Why is the bed and the bedroom so important?
In feng shui, your bedroom, and especially your bed, is one of the most important areas to pay attention to. It’s a passive, private area, and you spend a lot of time in bed. This means you’re receptive to any energy, positive or negative, that is there. It’s also a room that is personal to you, and often the one that you have the most control over, especially if you live with other people. This makes it the best place to start when you want to change your own personal qi.
Here are our best pointers, tips, advice, and ideas to get you started to change up your life by changing up your bed!
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First thing to do is to check and make sure your bed is in the commanding position. This means that you can see the door when you’re lying in bed, without being directly in line with the door.
If this isn’t possible in your space, there are a few ways to correct it. If you’re facing away from the door and can’t see it from your bed, locate a mirror so that you can see a reflection of the door instead. If your bed is directly in line with the door, you can hang a feng shui crystal halfway between your bed and the door.
Being in the commanding position symbolizes being in command of your life, because you are aware of any opportunities or possibilities coming your way. It also helps you feel safer, because you can see anyone or anything that might be approaching.
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Bedroom in the Back of the Home
When your bedroom (where you sleep and have your bed) is in the rear of the home, you are in the commanding position of the house as a whole, putting you more in control of your life.
Conversely, the closer you are to the front door, the less time you’ll spend at home. This position in the front of the house, can be beneficial for an older child who will be leaving the home in the near future, but isn’t ideal for a main bedroom. If you do have a bedroom here, you may want to consider making this your guest bedroom. This can help ensure that your guests won’t overstay their welcome!
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Avoid the Coffin Position
The coffin position in feng shui is when your feet are pointed straight out the door. When this is the case, you’re not in command, and it can also be energetically draining.
If you have a small bedroom and this is the only way your bed fits in the room, you can place a feng shui crystal ball halfway between the door and your bed to minimize any negative effects.
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Supported by a Solid Wall
It might sound crazy, but we've seen homes where people have put the bed in the middle of the room This isn’t ideal from a feng shui perspective. It’s best to have the head of your bed against a solid wall, because this provides support and stability. A solid headboard is also supportive, and helps to create connection between you and your partner (or future partner.)
If you have a partner, or would like one, make sure that the sides of the bed are not up against the wall. While you do want a wall behind your head, there should be space on either side of the bed for both of you to get in and out comfortably.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Avoid a Bed in Front of a Window
A mirror facing the bed directly depletes your personal energy when you need it the most: at nighttime when your body is doing most of its repair work. A mirror facing your bed is also said to bring the energy of a third party into your intimate relationship.
Big mirrors are not recommended in the bedroom since they bring the energy of the feng shui element of water, which can attract or create the energy of sorrow. However, this does not mean you should avoid mirrors in the bedroom altogether. As long as it is not reflecting the bed and isn't so large that it overwhelms the rest of the room, a mirror should not be a problem.
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Avoid Placing a Bed Under a Beam
It’s also best to avoid placing your bed under a beam or soffit. This can push energy downwards and create problems over time, especially in the area of the body that is directly under the beam.
The best way to solve this is to move your bed. If this isn’t possible, you can use lighting or drapery to soften and lift the energy above you. You can also paint the beam the same color as the ceiling so it blends in, to lessen its effects.
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Avoid Placing your Bed Under a Low or Sloped Ceiling
If you can, avoid placing your bed under a low or sloped ceiling. Similar to a beam above you, a sloped ceiling compresses energy and can be problematic.
Again, move your bed if you can, and if you can’t, soften the energy with uplighting, drapery, or paint.