SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR DOORS AND WINDOWS | An Architect Explains

In Vastu Shastra, the door and window positions are important because they not only let in the air, light and energy into the rooms of the house, but also provide protection against negative energies around. If they are in the right positions, then  there is a positive flow of air, light and energy from the outside to the inside and from room to room, thus enhancing the health and the lives of the inmates and creating a feeling of contentment and happiness.

Before designing and constructing doors and windows for your next house, take into consideration the points listed here as they play a crucial role in determining the flow of Vastu energy in your house.  Since Vastu 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:

How many doors and windows should there be in a house?
What is the best location for doors in a house?
What is the best location for the main door in a house?
What is the best location of the windows in a house?
What are the specifications of doors and windows?


 


HOW MANY DOORS AND WINDOWS SHOULD THERE BE IN A HOUSE?

Even number of doors – This must be due to the symmetric designs of houses in the earlier days. Even number of rooms were placed on either side of the line of symmetry. So the number of doors was also even.

There should be an even number of windows in the house, like 2, 4, 6, 8 etc. Avoid odd number of windows like 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 .  The Reason – It must have something to do with symmetry and the structure of the house, because in earlier times, the buildings had wooden roofs with rafters etc. So the positioning of windows was based on the roof grid. However, you can have any number of windows, depending on your requirement.


 


WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR DOORS IN A HOUSE?

For internal doors – Ideally, doors and windows should be placed opposite to each other so that both the positive and negative cycles are completed. The Reason – This is done to enable the proper flow of air thus facilitating cross-ventilation between rooms. If there’s a presence of stagnant air in your premises, having an insufficient flow of air within your house can promote the growth and development of harmful virus and bacteria. The resultant stagnant air arising out of this may not be suitable for the house inmates. Proper ventilation thus ensures happy and healthy living.

Any door should not be placed in the centre of a wall. It should ideally be far away from the centre while taking adequate care to not place it in the extreme corner either. The Reason – It is  best if any opening is not in the corner as cracks can form and some bearing is needed to support the lintel of the opening. Doors should also be avoided in the middle of a wall as structurally it is not very sound.

If your house comprises of two main doors then, in that case, opt for a combination of doors in East with North and West, West with North and East. However, the direction of South and West/East should be avoided as it’s considered inauspicious. The Reason – Doors on opposite walls help in the flow of air and energy and prevent stagnation of air within the house.

For the Main door –  it is advisable to follow the rules explained below. The Reason – Every time you enter your house you activate a presiding energy in relationship to the mandala of the house at that point. A door must be precisely located in order to activate the beneficial energy.



 


WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION OF THE MAIN DOOR?

To figure out where to place a main door, imagine that you are standing outside the house, facing the front of the house. Divide the front facade of the house into two parts with an imaginary, middle, vertical line. The door should be placed towards the centre, either in the left or the right half, depending on the direction the house faces.

For a East facing House – Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-East), instead place it in the right half, that is towards the North-East. The Reason – Since the North-East corner of a plot is to be left open, for sunlight to enter the house, it makes sense to enter from this space but only after leaving as much of window openings towards the North and East.

The door should not be at the corner of the walls, but a few feet away from the corner junction. The 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.

For a South-facing House – Avoid placing a door in the left half (South-West), instead place it in the right half, that is  in the South-East. The Reason- It is always preferrable to have minimum number of openings in the South-West since the hot infra-red rays of the evening sunlight are projected maximum to this direction.

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

For a West-facing house – Avoid placing a door in the right half (South-West), instead place it in the left half, that is  in the  North-West. The Reason It is always preferrable to have few openings in the South-West since the hot infra-red rays of the evening sunlight are projected maximum to this direction.

If a house has a main entrance in the West it should have a corresponding door in the East also. The 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)

For a North-facing house – Avoid placing a door in the right half (North-West), instead place it in the left half, that is in the North-East. The Reason Its preferable to have more openings in the North and East to allow sunlight constantly, through the day. Since the door is opaque, it should be placed more to the centre of the wall and windows should be kept in the North-East.


 


WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION OF THE WINDOWS IN A HOUSE?

