Something that everyone has in common is sleeping. It takes up approximately one third of your life and therefore is an extremely important factor in your overall health. The Bedroom is the private place, where you can unwind, relax and sleep. It is also the space where you get dressed, read and study. The Bedroom is usually accessed from the Dining Room if it is on the Ground Floor or the Staircase if it is on the Upper Floors.
Here I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Master Bedroom, Children’s Bedroom and Guest Bedroom. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on reasoning and logic. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t, instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition.
The best shapes for bedrooms are square or rectangular: The Scientific Reason – The best shape for efficient placement of furniture is a rectangle followed by a square. Also, the rectangle or square shape is best for placing rectangular cots and other furniture, without wasting any space.
The length to breadth ratio of the bedroom should be less than 2: For example, a bedroom with a length of 16′ must have a minimum breadth of 8′ and not any less. The Scientific Reason- The proportion of a room is very important in the arrangement of furniture and the ambience created. If the bedroom is long but narrow, the furniture will have to be arranged lengthwise like a train. Moreover the ‘feel’ of a long but narrow room is not comfy.
The master bedroom should always be bigger than other rooms of the house: The Scientific Reason- The parent should never feel small in front of anyone else in the house. If he/she stays in a small room while the kids have a big room, psychologically they start feeling that they are compromising and this is a bad example to the kids.
The main bedrooms should be in the South: The Scientific Reason – The North is meant for the Living room and entertaining guests. Hence a private space like a Bedroom should be located far from the front and ideally, that is the South.
Avoid bedrooms in the North-East: It is meant for deities and prayer. The Scientific Reason – The North-East corner which is engulfed with early morning sunlight, is ideally suited and hence reserved for a meditation room or Puja room.
Avoid bedrooms in the middle of the house: The Scientific Reason – It is obvious that a room in the centre of the house will be used for movement and accessing all the other rooms, and hence a Bedroom that requires privacy and quiet, cannot be placed here.
Avoid bedrooms above the Car porch/Garage : The Scientific Reason – The fumes from the kitchen and the car exhaust that rise up, can be a nuisance and not good for the health of the inmates of the Bedroom.
The Mater bedroom should be in the South-West: If there is more than one floor, the Master Bedroom should be on the upper floor, in the South-West corner. This room should never be used as a bedroom for young children, as they will try to dominate. The Scientific Reason – In ancient times, the main wealth of the inmates was agricultural produce and this was stored in granaries behind the house. The ideal location for these granaries was the South-West corner, because the South-West heat and the hot S-W summer wind kept the produce dry and free from moisture. Hence the Master Bedroom was preferred in the South-West, closer to the granaries to guard them from thieves. So also, this was not preferred for a Children’s Bedroom.
Avoid the Master bedroom in the South-East: The Scientific Reason – In the olden days, when the cooking was done on open ovens, and the combustible building materials were prone to catch fire due to the hot S-W summer wind, the kitchen was not allowed in the South-West corner and the North-East corners. Therefore, the South-East corner or North-West corner were reserved for the Kitchen and any other rooms were to be avoided.
The Guest Bedroom should be in the North-West: This corner represents Vayu or movement which implies that Guests who sleep in this bedroom will not stay for long and get going on their way. The Scientific Reason – A Bedroom in the North side is preferable for guests as it is closer to the living room and the front of the house. At the same time, it is away from the back of the house and the family members have their privacy. The northern Bedrooms also have the advantage of getting constant light from the North.
The children’s bedroom should be in the East or West side: The Scientific Reason – The West bedroom has the advantage of being bright and well lit in the evenings due to the West sun rays. Hence it is a good location for the Children’s Bedroom because they use it a lot in the evening for their studies after school and play. Similarly, the East bedrooms have the advantage of being well lit in the mornings for their morning studies.
Avoid sleeping with head in the North: Otherwise demons will trouble you. In fact only a dead body is kept with the head in the North and the feet pointing towards the South. The Scientific Reason – In the northern hemisphere there is a very strong force of attraction towards the North pole and this is the reason why the Indian subcontinent is moving northwards at the rate of about 4cm per year. The blood in the body contains iron, making it magnetic in nature. When we lie down in the horizontal position, there is a tendency for the blood to rush toward the head and this is exaggerated if our head is in the North direction due to the magnetic effect on the blood. If there is too much blood flow, it can cause hemorrhage and even death for people with an underlying problem. Hence one should never sleep with the head in the North direction in the Northern hemisphere. But vice versa is true in the Southern hemisphere.
Admin’s note: This is the scientific reasoning. But explaining this to the common man becomes difficult. So to make things simple, Vastu shastra likens the human body to a magnet with the head as the North pole and the feet, the South pole. So we have been advised not to sleep with the head in the North as this can cause the two North poles to repel each other causing disturbed sleep and health problems. When it is explained in such simple manner, people find it easy to remember this rule.
However, Vastu allows sleeping with the head in the other three directions. The effects of sleeping with the head in different directions is described below:
Head in the East: East is the direction of knowledge and enlightenment. Sleeping with the head in the East increases knowledge and increases a liking for spiritualism. For this reason, children should always sleep with their head in the east.
