In feng shui, there are a few key areas of your home that need to be addressed before you do anything else. The most important areas are your kitchen, your master bedroom and your entrance. Today we're going to focus on the bedroom, more specifically the bed. In your bedroom, the most important thing to consider is where your bed is placed.
The best place for your bed is in the command position. So, what the heck is the command position? Well, let me show you.
The command position is when your furniture is placed facing the entrance to the room. The command position allows you to feel safe and secure. Nobody is going to sneak up on you or scare the crap out of you when they walk in the door. The command position also applies to your stove and to the seating arrangements in your living room. For example, in the living room, you want to have the furniture placed in a way where people don't need to turn around to see who might be coming in the room.
When you're in bed, you want to feel safe, cozy and secure. The last thing you want is to have a feeling that someone could walk into your room unannounced!! In the bedroom, when you’re lying in bed, you want to have sight of the door without having the bed directly in line with the door. When the bed is directly in line with the door, that is called the coffin position in Feng Shui because dead people are removed feet first! Another consideration is that you should try to make sure there is a solid wall behind the top of the bed.
The image on the left shows a bed that is not in the command position. Notice how the bed is directly in line with the door and there is also a window right behind the head of the bed? The energy that is coming into that room is coming in through the door and going right over the bed and out the window. There is no flow of energy in the room and this arrangement will make the people sleeping in that bed feel very uneasy and overwhelmed, leading to some sleepless nights.
The image on the right shows a bed in the command position. The people sleeping in the bed have a sight line to the door without being directly in line with it. Even though the windows are behind the bed, there is a solid wall between them that the head of the bed is against. Adding floor to ceiling drapes on the windows and a large headboard will alleviate any residual energy escaping out the windows.
There may be times when there is no possible way to position your bed in a command position, such as when a room has a lot of windows, the bedroom has large double doors leading into the room, or the room is so small that there is only place in the room that the bed will fit. If you physically cannot put your bed in the command position, there are things you can do to remedy that. For example, if you cannot avoid facing the door, place something in between your bed and the door as a barrier, such as a large footboard, a bench or a room divider. If there is no solid wall behind your bed, invest in a large, solid headboard and hang window coverings such as drapes or blinds on any of the windows that are behind the bed.
The command position also applies to the position of your stove, the seating areas in your living areas and your desk. The idea is that you never want your back facing a door and you don’t want to have to turn around to see who is coming in the room. I'll go into those situations in another post but for today, go move your bed. You'll get a much better sleep tonight!