The windows should be opposite to the doors so that both the positive and negative cycles are completed. The Reason – This is to allow the proper flow of air from room to room thus facilitating cross-ventilation between rooms. If there’s a presence of stagnant air in your premises, having an insufficient flow of air within your house can promote the growth and development of harmful virus and bacteria.

The windows in the North wall should be more towards the North-East and should be long and wide.  The Reason – So that air and constant and useful morning light from North-East can permeate the house.

The windows in the East wall should be more towards the North-East and should be long and wide for the same reason as explained above.

Avoid too many windows in the South-West directionsThe Reason – The harmful, hot infra red rays of the Sunlight are projected maximum to the South-West direction in India. Hence it is preferable to have less openings in this direction.

Windows should be long and wide to let in a lot of light


 


WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS FOR DOORS AND WINDOWS?

All the windows in your house should ideally be of uniform and consistent shape while also being proportionate in height and size as well. Moreover, doors and windows should be rectangular in shape. Avoid having fancy shaped and irregular sized doors as they are not considered auspicious. The Reason – Uniform and consistent shapes looks more aesthetic than windows of different sizes and shapes. Rectangular shape is the most stable shape structurally.

Automatic doors should be avoided at all costs. As per Vastu, doors which close automatically are said to affect the health of children. The Reason – Automatic doors can malfunction and  there is the likelihood of children having their fingers stuck in the doors.

Doors and windows should be devoid of any damage or cracks. If any damage or cracks are there, they should ideally be replaced urgently as it’s considered to be extremely inauspicious as per Vastu. The Reason – The cracks can weaken the doors if they are not attended to immediately.

If your door or windows make noise or creaks while opening or closing, it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible or it could result in unneeded quarrels in your house. The Reason – Creaking doors sound ominous and indicate loose hinges. They need to be tightened.

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the positioning of the Doors and Windows during the construction of a House. Read about the different Stages in construction of a House here:

If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment also Vastu compliant, then go to:




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130 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR DOORS AND WINDOWS | An Architect Explains

  • February 13, 2017 at 9:11 am
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    1)Can we include the open arches of dining,kitchen and a passage to two bed rooms as doors while calculating the no.of doors.
    2)Can we include the bathroom door placed under the stair case to calculate the no.of doors
    3)can we add gate to calculate the no. of doors
    4) can we include the ventilations as windows
    5)what should b the ratio for doors and windows
    Hi,
    Any opening which has a lintel and is covered overhead to form an enclosed passage, is counted as a door. Every door in the house is counted. Ventilators are counted as windows.
    Admin

  • March 6, 2017 at 1:33 am
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    Ours is east facing house in the house entrance, we live in 2 floor so main entrance is south facing, now we have planned to put windows both north west and north east not exactly little backward from northeast corner which window is beneficial ? I also have a doubt that can we have electronic devices in South West but I know I should add weight to placed some stuffs including gas cylinder. I have placed fridge and inverter in South West thanks
    Thanks
    Hi,
    Windows in both NW and NE are beneficial, though the NE one is better. You can put your fridge etc in the SW.
    Admin

  • March 9, 2017 at 3:46 am
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    Hi,
    I want to know whether sliding glass doors are considered as doors. Also if a glass window is about 5 feet or more (does not touch the floor), will it be considered as a door?? Pls clarify.
    Hi,
    Sliding glass door is considered a door because it is an opening. But a glass window, whether it is 5′ or more is considered a window.
    Admin

  • March 9, 2017 at 10:57 pm
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    Sir do we have to consider the arches without doors also as doors. And we have a iron gate associated with main door.should I consider that also?
    There r 7 doors excluding arches and iron gate.
    If I consider arches it’s 9 doors.
    And along with iron gates it’s 10.
    Hi,
    Sliding glass door is considered a door because it is an opening. But a glass window, whether it is 5′ or more is considered a window.
    Admin

