VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | KITCHEN

VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | KITCHEN

The Kitchen which is usually adjacent to the DINING ROOM, is an extremely important part of the house, where healthy food for the family is prepared and cooked.  In ancient times, cooking was done on open stoves and the washing of utensils, and preparation of food was all done outside. Hence Vastu guidelines were primarily based on the Sun and the main wind directions. However today, the Kitchen has become a compact, efficient, safe and easy place to work in and so the planning is different.

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Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Kitchen. Since Vastu is a science, there is logic and reasoning behind every guideline. 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.


WHAT ACCORDING TO VASTU, IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A KITCHEN?

South-East or North-West: The Scientific Reason - In earlier times, when the cooking was done on open stoves outside the house and combustible building materials were prone to catch fire, the cooking fire was preferred in the S-E corner or the N-W corner, where the hot summer wind, blowing from the S-W to the N-E direction could not cause damage by carrying sparks.

Avoid the Kitchen in the North-East : The Scientific Reason - Since the constant, morning sunlight enters from the North and East sides, these areas are reserved for a Meditation room and a Living hall from which all other spaces open. Hence it is a waste to have a Kitchen here.

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A kitchen should be lit with the morning sunlight

ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT IS THE BEST POSITION FOR THE DOOR AND WINDOWS TO THE KITCHEN?

The door to the Kitchen should be in the North, East or North-East: The Logic - In a South-East kitchen, it makes sense to have an L-Shaped counter on the South and East walls for efficient use of space. Therefore, the entrance can be only from the North or West walls. Since the Living and Dining areas are in the Northern part of the house, it is natural that the door to the Kitchen should be from the North side.

The door should open clockwise: The LogicMost of the population being right handed, it is easier to open the door in a clockwise direction when entering into the Kitchen.

The larger windows should be in the East: The Scientific Reason – The early morning sunrays are very beneficial to health and the UV rays of the sunlight kill germs. Hence the morning sunlight should be allowed into the house, especially in the Kitchen where germs thrive and multiply. Moreover, the sunlight is good for the health of the person who is busy in the kitchen in the mornings and doesn’t have the time to go out and get exposed.

Additional smaller windows can be in the South, for cross-ventilation: The Scientific ReasonIn a Kitchen, where there is a lot of cooking fumes and odours, cross ventilation will ensure that the hot air and fumes exit out of the house and are replaced with fresh cool air from outside.

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The windows in a kitchen should preferably be in the East

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE POSITION OF THE COOKING STOVE?

The cooking stove should be in the South-East corner of the Kitchen: The Logic - In a South-East kitchen, it makes sense to have counters running on the South and East walls, for proper and efficient use of the space. Naturally the S-E corner becomes suitable for the main kitchen appliance, namely the Stove,  as the rest of the counter space can be used for preparing and cleaning food to be cooked.

One should cook facing East: The Scientific Reason - Since the women get tied down with kitchen chores from early morning, they don’t get a chance to get exposed to the useful morning sunrays. So the best solution, was to force the women to cook facing East so that they would benefit from the sunlight falling on them.

The cooking stove should not be visible from the outside: The Logic – One feels uncomfortable to cook if people can see form outside.  Hence a little privacy helps.

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The kitchen sink

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE POSITION OF THE KITCHEN SINK?

The Kitchen sink should be in the North-East: The Scientific Reason – In earlier days, when there was no running water and water for washing purposes was stored in open vessels, it was preferred in the N-E corner where the morning UV rays would kill the germs and keep the water and the whole area purified.

The Kitchen sink and cooking stove should not be close to each other: The Logic being fire and water do not go together.

Avoid water taps in the corners of 2 counters: There should be no leaking taps in the kitchen. The Logic - It is quite difficult to wash if the sink is in the corner of two counters, as you tend to lean uncomfortably forward. Leaking taps just waste water.

ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR THE DRINKING WATER FILTER?

Drinking water should be stored in the North-East of the Kitchen: The Scientific Reason – When water is to be stored, it is better to have it in the N-E corner where the morning UV rays can kill the germs and keep the water purified and clean for consumption. 

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All the kitchen appliances should be kept along the walls

ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHERE SHOULD THE DIFFERENT ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES BE PLACED?

The refrigerator should be in the North-West or South-West  corner of the Kitchen: The Logic - Since the counters are fixed on the South and East walls of a S-E kitchen, the corners available for appliances like a refrigerator, are the N-W or the S-W corners.

The microwave should be in the South-East corner of the Kitchen: The Logic - A microwave just like a cooking stove is used for cooking food and so can be placed next to the stove in the South-East corner.

The exhaust fans should be in the East walls: The Logic – Since the cooking is done in the S-E corner, while facing East, it is obvious that the exhaust fan or chimney should be placed here.

