Vastu Guidelines For West Facing House | An Architect Explains

For people who follow Vastu Shastra rules, the direction of the main door of the house is an important consideration. Generally, West facing houses are the third choice; first and second choices being North Facing and East Facing houses respectively. The reason that a West facing home has become the third choice for many people is the ‘wrong’ belief that all West facing houses are bad as per ‘Vastu Shastra“. However, this is not true and a West facing home can be as auspicious as a North or East Facing one, provided one follows certain Vastu rules.

West facing house

In this post, I have described the Vastu guidelines for the placement of rooms, the entrance, etc., in a West facing property. But being an Architect, I cannot just list these guidelines unless I feel that there is a scientific basis to them. So, I have explained the Vatsu Guidelines that I feel make sense, under the following headings:

  • What is a West facing house?
  • What does Vastu Shastra actually say about West facing houses?
  • What are the Vastu Guidelines for the location of the main door in West facing houses?
  • What should one avoid in West facing houses?
  • What rules should one follow in West facing houses?



WHAT IS A WEST FACING HOUSE?

The House/Site orientation is identified by the direction of the road. When you stand in the Site and face the road, the direction you face is said to be the House/Site orientation. So, if you face West, then it is a West facing house.

WHAT DOES VASTU SHASTRA SAY ABOUT WEST FACING HOUSES?

You might have heard from the so-called ‘Vastu specialists’ that living in a South  or a West facing house will invite trouble in life etc. and that only East or North facing properties are good. This is a false myth propagated to make you spend money for solutions and corrections as suggested by the ‘specialists’. The truth is that in an East or North  facing property, it becomes easier to orient each and every room in the ideal locations as recommended by Vastu Shastra. (This is something that I have realised with many years of architectural practice). But that does not mean that Vastu Shastra guidelines cannot be followed in a South or West facing site.

In reality, as per Vastu Shastra, all the directions are equally good and the auspiciousness of a home doesn’t depends upon the direction. The most important factor is the correct placement (location) of the main door/entrance door. For each and every direction – be it North, East, South or West –Vastu Shastra lays down specific rules for locating the main entrance door of the house. You must locate the entrance at only “allowed” places and never in the “prohibited” zones.

Now, since we’re dealing with West facing houses, let’s have a look at the Vastu guidelines for them.

WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN DOOR IN WEST FACING HOUSES?

To figure out where to place the main door in West facing houses, imagine and divide the West length of the house from the North-West (NW) corner to the South-West (SW) corner into 9 equal parts; (each part is called as pada or step in Vastu Shastra). The NW pada is the 1st pada and the SW pada is 9th. This has been indicated in the image below. You can see that the padas 1 and 2 are yellow in color; 3, 4, 5 and 6 are green and padas 7, 8 and 9 are red in colour.

West-Facing-House-VastuHere’s a summary of the Vastu guidelines for location of the main door in West facing houses:

  • According to Vastu Shastra, for a West facing house, any of the green coloured four padas i.e. the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th are best suited for locating the main door of the home.
  • The entrance of a West facing house can also be located in padas 1 and 2, the yellow coloured ones (only if the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th padas) cannot be used. This position is neither good nor bad.
  • Padas 7, 8 and 9, the red ones, should be avoided i.e. you should not locate the entrance of your home in the South West part.
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT SHOULD ONE AVOID IN WEST FACING HOUSES?
  • Avoid placing the entrance in the 7th, 8th and 9th padas on the West side, ie avoid the SW corner of the house.
  • Avoid locating a bore-well or water sump in the SW part of the site.
  • Never buy a plot or flat having extension in the South or SW.
  • Avoid having a Kitchen in SW part of the house.
ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT TIPS SHOULD ONE FOLLOW IN WEST FACING HOUSES?
  • Locate the entrance in the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th padas in the West side.
  • You can also use 1st and 2nd padas if you want.
  • The walls in South and West must be thicker and higher than those in the East and North.
  • Place the Kitchen in SE or NW of the house; But avoid SW.
  • Master bedroom in SW is the best; if the house has multiple floors then locate the master bedroom at the highest floor.
  • Kid’s room can be in South, West or North-West.
  • A guest bedroom can be placed in North-West.

So now a lot of you may feel reassured that it is okay if you have a West facing main door. If you believe in Vastu Shastra, it makes sense to make some tweaks as suggested in this post to help you feel totally reassured.

