At nighttime, your body needs strong support and protection to do its best with the work of regenerating itself. This is the main reason a good, solid headboard is so highly recommended in feng shui. In addition to a good headboard, it's best to have a solid wall behind your bed. When you sleep under a window, your personal energy tends to get weaker over time, as it has neither proper support nor protection. If this arrangement is not possible, there are some simple solutions for correcting the problem of a bed under a window.
What It Means to be Under the Window
When arranging your bedroom for feng shui, having a bed under the window means that the head of the bed is directly under the window. This also means that you are lying under the window when you sleep or are simply relaxing in bed. While sleeping with your head directly under a window is the worst arrangement, it's also not desirable to position your bed parallel to the window or directly across the room from a window.
Sleeping with direct exposure to a window can create a number of practical problems that can lead to poor sleep, decreased vitality, and potential health issues:
- Noise from outdoors can lead to stress and anger, and thus negative chi, or energy.
- Pollution from the outdoor air can be unhealthy and disrupt sleep.
- Light entering the room, particularly bright light, can raise your level of alertness during sleep, disrupting your natural sleep cycle and diminishing restfulness.
Ideal Bed Placement
The ideal placement for a bed is with the headboard up against a windowless wall, to provide solid backing, and as far as possible from both windows and doors. The bed also should not be aligned with a door, particularly the bedroom door (as opposed to a closet door or bathroom door). If it's simply not possible to place your bed anywhere than under a window, you can minimize the negative effects of a less-than-ideal placement using a headboard and window coverings. However, please be aware that even if you do your best with implementing these steps, the feng shui of your bedroom (and your own personal energy) will still be weaker than if you had a better feng shui positioning for your bed.
Protect Your Bed with a Headboard
A strong and solid headboard is a non-negotiable good feng shui step if you have to sleep under a window. The best headboard for feng shui is made of solid wood or upholstery (and also solid), is tall but not disproportionately tall for the bed, is attached to the bed (rather than the wall), and has rounded edges and corners (no sharpness).
One of the central feng shui concepts for positioning a bed is to protect the bed and provide for a command position using a symbol of a mountain for its strength and shelter. A solid wall serves as a mountain symbol, as can a suitable headboard.
Add Window Coverings
The dark void of an uncovered window at night creates an imbalance of Yin energy in the bedroom. This can cause desirable Chi in the room to escape through the window at night. An uncovered window also lets in noise and light that can disrupt sleep and promote negative emotions and Chi.
Good window coverings for feng shui may include room-darkening shades to block light, but shades should be paired with fabric drapes or curtains for softness and a sense of flow and movement. Preferred materials are wood or other natural materials for shades or blinds. For curtains and drapes, choose natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen, or silk. It's best if drapes or curtains are heavy so that when you close them at night you create a feeling of a solid wall behind you.
You need to cover your windows only at night. During the day, it's fine to open the drapes and shades and let in nourishing sunlight and air as well as the flow of Chi. However, if you want to take a nap during the day, close the window, shades, and drapes to ensure restful sleep without the disruptive forces of energy flow, light, and noise.