Vastu Guidelines For Upper Floors | An Architect Explains

Multi-level houses have upper floors which are reached through the Staircase. The Upper Floors are less noisy since the inmates spend more time together as a family in the living room, dining room and kitchen in the ground floor. The upper floors are generally used for private spaces like bedrooms, study rooms and family rooms where the inmates unwind, retire after a hard day’s work and sleep. The energy in the upper floors should be restful and comforting.

So, is there a way to make the upper floors a peaceful and soothing area? According to Vastu Shastra, the right placement of the rooms, the furniture, the doors and windows, the lighting and colours in the upper floors will ensure that it becomes a space full of calming energy. To know more about making the upper floor a vastu compliant space, read on….. 

Listed here, are some Vastu Guidelines for Upper floors. Since Vastu Shastra is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. 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 don’t instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:

  • What are the Vastu guidelines for the placement of rooms in the upper floors?
  • What are the Vastu guidelines regarding master bedrooms in the upper floors?
  • What are the Vastu guidelines regarding children’s bedrooms in the upper floors?
  • What is the best Vastu position of a guest bedroom in the upper floors?
  • What are the Vastu guidelines for furniture and openings in the upper floors?



WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE PLACEMENT OF ROOMS IN THE UPPER FLOORS OF A HOUSE?

The Balconies in the Upper floors should be in the North, East or North-East. It should not be in the South-West corner. The Scientific Reason – A balcony or terrace in the North-East corner is preferred over a room , since this will allow the sunlight into the rest of the house. Moreover, it is comfortable sitting out in a balcony that faces the East and the North instead of the hot West or South. Also, one can expose oneself to the useful morning sunlight in this balcony. 

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Balcony in upper floors should be in the North, North-East

The Bedrooms and Study rooms should be in the Upper floors: The Scientific Reason – Bedrooms, Toilets and Study rooms are private spaces which require calm and peace. By keeping them upstairs, away from the bustle of the main house, one can enjoy peaceful rest here.

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.However, in the upper floors it can be used for  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.

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Avoid Bedrooms above the garage.

 

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES REGARDING MASTER BEDROOMS IN UPPER FLOORS?

The Master bedroom should ideally be in the South-West in the upper floor of a house: 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.

WHAT IS THE BEST POSITION OF  A GUEST BEDROOM IN THE UPPER FLOORS?

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 sunlight from the North.

WHAT IS THE IDEAL LOCATION OF A CHILDREN’S BEDROOM IN THE UPPER FLOORS, ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA?

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.

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR FURNITURE AND OPENINGS IN THE UPPER FLOORS?

Avoid storing heavy things in the Upper floors: The Scientific Reason – Structurally it is always better if the weight of a building is on the lower floors, since it lowers the centre of gravity, thus making the building less unstable.

Maximum number of doors and windows should be in the North and East sides of the Upper floors: The Scientific Reason – This is to allow the useful morning sunlight from the East and the constant sunlight from the North into the house.

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The windows and doors should predominantly be in the North or East

The ceiling height in the Upper floors should be less than in the lower floors: The Scientific Reason – For a building to look graceful and proportionate, the height of the lower floor should always be more than that of the upper floor. Otherwise, the building will look a bit unstable as though it will topple.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of Upper Floors. The Upper Floors are used for private spaces namely the Bedrooms, Balconies and the Study Room.

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72 thoughts on “Vastu Guidelines For Upper Floors | An Architect Explains

  • April 18, 2017 at 2:53 am
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    Sir
    I have a plot of 2400 sqft. in Shimla which is West facing. As per Town and Country Planning Norms the staircase must be in the middle of the house. So I asked an Architect to design house map. The Architect designed the map of buildup area of 1400 sqft and taken the staircase in middle of the house. In each floor there are two sets of 2BHK each. One set face North where as another faces South. Pl. guide me how I should construct bed rooms, kitchen,toilets etc.
    Thanks with regards.
    Tilak Thakur
    H.P. Shimla
    Hi Tilak,
    Refer to my posts on Vastu Guidelines For Designing A House and Vastu Guidelines For a Positive Home.
    Admin

