Feng Shui Bedroom: The Placement of a Bed

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Feng Shui Bedroom: The Placement of a Bed


I want to position my bed according to Feng Shui. At the moment it directly faces the door which is not good, but on the other two walls are a window and a radiator so I cannot place it there either! It is a fairly small room. There is also no space between the bed and the door when I can place a piece of furniture to block the energy. Help!

Answer: When the bed is in direct line with the door, it is referred to the coffin position. This position is in direct line to the incoming chi or life energy and can cause health issues typically seen in the feet or legs.

Bedroom Feng ShuiI would recommend trying to position the bed on one of the opposite walls. You don't want your bed to be on the same wall as the door as this can cause restless sleep.

Take a look at the free Feng Shui Guide and review being in the command position. This illustrates the 3 command positions for the bed to be in. 

It is ok to have your bed to be directly under a window. The most important thing to remember here is having a solid headboard that is firmly attached to the bed.

Click play to watch the video below to better understand the proper placement of your bed according to Feng Shui.

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Does positioning the bed with the sun's pattern, with head to the east matter? Or is north/head to south/toes ok?
Posted @ Wednesday, November 19, 2008 10:19 PM by Nicki Verploegen
I have a bed that faces a mirror. As I lack space that is the only position available. What can I do? By the way is it good or bad?
Posted @ Monday, March 30, 2009 6:24 AM by Bernadine
Hello, I've received different views on where to place the headboard of a bed as it relates to compass direction. Some say have the headboard on the North wall so one faces south. Others mention that a headboard on the West wall is a "Death" or "Coffin" position. My clients who are Indian feel that facing South is best however my Chinese clients don't focus on the compass location as much but that of the bed within the room (relationship to the door). Would anybody have any comments on this?
Posted @ Wednesday, May 06, 2009 11:37 AM by Michael
I have yellow curtain and duvet yellow in my bedroom. Its that a good color for bedroom?  
Thanks a lot!
Posted @ Saturday, May 16, 2009 5:46 AM by maggie
What if you CANT move your bed and it faces the wall? I've heard hanging crystals between the bed and door can also help?
Posted @ Saturday, May 16, 2009 10:10 AM by Dee
I'm going to try to explain this without confusing you. I have a daybed because my room is real small. When you enter my room you immediately see my bed. So my bed is pretty much facing the door. However, my feet are not facing the door. Since a daybed is similiar to a couch when you enter my body is what you see (my feet are facing the window). I hope that makes sense for you to get an idea. Please let me know what I can do? I am unable to change the position. I was told that I can place a crystal in the middle of the bed and the door. Is that true?
Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2009 5:44 AM by Lisa
Lisa, yes that is one remedy. You would place it in between the bed and the doorway so that it hangs below the top of the door frame.
Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2009 5:59 AM by Ken Lauher
hi.. my bedroom is face east,size 4mx9m, i have plan to spit it into 2 rooms one for kids room and one is master bedroom. i plan to slip it with my capboard not wall or triplex so the condition is my capboard beside my bed but it is make like have 2 doors so i'm affraid had bad feng shui, so please help give some idea for the best position,color of the capboard,bed. thanks
Posted @ Friday, September 25, 2009 7:36 AM by frenki
Hi Ken,  
I can put my bed in the second command position, but it will directly face a bathroom and closet door. Can I place a bench or settee of other piece of furniture to block the energy? The only other option is to have the bed on the same wall as the entry door so that the headboard is only about 18 inches from the door.
Posted @ Friday, October 23, 2009 9:41 PM by Tracy
hi ken, i'd like to place my bed in a command position, but the only one that will work for my room is the first one (top diagram above). the only thing is the headboard would be against a window. you say above that it is ok for the headboard to be against a window - is it ok to have a dresser between the headboard and the window, if i prefer not to have it right against the window? thank you! 
peace, robin
Posted @ Tuesday, November 17, 2009 4:39 PM by robin
I dont have a bed. I sleep on a couch in my living room. Is there any thing I can do with the couch?
Posted @ Monday, December 21, 2009 5:25 PM by Jon Taylor
i will be changing bed come january 05 and gave my old to a relative. my new bed is a king size and it is positioned in a command position like that of your illustration no. 1. My headboard is rectangular and the headboard is designed in such a way that it has a small closed cabinet on both sides of the headboards and in the middle is a layered open cabinet where the couple can place anything say, books for reading or essential oil or any decor. These three designs are part of the headboard which are all against the heads of the couple. If these are not ok what will be the cure? 
