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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