bedroom door from my bed. That way my sleeping area would be more secluded but I would still have the security of being able to see my bedroom door. What do you think?
you may not need the mirror but yes good idea 🙂
Hi Dana, please help. I am in the process of getting my 4 year old a twin size bed and need to rearrange his room similar to sketch (b) above. The bedroom is a perfect rectangle, with the door on the bottom right corner, the closets on the far left wall, two windows opposite the door. The only solid walls are the right wall and the section next to the door. Right now the bed is on the door wall which as I understand it it is not the ‘command’ position. I would like to put the bed on the window wall, he would have one window to the left and the other to the right (about 12″ from the bed). THE ISSUE? There is an AC/heat vent where I plan to put the bed. So the bed would be over the vent. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
I’m sorry this one is a very specific question out of the scope of answers here, but if it feels right to him and follows basic principles you are on the right track. 🙂
Hi Dana, thank you for all your helpful ideas! I’m glad I found your blog and will return often. Today, I also have a bedroom conundrum that I would like your advice on how to solve. My bedroom has a big window along the entire West side of the room, and to the opposite side are the bathroom and walk-in closet. On the South side, on the right angle to the bathroom is the bedroom door, which is facing the kitchen. So that leaves only two possible walls for my bed, the wall that has the bedroom door (and behind that wall is our dining area), and the opposite side wall, which is the North side. If I place the bed on the side of the bedroom door, not only it would be one of the most frequently pointed out bed Feng Shui placement, but I will be looking right into the bathroom when I turn my head away from the window. The opposite to the bedroom door sounds like the obvious choice, yet I’ve heard so many times since childhood that people should never sleep having their head toward the North for many reasons, because it’s for dead people, because of some disruption in your magnetic field, etc. Could you please help? Thank you!!
i don;t do anyting based on directions, simply placing a bed so it commands a room, the door is a comfortable distance and it’s all great from there!
I have started being interested in feng shui, I am still very much a novice at this. I purchased a bunch of Chinese coins, and I don’t know how to cleanse them. I also have a son whose bedroom is facing the west side of the house. His commanding position in his room is south side of the house, but insists on putting his bed on the north side of the room, how can I feng shui is bed.
i don;t work with coins and directions so I can’t help you with this one so sorry!
Here is where we are stuck: big bedroom but the only legit placement is the bed next to (as in four feet away), the bedroom door. is there a way to remedy this? On the other side of this wall is a (beautiful but still) staircase leading to first floor. Sometimes I worry that this means bed unsupported — though we have beautiful strong wooden headboard. The other three walls seem unusable to us bec the second wall is too short to place bed (entrance to master bath shortens it), second wall has alcove which makes bed tight squeeze , third wall has gorgeous windows and I’d rather not cover up the beautiful light with our massive headboard by no king windows. So that makes me think I have to work with remedying what we have– bed on wall with door. We would love your thoughts on this cause we are baffled . Many thanks!
if you sleep well and tings are going well, thats what matters. i use feng shui to fix what isn’t working, not to create problems that don’t exist…
Hi Dana, I have a real serious problem with what to do with my bedroom. My bed is on the same wall as the bedroom door. This wall also has the bathroom on the other side of it. The room is small and has a desk in it as the desk can’t fit anywhere else. We put the bed on this wall because this layout is the only layout that gives us the most open space. I read somewhere that I can put a mirror opposite my bed so I can see the door but then I also read mirrors are not good in the bedroom. You’re help is greatly appreciated thank you do much!
a mirror is fine. and this isn’t such a big problem so no stress.
Good evening from Greece
The head of my bed is facing West and this is a bad direction according to my kua number (3)
Any remedies because this is the only way that I can place my bed
Thank you in advance
I don;t use kua numbers ever and if you like your bed where it is, leave it 🙂 xoxo
Hi Dana! Do you have any cures for a bedroom placed underneath a bathroom? My neighbour is on the top floor and his bedroom is above mine, we both have the bathroom in the bedroom however they are in opposite direction, not on top of each other (like the rest of the neigbours below me). I can hear their toilet flushing all the time and I believe the soil pipe goes across our bedroom ceiling to the main pipe that is above our bathroom. I assume this is very bad feng shui and I would absolutely love a solution to make the feng shui better. Help! Please!
A canopy or a tapestry on the ceiling, maybe a cool mandala, could be great!!!
