Feng shui is a philosophy that comes from ancient China. It looks at how one can organize their living spaces, in order, to invite the most prosperity and ease into their life.
In feng shui, one of the most important areas in your home is your bedroom, and the most important piece of furniture is, arguably, the bed. This is because you generally spend more time in your bedroom than any other part of your home. When you are in bed, that time is often spent sleeping and resting. These states are essential for your body’s healing, so it makes a difference to have the feng shui of your bedroom set up in a way that supports deep, restful sleep.
A question that comes up a lot is how to work with a small space, and how to place a bed in a small bedroom. This is a great question because living in a small space can certainly pose some challenges when it comes to feng shui.
First, we would encourage you to have some compassion for yourself if you feel like you have less space than you wish. Do the best you can with what you have. Not everything needs to be perfect feng shui. In fact, there is no such thing as perfect feng shui. Even if you only have a small bedroomor a small bed, it’s important for all of us to be grateful and appreciative of the gifts that we do have in this life. Life is not perfect either, and there is beauty to be found in its imperfections.
Feng shui is also not static. In feng shui, we recognize that things are always shifting and changing. We look at how to keep energy flowing through your space in a balanced and supportive way. You can acknowledge the space limitations you may have in your life at the moment, and be grateful for what you have. As long as your intention is to do your best with your current circumstances, it doesn’t matter if you can’t achieve all the things that we’ve suggested below.
How to Work With Small Bedrooms
First, recognize that your small room is what it is. You might not be able to accomplish all of our suggestions for the best feng shui bed placement, and that’s okay. Do what you can in the space that you have.
Here are some things you can keep in mind as you’re considering the best feng shui location for your bed in a small room:
The Commanding Position
First, do your best to set up the bed in the commanding position. This means that you are able to see the door from your bed while you are sitting or lying in bed. When you can see the door to your bedroom, this allows you to have a better sense of anything that might be approaching, so that you can feel more at ease, even if it’s just on the subconscious level. The commanding position is a great place to start, especially if you have any trouble sleeping or if you tend to experience any anxiety. If you can’t set up your bed in this position, you can correct it with a mirror. Place the mirror in a position that allows you to see a reflection of your bedroom door while you are lying in bed.
Another aspect of the commanding position is placing the bed so that it is not directly aligned with your bedroom door. If any part of your bed is directly in line with the door, or if your feet are pointing towards the door, it’s best to move the bed if you can. This can sometimes be hard to achieve in a small bedroom, however, and you can correct this position with a feng shui crystal ball if you’re not able to move your bed. To do this, hang the crystal ball halfway between the door and the bed.
Ideally, you want to have a bed that is full sized or larger. For an adult’s room, it’s best to avoid a twin bed, if possible, unless you are single and would like to remain single. For example, a twin bed might be a good fit for you right now if you are focusing on cultivating yourself instead of finding a partner. If you are in a partnership or if you would like to be, do your best to get a bed that can accommodate another person.
It’s also best to set up your bed with a headboard that’s firmly and solidly placed against a secure wall. If possible, leave some space on each side of the bed and at the foot of the bed. If you can’t do this, do the best you can with what you have. There isn’t really a feng shui adjustment for a side or foot of the bed against the wall, so you will just have to see how your bed fits in the room. Remember that it is okay if you aren’t able to follow all of our suggestions in your current space.
Under the Bed
If you can, try not to store anything under your bed. If you live in a home with limited storage space and you do need to utilize the area under your bed, do your best to stick to sleep-related items, like soft blankets, pillows, towels, and extra bed linens. Be sure to avoid storing anything especially active or emotionally charged here, like exercise equipment or old letters from your ex. It’s also a good idea to make sure that nothing heavy is hanging above your bed.
Again, we encourage you to do the best you can, rather than aiming for perfection. Life is not perfect, and your bedroom doesn’t need to have perfect feng shui. Even if you have a limited amount of space, remember to be grateful for what you have.