Feng shui is often referred to as the art of placement. Being mindful of where things are located can apply not only to new items you bring into your home, but also to how you arrange the furniture you already have. You can use the simple guide below to arrange the furniture in your home with feng shui in mind.
Since we all live in different homes with different layouts, we’ve also included suggestions to make the most of your furniture placement, even when your items can’t be in the most ideal feng shui positions. Instead of feeling worried or fearful when you don’t have space for the “best” feng shui furniture arrangement, try to approach your home with openness and curiosity. There is always a way to work with what you have.
Here are a few of the most important items of furniture from a feng shui perspective, and some tips for how to arrange them in your home.
Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in feng shui because it represents your overall wellbeing. You spend a lot of your time in bed, therefore your bed position makes a big impact on your energy. The best location for your bed is called the commanding position. This means that you can see the door to your bedroom when you are lying in bed.
Being in commanding position helps you feel calmer and more at ease, because on a subconscious level you can be aware of anything that might be coming towards you. If this isn’t possible in your space, you can use a mirror to put yourself in command. Locate the mirror so that you can see the reflection of the door from your bed.
You also want to make sure that you’re not directly in line with the bedroom door. If you do need to be in line with the door, you can hang a feng shui crystal ball halfway between the door and the edge of the bed. This helps to disperse any incoming qi and allows you to sleep more restfully.
A sofa is typically placed in the living room or family room. In feng shui, these areas of your home represent family harmony because they are rooms where the family gathers. For sofas, you want to make sure that you have them positioned in a way that allows each of your family members to sit comfortably. Sectionals and L-shaped sofas make for cozy family gathering zones. You may also want to include extra seating, like an armchair or two, to create conversation and interaction.
In many homes, the living room sofa faces a television. If this is the case in your home, it’s a good idea to also create an alternate family gathering area where you can focus on one another, and not a screen.
Your desk is another very important piece of furniture in feng shui. It represents your work life and career success, so you will probably want to give it some attention and make sure it is placed optimally.
Like your bed, it’s best to place your desk in the commanding position. This means that you are able to see the entrance to the room while sitting at your desk, without being in line with the door. If you don’t have the space to arrange your desk in this way, you can correct it with a mirror or a feng shui crystal ball as you would a bed that is out of command. If you can’t see the room’s entrance from your desk, add a mirror that allows you to see the reflection of the door.
To correct a desk that’s directly in line with the door, hang a feng shui crystal halfway between the door and your desk. It’s also best not to be facing directly toward a wall when you are sitting down to work. If your desk needs to face a wall, you can place a mirror somewhere on your desk so you can see behind you.
The dining table represents your connection to your community and the friends in your life. The best place for a dining room table is in the back half of the home. Imagine drawing a line across your home halfway between the front door and the back wall. Ideally, your dining table will be behind that midline.
When a dining table is close to the front door, it represents friendships that are more temporary, or friends coming in and out of your life quickly. A dining table placed further into the home means that you can build more lasting friendships. If it’s not possible or practical to move your dining table into the back half of the home, you can energetically bring your dining table in using a mirror. To do this, place a mirror further back in the home that is in line with your dining room table. This will reflect the table and pull it deeper into your home.
While a television isn’t necessarily “bad” feng shui, it doesn’t serve a specific feng shui benefit, either. Electronics have a lot of fire qi, which can be very stimulating and active. A television can be disruptive to the energy of your home, so it’s best to keep it out of the bedroom. Being able to walk away and disconnect makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep. If you can keep the television in a family room, that is generally the best place for it.