Vastu For Main Entrance Door | An Architect Explains

One enters the house, through the main entrance door and this is the entry point of energy, ‘positive or negative’. Every time you enter your house you activate a presiding energy in relationship to the mandala of the house at that point. According to Vastu Shastra, a door must be precisely located for the activation of most beneficial energy.


The placement of the door depends on the cardinal direction that the house faces. To know more about the right location of the main door in each case, refer to the Vastu guidelines listed here. Since Vastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or not instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:

  • Where should the main entrance door be located? 
  • What are the specifications of the main door?
  • According to Vastu Shastra, what should be avoided with regard to the main door? 


To figure out where to place a main door, imagine that you are standing in front of the house and divide the front facade of the house into into two parts with an imaginary, middle, vertical line. The door should never be placed in the middle but only on either side of the middle line, to the left or the right half, depending on the direction the  door faces, as stipulated here:

  • North- facing door should be in the left half when facing the house, that is more towards the  North-East. The Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day. 

The door should not be at the corner of the walls, but a few feet away from the corner junction. The Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more window openings towards the North and East to allow constant sunlight through the day. Since the door is opaque, it should be placed away from the N-E corner, more to the centre.

West facing door can be located in the left half when facing the house, that is  favouring the North-West. Avoid placing a door in the right half (South-West). The Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more window openings towards the North to allow constant sunlight through the day. And it is better to avoid having an opening towards the South or West as it will allow in hot air. You can read about it in detail in my post: Vastu Guidelines For West Facing House

If a house has a main entrance in the West it should have a corresponding door in the East also. The Scientific reason – To allow maximum, useful UV rays found in the morning sunlight, into the house, since it is beneficial for health of the inamtes. (vitamin D synthesis)

South facing main door must not be in the center of the building but should be  in the right half when facing the house, that is more towards the South-East. Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-West). For all houses having main door in South direction, they must have another door in North direction also. The Scientific reason – It is always preferable to have fewer or no openings in the South-West as explained above, since the hot infra-red rays of the afternoon sunlight are projected, maximum towards this direction and causes the air to get heated up.

If a house has a main entrance in the South there should be one more corresponding to it in the North direction also. The Scientific reason – To allow the constant light from the North into the house.

East facing door can be located in the right half when facing the house, that is more to the North-East. Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-East)The Scientific reason – Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow the useful sunlight constantly, through the day and better to avoid openings in the South or west as they will let in hot air especially during the afternoons. You can read about it in detail in my post: Vastu Guidelines For East Facing House

Thus you can see in Vastu, there is no bad location for a main door. Its the pseudo vastu pundits who claim that South and West entrances are bad and the entrance door should only be in the North or East, because they take the Vastu Shastra guidelines too literally – Since Vastu recommends more open space in the North and East to enable the pleasant morning light and constant North light to permeate the house, it makes sense to have the entrance from either of these directions. But it’s not a hard and fast rule.


The main entrance door should be fixed on an auspicious day after performing Vastu Pooja. The Scientific reason – The main door leads one into a house and this is the place from where energies, either positive or negative, enter and exit a house. So obviously you want more positive energy to enter a home as the residents will prosper. Therefore it is good for you to do a special pooja for the main door as it will psychologically make you feel confident that it will be a positive channel to good energy.

The Entrance gate and main door should be in the same line. 

The entrance gate and the main door should be on the same side: It is not considered good if the main door to the house is on the opposite side to the entrance of the property. The Scientific reason – It doesn’t make sense to have the entrance on one side and then have the main door on the opposite side as guests and outsiders are forced to walk right across the length of the site, to the back of the property, thus invading into the privacy of the inmates.

It is preferable to have two doors, an entrance and an exit door: However, the exit door should be smaller than the entrance door. The Scientific reason – The fresh air entering into the house through the entrance, will find a way out through the exit door and thus be forced to pass through the rest of the house, allowing the house to breathe.

The main entrance door should be the largest door of the house as it allows in positive energy: The Scientific reason – A large main door looks inviting and allows big objects, like beds, to be brought in from outside without difficulty.

The main door should open inside and clockwise: The Scientific reason – If the door swings open in a clockwise motion, you use your left hand to open the door for the guests, thus enabling you to guide them in with your right hand. 

The main door should have a threshold: Shoes should not be kept in front of the door, but to the side. The Scientific reason – The threshold will deter ants and other pests from entering into the house. The shoes in front of the door can be an eyesore and cause you to stumble.

The main door should always be a bit higher than ground level and the number of steps to reach it must be an odd number. The Scientific Reason- Since most people are right handed, they generally put their right foot first, while climbing steps. So when they end the climb, they somehow prefer to end on the right foot. This is possible only when there are odd number of steps. 

Always keep the main door well lit and visible: The Reason- As one approaches the main door, it should look inviting and bright instead of being dingy and dark.  

