The Store Room is the place for storing grains, foodstuff and/or junk. There are 2 types of store rooms- the food storeroom and the junk storeroom. The Store room used for food storage is usually near the Kitchen whereas the store room used exclusively for junk storage may be under a staircase or elsewhere. Either kind of store room should be free from dampness, fungus and bacteria that will spoil the foodstuff and damage the stored items.
Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Store room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on sound logic and reasoning. 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.
The food Store room should ideally be in the South portion of building. The Scientific reason – In this position, the Store room is adjacent to the Kitchen in the South-East and can be accessed conveniently. Also, since the Sun is in the South portion of the house by noon, the intensity of the heat is high and the rooms will remain dry and moisture-proof. This is necessary for the long term storage of foodstuff. Therefore it is ideal to have the food Store room in the South.
The junk Store room can be located in the North-West or West directions: The Scientific reason – The West and North-West get heated up more than the other directions because of the hot afternoon Sun and the re-reflection of it’s infra red rays from the ground. Therefore, less used rooms like a store room can be placed here as it will serve as a buffer and prevent the rest of the house from getting heated up. Since it will remain dry and moisture proof due to the heat, it is suitable for storing things that wont be used often.
The door to the Store room can be placed in any direction preferably in the East, North and South-East. The Scientific reason – To access the Store room from the Kitchen (which is ideally in the South-East corner), the door has to be on the East or South-East walls.
The door to the Store room must open into the store room and have two shutters. The Scientific reason – A door with 2 shutters is usually larger than the average single shutter door. A larger door to the Store room will facilitate the easy transfer of large food bags and junk things.
The windows in the Store room should be on the Eastern or Western walls. The Scientific reason – The germicidal sunrays from the East will help to keep the room bacteria/fungus-free and the hot sunrays from the West will keep it dry and moisture proof.
If it is possible, the height of granary room should be more than other rooms. The Scientific reason – A room with a high ceiling will be more airy and will allow for the movement of air around the large quantities of stored foodstuff. In addition, it can benefit from the sunlight on all sides as it’s roof is higher than the rest of the rooms.
Things like oil, ghee and gas cylinder etc should be stored in the South-East corner of the Store room. The Scientific reason – The South-East is considered the Aagneya (Fire) corner and so the combustible materials should be kept here.
Avoid any kind of empty container in the Store room. The Scientific reason – If the empty containers are not refilled, you will not have what you need when required. Psychologically too, you may feel there is shortage of food at home.
Never sleep in storage room as the vibrations tend to obstruct the sleep. The Scientific reason – A store room is a stuffy place with all the foodstuff/junk and is not at all suitable for sleep.
The ideal colours for a Store room are tints of white, yellow or blue. The Scientific reason – White, yellow reflect and re-reflect the sunlight, ensuring that the sunrays permeate the whole room keeping it bacteria-free and dry.
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