Bathroom is a broad term used to describe a room where one takes bath, uses the WC and uses the Wash basin for brushing teeth and washing face. In ancient times, when there was no water supply through pipes and no drainage and sewage pipeline system, people used the open spaces for daily ablutions.  Therefore, Toilets were restricted to open spaces far from the house, while Bathrooms meant for only bathing were located elsewhere, generally near the water source.
However today with the easy availability of water through taps and underground sewage-line system, we can afford to have Bathrooms (also known as Toilets) as a part of the house, with the W.C., wash basin and bath shower/bathtub, all combined in one room.

bathroom accessory

Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Bathrooms. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted toexplain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t, instead of following them like a superstition.


The Bathroom should be in the North-West or West: If it is attached to the Bedroom, it should preferably be to the North-West side of the room.The Scientific Reasoning – In India the infra-red rays of the Sun get projected on the West side and so the West side is hotter, especially in the evenings.  Therefore, Bathrooms placed in the West and North-West help to block the western sun radiation to other parts of the house, keeping them relatively cool. In addition, the hot west sun rays help to dry up the Bathrooms faster. Also, by keeping the Bathrooms in the West side, far away from the North-East corner, where in olden times the open well or water source was preferred, the percolation of waste water  into the water source during the monsoon season when the ground water table rises,was prevented.

The second option for the location of the Bathroom, is the South-East:The Scientific Reasoning- Since most people use the Bathroom in the mornings, the beneficial sun rays coming from the East side will be useful to the user.

Avoid the Bathroom in the North-East and the Centre of the house: The Scientific Reasoning – In earlier times when the major drinking water sources were open wells, tanks etc, there was the need to purify the water by the UV rays of the morning sunlight and so the North-East corner was preferred for water sources. Therefore, the Bathrooms were to be kept far away from the North-East, so that the the percolation of waste water into the water sources during the monsoon season when the ground water table rises, could be avoided.


Use anti-skid tiles as bathroom flooring


The Bathroom floor should be higher than ground level:The Scientific Reasoning – For the proper draining out of the waste water from the Bathroom, it is obvious that the Bathroom level should be higher than the ground level.

Avoid marble flooring in the Bathroom: The Scientific Reasoning – Marble is extremely slippery when wet and hence should be definitely avoided in Bathroom floors.


The bathroom fixtures should be placed along the walls of the bathroom


The wash basin, bathtub and shower can be in the North-East, North or East of the Bathroom:The Scientific Reasoning – In earlier times, the water for washing and bathing was stored near or directly above the Bathrooms, as there was no elaborate plumbing system wherein water was distributed throughout the house from just one water tank. Hence, it was preferable to have this water source in the North-East side where the sun’s beneficial UV rays could purify the water.

The WC (commode) can be in the West, South or South-West of the Bathroom: The Scientific Reasoning – The WC was placed away from the bathing area so that  it does not pollute the water stored for bathing purposes.

The WC should be oriented facing North or South: But not in the E-W direction.The Scientific Reasoning -In earlier times, when people sat in the open for the daily ablutions, it was necessary to shade their face from the Sun and hence the E-W direction was avoided. Also it might have been out of a sense of respect to the Sunrise and Sunset, since the Sun was considered the major energy source.

The head position in the Bathtub should be towards South: The Scientific Reasoning – The human body acts like a magnet with the head as the North Pole. So lying down with the head in the North direction, will cause the two North poles to repel each other and hence cause a feeling of restlessness .

The mirror can be on the North or East walls: The Scientific Reasoning - If the mirrors are placed on the North and East walls, then the constant light from the North and the morning sunlight from the East will fall on our faces as we look into the mirror, thus enabling us to see ourselves better.


The mirror should be well lit


A large window can be in the North and a smaller ventilator in the East or West: The Scientific ReasoningThe small window either in the East or the West will allow the sunrays to dry up the bathroom quickly, while the bigger window in the North will allow constant light into the Bathroom. Also, by having 2 windows on adjacent walls, cross-ventilation is allowed which ensures that fresh air replaces the humid air.