Thanks, Bro.
Posted @ Sunday, January 03, 2010 6:04 PM by zen cabral
Hi, We have placed our bed (1) feet facing a large window and on when lying down in the bed on each side of the bed there is a door. One door to the ensuite and one entrance door. Is this bad luck and if so what shall we do. The only other alternative is under a window and facing the door (not directly though) or bed placed between the entrance door and big window (feet facing another big window). Hope I am explaining properly.
Posted @ Monday, January 11, 2010 3:49 AM by Georgie
Would greatly appreciate if you can advice on the use of strong yellow on bedroom doors. 
On the same night that the door to one of the bedrooms was painted the strong yellow, my sister who was sleeping in the room woke up in the middle of the night and stood outside her bedroom, in perspiration. She sleeps facing the bedroom door and her bed is positioned almost directly facing the door. As she is intellectually disabled and so unable to explain the reason to her unusual behaviour, I'll like some advices before I proceed to paint the same colour to the other doors to the bedrooms (her's was the first door to be painted).  
My dad suspected that it had something to do with the newly painted door to her bedroom. The door was not closed when the incident occurred, hence the edges of the door was facing her as well, could it be a matter of bad fengshui because she tried to communicate that she saw a ghost in her room??  
please help!! thanks a million!
Posted @ Sunday, January 17, 2010 12:29 PM by Deon
First, you want to position a bed in a command position so that you are not in direct line with the door. View http://www.kenlauher.com/ask-ken/bid/7085/Feng-Shui-Bedroom-The-Placement-of-a-Bed.  
The color yellow is not always ideal for a bedroom. Light blues and greens may be more pleasing.  
Based on what you described, I don't believe it was an entity but something of a bad dream. The fumes from the paint could have brought this on as well.  
My suggestion would be to monitor the situation for a couple of days. I personally would not have the door yellow but change to another soothing color.
Posted @ Sunday, January 17, 2010 10:04 PM by Ken Lauher
hi ken, i have a situation on where to position my bed. My room has limited space. I have two walls where my bed can be place. if i place my bed on wall #1 it would be on the wall with the bedroom door. #2 is the wall with the bathroom on the other side of it. There no toilet, sink or shower on the same wall. hope u can help.  
thanks alot.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 7:59 PM by thi
Hi Ken, 
I have a tiny bedroom. 2006 I got rid of my twin bed That I bought right after my divorce 1998.  
The Feng Shui class I took it was suggested that I purchace a love seat sofa bed for my bed room since it is very tiny.  
When I bought the love seat sofa bed it did not fit through the bedroom door. I had had to return it. I ended up buying a full size bed and hired a asembler to put it together. It pretty much take's up most of my room it is in the command position.  
I attempted even moving the bed posistion. It's very cramped the other way. I find I keep attracting 
the wrong type of men & I'm feeling stuck in most areas of my life since moved into this apartment. And I've done my best to implement Feng Shui cures with not much results. Is there something else going on that I'm not aware of yet? 
I'm open to suggestions. 
Posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:02 AM by Gretchen
Hello Ken, 
my head is nearly the door 
ans there a beams above my head. 
What can I do? 
Much thanks for your help!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 10:18 AM by Riny
Gretchen, I would first look at the entrance to your apartment or home and make sure the door can open a full 90 degrees with nothing blocking it from behind. Next I would verify that you can easily walk into your apartment. I would consider adding life energy throughout the space to circulate energy and positive chi. Do you have a headboard attached to your bed? What do you have in your relationship corner = when standing in the doorway of your bedroom looking in, what is located in the back right corner?
Posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:14 PM by Ken Lauher
Are you able to move your bed to be in a command position so that your head is not near the entrance as this can cause health and sleep issues? 
Regarding the beams, this can be adjusted using secret methods that would require red envelopes. To learn more, visit my Feng Shui consultation page.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:16 PM by Ken Lauher
what kind art work can i hang in the bedroom. Thank you
Posted @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 8:32 AM by simmaly vongkhily
Simmaly - I recommend pictures, paintings, etc. that are soothing, relaxing, peaceful and when you look at it rejuvenate you. This can be a picture of nature, pictures of your and your significant other during happy times, etc.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 23, 2010 7:59 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, in which area of the bagua, should I put my bills or payments, like electricity, mortage, water, etc? 
