Deciding where to position your bed is one of the most common challenges when setting up your home for nurturing feng shui energy. For example, you may have heard that you shouldn’t align the bed with the door…or have a mirror face the bed…or place the bed under a window or near a bathroom door… The list goes on. With so many feng shui “rules” (and so few options for bed placement in a typical bedroom), it’s easy to become overwhelmed, not to mention confused. But don’t let these challenges keep you up at night. There are solutions for every bedroom challenge, and you can prioritize your decisions based on the specific challenges your bedroom presents.
Why Shouldn’t a Bed Be Aligned With a Door?
Traditional Chinese feng shui school masters say that a bed aligned with the door resembles a coffin that is always taken away feet-first. Not the most appealing image. In feng shui, when your feet are in line with the door you lose your energy at night, and your personal energy gets weaker. Doors serve as energy connectors between areas of the home, and energies are pulled from one area to another. If your bed is in line with the door, your energy will be constantly pulled at night.
What Does It Mean To Be Aligned With the Door?
The easiest way to explain the feng shui notion of a bed in line with the door is the following: lie down in your bed and see if your feet are pointing at a door. This can be any door: the main bedroom door, an in-suite bathroom door, or a balcony or closet door. If your feet are pointing at a door, then your bed is in line with the door.
How to Remedy a Bed in Line With the Door
It’s best to simply move the bed so that it is not in line with the door. If this is not possible, one solution is to block the flow of energy from the foot of the bed, using a tall, solid footboard. This is particularly helpful if your bed is in line with the main door to the bedroom. If you don’t have a tall footboard, you can place a piece of furniture between the bed and the door. An upholstered bench will work, or perhaps a small shelving unit with a solid back.
Other Challenges and Solutions To Bed Placement
Solving the question of where to place your bed doesn’t stop with the door. There are several other potential problems to avoid to ensure the most nourishing energy for the important time you spend in your bedroom.
- Mirrors facing the bed: A mirror facing your bed—or more specifically, reflecting your body while you are in bed—depletes your energy while you sleep (when you should be rebuilding energy!). The best solution is to move the mirror or change its angle so it doesn’t reflect your body while you’re in bed. Alternatively, you can cover the mirror with curtains or other décor at nighttime.
- Beams, ceiling fan, or chandelier above the bed: In general, avoid heavy items hanging over your bed. This creates heavy, oppressive energy that will find its way into your daily life. Reposition the bed or the fixture so they are not in line with each other. If there is a ceiling beam overhead and you can’t move the bed, protect yourself from its heavy energy by adding a light fabric canopy over the bed.
- Poison arrows in the bedroom: Sharp corners and edges on walls, artwork, furniture, and other décor items in a bedroom express sharp, attacking energy called Sha Chi. This is particularly problematic is the sharpness—the poison arrows—are directed at your body while you lie in bed. The solution for this challenge is to move sharp objects so they are not pointed at your bed, or to soften the corners and edges with fabric, pillows, plants, or other soft objects.
- Bed under a window: A window directly above your head while you are in bed saps you of energy you need to regenerate while you sleep. Move the bed away from the window, if possible, or protect yourself from the window by adding a tall, solid headboard and/or heavy window treatments to cover the window.
- Bed under a sloped ceiling: Sleeping under a sloped ceiling applies constrictive pressure to your energy, potentially leading to health problems and feelings of low energy in your daily life. If possible, move your bed so the head is under the highest point of the ceiling (for freer energy movement), or at least position the bed so the headboard is not against the lowest part of the ceiling or sloped wall. Otherwise, you can paint the ceiling (and walls) to promote upward energy flow.
- Bed with access from one side: A bed pushed up against a wall restricts the flow of energy to your bed. And if you share the bed with someone, access to only one side of the bed hinders communication and promotes an imbalance in the relationship. To correct this problem, pull the bed away from the wall so there is clear access on both sides. If the space is small, center the bed for equal access, no matter how small the space is.
- Bed close to the bedroom door: Positioning your bed close to the bedroom door or near the wall containing the door leaves your bed open to a rush of energy that can be too active for your sleep. If you can’t move the bed to a better location, create a barrier that separates your bed from the energy rushing in through the door.