  • April 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm
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    Sir , I have 1 son ,which floor of flat is suitable to buy.
    Hi Atul,
    Avoid a ground floor flat. Go for any other floor depending on your instinct.
    Admin

  • April 20, 2017 at 11:00 pm
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    Sir, I have a few of queries regarding with vastu to be solved.
    1. Is it essential in having knowing shapes( like rectangle or square) for the the house?
    2. When considering two story building (upper plan area is half portion out of ground plan aligned to north side ), which point does take as the center point to ascertain directions in order to place components like BR?
    3. Are there any possible rectifications to overcome or mitigate negative effects if Master BR is located either East or South-East of the upper floor?
    Hi,
    rectangular and square shapes are most suitable for designing. But another shape is okay provided a good designer creates a spacious plan. do not take the upper floor separately. look at the whole house in deciding the centre. It is okay to have the bedroom in the SE. You can place the bed in the SW part if it is being used as a master bedroom.
    Admin

  • April 23, 2017 at 9:54 pm
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    Sir we want to buy a house facing east but in south facing plot. it has 2 doors one on east side.another middle of the south but facing east .Because they made southwest corner living area.south east kitchen is there.main compound entrance is south of south east. 4 Sides set back is perfect.same in first floor.if we make first floor hall as master bedroom by making internal staircase connecting both floors ok?
    Hi,
    If it has ample openings on the East side , then it is okay. You can make the first floor hall a bedroom. only make sure that the staircase does not eat too much space.
    Admin

  • May 5, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    Sir,
    we are planning to construct home. in ground floor SE -Kitchen, SW-mbed, middle of west portion -STAIR CASE, NW- aged Mom, NE-living, Centre portion courtyard..In first floor above kitchen SE-Guest Room, NE-Kids room(BOYS),EAST middle portion balcony SW and NW are open terrace .SO can you advise me as per Kerala vasthu shastra this plan is ok or required any changes?
    Hi,
    It seems okay.
    Admin

  • June 14, 2017 at 2:58 am
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    Hi Sir,
    My house is south facing i am planning to build my bedroom at second floor on south west corner with attached toilet and toilet at the front side i mean above to the my House main boundary gate as my house boundary main gate also in south west.
    is it okay ?
    Hi,
    It is okay provided it is structurally designed and does not cut off the light to the lower floors.
    Admin

  • June 14, 2017 at 4:20 am
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    Sir
    I my Family we decided to divide house of four floors, how can we divided the 4 store building. who should take share on top middle and bottom floors .3 in my family members are Father Mother and me
    Hi,
    It all depends on your requirement. preferably keep the lower floor for elderly people.
    Admin

  • June 23, 2017 at 10:18 pm
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    Sir, we have our ancestral house and is old but well maintained. House is 2 storied and we have entrances on south east d north west. I have to build a bedroom as I am newly married the only space I have is the north side of the house so the bed room will be on north east (on the first floor). Please advice.
    Hi,
    A NE master bedroom is not ideal.
    Admin

  • July 15, 2017 at 12:00 am
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    Hi. I have 30×40 house and wanted to construct 1 room and small hall in first floor as a master bedroom. I planning to extend SW room 2 feet towards south and west and hall in NW side. Is it fine as per vaastu that extended room and position considering future plan of constructing 1 bhk in remaining place. Please help me. Thanks in advance
    Hi,
    If the structural aspects are all taken into consideration, then you can go ahead. but make sure that the light to the lower rooms does not get affected by the extended portion.
    Admin

  • July 15, 2017 at 4:00 am
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    Dear Sir
    We have made first floor in my factory. Ground floor area is around 3000 fts. & on first floor we have made tin shade of around 2100 fts. I want to know how do we calculate south west area in upper floor. Whether we should consider whole building of ground floor or we have to consider only upper floor for calculation of south west area.
    Thanks

  • July 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm
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    Hi Sir,

    My house is south facing and main gate in south east and stairs in SW , first flight of stair is from south to north and then north to south.
    my first floor entry door which is open in living room in SW.
    however boundary wall main gate of building is in SE after 2 feet of SE corner.
    is all above is OK for problematic.
    Hi,
    It is all okay according to me.
    Admin