The door can be in the East or North-East: The Scientific Reasoning – The door should be located away from the commode to prevent it from hitting the WC and obstructing the space near it.


Light shades are the most suitable colours in bathrooms


The Colour of the Bathroom walls: Can be according to one’s choice but it is preferable to havelight shades. Avoid red and black color.  The Scientific Reasoning - Light shades brigten up a space and make it appear larger. One may not notice any dangerous insects or animals that can enter the Bathroom through the floor traps, if  dark colours like black and red are used. Also, the dirty floor corners may go unnoticed, if dark colours are used.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Bathroom. The Bathroom is accessed from the Bedroom.  Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of this space 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 Bathroom, go to:  DESIGNING A BATHROOM

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  1. Jignesh Rupani says:

    Dear Sir,
    I need your advice on the new house, which I have recently booked and is under construction at the moment. The house is basically an independent twin bungalow with construction on ground floor and the first floor. In the First floor, Master bedroom has an attached bathroom. And the flooring level of bathroom is 6 inch more than the Room level. Bathroom is one step up than Room level. So as per vastu is it Ok or bathroom and Room should have the same flooring level?
    Thank you very much. With best regards, Jignesh Rupani
    Hi Jignesh,
    Ideally the floor levels should all be the same. But because it was not planned earlier, the bathroom has to be 6″ higher in order to be able to take out the pipes. It is okay, but place a half-inch thick granite strip at the doorway so that the water from the bathroom does not flow into the bedroom.

  2. raman says:

    Thank you for your guide lines for bath room is north-west side & taps are fitted in the sout hwall while taking bath our face towards south will facing& Also same in the kitchen is east-west side here also tap is fitted in south wall .
    pls suggest vastu solution if any wrong in this direction .
    Hi Raman,
    It is very easy to get obsessed with Vastu but difficult to implement practically. In any room there are 4 walls and 4 directions. Naturally, some of our actions will be performed while facing south. It is not possible to avoid them. But make sure that, when doing activities for long periods of time, you are not facing South because it disturbs your mental equilibrium. So, what you have in your house is fine and there is no need for any solution.

  3. Ashok says:

    Sir, is bathroom suitable at the corner of north on veranda opening on N-E direction
    kindly advise .
    Hi Ashok,
    It is not the ideal location since the toilet will block the NE corner of the veranda.

  4. Deep says:

    Hello – I live in a rented apartment and my bathroom happens to be in the South East. I have read that the South East is a bad direction for bathrooms since it is the fire corner. I cannot change anything on the location of the bathroom since it is a rented place, could you suggest any other remedies?
    Hi Deep,
    I have a toilet in SE corner and I do not see any associated problems. The important thing is to keep the toilet doors always shut. This will negate any fears that you have.

  5. Ritu says:

    Sir I am getting my house made and the master bedroom occupies the whole of southwest corner of the plot. The dressing room is in the southeast of the bedroom and through it is the bathroom. The bathroom door is in the southwest corner of the bathroom with vanity in the north and shower in the northeast and wc on the south and a southeast corner window. Is the above setting ok?
    Hi Ritu,
    Yes it is okay.

  6. srinivas says:

    Dear sir,
    For west side road house,which face of main door to be fixed.

    Considering attach bath room inside the room,what could be the size, Example: 11 feet length and 16 feet width which have bath room in north west side .Is it ok.
    Please SUGGEST.
    Hi Srinivas,
    A main door in the NW face is the best option. The minimum size of a bathroom is 5’x7’6″, though 5’6″ x 8′ is preferable. You can also opt for a square toilet like 6’x 6’6″.

  7. Sriram says:

    Dear Sir,
    Do we need to consider toilet and kitchen ventilators and exhaust fan opening as a window for window counting
    Please provide your suggestion.
    Hi Sriram,
    In earlier days, because of the mode of construction using wood and mud, there was need for symmetry and even number of windows for balance. But in modern buildings you do not need to count windows/ventilators/doors. You can have any number according to your requirement.