Best wishes, Alex  
Posted @ Thursday, February 25, 2010 9:46 PM by Alex
Hello, I would like to ask does the shape of the headboard matter? If so what shape is best? Thank You...Debra
Posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 2:39 AM by Debra
Debra, the most important thing is to make sure it is a solid headboard made of wood or fabric. The actual shape is not as important.
Posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 6:56 PM by Ken Lauher
Having a mirror opposite a window can be good as it expands a room and can bring the outdoors in. Take a look at this for mirrors in the bedroom. http://www.kenlauher.com/feng-shui-tips/bid/30319/Learn-How-Mirrors-in-the-Bedroom-Can-Enhance-Your-Relationship
Posted @ Monday, October 04, 2010 9:35 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, 
Thanks for the info on bed positioning in a room. I have some space constraint for my son and I have placed a wooden wardrobe behind his bed that comes with a high headboard. Is this ok for him? 
Posted @ Wednesday, January 26, 2011 1:31 AM by Anthony
Anthony, it is best practice if the bed is against a wall and touching the wall. It also depends on wheat is in the wooden wardrobe (no weapons, electronics, metal items, etc). A high, solid headboard would be beneficial.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 26, 2011 8:40 PM by Ken Lauher
I am having a problem on where to position my bed. At the moment it is facing north (being on the south wall)and against the bathroom wall. This is the only interior wall where I can place furniture. I am going to ,ove the bed to the north wall, but the baseboard is there. Since there is no other option because the window and air conditioner is on east, closet on west and door and bathroom wall is on south wall where I have bed now. Would this be okay? I Cannot sleep nights and hope by relocating the bed I will be able to resolve this problem. I doubt this will work because I can't sleep at my boyfriend's house either and his bed is on the north wall. Help!
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 3:35 PM by debb hanlon
Debb, Thanks for the note. Keep in mind that I base the bed position on being in the command position on how the chi or energy enters the space through the entrance and not on the cardinal directions such as north, south, east or west. Based on the drawing above, are you able to place your bed in 1 of the 3 command positions? It is ok if you have your bed against the windows but recommend that you have a solid headboard attached to the bed.
Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 11:46 PM by Ken Lauher
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Posted @ Saturday, April 23, 2011 8:08 AM by Ken Lauher
Thanks for all the useful information you provide on your site! I am definitely a newbie, but very determined to change the energy/flow in my life. Based on this article the best place for me to position my bed is against the wall where most of my kitchen appliances are on the opposite side (including a washer/dryer). Does this matter? Thanks!!
Posted @ Sunday, November 27, 2011 10:32 AM by Jacqui
As far as the plants go, is it ok if they are not real?
Posted @ Monday, November 28, 2011 6:08 PM by Princina
Hi Ken, 
What if the headboard of my bed is opposite the bedroom door
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 10:44 AM by Diago Victor
Hi Ken, 
What if the mirror is facing the cupboard in which wealth is usually kept.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 10:46 AM by diago victor
It is not ideal to have the bed or the headboard in direct line of the door. It is best to try and position yourself in a command position, meaning that you can see the door but are not in direct line with the door. If you have no other options, you may want to consider a custom consultation where we can review your space and provide you with a remedy or solution to best meet your needs.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 9:27 PM by Ken Lauher
A mirror that is facing the cupboard in which wealth is usually kept can be fine. Keep in mind, it is about the theme of your home and what that story tells. Typically, when people are having financial difficulties, it may be several different items that are impacting it and not just one thing. If the chi does not flow into the space well, no matter what is done on the inside of the home will have little impact.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 9:29 PM by Ken Lauher
Real plants are always best. However, if you are not able to use real plants, then invest in good quality artificial plants.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 9:31 PM by Ken Lauher
Great question. Regarding the position of the bed being on the same wall as kitchen appliances such as stove, sink or even washer and dryer is not favorable and not recommended. This can cause health related issues and would consider a different location for the bed. To truly evaluate the space, it would be best to conduct a Feng Shui consultation to see if it is truly going to impact you. Something such as the 20 minute phone consultation could be an option.
Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 9:48 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, 
My room is quite small and I have no room to put my bed where my feet are not facing a mirror or door without the room feeling cramped.  
My room has a built in wardrobe with all doors being mirrors (basically a wall of mirrors), the next wall is the double sliding door to my balcony and and the opposite wall is the main door to my bedroom. 
I am very confused as to how i can place my bed in a position to encourage positive feng shui. 
Posted @ Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:42 PM by Melissa
Hi! When we say face north, is it head at north, or feet at north?
