According to feng shui principles, the bedroom is considered the room in your home that represents you. Take a moment to consider how many hours you spend in your bedroom versus all the other spaces in your home—and remember that, most of the time that we are in our bedrooms, we’re sleeping in the bed. This is why your actual bed also symbolizes you. The many hours you lay in bed contribute to how much of your energy is absorbed into this piece of furniture. This is why the bed placement is one of the first things to consider when adjusting your home’s feng shui.
Support and Stability in the Bedroom
As far as bed placement for the best feng shui, there are many guidelines, including the commanding position, placing the bed in relationship to doors, and so on. Another important consideration is to put your bed with the head against a solid wall, rather than under a window. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, a solid and stable wall will provide support and stability while you are sleeping. Ideally, you have a sturdy headboard that is fastened securely to the bed frame, and that headboard is placed against a solid wall.
In feng shui, windows represent the eyes of the adults and the mouth (or voices) of the children in the home. Be sure to keep your windows clean and in good repair so that you can see your environment clearly without any obscurations or difficulties. We want to perceive the world as it truly is.
When your bed is placed underneath a window, it may create challenges for those sleeping in the bed. A window behind your bed could affect your sleep quality. When there is a window behind the bed, there is less security because a window is more fragile and, often, operable, which makes you feel less safe while you’re asleep. This is especially true for a bedroom on the ground floor.
When you’re sleeping, you are in a passive yin state, and if there is a possibility of danger from the window behind your headboard, over time this may lead to more stress and difficulties sleeping. It’s not at all comforting or relaxing to sleep in an unsafe place. On the practical side, too, it’s not the best design choice to possibly block the window with your bed or headboard because you may block natural light. That said, when you’re on an upper floor, it’s less of a feng shui concern.
Tips for a Bed Under a Window
If you have a bed that is placed under a window, it’s not the end of the world. It’s important to approach feng shui from a position of support rather than fear. Here are some or our feng shui tips to improve a bed placed under a window.
Move the Bed
In general, the best option is to move the bed to a different location, while still being mindful of the other feng shui principles. Remember, you are not doomed if you have to have your bed in front of the window. There are many situations where the architectural details of the bedroom make it impossible to place the bed any other way. Please do the best you can with what you have. But, if you can move the bed, that’s the first and best option.
Add a Solid Headboard
If you have to have a bed in front of the window, and that’s the only place for it, be sure that you have a strong and sturdy headboard that is attached to the bed. This will provide the necessary support, which is not provided by the window wall. The best feng shui headboards are solid, without perforations or bars, which are less supportive.
Install Window Treatments
You can install window treatments like drapes or roller shades to create energetic support. Visually, window coverings can provide a layer of reinforcement for you while you are sleeping in bed. Choosing treatments that are easy to keep clean is important—you don't want to have dust and debris collecting behind and above your bed.
Secure the Window
The difficulty of the bed placement under the window comes from the lack of security and safety that comes from having a window behind you while you’re in a restful sleep state. Adding an alarm system, locks, or other devices to limit the operability of the window will give you more support and improve the feng shui.