How to Place an L-Shaped Desk for Good Feng Shui

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Many people spend large parts of their days at their office desks, which can impact health and well-being in many ways. To counter this, feng shui offers several guidelines to bring good energy to your workspace, including to your desk itself. According to feng shui principles, the right placement of your office desk can attract high-quality, productive energy to your work environment. In turn, this should help you to maintain the optimum personal energy level at work.

If you have an L-shaped office desk, finding the best feng shui position can be tricky. But it's possible, as long as you're able to follow two key feng shui principles.

Face a Lucky Feng Shui Direction

In feng shui, everyone has four lucky directions and four unlucky directions to face. Your lucky directions are supposed to help you attract nourishing energy while the unlucky directions can drain you of your energy.

Lucky directions are based on a person's Kua number. Feng shui uses gender and birth year (according to the Chinese calendar) to calculate your Kua number.

If you’re a woman born before the year 2000, add the last two digits of your birth year. Keep adding the result in the same manner until you get to a single digit. (For example, for the year 1988, add 8+8=16. Then, add 1+6=7.) Next, add 5 to that single-digit number, and bring the result to a single digit using the same method if necessary. (The 1988 birth year would add 7+5=12 and then 1+2=3.) This is your Kua number. Women born after 2000 should add 6 instead of 5.

The process for men is similar. For men born before the year 2000, add the last two digits of your birth year. Keep adding the result in the same manner until you get to a single digit. Then, subtract your single-digit number from 10. This is your Kua number. Men born after 2000 should subtract from 9 instead of 10, and men born in 2009 and 2018 have 9 as their Kua number.

Once you determine your Kua number, refer to the chart below to learn your lucky directions. Aim to position your desk to face one of these directions—especially toward the money and success or personal growth directions—for good feng shui energy flow.

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Place Your Desk in the Command Position

The second aspect of good feng shui positioning for your desk is based on your specific room or office layout. In feng shui, there is what's called the command position, which refers to the best placement of a piece of furniture, usually a desk or bed. The command position allows for the most protective, powerful energy to strengthen your personal energy and improve your overall health and well-being.

There are three main requirements for the command position:

  • The location should be as far from the door as possible.
  • You should be able to easily see the door but not be in direct line with it.
  • There should be a strong backing, such as a solid wall and not a large window, behind you.

With an L-shaped desk, try to make sure the main part you sit at is in front of a strong backing and has a view of the door. Sometimes, the command position for your desk naturally fits with your office layout. But other times, especially with an L-shaped desk, you have to get creative to find the best feng shui energy spot.