Posted @ Monday, January 16, 2012 7:12 AM by jean
Jean, as you notice in the article above, I do not reference the cardinal directions such as North, South, East or West but how the chi enters the bedroom based on where the door is.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 11:44 AM by Ken Lauher
In my bedroom, our bed faces the door. I cant change the bed as thr is no space, please help me to find cures?  
Thank you.
Posted @ Sunday, January 22, 2012 7:34 AM by chatu
Thank you for the comment. This is something that can be addressed in a consultation. There are a variety of options to choose from. Please visit http://www.kenlauher.com/consulting-services/ to learn more.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 31, 2012 12:36 PM by Ken Lauher
Pl give me the best way to position my bed in the following figure: 
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W | 
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| Door to the attached |BDR--------|bathroom 
Bed Room Door 
Posted @ Sunday, February 05, 2012 8:41 AM by Ajeet Oberoi
Thank you for reaching out to me regarding your current bedroom layout and the optimal position of your bedroom. I'm having difficulty truly understanding the layout of your bedroom. The best option would be to consider a 20 minute phone consultation where you're able to send pictures and we can evaluate over the phone or skype based on your location and make recommendations on your energy and your space. Visit http://www.kenlauher.com/consulting-services/ to learn more.
Posted @ Sunday, February 05, 2012 4:27 PM by Ken Lauher
We have two doors in our bedroom. Right bow our bed is on the same wall as the door going out to the balcony. Is this acceptable or should it be moved ? Please help :)
Posted @ Monday, June 25, 2012 7:28 AM by Michelle
Based on your description, it sounds fine to have the bed on the same wall as the door going out to the balcony.  
To be sure and discuss your bedroom and other rooms about the layout and your desired goals, you may want to consider a 20 minute phone consult where you can share pictures of your room / space and I can provide you with a detailed review and action plan. Visit http://www.kenlauher.com/consulting-services/ to learn more.
Posted @ Monday, June 25, 2012 10:27 AM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken,  
I have a huge issue with my bedroom and bed placement. First I am a Kua 4 and a section of the bedroom is in the NE and the headboard would be on the North but my bed would be in my total loss area of the room. If I put my bed on the opposite wall (South) that is the wall with the door. The only wall left is a wall with a big window which is the East wall. Which would be the best bed placement for me. I appreciate any help you could provide me with my problem. Thank you Tamara
Posted @ Monday, December 03, 2012 1:54 PM by Tamara
The method of Feng Shui that I practice does not necessarily base the placement of the bed on the cardinal directions such as North, South, etc. and not the personal kua number. It is about placing it in the command position as a result of where the door is located. 
In the diagram shown above, it displays the three favorable positions for a bed.  
To learn more about the different schools of Feng Shui, visit http://www.kenlauher.com/feng-shui-tips/bid/5991/The-Different-Feng-Shui-Schools-Explained.
Posted @ Tuesday, December 04, 2012 3:07 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken, 
I have one child with a bunk bed. Is it okay for this to be against the wall? It is currently on the same wall with the door but to move it to the opposite would put her head in the north/feet south and would have her against the exterior walls. Easier if I could show you a photo. Can you help?  
Posted @ Sunday, December 16, 2012 1:24 PM by Kathy Yanda
Thank you for your comment. A bunk bed in general is not ideal for children as it can limit their growth/ development potential. 
The interior wall that the door is on is in a gate keeper position that typically results is poor sleep. I personally would try to position them in a command position even if it is an exterior wall.  
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Posted @ Sunday, December 16, 2012 8:11 PM by Ken Lauher
Hello, I am planning to position my bed in the first command position where the window is (opposit the wall where the door is). The bed do have a solid headboard but the bed will not be against the wall as the aircon piping protrudes outwards from the wall. May I know is this alright? Thank you!
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 11:04 PM by Celine
Celine, Sounds like you're moving in the right direction. In a perfect world, the bed should be firmly against the wall, however, this is not always possible. Focus on what you can change and not on what you can't. Having your bed in a command position with a solid headboard is great!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 09, 2013 10:39 AM by Ken Lauher
Im moving a new place where my room is very small. My bed will be placing against the wall facing the bedroom. Opposite the bed will be the bathroom door and window. Is this position alright? I can't place the bed near the window as space is limited. Another alternative is the bed place against the wall facing the bathroom door. Kindly please help me on this..TQ
Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:41 AM by sally
Thanks for the note and comment. I would look at the diagram regarding the 3 command positions of a room. 