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES REGARDING STORAGE IN A KITCHEN?

Avoid overhead storage above the cooking stove: But it is useful to have overhead storage in the rest of the areas. The Logic - The space above the stove should be left open or fitted with an exhaust system (like a chimney) for the fumes to dissipate. Otherwise there is the likelihood of the overhead cupboard catching fire. Also cleaning the cupboard, shelf etc will be quite difficult as it will be covered with oil and grease.

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Ideally, there should be a dining table in the kitchen

WHY IS IT RECOMMENDED IN VASTU, THAT ONE SHOULD EAT IN THE KITCHEN?

The Kitchen is the best place for the daily meals: The Logic – In earlier days, the lady of the house first served the meal to the rest of the family before eating herself and so it was convenient for her to make hot food and serve it right there instead of making it before hand and then transferring it all to the Dining room. Moreover, there is a charm in watching the lady cook the food right in front of you. The anticipation of the food makes it taste better and worth the wait.

The dining table should be in the North-West and not in the centre of the Kitchen: The Logic – If the Dining table is placed in the kitchen, it is best to keep it in a free corner, where there is less activity and the ideal place for that in a S-E kitchen, is the North-West corner. If it is placed in the centre of the room, it will be an obstruction in movement and the efficient use of the kitchen.

WHAT COLOURS DOES VASTU RECOMMEND IN THE KITCHEN?

The colour of the Kitchen walls: It is good to have a lot of green colour in the kitchen. For example green granite for flooring or green pictures, as this helps improve the appetite of the family members, Other suitable colours are soft pink and orange. The Logic – Studies have found that the color of a food can greatly affect how its taste is perceived. Some colours are thought to be stimulating, like the bright yellows and oranges at fast-food outlets that are intended to make you eat more, while others are thought to be soothing, like the greens of a rainforest.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Kitchen. The Kitchen leads to the next spaces namely the Store Room, the Kitchen Garden and sometimes the back Gate. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:
The Vastu Guidelines are very similar to the guidelines used by modern Architects in designing a house. To read about an Architect’s guidelines on the Design of a Kitchen, go to: DESIGNING A KITCHEN

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69 Responses to “VASTU SHASTRA GUIDELINES | KITCHEN”

  1. Kishore Suri says:

    I have purchased flat on second floor entrance is south facing and the kitchen is on middle west wall entrance of the is open from east and the sink is in the north west corner facing of the cook while cooking is possible only on south or north
    pl advice me.
    thanks
    regards
    kishore
    Hi Kishore,
    Keep the cooking facing North.
    Admin

  2. Ruchi Agarwal says:

    I have purchased a flat on twenty first floor ,main entrance of the flat is east , master bedroom is south west only the kitchen is on middle west wall entrance is open from east , cooking range while cooking is possible only on south or north side. Washing sink is also possible only on north or south side.
    pl advise me with options.
    thanks and regards.
    Ruchi
    Hi Ruchi,
    Keep the cooking range in the North. The sink can be in the North if there is ample space after the range. Otherwise keep it in the South.
    Admin

  3. sudha says:

    We are building a house and we will have the kitchen in the north west corner of the house..
    can you please advise in which direction the stove needs to be placed.
    The dimensions of the kitchen would be 18 x 13.
    We plan to have the dinning also in the kitchen.
    Thanking you,
    Sudha.
    Hi Sudha,
    In a North west Kitchen the counters are generally in the north and west sides. You can place your stove in the North counter. Since you have a large kitchen you may be able to have a counter in the East, then place the stove in the East.
    Admin

  4. aarti bhoi says:

    my kithen is in south-east direction but sink in south wall what sould i do ?
    Hi Aarti Bhoi,
    If your cooking stove is not in the South, it should be okay. Doing any activity for long periods facing South, should generally be avoided as it affects the magnetic equilibrium of our bodies.
    Admin

  5. SANKAR says:

    SOUTH WEST IS SUITABLE FOR KITCHEN ? OR NOT?
    Hi Sankar,
    I have heard that the SW is not recommneded for the Kitchen. But according to me all corners SW, NE, SE, NW are suitable. It all depends on the orientation of your site. In fact, the NE which is considered taboo for kitchens in most of the country is the preferred position in Kerala!
    Admin

  6. archanan says:

    hello sir, i have rental house where my kitchen is in the west and the cookin wil b done facing north.please help.
    HI Archanan,
    Go ahead and cook!
    Admin

  7. SUSHIL KUMAR MODI says:

    my kitchen is at N W. we want to know the face of cook can be towards West side
    Hi Sushil Kumar Modi,
    In a North-west kitchen, the counters will most likely be in the North and West. If the North option is not possible then you can have the stove in the West.
    Admin