  • March 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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    Sir,
    I recently constructed a beautiful house. Just before planning to move in, we had to clear some doubts about Vastu and checked online. And came across the below site. It suggests number of door and its consequences. We have six doors with shutters and one door sized arch (open) between hall and kitchen (it’s a modern kitchen + dining room + Pooja corner). Now after reading that site, which says that shutterless door is considered entrance, our total count of doors became 7. And the site mentions that 7 doors causes death! Now my wife refuses to move in. Please help and verify if that info is ever mentioned in Vastu shastras and as you mentioned in comments above, if the count really matters today. Thanks.
    http://www.myvaastu.in/Vastu-for-Doors.html
    RP
    Hi,
    According to me, the number of doors and windows in a house is irrelevant because modern day constructions are RCC structures in which lintels, openings can be placed anywhere. bUt if your wife has this irrational fear, then you need to do something about it. Maybe create one more door between two spaces.
    Admin

  • March 22, 2017 at 10:44 pm
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    Hi Sir,
    Is French window considered as a door?
    Hi Revathi,
    Yes
    Admin

  • March 28, 2017 at 5:49 am
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    Dear Sir,
    We have ground floor with 1 – main Door, 1 – Back Door, 1 Bed Door, 1 Kitchen Door, 2 Toilet Door and 1 Pooja Room Door. also we have 2 opening gate in portico. Now the Count is 7 or 9 and I have planed to construct 1st floor. As per vaastu we should consider the No. of doors in whole building Or in Each Building. If so then How many No. is good. Please Suggest. Also suggest the no of Windows to count.. Even the ventilator is considered as Window?
    Hi,
    Count the number of doors in the whole building if you are using all the floors. Do not include the number of gates. Ventilators are alos counted as windows.
    Admin

  • March 29, 2017 at 11:41 pm
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    Sir in our ground floor we have 1 main door at North side.1 bedroom door, 2 bath room doors,1 kitchen door at South side, and and 1 bath room door below the stair case out side, and now we are planning to keep another door towards east facing, then the total count becomes 7 no.is it OK sir
    Hi,
    Do not include the outside bathroom door in your count.
    Admin

  • April 4, 2017 at 10:02 am
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    Sir, CD room door is include in door list or not.
    Hi,
    Every door in the house should be counted.
    Admin

  • April 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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    Can be three windows in children’s bed room.
    Hi,
    Yes you can have three windows in a room.
    Admin

  • April 11, 2017 at 5:43 am
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    Sir, I am planning to construction of house is West Facing. In this Main door-1,Bed Rooms doors-3,toilet doors-3 and North east corner door-1 total 8 nos counted but I provide another toilet at south east under staircase landing,the toilet should not touch with main building add the door of this toilet including main building door or not.
    Hi,
    Do not include the outside toilet door in your count.
    Admin

  • April 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm
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    Dear Sir,
    I have purchased an apartment east facing which has 7doors. Since it is odd, we are planning to add Pooja room between entrance hall and kitchen. Kindly advise. And is it necessary for 8doors.
    Hi,
    It is a good idea to have a separate pooja room. But make sure your overall space does not get constrained.
    Admin

  • April 19, 2017 at 4:46 am
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    Dear sir,
    I have one 3bhk flat main door facing north.
    Doors are main door-1, bed room-3, washroom-3 and balcony sliding doors-5, kitchen door-open.
    I want to know the no of doors as i am confused whether to count balcony doors or not. If not counting balcony doors then it is 7 then can i add one door in kitchen. Please suggest.
    Thanking you
    Hi,
    Include all openings in your count.
    Admin

  • May 10, 2017 at 11:14 pm
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    Hi Sir,
    Will sliding glass door comes into door count.
    Thanks,
    Deepti
    Hi,
    Any door, sliding or glass or wooden will be included in the count.
    Admin

  • May 30, 2017 at 4:39 am
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    Hello Sir,
    Your answers are very helpful. Kindly provide clarifications to the below queries,
    1) whether we can have 3 doors in a simple straight line opposite to each other?
    2) do we need to count no.of doors floor wise or total house wise ?
    3) in a 2 floor duplex house, whether we need to count no.of doors floor wise or combinedly?
    Thank You Very much Sir.
    Regards,
    Prasad
    Hi,
    In a duplex house, count the number of all the doors in all the floors.
    Admin