Would just like to comment as i have read a few FS sites thus it can be confusing for people who try to follow as there are differing do’s & don’t. For example according to “Form Factor FS”, diagonal bed placement “a” would not be considered a power position as it is odd and create a poison arrow space which allows negative Qi to build-up. “b” & “c” would be optimum provided the windows are not behind the bed headboard or the bed being tucked to one side. Also anything in line of the doorway are frowned upon so picture 4 is a big no-no; bed in line with doorway. But i think too, like you said, if its feel right to you then it is good enough regardless of FS.
I promise you if it feels right it’s great to start… and from there you can follow some sound best practices. Steer clear of anything with superstition or with “negative consequences” and other negative garbage (I truly despise some of the horrendous teachings of some FS schools!)…!!! xoxoxo
I need help with my bed placement…our floor plan just doesn’t seem to make a good feng shui at all. one wall has a sitting room and a window, another wall has two windows, another wall has the door to the bathroom and the door to the room is in alignment with my dresser with a mirror. our bed is placed on a wall that is behind the TV in the living room and approx. 4 feet from the entrance. I was told that putting the bed in between the two windows is bad, and not having something solid behind it is not good either. any tips?
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windows are fine 🙂 and go with what feels best to you 🙂
Hi! I am having such a hard time rearranging my room! Nothing feels right and I only have one main wall in the room. Just so happens that, that wall is facing my bathroom mirror. To top it off there is NO door to block my bed from the mirror. I have 2 doors that open towards my back yard. So when I try to angle my bed away from the mirror now my feet are slightly facing the two doors. Please help!
try putting up even a curtain between the rooms!
Great Post! Love the website.
I have always been fascinated by it but never fully applied any of the rules. I recently started to research Feng Shui a little bit more. I am moving in to a new space and wanted to set up my furniture in the best way possible to change some of the negative aspects that my life has experienced and also help in relationships. My dilemma is that the space I am moving in to seems to be a Feng Shui nightmare. The room is a converted living or dining room space. Its large, but has 4 bay window in the north-east corner and two entry way doors. One door is functioning and is located on the south wall in the corner. The other door is on the west wall and has a large double pained door to the living room, although this doors are not used it still has energy. My question is: where is the best place to place a bed in this room?
What should I do about the unused doors to minimize energy flow? Can I place my bed directly up again them on the west doorway? Is it ok to place the head of the bed on the same wall (south wall) as the door used for entry and exit? Or is it best to have the head of the bed on the north wall with half the bed being under a window ?
I’d avoid the entrance door, and because I’m not in the space, from there I’d feel out where the bed feels most stable and secure with a view of the front door and as solid a wall behind as possible!
I have a small room and I can only position my bed facing the door of my kitchen. I can’t put something between the door and the bed because there’s just a small space between them. Can I just place a transparent curtain to avoid coffin position? Apparantly, I can’t close this door because my cats sleep with me in my room but they go out at night to eat or potty. Thanks in advance
maybe get a japanese folding screen that you can unfold in the evening and leave slightly ajar for the cats…
My sons bedroom is very small. He has a wall that is a window, a wall that has 2 bifold closet doors and a wall that has a small wall space between the bathroom door and the bedroom door. His twin bed is placed with the side of his bed against the wall so his head is in line with the bifold closet door and his feet aligned with the window. He can see his bedroom door, but this puts him parallel to the bathroom door. Is this an issue? He doesnt share a wall with it. The bathroom door is to the lest of his bed. I plan to hang a mirror inside the bathroom door. Will that help? And is having the bifold closet door in line with his head a problem?
closets are fine, and I would just not out the bed “up against” a bathroom wall 🙂
Quick question, i’m planning to re-position my bed i was thinking of my bed facing my bedroom window is that bad?
nope not bad at all!
I am moving into a new one bed flat to myself. The rooms are quite small I have a kingsize wooden framed bed with a headboard and footboard in the new bedroom it is really small I’m not sure my bed will even fit right and it’s looking like the only place I can fit my bed is under the window. I was thinking if I put it against the wall on the right then you wouldn’t be able to walk past the bed it would be the full width of the room or the other possibility was against the same side as the door into the room though the bed would be against two walls and not sure it will fit that way. Any advice would be good x
Hi. The window isn’t a bad thing… as long as you have some solid curtains it should be AOK~
Hello, i like your blog and q&a, practical and easy to understand.
I have few questions; 1. My bed is placed few steps away beside the door and i am comfortble with it, is it alright if i will not put a bed side tables since i have a small room? 2. Is it bad to sleep under the beam?
even small tables are good. if the ceiling is high the beams can be ok 🙂
I just moved to a new apartment and wanted to consult with you on placing of the bed. I have entrance door to the left and window to the right.