It is not ideal to have the bed on the same wall as the door as this is referred to the gatekeeper position and can impact your sleep. 
It sounds like there may be only 1 other option available.  
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Posted @ Tuesday, May 14, 2013 4:22 PM by Ken Lauher
I have bedroom with 2 doors opposite from each other and windows on wall that connects to a wall with door that leads outdoors and other wall has a doors that leads to the bathroom. The bathroom door and door to the outside face each other. The third door leads to the rest of the house. My question is where to place the bed?
Posted @ Monday, November 25, 2013 2:20 PM by Sonal
It is challenging to give you a truly accurate suggestion based on what you described without seeing a drawing or pictures of the space. You do not want to be in direct line of the door going to the rest of the house or directly in line with the outside door. The bathroom door is a lesser priority. If you have a solid headboard, you could place it under the windows. Again without seeing it, it is hard to describe where best to place the bed. You may consider a 1-on-1 consultation where you can send photos of your entire space and together we talk through your space to help you get the maximum benefit from your space. Just visit the link at the top of the website "Get Started Now".
Posted @ Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:26 PM by Ken Lauher
Hi Ken,  
I just reffered to the positioning of bed. Looking at the 3 pictures i cn conveniently set my bed like pic 2 (bottom left). The problem is that , it is my north wall. Acc. To science the head should not be towards the north. On the east side, is my window so i cnnt align my bed like in pic 1. Plzz help. What should i do.  
Thank you
Posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 5:23 AM by Pawni
Understand that there are different schools of thought to Feng Shui. The method that I practice is based on how the chi or energy enters a space and not on the cardinal directions such as North, South, etc. Nor do I focus on personal directions. I focus on the command position for the bed. I personally would try being in the command position as you describe and see how it works for you.
Posted @ Friday, March 07, 2014 10:47 PM by Ken Lauher
Dear Ken, thank you for making this video. I am having difficulties placing my bed.  
Using your room drawing on the page as reference for my room - on the opposite end of the room from the door, are windows that stretch across the whole width, so it is not possible to put my bed diagonally across as my bed will end up under the window. I cannot put my bed on the right wall because then it will be in line with the door. I also cannot put my bed on the left wall because in my room, that wall has some kind of depression (like abit of a shallow square indent into the wall, so it is uneven). SO it seems that I can only put my bed along the same wall as the door - the gatekeeper position (this is also facing my bad sleep direction!). 
Is there some way that I can find a better position? Can I cover up the indentation of the wall with curtains and place my bed(with a headboard) in front of it? Or should I try to put my bed under the window? 
Thank you for your advice!
Posted @ Friday, April 25, 2014 11:08 AM by Gwen
I have three doors in my bedroom - one to the master bathroom; one from the rest of the house (next to my side of the bed about three feet away); and one out to a deck that doesn't interfere at all. If I position the bed so it's not in the coffin position, then it is on the wall of the door (entrance to the room from the rest of the house). I don't know how to rectify this.
Posted @ Monday, June 23, 2014 6:51 PM by Allison
Allison, focus on the door leading into your bedroom and the other doors are secondary. Place your bed so that you are in the command position of the door entering your bedroom from the rest of the house.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 7:31 AM by Ken Lauher
I have a floor plan for building my house. My daughter's bedroom Is laid out as follows. Entrance door at NW opposite window at S. A balcony overlooking foyer at SE on east wall. Opposite the balcony is a arched opening going to a study room. A door going to the bathroom at NW on west wall and close to the entrance door. Her Kua number is 8. It appears that there is no good lucky direction for placing her bed. Am I right? Is it bad to have the balcony door in her bedroom? Thanks.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 8:53 AM by Mute
Thanks for the note. When seeking personal guidance on the construction of a home is in my Feng Shui consultation services. Keep in mind every home and floor plan tells a story of what you may expect to have happen. It's not just one thing about the layout of a bedroom but about the theme of a house and that tells a trained expert what the occupants will experience, good or bad.  
If you would like to learn more about a Feng Shui consultation on your floor plans and construction of your new home, reach out to me and let's chat.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:41 AM by Ken Lauher
Thanks for the note. First question I have for you is what are you looking to change in your life that makes you want to change the position of your bed? 
The best thing to do would be to reach out to me to chat to see if or how I can help. Always better to see photos of the space so I can make an accurate suggestion that will create real change in a person's life.
Posted @ Thursday, July 10, 2014 5:33 PM by Ken Lauher
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