In multi-level houses, there may be a Basement which is accessed through the Staircase. The basement is usually meant for car parking or for storage etc. Sometimes the basement is used as a family room and for indoor games.

Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for Basements. Since Vastu Shastra 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 not instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:

What are the Vastu guidelines for the location of basements? 
What are the Vastu guidelines for basements?
What are the ideal colours for basements?



Avoid basements for living areas: The Scientific Reason – Generally basements are dark as they are below ground and sunrays do not enter them. In addition they are damp as there is a tendency for water to seep through the walls from the surrounding soil. This highly reduces the basement’s positive effect on the persons living in them.

It is ideal to have only part-basement, and that too, only in the North-East or East of the house: If there is a basement, it should not be located only on the South, South-East, or West sides. It should be extended into the North-East part. The Scientific Reason – Some sunlight will enter from the East in the mornings and constantly from the North if the basement is in the North-East corner. On the other hand, if the North-East corner is not used for a basement, then there will be hardly any light entering into the basement.



Keep at least one-fourth of the Basement above ground: The Scientific Reason – By keeping a part of the basement above the ground, one can have some windows in the portion above ground which can then light up and keep the basement dry.

Locate any heavy equipment in the South and West parts of the Basement: The Scientific Reason – According to Vastu principles, the South-West part of the building is higher than the rest of the house, (as it blocks out the hot evening sunlight to the rest of the house). Therefore, the structural foundation in the SW is designed to support more load and hence the heavier things can be kept in this corner.

Some sunlight should be allowed into the Basement

Keep the height of the Basement walls at least 9 feet: The Scientific Reason – As the basement is below the ground, people have a tendency to excavate less (as it is expensive) and end up having very low height space. This then is not very comfortable for tall people as they feel the ceiling, right above their head. Also, if cars are parked here, the exhaust fumes tend to stagnate within the space as there is less roof height.



The Basement wall colours: Paint the basement white and not a dark colour.  The Scientific Reason- White colour reflects light the most and this is very essential in a dark space like a basement as it allows one to see around clearly.

The Basement should have light colours

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of Basements. The Basements are used for Garage or for Storage. Read the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:

For a concise Vastu guide and evaluation of your Basement, please refer to the post on my blog: House construction in India

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57 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU | BASEMENTS | An Architect Explains

  • August 17, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    We have purchased a west facing basement for commercial purposes can we build a washroom in south part as per vastu

  • August 22, 2019 at 6:54 pm


    we planning to construct a 2 storey house with basement for car parking & storage. its a North facing block. Is it good to have basement entrance(ramp down) from the north east corner?
    and also can you suggest swimming pool location.

  • August 6, 2020 at 1:13 am

    Sir, Kindly clarify for 30’x40′ East site vastu arrangement for the following accomodation.
    1. Leaving offset alround the building as per vastu.
    2. Staircase in the SE corner of the site where front offset left with clockwise direction to FF for NE entry.Also, for subsequent floors in the same arrangement continues.
    3. Front Carparking leaving front offset at half of GF area with wall covering at S & N and remaining half for servant accomodation or other in back side(SE to NW). Car moment at east side wall and opening position is as per vastu. It is requested please, give vastu correction if any thing is wrong. I am grateful to you if clarified.

  • August 11, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Sir, I am planning to construct a house in a plot sized 9×13 mtrs where I am planning to leave the whole Ground level for parking area and construct a house on first floor (2BHK) and second floor (1BHK).
    Please suggest me weather leaving whole Ground floor for parking is OK or something should be constructed there…
    Thank you..

  • September 22, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    Can we construct basement in commercial+resedential plot
    No work is done till now
    North east corner is cut in my plot

  • October 20, 2020 at 7:08 am

    I am planning to finish my basement for South facing lot with east facing main entrance. Walkout basement north facing. Planning for a bedroom, movie theatre & a office room. Can bedroom be in North east direction or North west as both the sides have a window. So I am confused. Request you to kindly suggest me the locations for these 3 areas.

  • November 15, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Hello sir,

    Is vastu rules possible in USA..? It’s so tough to find a home that’s vastu compliant. What would u suggest..?

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