Always have some beautiful design on the main door and some auspicious signs like ‘Om’ and “Swastika’: The Scientific reason – When you or a guest stand in front of the door it is better to see some pleasant images instead of just a plain, drab door.

main-door-design- vastu

Wood of Teak, Honne, Matti are good for the main door: The Scientific reason – Its important to use strong wood for the main door, so that it cannot be broken down or damaged easily. 

Wood from Peepal, Coconut, trees giving flowers and fruits; Thorny trees, fragrant trees, etc should not be used. The Scientific Reason- It is also vital that we protect useful trees that provide us with fruit etc. The wood of thorny trees is not easy to work with.


Avoid circular, sliding door for the main entrance: The Reason- They are not structurally as safe a s a regular rectangular door.

Avoid the main door directly facing the main door of the opposite house. The Scientific reason – It is quite uncomfortable when both the doors are open, as one unconsciously tends to look into the other house. Avoid the main door facing temples: The Reason- The temple is a busy place where people congregate and there is always sound. It disturbs the peace of your house.

Avoid having obstructions like trees, poles in front of the main door. The Reason-  As you step out, you see the obstruction that psychologically feels like an obstruction in your life. Also the obstruction, obstructs the view to your door partly.

Avoid the main door directly facing an abandoned, rundown or dilapidated building: The Scientific reason – It is quite disconcerting, every time you open the door to see a bad looking building right in front of you.

Avoid having an underground tank, septic tank under the main entrance: The Scientific reason – In case the tank has to be opened or cleaned, it can be very inconvenient if it is right in front of the main door.

Avoid locating the main entrance door in the corners of the house. Keep it at least 1′ away from the corner: The Scientific reason – If the door is in the extreme corner, it will be difficult to  have a neat furniture layout in the room, as the corner is used for movement.

Avoid locating a wall directly in front of the entrance door: There should be a door that opens to the next room in line of sight, opposite the main door. The Scientific reason – The fresh air entering the house every time you open the door, should be allowed to flow into the rest of the house and for that there should be openings. This allows the house to breathe properly.

Avoid having a wall in front of the main door, just as you enter

Avoid self-closing doors: The Scientific reason – With self closing locks available nowadays, the doors can shut and close by themselves, but there is the risk that the door will close accidentally in the breeze while the keys are inside the house.

Avoid creaking doors: The Scientific reason – Doors that creak indicate bad workmanship, loose and unoiled hinges.

This post was about the Vastu Shastra guidelines for the design of the main entrance door which leads into the into the Interior of the House and the Living Room. It is important that the positive energy from the main entrance door radiates into these rooms and from there into the rest of the house. For this, these spaces should also be vastu compliant. Read about the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here: 

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238 thoughts on “Vastu For Main Entrance Door | An Architect Explains

  • July 4, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I am renting a flat and it has a door to a small closet exactly in front of main entry door. Its not just a wall but still it is a door that stays closed most of the times.Can you please suggest a remedy for it as I can not move out of it for another year.
    Hi Samya,
    There is nothing wrong with having a closet opposite the main door. keep it closed at all times.

  • July 9, 2016 at 12:57 am

    Now we planned to change our main entrance door position means in east side,,this plan is good r not?
    Can u reply this above question.
    Hi Swathi,
    An East entry is very good according to Vastu.

  • July 14, 2016 at 5:48 am

    The main door of my house can be opened 180 degrees clockwise. Whether it is ok as per vaastu.
    Hi Veeregowda,
    It is okay

  • July 22, 2016 at 5:49 am

    If my house entry is east with Windows on east wall and exit from door faces west, is it good
    Hi Jai,
    This means that your house is a west facing one, which is okay as per vastu. It is good that you have windows on the East wall.

  • July 25, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I am planning to buy a flat which has door in southwest corner. But since it’s a flat there is no chance of sunlight coming from door which is very obvious thing in flats as the door is towards center of building. The flat has all the balconies in north/northeast and a dry balcony in east. Master bedroom is towards east, where bed can be placed towards north east and washroom is northwest. Is it advisable to buy this flat.
    Hi Dinesh,
    From your description, this flat appears to have ample light and ventilation which is a good thing. But the final decision is yours. If you feel good about this flat, then go ahead.

  • July 31, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    In apartments, is main entrance door facing stairs going down, a vastu defect?.
    Hi Prachi,
    Ideally the main door should face the lobby. But it cannot be helped in most apartments. So keep your door closed unless when required.

  • August 6, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    South east facing main door is it good or bad
    Plz reply me honestly..actually I liked one flat which is facing south east main door
    Hi Surekha,
    Actually in a South facing property, A SE door is the best option.