  • May 30, 2017 at 9:15 am
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    Hello Sir,
    Is sliding door towards balcony is considered as a door while counting the number of doors?
    In the same way do we have to count a main entrance door in the count?
    Please suggest
    Hi,
    Yes both balcony door and main door should be considered in the count.
    Admin

  • June 18, 2017 at 9:31 pm
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    I brought one west facing house which has 6 entrances and now i am planning to keep doors for puja room will it count as 7 entrances or only 6.
    1 main entrance
    1 utilities exit
    2 master bed room
    2 child bed room
    with the puja room will it count as 7, or is it ok to keep the doors to puja room
    Please advice me on this
    Hi,
    Include bathroom doors also. Anyway number of doors does not matter.
    Admin

  • June 20, 2017 at 9:57 am
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    West facing flat.main door is in northern half of the west side.opposite to the main road there is corridor for that floor. Is it ok.
    Hi,
    It is okay according to me.
    Admin

  • July 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    Hello Sir, Ground floor main door size is 3.3 x 6.5 feet. Now I am constructing 1st floor and want to make the main door little wider. Will it cause any problem as per Vaastu if I make the main door size 3.5×6.5 feet? Thank you for your advise.
    Hi,
    It will not be a problem. In fact main door should be at least 3.5′ wide.
    Admin

  • July 8, 2017 at 1:09 am
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    Sir .u said even number of doors is gud. Shud i include bathroom doors in the count
    Hi,
    You should include bathroom doors in your count.
    Admin

  • July 16, 2017 at 2:32 am
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    Sir, pl advise me whether bathroom doors are to be included in total number of doors for vastu compliance.
    Hi,
    You should include bathroom doors in your count.
    Admin

  • August 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm
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    Hi Sir,
    We are modifying upper floor and building two rooms. The placement of the room doors are aligned with each other (face to face) with about 5 feet gap. Is this ok ?
    Thanks
    Mangala
    Hi,
    It is okay.
    Admin

  • August 15, 2017 at 9:23 am
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    can i keep 5 windows in my west facing flat or it should be even number?
    Hi,
    According to me the number of doors and windows does not matter in todays RCC structures. The number of doors and windows affected the ancient wooden structures.
    Admin

  • August 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm
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    Dear Admin,
    Myself and my husband along with our 3months old kid are staying in an independent rented house.
    It has totally 7 doors.
    I read that this may cause death and not good.
    I am worried a little.
    Please suggest.
    Thanks in advance.-
    Prajna.
    Hi,
    According to me, the number of doors does not matter. But if it is bothering you, either you shift out of the house or remove the fear from your mind.
    Admin

  • September 8, 2017 at 9:59 am
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    sir i am constructing a house which have 4-wood doors and 1-plastic doors so its good for vastu
    Hi,
    The material used for the doors does not matter.
    Admin

  • September 8, 2017 at 10:00 am
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    sir i have constructed a house which have 5- doors it is good in vastu shastra
    Hi,
    According to me it is okay.
    Admin

  • September 28, 2017 at 7:17 am
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    Respected sit my house have ,6 doors 8 windows.recently we make interiors we put between 2 bed rooms one glass ply wood door is it count vastu .. 7th door? Plz reply me.thank you.
    Hi,
    Yes it is counted as a door. But dont worry abot the number of doors.
    Admin

  • October 13, 2017 at 10:08 am
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    Dear Sir,
    I have south facing home and i have main door in south east corner.
    I want to move it to center (just after center south east direction) of the house because my furnitures are not fiting well.
    But i have an other door in the same room which will come in front of the main door .
    So my qustion is can i place main door and next door which open in to my lobby in font of each other ?
    Thanks
    Hi,
    Yes you can.
    Admin

  • October 14, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    For counting of no. of doors latrine and bath door should be considered or not
    And also if only frame of door is there than we count the door.
    Hi,
    Every door opening is counted whether it has a shutter or not.
    Admin

  • October 27, 2017 at 2:32 am
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    Hi sir ,
    We are constructing a 3 BHK flat . As of now in my dinning we are planning upvc sliding door. We have 8 wooden door . Is upvc sliding door is counted or not counted as per vastu? Plz reply fast.
    Hi,
    Whether it is wooden or UPVC, any door opening is counted.
    Admin

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