  8. arjun says:

    hello sir i really thank you for the service and the way you explain is very good.
    now there is a bedroom in north-east part of my house because it was west faceing house now we changed into east facing because on the west side they have constructed house so on entrance from west. what can be done can you pleas help me.
    Hi Arjun,
    Nothing is to be done. Use the bedroom in the NE as a children’s bedroom.

  9. gopalkrishna says:

    Hi Sir,

    1) My son room is in SE, on the first first floor, just on the top of our ground floor kitchen. it is eIs it ok ?
    2) My site is a NE sloping land with an underground garage in north east. We are planning a light west facing stairs ( from east to west ) stairs to access the ground floor. Is it ok ?
    Thank you
    Hi Gopalkrishna,
    All that you have proposed is okay.

  10. ajay says:

    Hi.. Can the joint bathrooms be fully projected out in the space left behind the house on south and west? I mean it will result in irregular shape of the building structure. Would it be a problem?
    Hi Ajay,
    No it will not be a problem. But make sure you follow the byelaws and do not build into the setback area.

  11. D J Meghani says:

    Dear Sir,
    I had constructed the house in which the WC is fixed in north west corner i.e face towards south, so is it OK ???
    and in Master bedroom with attached toilet where the head position on the bed keep ??
    and in children bedroom without attached toilet, where the head position on the bed keep ???
    D J Meghani
    Hi Meghani,
    In the master bedroom, let the head position be in the South or East and in the childrens bedroom, let the head position be in the East.

  12. Deepali says:

    Sir, I purchase a small land as per my convenience. pls guid me how should be built up area?(in feet) E-44,W-38,N-28.70,S-30, Road on East- 20 & South side. My plot is at 1st corner in lane.Is it good for vastu.

  13. yogita says:

    hello sir,
    we recently shifted to a leased apartment fir six months in NC USA. here the kitchen is in the southeast corner south facing and in the northeast corner thr is a bathroom with wash basin in th corner thn toilet then bath tub in the order of left to right. beside tht room one small store room n beaide this room obe mire bathroom with wash baain n toilet from left to right. we have an open kitchen in the hall. plz give suggest me whr to do puja n remedies as we hav batheooms in northeast corner n east side.
    thanks in advance.
    Hi Yogita,
    You can find some space in the kitchen or hall for the pooja room. It does not necessarily have to be in the NE corner. It should eba well ventilated and bright area.

  14. Ms. T.mythili says:

    Can my daughters bedroom be built 5 ft from the south east corner and can the ward robe be in the south east corner and the toilet in the south west corner for bathroom of the bed room.
    HI Mythili,
    The SE corner is ideal for a child’s bedroom. You can have a bathroom in the SW corner.

  15. Belle says:

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for the good advice I see here.

    I live in an old tiled house which is nearly 100 years old with little modifications now and then.

    As I live in the hills, the house was built facing the slope (contour) which is south east but more towards east. Keeping the entrance as East, I have two of my bedrooms one in the middle of the house in North, the other on the North West corner. But both the toilets are positioned together in the north west corner.(Projecting out)
    Question 1
    I enter the bathroom from my middle bedroom towards West which is (eastern wall of the bathroom) My mirror is on the west wall, toilet seat is facing east, shower is is on the west wall and the ventilator is on the north wall.
    Question 2
    My second bathroom is behind the first bathroom which both are on the NW corner and entrance to the second bathroom from my other bedroom is north (which is on the south wall of the bathroom) mirror is on the east wall, toilet seat is facing west, shower is on the eastern wall and the ventilator is on the north wall.
    Kindly suggest any changes to be made.
    Hi Belle,
    You are living in a 100 year old house. Evidently it has served well, so why bother about the minute details such as toilet seat, mirror positioning etc. Just make sure that there is good light above the mirror to light up your face and that there is good ventilation and light in the bathrooms.

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