  • August 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    I would like to construct a house in Jarinú, São Paulo, Brazil, the piece of ground has a street at the west side, we could project the entrance to the W, NW or SW, but because the sun has a northern way (south hemisphere) I don’t know how to apply the rules of Vaastu.
    Just replace the South with the North?
    Same rules depend not just from the sun, but from polarization, could you recommend literature about it?
    Hi Celso,
    I am not sure if the vastu rules can be interpreted differently for Brazil. It is specifically meant for India. Also I do not know of any literature which you can use, other than the usual vastu books.

  • August 12, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Sir, could you advise east facing door in south east corner of flat is good for renting?
    Hi Ravi,
    An East facing door is good. So no issues.

  • August 18, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Ae are planning to buy a house which is facing south direction. So wanted to check if there are any remedies that we can do if we buy a south facing house.
    Hi Illu,
    If you like the house and get a positive vibe from it, then go ahead. No need for any remedial action.

  • August 24, 2016 at 10:54 am

    My entrance glass doors made of metal and glass..
    it is not made of wood is that a bad thing it is east facing is there something I can do
    Hi Preeti,
    Wooden door is preferred for the main entrance door as it is strong and solid. glass door is see through and easily breakable. but if security or privacy is not an issue for you then leave it as it is, otherwise replace it with a wooden door.

  • August 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Hello Sir(s):

    I just saw the previous post. We are looking at a South East facing plot and the main door is also facing the same direction. The door is roughly in the center of the house. We saw some other websites saying south east facing is quite bad. As your site seems to take a more scientific approach, would like to get your honest opinion.
    Many thanks, GANESH.
    Hi Ganesh,
    Go with my sites explanation since it takes a more scientific approach.

  • August 30, 2016 at 12:46 am

    iam staying in a rented house with SE main door and SW kitchen.wihere I should place my gas stove with L shape countertop in south and west walls.
    Hi Sainu,
    Place it on the west wall.

  • September 4, 2016 at 2:54 am

    hi sir,my main door is ne corner.opposite main door having the way of other flats.other flats are east it good??
    Hi Ravi,
    It is good to have a main door in the NE.

  • September 8, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Dear sir,
    my house will south – east face and south we have gate and east we have main door entrance. In dis we have door is first and next is window My dought is which one should come first whether door or window in east side
    Waiting for your reply!!
    Hi Vijay,
    It does not matter which comes first since both are openings and allow the East light into the house.

  • September 8, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I have to buy property in pune. I liked one project. The building has only two flat remaining.1) Entry door is in West (North side) and balcony and windows are on East side.
    2) Opposite of the above flat. Entry door on East (south side) and window and balcony on west side.
    Please suggest which one to buy according vastu sashra
    Hi Sachin,
    Both flats have their advantages and disadvantages. According to vastu an east entry is preferrable to a west entrance. But then the windows in the west can cause the house to get heated up. So make a decision based on yours and your family’s gut feeling.

  • September 9, 2016 at 1:32 am

    There is an office I plan to rent. This is in the 2nd floor of the building. The entrance of the office is facing South East. How can I mitigate the effect of this door?

    The Length of the building is more than 5 times of the width. Front of the building is facing South East and the stair way is at the South corner of the front (South East) section of the building.
    Hi Parakrama,
    This is an office that you want to rent and not buy and you seem to have liked it enough to consider it from among so many choices. So then go ahead and don’t worry about the SE corner.

  • September 12, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Hi sir,
    My sign and star is capricorn and uthiradam.Which side i have to build the main door/entrance. Land is west facing to the road.
    Hi Janardanan,
    You can have the entrance either in the North or the West. It is not according to your star but the practical possibility since it is a west facing site.

  • September 13, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Respected Sir,
    I have planned the main door east facing located in south east corner of house and gate entry from south located at southeast corner. My DOB is 14-01-1963. Will that be OK? Please reply.
    Hi Chandrashekar,
    That is okay. But it has nothing to do with your DOB.

  • September 16, 2016 at 4:23 am

    dear sir
    do we take home center point for measuring compass
    Hi Sachin,
    That is the ideal position for checking your compass measurement.

  • September 25, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Is it OK to have a floor in same level inside and outside ( verenda) ?? Or should the verenda be below the in side floor level???.
    Hi Susantha,
    It is preferable to have the floor at one level, to avoid chance of tripping.

  • September 27, 2016 at 2:19 am

    Our is a west facing house. Where should I keep my name board at the entrance- right or left side.
    Hi Tilak,
    Either side is okay but I am leaning a little more to the left, when I stand out and face the house.

  • September 30, 2016 at 3:30 am

    I am renting a flat and it has a main door in south east direction is it.House direction is also south-east.
    Have 2nd option with East facing main door with wall in-front of it. which one should i take.
    Hi Aniket,
    When looking at the vastu of a house, you must look at the whole house and not just the main door. So in your case since you have two options, take the house that you feel more positive about.

