The Best Feng Shui Position for your Bed
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Why is the bed important?
When people are just starting out with feng shui, we usually recommend they look at the bedroom first. Your bedroom is a really powerful and foundational place to make feng shui adjustments, because it represents you. You also spend a lot of passive time in bed, so making changes here can have a strong impact on your personal qi (life force energy).
Often, we spend the most time, energy, and money improving the public areas of our homes, including our kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms. However, taking a look at the more private areas of your home, like your bedroom, can give you valuable insight about your relationship with yourself. We’ve often found that when people take the time to give extra attention to their bedroom and make supportive changes there, it’s also reflected in how they feel about themselves.
The commanding position
One of the most important things to consider when it comes to feng shui and bed placement is the command, or commanding, position. To put your bed in the commanding position, you’ll want to locate your bed so that you can see the door to your bedroom while you’re lying in bed, without being directly in line with the door. When your bed is in command, it means that you can see anything that might be approaching, both literally and metaphorically. It may seem basic, but it’s really quite important. In order to feel in control of your surroundings and your life, you need to be able to see what is coming towards you.
Not having your bed in command could mean that you are experiencing anxiety, or that you’re feeling stuck or unproductive. It can also lead to restlessness and poor sleep. If you’re experiencing any of these things and you’ve noticed that your bed is out of command, we highly encourage you to try moving it.
What to do if you can’t put your bed in command
If you can’t put your bed in command, you can energetically create this effect by placing a mirror so that you can see a reflection of the door from your bed. However, it’s best to move your bed if at all possible. Often people are resistant to moving their bed so they immediately jump to the mirror adjustment, but it is really meant to be used in situations where the command position is not an option.
Bed positions to avoid
If you can, it’s best to avoid having your bed directly in line with the door, or having the foot of your bed pointed straight at the door. Ideally, move your bed so that this is not the case. If you’re not able to move your bed, you can adjust these positions by hanging a feng shui crystal halfway between your bed and the door. This helps to modulate the qi so that it doesn’t drain directly out of the room and away from you.
It’s also not ideal to have your bed up against a window. If you can place the head of your bed against a solid wall, that creates more support and stability. For the same reason, you also don’t want to have your bed in the middle of the room, with no wall behind the headboard.
Another position that is quite common is to have a bed directly in line with a bathroom door, which can create a draining effect. If this is the case in your bedroom and you can’t move your bed, keep the bathroom door closed as much as possible.
It’s also best to avoid having one side of the bed pressed up against a wall. Would one partner (or a future partner) have a hard time getting in or out? For adults who are in a relationship or would like to be, you’ll want to make sure that both sides of the bed are easily accessible.