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. This way, 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?



Keep 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.

Have 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.



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 enables the proper flow of air thus facilitating cross-ventilation between rooms. Stagnant air in the houses can promote the growth and development of harmful virus and bacteria. This can adversely affect the health of 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.



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.


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.


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 preferable 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.


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)


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.



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



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 look 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.


For a concise Vastu guide on doors and windows, please refer to my blog on House construction in India

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:

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

  • July 13, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Are upvc doors counted as doors according to vastu ? Or only wooden doors count is mandatory ??

  • August 10, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Hi sir,
    We have purchased new flat. It has 7 windows, 3 bathroom ventilations, it should be counted as 7 or 10 windows.

    We have 10 doors including main entrance door.

    Please inform whether we need to count total windows as even or doors as even or clubbed together.

    Please advice


  • August 31, 2019 at 12:16 am

    1 year ago my company moved to a semi detached building . It is a two & 1/2 storey facing south. My office is on the last floor , the 1/2 storey. I sit in the south west corner of the floor . . My room door facing east side and my back is on west side . I have wall but there is glass panel on south and west corners . A window facing south but it’s hardly open as room is aircon . My job is to manage the administrative and partial financial . Have a lot of ups n downs since I moved . Can you give some advise .

  • September 11, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Hi Sir,
    We have seen an east facing corner flat, main door is placed at north east, but we have to enter it through a grill gate which is at south east. should we consider the grill gate facing, as I am very confused if this will effect us.

    __(main door)______east____________| grill door

  • September 28, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hi Sir,

    I planning to buy a 3BHK flat and wanted to get your opinion on doors on below three question:

    Balcony has two types of door ie Glass and mesh. Should we count them as different or as one as they are on same opening to balcony.

    If we put an additional iron door on main entrance, will it be counted also in total doors

    Also, Balcony glass slider doors are divided into two partition ie one slides towards left and another towards right. Are these are counted as two different doors oe their combination is counted as one.

  • October 23, 2019 at 12:34 am

    sir please advise west facing house plan with divert water and main door

  • January 27, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    There is another door in front of the main door of my house

  • March 30, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Hello Sir, I would like to build a house on a South facing plot. The main door is on the South, pada 4. Another door will be on East, closer to the North East corner and the 3rd on the North. My question: in which pada is best to have the North door?

  • May 10, 2020 at 5:44 am

    In front of main door – We have closed balcony with 4 shutter glass and wood door which we use more like a verandah , and there is small balcony beyond that taking the stair to ground floor.
    Should we consider this as door inside the house or not I am confused. and count it as part of the numbers of doors in the house.
    Also if I ignore that door , the count of the door ini house is 9 , since it is odd we are planning modify 1 door by not connecting that to a roof and giving a cap between roof and frame of the door. Will my count then be 8 ?

  • July 24, 2020 at 2:23 am

    Hi sir,
    I am constructing house i kept 8 windows and 2 ventilator.7 doors and 3 arch open.and 1 small pooja room with 2 doors.

  • July 25, 2020 at 9:27 am

    Hi Sir,
    should the main entrance door have windows on either side or not? I am constructing my house and have given order to the carpenter to include two windows on either side of the door frame itself making it an integral frame! Is it OK your views are solicited please!

  • February 26, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Hi sir ,
    1. We are going to construct a individual house with backside one servant house. when we count the doors we must include the servant house doors or only our house doors take it for the count .
    2. We plan to keep two entrance doors in the north, one is for home entrance door as north center double door and another is for office room entrance as a single door for outside person to enter the office room as in wall of northwest, for this office entrance door we want to keep in the west or is this ok, and one more door is planned for come from inside of the house to the office, then one back door in the south or east for the utility purpose. Is this correct are we want to include one more door in the back side for the count to come 4 doors . or we want to considered all the inside room doors with entrance doors to come count in even .
    3.back side doors will considered as entrance door.
    kindly help us to plan our house as per vastu
    Thanks in Advance
    Mrs. Kalai Priya Sathish

  • March 22, 2021 at 8:02 am

    We’re planning to build duplex house which has 14doors
    Ground floor -8
    1st floor – 5
    Terrace -1
    We’re planning to add 2 bathrooms in the portico
    1 bathroom connects from inside the house
    1 bathroom is in outside the house
    Our portico has pillars which are included in the house only
    Is it ok to have 16 doors in total?
    10doors in ground floor?
    Bathroom in portico which connects inside of the house?

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