When I placed the bed to the wall opposite to the door I was always restless, then I moved it to the opposite side of the room on the wall by the entrance door of the room to which I get to know isn’t a great idea. Though I was calm when it was placed by the door wall. Please advise
its really hard to answer this specifically but start with what feels best and then adjust from there so that you’re feeling in command of the space!
Please tell me, what should i do if the toilet seat is facing the bed ( the bedroom and bathroom share a wall). It’s facing the part where the pillows are, and i.m not confortable with this…
Have a nice day!
close a door? move the bed? simple things can make you feel better and how you feel is most important. xoxo
I just moved into a 2 room apartment. The front door and bedroom door are in the career area. In the first big room, the stove is in the wealth area and the cabinets, sink and fridge are all on the left side facing in from front door. There is a window on each side of the door. Walking into the bedroom, the left side (behind the stove in the other room) is a small closet. There is another closet on the left wall that contains a small hot water heater and on top, a small ac unit hidden and also a small closet. They have louvre doors. Next is the bathroom door. It is facing the front of the apartment. The sink, then toilet next shower, I believe are all in the wealth section. When out of the bathroom, there is a large window closer to the fame area in the bedroom. I have a 22 inch tall queen air bed that sits on the floor. On the outside of the right wall is all kinds of electrical for the apartments. Where should I put this bed? I can install shears where you would go to the closest and bathroom. I am starting out and only have a few things. I have a small white trunk I’m putting at the foot of the air bed and I have an oriental rug with lots of green was planning to use in my bedroom. On the left side of bedroom wall where bathroom is behind it, i’m going to make it an art wall project. I’m an English teacher and love doing art projects. The apartment is very beautiful with stainless appliances, tiled throughout and painted an off white cream color. Oh, and was going to put my small bookcase with my favorite books either on the other side of the bedroom door or on my art wall (bathroom behind ). What would you suggest. I have been sleeping with my head under the window and I can’t sleep and feel uncertain and somewhat lost. Please respond as soon as possible. I love this blog and am studying Feng Shui but the more I know, The less I know. Thanks. Tebay
Actually, the more you know the more you know… f you start by knowing what you know and not rules! Rules are really damning. There are best practices, and you’re super-creative and have great space instincts and you’re DIY savvy. If you’er studying lots of complex feng shui, you’ll likely wind up confused and disconnected from a space you already love, so keep it fundamental and grounded. Windows aren’t terrible unless they feel bad (this one might, so you can pick a different bed placement) ahd if this one feels bad, try some heavy curtains if you can’t move the bed. If you’re looking to feng shui for yourself, I don’t know if you have my diy guide but it’s very light on rules and very big on the shifts that will help you get what you need! https://www.fengshuidana.com/core_20161207-181903/core_20161207-181903/feng-shui-101-how-to-transform-the-place-where-you-live-into-a-home-that-you-love/
& I’m here if you have specific questions, but you likely know a whole lot already 🙂 xoxoxo
Hello! I have a very small bedroom and can only fit a twin sized bed in my room. I know the ideal size is queen but I can only fit a twin sized bed in my room. What can I do to make sure the small bed doesn’t impact my romantic relationships?
keep your room super-clear of clutter to start! 🙂 and keep your intention very clear!
Hi, I’m in a 2 person sharing dorm room and I got the bed on the left of the room which is facing the door. There is a compute desk placed at the end of the bed and against the wall. The bed cannot be moved. Should I avoid the bad feng shui feet point the door position and just sleep the opposite way? or should I move the desk to have it place against the feet of the bed, but then I’ll be sitting with back against the door which would be bad feng shui too, correct? please advise and thanks!
if it works to move the desk it might be better- you can put somehting like jingle bells tied to the door handle which with make your sitting position stronger 🙂
Hello, does the location of the bedroom heater affect bed placement? i have a double heated room, my husband prefers the bed away from the heater but i don’t think it makes sense because that means the head of the bed would be next to the exit door and i wouldn’t be able to visualize outside the door clearly plus it looks dumb. So can does the position of the heat affects bed placement?
You’ll need to play around with this- in general, though, it’s best to heat the room prior to sleeping and sleep without a heater if possible 🙂
The picture in this post of the bedroom is basically the layout to my bedroom…except above where the bed is there is a window 🙁 if I move it to the wall with the closet on which is the only solid wall to place it on I cannot see who enters the room from the bed, my only other options is the bed under and centered between the two windows (I had the bed there and I slept horribly and the overall energy felt off) Is it really bad to not be able to see who enters the room from your bed. My door is acutally at a angle in a rounded off corner.
you can maybe put a mirror opposite the bed to see the doorway?