  • August 1, 2017 at 3:17 am
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    Hai sir,
    My duplex house has 8 wooden doors and 2 slide doors is it as per vastu
    Hi,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  • August 8, 2017 at 5:33 am
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    Hi,

    I have a bathroom in the north east(More east than north east) of my room which can’t be broken. There is also a balcony on the north. I also have 2 doors in the south(Room door and connecting door), 1 east (Connecting door), 1 north east(Bathroom door) and 1 north (Balcony door) in my room. Can you please suggest some solutions? Cheers
    Hi,
    so effectively you have 4 doors to your room which is a bit too much as your furniture layout can get affected. if the connecting door is not used much, then close it off. but if it is necessary, then make sure the furniture arrangement is such that you have space to move about without bumping into anything.
    Admin

  • August 18, 2017 at 3:17 am
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    We are three brothers living with mother. We have two bedroom in ground floor and three bedroom in first floor. Kindly let us know the allocation of bedrooms for my mother and three sons
    Hi,
    ideally your mother should use the lower floor bedroom. the rest you brothers should decide amonst yourselves.
    Admin

  • September 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    The house is a duplex model . through your guidance I came to know that nothing heavy should be kept in the North East corner . does this apply to the ground and first floor or only for ground floor only ? Please advice .
    Hi,
    as per vastu, the NE should be lighter and lower in height (meaning with lot of windows and a lower roof so as to allow the light to the rest of the house. so it applies to both floors.
    Admin

  • September 8, 2017 at 10:38 pm
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    Sir can we construct staircase over the roof of a temple in ground floor
    Hi,
    It is not ideal. But if the staircase is not visible from the pooja and you have no other place for it, you can go ahead.
    Admin

  • September 13, 2017 at 5:00 am
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    I would like to first appreciate your effort to help and advice through this site.
    I am having a 1st floor house at present in my own land. Top entrance is from west to east. Entrance to staircase is from east to west in ground floor.I have been advised to use the below entrance as my main entrance. Please advise if this is correct. If, yes, please inform criteria to convert it to main entrance.
    Hi,
    Than you for the appreciation. you have been advised right. This is because the lower entrance is an east facing one. Close the staircase and have a big main door in the ground level.
    Admin

  • September 25, 2017 at 2:03 am
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    hi mam.
    i am planning to make two story house.
    i am from north.weather is hot ,so i cant stay in ground floor and upper floor for rent,but you have mentioned that lower floor should give in rent,what should i do if i want to stay in ground floor,and my plot is south facing,
    Hi,
    Nothing wrong in staying in the ground floor if that suits you better.
    Admin

  • September 27, 2017 at 11:36 pm
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    I have started construction of my house. In ground floor two bedrooms one drawing and galary. Bedrooms are in SW and NW with attach toilets. Drawing room in North. Pooja room in NW. Kitchen in SE. Stairs in west. First floor having three rooms. One in NW exactly above to GF room one is above drawing room in gf. One in sw. One common toilet bath in South as joint to the room and above to room at gf. Is it ok.
    Hi,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  • September 28, 2017 at 8:40 am
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    Sir I want to a balcony in first floor at east and north site can I do this.my house is completed but I want a balcony.but a man said if I extend this site the problem create pls help me.
    Hi,
    It will be ideal to have a balcony in the NE but it is preferable that you do not extend one as it will block the light to the lower floor.
    Admin

  • November 16, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    My plot Size is 40 by 60 being in North East . I already have on the first floor two bedrooms with common bathroom in the rear. Now I want to construct one kitchen and one room on the front on the first floor on the side of gate . please guide what is ideal as per Vastu.
    Hi,
    place the kitchen in the NW or SE corner.
    Admin

  • February 10, 2018 at 10:02 am
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    Sir we have three floor building we stay in first floor, we use ground floor for office purpose, we are elder in family we stay with our younger brother family, we want to divide now, in which floor we should stay
    Hi,
    It all depends on your convenience. But usuall the elder stays on the upper floor.
    Admin

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