Though I normally explain the Vastu Principles scientifically, in this post I chose to only list the Vastu guidelines because I have realised that most of my readers are not keen to know the science behind the guidelines- they only want guidance for the correct location of the main entrance door and rooms. But if you are interested, you could go to my scientifically explained posts:

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10 thoughts on “Vastu Guidelines For West Facing House | An Architect Explains

  • July 3, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    Hi,
    We have done bore well in NE corner but not even 1/2 inch water source is there, as we were constructing 3 floors, we have shown to geologist and he said one more good source of water point is there in SW, what should we do?? as said above even you mentioned its not good to have.Ours is a west facing site only. Please suggest according to Vastu
    Hi Gopi,
    Why did you dig a borewell in the NE if there was no good source. To ensure that you get water, it makes sense to dig a well where the geologist recommends. At such times you cannot blindly go by vastu recommendations.
    Admin

  • March 13, 2018 at 10:14 am
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    What is the remedy if the flat is having entrance in south west pada 9?
    Hi,
    You can place a Swastik, Trishul and Om on both sides and top of main door of home from outside.
    Admin

  • March 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm
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    Hi,
    My entrance is west facing & 7th pada. Please advise me solution on it.
    Thanks
    Hi,
    You can place a Swastik, Trishul and Om on both sides and top of main door of home from outside.
    Admin

  • June 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm
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    West villa plan and design as per vast
    Dear sir,Iam having plot size 30×60(200sp.y) West facing.I want 3 bhk villa,car parking and front garden+back side some space+balcony+pooja room+small indoor garden+terrace garden,kindly suggest me some good design.
    Regards
    Renuka swathi
    Hi,
    Hire an architect from your city.
    Admin

  • July 1, 2018 at 5:53 am
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    Hello, I am purchasing west facing house which main door is locate in South West corner and other rooms are locate according to vaastu.only main gate is in South West corner. What can we do? We want to purchase this house.please give suggestions.
    Hi,
    Since you have decided to purchase it, you can place a Swastik, Trishul and Om on both sides and top of main door of home from outside.
    Admin

  • July 2, 2018 at 9:56 am
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    I have purchased a flat In high-rise building. The main entrance door of complex is facing east but door of My flat is facing west that too towards south wall of the house. This can not be changed. Any suggestions?
    Hi,
    You can place a Swastik, Trishul and Om on both sides and top of main door of home from outside.
    Admin

  • July 8, 2018 at 4:19 am
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    Planning to take west facing main door located in 4,5 pada flat where the kitchen is located in south-west corner, is this good house.
    Hi,
    If you feel that it gives you a positive feeling, go ahead and buy it.
    Admin

  • August 8, 2018 at 11:07 am
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    Dear Sir,

    Attached is the design for your reference to advice for best possible outcomes in future. The plot is west facing and main entrance door of the house lies between 3rd and 4th pada, while the main gate is at 7,8th pada. The underground water tank is infront of the main door(3,4,&5th pada ).What remedies can we adopt to prevent any bad consequences.
    Hi,
    It looks okay to me. But if you are worried consult a vastu guru.
    admin

  • August 16, 2018 at 5:04 am
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    What precisely is meant by “main door”?
    Is it the main gate on the outermost boundary wall or the main entrance door to the constructed structure?
    Hi,
    Main door means the ‘main entrance door’ to the constructed structure by which you enter into the enclosed space called your home. It does not mean the main gate.
    Admin

  • September 11, 2018 at 8:27 am
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    I have bought a flat where the Main door is west facing. I need few suggestions/tips from you.
    1. Kitchen is at teh South-East corner – I feel this is the right placement
    2. There are 3 bedrooms, the position of which are as below:
    – South-West
    – North-West
    – North-East
    Please advise which room is best for Master bedroom, kids bedroom & guest bedroom. guest room is where my mother is going to sleep.
    3. There is a placement at the south side of the living room. We are planning to use this space as a pooja room. is this fine? Its attached to the south-west room.
    I’m reaching out for your advise as you seem to be using logic to your explanation & not just going as per the said Vastu. I can share you the floor plan if you like. Any other suggestions or ideas would be helpful.
    Hi,
    SW-master bedroom
    NW-Childrens bedroom
    NE- Guest bedroom
    Yes you can use that space in the living room for your pooja.
    Admin

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