Head in the West: Sleeping with one’s head in the West is good for people who do not permanently reside in the house, like guests and married daughters, in their parents’ house.
Head in the South: South is the best direction for sleeping. Sleeping with one’s head in the South brings happiness and sound sleep.
Avoid sleeping under beams or slanted ceilings: The remedy is to create a false ceiling. The Scientific Reason- A beam or slanting roof above the bed, can psychologically feel like a weight on you, as you lie down looking up at the ceiling.
Avoid sleeping near sharp corners of columns etc: They should be camouflaged with plants or rounded off. The Scientific Reason – The sharp corners can cause damage to the furniture if accidentally pushed against them. Also they can hurt you when you move around.
Keep the beds 2″ away from the walls: The Scientific Reason – To allow for the free flow of air all around and under the bed, thus creating good ventilation.
Avoid the bed directly opposite the door: But the bed should be placed in a position where the occupants can see anyone coming into the rooms. The Scientific reason – A bed is normally about 6.5-7 feet in length and if placed bang opposite the door, can psychologically appear to be an obstacle as you enter the room.
The door to the Bedroom should open 90 degrees: A door that cannot open fully will limit the flow of opportunities. The Scientific Reason – Whenever you enter any room, it is important that the door opens wide as otherwise it can be a struggle to get into the room especially if you have a child or something in your hands.
The door should be in the East, West or North: Avoid fixing doors in the South-West of a bedroom. The Scientific Reason – The South-West corner of the bedroom is reserved for the safe and wardrobes. Hence it is better to keep the door away from this corner.
The larger windows should be in the East or North:And smaller windows in the West is ideal. The Scientific Reason – The constant light from the North and the morning light from the East are very essential to brighten and aerate the bedroom. Smaller windows to the West will allow for cross-ventilation.
Attached bathroom should be in the East or South-East : The Scientific Reason – Normally the bathroom is used for bath and other activities, early in the morning, and so will be wet after use. If it is placed in the East side, the morning sunlight will dry up the area and the UV rays will kill all the germs.
The dressing table should be in the East or North: The Scientific Reason – The constant light from the North or East will light up your face when sitting in front of the mirror, thus allowing you to dress up well.
Study table should face East, North or North-East: The Scientific Reason – The constant light from the North and the morning sunlight from the East will make reading easy, without much straining.
Avoid Television in the bedroom: If a TV is kept, it should never be directly in front of the bed as it works as a mirror and generates negative energy. It can be kept to the right or left of the bed at an angle for comfortable viewing from bed. The Scientific Reasoning – A T.V. does not encourage intimacy. In fact it only encourages people to become couch potatoes. Also, the waves from the T.V are not good for your health and so keeping the T.V far away is always preferable.
The safe should be in the South-West, opening towards North: The Scientific Reason – The heavy stuff is preferred in the South or West sides to serve as a buffer to the hot evening sunlight. Since the constant light is from the North, you can see clearly into the Safe if it opens towards the North.
Keep some open space in the North-East: The Scientific Reason – The Constant and beneficial sunlight from the East and North should engulf the whole room and not get blocked by heavy furniture.
Keep things that make you happy in front of the Bedroom door: The Scientific Reason – Upon entering, your bedroom, the first thing you see should be something that gives you the feeling of peace and serenity such as a photograph, a favorite quote or even flowers that enhance these positive feelings. Keep objects that remind you of unfinished tasks out of the room, or at least out of sight as the bedroom should be a place where you can totally relax. It is obvious that things that make you happy will give a positive feeling.
Beds should not be shaky: The mattress should provide good support to the body while resting. The Scientific Reason – The essential function of the bed is to provide a surface which is neither too hard nor too soft for the back. A shaky bed will creak and disturb others when people turn on the bed.
Computers should be kept in the South-East: The Scientific Reason – The South-East is considered the Aagneya (Fire) corner. The ‘Vastu Pundits’ consider electrical appliances as the equivalent of fire and happily encourage you to keep all electric gadgets in the S-E of every room.
Wardrobes should be in the North-West or South-West: The Scientific Reason – They serve as buffers to the hot evening sunlight coming in from the West.
Avoid mirror directly opposite the bed:The Scientific Reason – When you wake up in the morning, all untidy and disheveled, it may be a shock when you see yourself in the mirror as you sit up in the bed!
Avoid religious idols: The Scientific Reason – Many people may feel uncomfortable to lie around with their feet pointing towards the religious idols, as they believe it is disrespectful to god.
Avoid Clutter: It represents stagnation. The Scientific Reason – When you see clutter you feel helpless about it, and it just keeps accumulating and becomes an irritant in your mind. Removing clutter in your bedroom will help you feel more efficient and function optimally. To tackle clutter, first take on small projects to help you avoid the feelings of being overwhelmed by the task at hand.
Avoid storing things under the bed: The Reason – The space under the bed gets very dusty and cannot be cleaned often. Hence it is meaningless to store anything there.
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