  • October 9, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Dear Sir,
    we have constructed house with north facing door, which opens in to a small foyer of 6 feet x 5 feet. The main door directly faces the wall which is 6 feet away. Does this contribute to a vastu dosh, if yes, is there any remedy.
    Please suggest.
    Hi Divyah,
    No it does not.

  • October 12, 2016 at 12:25 am

    Hi can you please tell me how to find the directions? Eg – For enterance, do I stand facing entering the house or as I am exiting the house? also for the kitchen, living room etc how do I know which direction does it face?
    Hi Amit,
    Stand exiting the house. The direction that you face is the direction of your house. From that you can find the positions of the other rooms

  • October 12, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I have a tenement with door facing towards East means entry at west towards south direction. Now I’m planning to construct first floor. I’m planning to have first floor for our uses and ground floor on rent basis.
    So, can u suggest me to have main door location for Ground floor as well as first floor?
    My house is south facing. Both east and west side have house, east side house has common wall, north side common plot is there.
    Hi Harshad,
    Since yours is south facing, have entry from the East if possible.

  • October 12, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I live in apartment and my question is about the door of my apartment that open in sw direction and i want to know is it good direction or its better that the door opens in west direction but the kitchen is opposite the door.
    Hi Ziba,
    It is better if the door opens in the west direction, but if the kitchen is visible from the entrance, it is not ideal. So better to have the SW entry.

  • October 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Please advise if there us wall infront of man door what remedy to b used .
    Hi Jayesh,
    It is okay but do not put a mirror on this wall.

  • November 3, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Dear sir,I have booked a flat which is having its main door in the center of the east wall,but when we open the main door it is infront of the duct and toilet of the opposite flat is it advisable to buy or not.
    Hi K Singh,
    The orientation of the door is good. But its location is not ideal. However in apartments the doors are always kept closed and so you will not be seeing the duct all the time. So it should be okay, if all other things are planned well. Make a decision based on your gut feeling.

  • November 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Hello sir
    I am planning to take flat.It is west facing. Quite opposite to my main door I have another portion main door. And my main door is not exactly opposite there is a variation of 2 cms difference. So is it okay. Please suggest. Thank you.
    Hi Bhaskar,
    It is okay. In apartments doors opposite each other are inevitable. But since you do not keep the doors open, it is fine.

  • November 9, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Hi Sir, We are planning to buy house which is facing south – east. Main door is also facing the same direction. The door is roughly in the left side (east) of the house. Is it fine sir??
    Hi Anil,
    Since the door is more to the East, it is okay..

  • November 10, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I am planning to buy house has west side door. West 261 and north showing 49 in compass. Is Direction is okay to buy?
    Hi AJ,
    It is okay. But you should go by your gut feeling about the place.

  • November 27, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi. I am taken a flat on rent which has door opening in north east. Bedroom drawing room and another room has sliding doors and balcony towards east and north east. Will it be ok to stay there as per vastu. Thanks please revert.

    Hi Punit,
    For a rented accomodation, you are lucky to have many aspects in tune with vastu.

  • November 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    please advise
    My front entrance opens up into a small foyer and right from the from entrance I have stairs to go up . is it a vastu problem . if so what is the remedy
    Hi Nisha,
    No it is not a problem unless it is right in the path of your entry to the house.

  • December 11, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Please advise for remedies of Main door facing west when going out of the house, where the door is located on south side of flat. you can call it south west. Also the lift is there in front of main door. This is only house I have got after redevelopment. I am yet to take possession & enter. The flat is expanded on west side, and east side so the Main door facing west is in the middle of south side.
    Hi Rohit Shah,
    A west facing flat is okay and it is inevitable that the doors of apartments will most often face a lift or a staircase or another flat. So no need to fret about it.

  • December 13, 2016 at 5:37 am

    I am planning to buy a flat which has south facing entrance, which is followed by a 4 ft x 6 ft passage that opens into the living room. After reading all the ills about south facing, I found a possible modification I can make which is to remove the south facing door, locate the main door on face of the passage that opens into the living room. This will make the flat entrance west facing. Is this a good idea?
    Hi Mahesh,
    Yeah this is a practical solution to the supposed “vastu dosh”.

  • December 23, 2016 at 1:10 am

    My house entrace is in sw direction in mumbai. Also i have kept open kitchen. I heard sw is not good opening and can harm. Staying in a mumbai we don’t have choice to change the direction.
    Hi Seema,
    So be practical and ignore such things.

  • September 6, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    My rent home is west facing and pooja room is facing main door and master bedroom is SE and my hubby date of birth is 12 9 1981 8.30evening.
    Hi Jayashree,
    You seem to be deep into superstition. Please read my post on west facing houses and then take a decision.

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