Hi, my bedroom door (on the SW corner) opens towards the north direction (wherein the windows are positioned). If i position my bed on the west , which would be against the attached bathroom wall and would also face the bedroom entrance. If i position my bed against the south wall, the bathroom door (on the west) would be directly facing the bed and also the bed would not be in a commanding position as it would be right next to the entrance door (though not in front of the door). Also i cannot position the bed on the east wall as we cannot sleep with our feet towards west. Really in a fix. Please suggest.
I’m sorry I can’t confidently or accurately make these types of recommendations but i can tell you that the most important thing is that your bed feels secure. facing directions don’t matter at all and you can always make simple adjustments to make your bed feel more commanding but i can’t tadvise specifically outside of a consultation as it’s far too specific. xoxo
Hi I have a small. Bedroom and two door on each side bathroom door and bedroom door and my head board in between those door same wall . Please help me
you may want to try the bed on another wall.
I live in a rented room in the city. I have to work out of my room. Hence, I have a bedroom office. Is there any way for me to have the ideal fengshui for both a bedroom and office.
try to create as much of a seperation as you can!
Hi! My daughter’s room has a very limited space. And when I say limited its really small. It has a pull out bed without a headboard and a closet too in the room too. Thing is the only position I can make is the feet of the bed is facing the closet which would make it so difficult to open the closet. My other alternative is to make her feet face the door. Is this ok? like when you open the door its the bed right away.
if you do facing the door, the door will need to stay closed for her to be 100% comfortable or get a bed with a high footboard as well as a headboard.
We live in the northern hemisphere. I have always heard that it is best to sleep with your headboard on a north wall in the northern hemisphere. Is this true? My hubby and I have got a northwest direction bedroom. Can´t change to any other. It is a long and narrow room. The narrow walls are to the east and west. To the east is a closet. On the west wall to the south is a window. The bed has got its headboard against the north wall and the entrance to the room is in the south wall but in the south east corner. My husband´s Kua number is 1 and mine is 4. The only direction I can place the bed is with its headpiece to the north wall. I was told it was better to place it on the south or west wall, but I can´t. There is no other way! No space for bed on west wall. South wall has got window, heater and entrance door, so there is no place for the bed too!
Please are there any tips?
I don’t EVER deal with kua numbers or directions — not valid in any of my work. put the bed where it feels good to start, and commanding the room is always best so you see the door!!! xoxo
Hi Dana, Would like your advice on my bed. Is it good or bad fengsui to have drapes around my bed? Our interior designer created the bedroom and it is like having a 4-poster bed, except that the 4 posts are soft drapes falling from the ceiling. my room colors are in shades of brown and beige and the drapes are white.
that sounds nice as long as you like sleeping in it!
hello… please help. i am a brand new feng shui student. i have a keen sense of stylizing a space to correct or to enhance energy flow. spacial balance and beauty come very natural to me..even before i began my studies in feng shui, i see that i have been intuitively decorating and designing by feng shui principles my whole life. my conflict is this: my boyfriends kua number says do not sleep with his head facing north. so i kept his head board on the south wall .. feet pointing north. but when i enter his room from the hall. it just doesnt “feel” right. its doesnt look right.. its contrary to what i would have done if i hadnt learned of kua numbers…so the door faces the north east corner of the bedroom, its is angled.. rather than facing n e s or w . the door is on the south east corner.. so the head board being on the south wall., the first thing i see when i walk in the door is the foot of his bed.. its unsightly and really is bad decorating in my professional opinion. so what should i do.. keep him faced in the his most auspicious direction. or make it look good and counter it with other elements…what would u do? p.s. this leads me to believe that maybe that is why soo many designers and decorators dont take feng shui into consdieration, its just easier not to i guess.
thank u ,
hi! i don’t do anything with kua numbers or compass directions as it’s not really valid and very disempowering so follow how you feel first and foremost.
My master bedroom essentially is a square. It has a large window across the bathroom door , one set of sliding doors, one solid wall where the headboard is. I can’t place the bed under the big windows so the bed is facing the sliding doors which is the access to the pool. I have blackout drapes on the windows and the slider doors which are drawn when I go to bed. My plan is to place a storage ottoman bench at the end of the bed. What is your recommendations?
I can’t really make super specific recommendations in this forum but it sounds like you’ve created a great plan!!!
Hi Dana. If my bed is horizontal to the window but when on the bed the door is facing myself. Is it good to leave it like this because there isnt much room for me to move my bed. I used to have my bed next to my room door and feet towards the window.
you really have to feel safe and comfortable first and foremost and can adjust the energy of the room from there! xoxo!!!