Vastu Guidelines For West Facing House | An Architect Explains

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.

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As an Architect I have tried to explain the Vastu Principles to be followed for West facing houses in this post under the following headings: If you are interested, you can try to understand Vastu Shastra from a scientific perspective.

  • 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  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 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. But, in reality Vastu Shastra never says that South and West directions are bad and that only North and East are the good directions to orient a home. In fact, as per Vastu Shastra, all the directions are equally good. However, the most important factor is the correct 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.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?

  1. Avoid placing the entrance in the 7th, 8th and 9th padas on the West side, ie avoid the SW corner of the house.
  2. Avoid locating a bore-well or water sump in the SW part of the site.
  3. Never buy a plot or flat having extension in the South or SW.
  4. Avoid having a Kitchen in SW part of the house.

ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA, WHAT TIPS SHOULD ONE FOLLOW IN WEST FACING HOUSES?

  1. Locate the entrance in the 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th padas in the West side.
  2. You can also use 1st and 2nd padas if you want.
  3. The walls in South and West must be thicker and higher than those in the East and North.
  4. Place the Kitchen in SE or NW of the house; But avoid SW.
  5. Master bedroom in SW is the best; if the house has multiple floors then locate the master bedroom at the highest floor.
  6. Kid’s room can be in South, West or North-West.
  7. 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.

Since you’ve understood West facing house Vastu, I suggest you read about the Vastu principles for the main door, internal doors and windows and the interiors of a house, here:

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