Does the position of your bed bring you wealth and prosperity? Or could your bedhead material affect your luck? Dato' Joey Yap explains what actually affects the feng shui of your bedroom

Generally, feng shui is a goal-based system. According to Dato' Joey Yap, what that means is that each different area of the house serves to fulfil a certain purpose, so different requirements and factors are involved depending on the section.

To ensure good feng shui in the bedroom, Yap proposes some general guidelines for the bedroom whose primary purpose is rest and rejuvenation.

  • Do have a wide space at the bedroom door and avoid any obstruction
  • Do ensure the bedroom gets a good amount of daylight which is beneficial for the room
  • Don't position the bed beneath a ceiling beam or an air conditioner
  • Don't directly face the bedroom door or toilet door
  • Don't have sharp edges from the walls or cabinets pointing towards the bed
  • Don't have a mirror pointing towards the bed

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Is there a rule for optimum bed placement?

Many people have a misconception that if they were to place their bed in a particular sector, it could bring them wealth and prosperity. The truth is, even if you align your bed with such energy, you’ll be dreaming about success at best.

What’s more conducive to your overall goal would be to gain a good night’s sleep so you’ll have the energy to do more. The general rule for optimal bed placement would be to align with that goal. Besides that, we would avoid putting the bed directly towards the bedroom door or the toilet door. The bedhead needs to be away from any ceiling beam or air conditioner.

How about the bed itself? Height, material and style? Headboard? Or even mattresses, bedsheets and pillows?

Mostly, these things are irrelevant when it comes to bedroom feng shui. You could have them in any style and material you’d like, which wouldn’t impact the room’s overall energy. What’s important, however, is that you’re comfortable with it. After all, there’s no point in having an impressive-looking bed if it doesn’t give you a good night’s rest.

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Above Poltrona Frau Bretagne Bed by Poltrona Frau Style & Design Centre, available from X-tra Furniture

Are the rules different if a single person or a couple stays in it?

Usually, the feng shui of a room affects individuals differently. Among other things to be considered, it relates to the occupant’s energy, goals, and objectives. So when doing feng shui for a single person, it’s a lot more flexible, and there’s not much to be considered. If an area is bad, avoid it. If it’s good, stay there.

If a couple is staying in a room together, their wants and needs should be considered. More often than not, we try to find a compromise for the two, and in practice, it’s rarely a problem. In the unlikely event, they need to discuss and decide who among them should take priority. Usually, it would be the breadwinner.

How about TVs or laptops in the bedroom? 

If the TV is large enough, its reflective surface is essentially a mirror. Therefore, it wouldn’t be recommended to have it facing the bed. Besides that, while not exactly a feng shui rule, it’s not something that should be placed in the bedroom. While plenty of people do it, it can be somewhat distracting and get in the way of having a good rest.

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Above Walter Knoll Yuuto Bed by EOOS, available from Walter Knoll Malaysia

Any dos and don'ts of the position of the bathroom door adjoining the bedroom?

It’s something that’s very much advised against. Any doors, for that matter, bathroom or entrance, shouldn’t directly be facing the bed.

The bedroom is associated with the occupant's health because that is where you rest after a long day’s work. In the long run, when you don’t properly rest, it affects your productivity and overall quality of life.

How about the placement of doors or windows?

Once again, any doors (except closet doors) should not be pointed directly towards the bed. As for windows, the bedhead shouldn’t be backing against a window. Instead, the bedhead should be backed against a solid wall for support. An uneven or window backing would create low quality sleep for the occupants.

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Does lighting in the bedroom affect feng shui?

Yes, but the other way around. A bedroom is commonly known as a yin area, associated with dark and passive qualities.

It would be best to keep the lights dim and comforting to the eyes; when you sleep, the best would be total darkness. That’s why most electronics (like laptops and TV) aren’t recommended because even when they’re turned off, they may still give off some light.

Does having plants in the bedroom affect feng shui?

Most plants? No. If a plant is big enough? Maybe. You can have any plant you want in your bedroom, and it wouldn’t affect the feng shui. A large enough plant would generally be considered as it may block light from entering the room, but it’s not much of an issue if it’s a bedroom.

However, if the plant is big enough to block the way or make movement difficult, it may affect the overall feng shui. It’s not because it’s a plant but because it’s a large enough object.


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