  8. manjula says:

    hi sir
    recently i buit up our own house but i confused about which colour is suitable for bedroom, kitchen, hall, childrenbedroom,
    Hi Manjula,
    Refer to my posts on colours in interiors.
    Admin

  9. murali says:

    I ma buying a flat , kitchen is on the west side and the cook will be facing the west. Entrance to kitchen is from the east or north east . Please advise whether its ok to go ahead with this ??
    Hi Murali,
    According to me it should be okay.
    Admin

  10. girish says:

    dear sir,

    in my kitchen cooking direction is facing south is it ok?
    Hi Girish,
    Doing any activity for long periods facing South, should generally be avoided as it affects the magnetic equilibrium of our bodies. So try to shift the stove to some other direction.
    Admin

  11. Nilesh says:

    I live in a rent room, the kitchen is in North side, & kitchen window is east side opening, so pls. suggest for vastu, I cannot keep stove in front of open window. So the gas stove supposing faces north direction…is my kitchen suitable according to vastu shastra???please tell me.
    Hi Nilesh,
    You can have the stove facing North.
    Admin

  12. Rajneesh says:

    Hi,
    Recently, I shifted into a rental flat in Ghaziabad. I am facing lot of money-loss problem. Later I came to know that in my kitchen, cooking is South direction facing, and there is no option to change the direction in kitchen.
    Is there any remedy for the same, or I should change the flat immediately.
    Regards,
    Rajneesh
    Hi Rajneesh,
    Cooking, facing South is not advisable since it can affect the magnetic equilibrium of the body. I will not connect your money problems with this, but you are obviously disturbed. So make some changes.
    Admin

  13. nilanjana says:

    Is it recommended for cooking facing west direction/south direction?
    Hi Nilanjana,
    The preferred directions are North and East, but if you do not have that option you can cook facing west. Facing South should generally be avoided, as it affects the magnetic equilibrium of our bodies.
    Admin

  14. Dulal Baruah says:

    My kitchen shelf where the stove is keep is black colour. Often i feel some dissatisfaction about it. Would it harm my family ?
    Your suggestion expected in this regard.
    With best wishes and regards.
    Dulal.from Guwahati.ASSAM
    Hi Dulal Baruah,
    Why do you feel dissatisfied? Is it because there is a general taboo against black colour in Indian culture? Most commonly used granite counters in India are the black ones as they are quite dense and less likely to get stained or scratched. But then, if you feel psychologically unhappy about it, why suffer? Replace the counter.
    Admin

  15. jayanti says:

    hi sir.
    i recently purchased one new apartment house with kitchen in north east direction.. according to vastu shastra it is not a preferable direction.. but i am helpless.. cant relocate the location of the kitchen also.. so pls help me in this regards..
    jayanti
    Hi Jayanti,
    Just because Vastu Shastra recommends that the kitchen should “ideally” not be in the North-East, it is not a hard and fast rule. In fact in some parts of the country (Kerala), I have come across kitchens in the North-East. Since you cannot anyway relocate it, you have to stop feeling ‘helpless’ and look at it positively.
    Admin

  16. MOHIT says:

    Hi,

    I have recently purchased a flat facing north-east, the kitchen is in south-east corner, but the face while cooking would be towards north-east and the sink is in south-east corner.

    Could you please suggest is it fine as per vastu.
    Thanks
    Hi Mohit,
    I think as per Vastu it is perfect.
    Admin

  17. Ashwini says:

    Hello sir.
    I recently purchased one new apartment house with kitchen in north east direction.. according to vastu shastra it is not a preferable direction.. at the time of cooking my face @ north side.but i am helpless.. cant relocate the location of the kitchen also.. Please give me suggestion. Thank you in advance
    Hi Ashwini,
    Just because Vastu Shastra recommends that the kitchen should “ideally” not be in the North-East, it is not a hard and fast rule. In fact in some parts of the country (Kerala), I have come across kitchens in the North-East. Since you cannot anyway relocate it, you have to stop feeling ‘helpless’ and look at it positively. Facing North while cooking is good for you.
    Admin

  18. Dr Mukesh Garg says:

    Our kitchen is facing east direction and entry from west with a large window on east side.
    So can be place gas stove in north direction?
    Please advice us.
    Thanks
    Hi Dr Mukesh,
    Cooking while facing North is a good choice.
    Admin

  19. GKP says:

    hello sir,
    we have no space in ground floor for kitchen .shall we
    fix it in first floor SE corner and in that room we have to step down three steps after the door immediately….
    when we open the door we have to step down three steps to the floor…is it ok…sir
    Hi GKP,
    No it is not acceptable as you have to step down 3 steps. It will be impractical to keep carrying food and provisions up and down the steps. Moreover, the kitchen should be in the ground floor near the dining area. Find a space, otherwise make the dining a kitchen cum dining space.
    Admin

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