Ruth Phypers is an accredited Feng Shui Consultant by the Feng Shui Society.
Mar 23, 2021
Feng Shui for bedrooms
The bedroom is the sanctuary - your innermost space and where you are most vulnerable. It's also the place where you recharge your energy (chi). We spend at least a third of our lives in bed, so it's important to get it right. our bedroom therefore should be quiet and peaceful - a place where you feel protected - that has a per-dominant yin energy, rather than powerful and disturbing yang chi. At the same time there should be a good circulation of energy and plenty of fresh air so that you are recharged during sleep. Ideally the bedroom should be as far away as possible from the front door. In prehistoric times our ancestors slept far away from the mouth of the cave. We should do the same.
Best position for the bed
The position of the bed is vital for a good night's sleep and relates to the source of energy entering and exiting the room. Chi tends to travel between the door and the windows so try to avoid positioning your bed in between the door and windows. Then think about whether you can see the door to your bedroom from where you sleep. If you can see the door from where you wake it will provide you with a deep inner sense of security. If feasible, position your bed as far away from the door as possible. Also try to avoid sleeping with your head close to a window as you may wake up feeling drained as your energy has dissipated through the window.
To give you protection and support while you sleep a strong headboard is important and is much better for your sleep than a blank wall or the cutting chi of an ornate brass bedstead. Also note the position of your bed relative to the wall that it is up against. It should be in the middle of the wall to give both individuals who share the bed equality in the relationship. If one side of the bed is up against the wall the person on this side will feel like that in the relationship. For extra stability you can place identical nightstands on either side of the bed. Rounded edges are best to avoid cutting chi.
Ceiling beams in a bedroom
There are several reasons why beams in a bedroom are not good Feng Shui. They produce a cutting chi which bears down on the inhabitant below. If they are supporting a roof or floor above they carry a heavy load, which will also bear down. Solutions include:
Painting the beams the same colour as the ceiling so that they disappear.
Building a false ceiling.
Pinning muslin or drapes across the beams.
Getting a four poster bed so that the canope protects you.
A good Feng Shui bed
Rickety beds that are likely to fall apart will have a huge impact on the relationship of the people sleeping in it. Beds are symbolic of the relationship so choose something solid, strong and stable. For good health the mattress should be aired and cleaned frequently. Mattresses carry chi so it's a good idea not to buy a second hand mattress as we never know if the previous owner was ill, unhappy or died.
More tips for a good Feng Shui bedroom
Mirrors can present an issue in bedrooms as they tend to stimulate energy rather than calm it down. Bedroom mirrors may make it difficult to rest, relax or sleep. If at all possible keep mirrors out of the bedroom completely. If you do have a mirror make sure that your image is not reflected in the mirror while you sleep as this may drain your energy. The worst place for a mirror would be at the foot of your bed. Try to cover mirrors while you are asleep, or hang them inside cupboard doors.
As you lie in bed notice what is on the wall in front of you when you wake up. Use this space to hang an image that really inspires you so that you automatically set a positive tone for day. Try to wake up to something inspiring, especially not a cluttered shelf of books or anything untidy, like magazines, boxes or a cluttered wardrobe.
Also important is to think about the space beneath the bed. Try not to store anything under the bed which will block the flow of chi. Completely clear of storage works best.
Also minimise the number of electrical gadgets in our bedroom, including mobile phones, chargers, computers. At the very least make sure everything is switched off and covered up before you go to sleep. TVs and radio alarm clocks are also the source of electromagnetic energy which can disturb your sleep. If you have a TV in your bedroom make sure that it is at least 9 feet away from where you sleep and take the plug out of the socket.
If you decide to make any of the changes suggested here, do for at least 10 consecutive nights to really see the benefit. Happy sleep!
Ruth Phypers is a Feng Shui Consultant in London, UK.