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 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 Vastu 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?


Many people find it difficult to identify the orientation of the house/site. The House/Site orientation can be recognised by one simple action. Stand inside the house or the Site and face out of the main door or gate, as the case may be. The direction you face is said to be the House/Site orientation. So, if you face West, then it is a West facing house.



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 just becomes easier to orient each and every room in the ideal locations recommended by Vastu Shastra. But that does not mean that Vastu Shastra guidelines cannot be followed in a South or West facing site. It just needs some tweaking.

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.



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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


Visit my blog on House Construction In India  and carry out an evaluation exercise to judge whether the Orientation of a Site is as per Vaastu Shastra principles. Accordingly, you can decide if you want to buy the Site. In case you already possess a Site, then you can decide whether you want to make some corrections to the Site, so that it is suitable as per Vaastu.

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:

123 thoughts on “SCIENTIFIC VASTU FOR WEST FACING HOUSE | An Architect Explains

  • April 20, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Hi Sir,
    Please suggest if my house design is correct.
    My house main door is west facing entrance.
    Car garage is in North
    Kitchen is in south east
    Please suggest if the above vastu is correct for west facing entrance.

    Thank you very much for your help.

  • April 17, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Planning on buying a villa property facing west. The main door is in 4th pads. There is a bathroom in 5th pada. Will that be an issue?

    Hi TF,
    Not really.

  • March 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Hi, I am planning to buy a West orientation plot 60*40 (NS60, EW40) and construct house with North facing. Wanted to have Outer gate at NW corner and house main entrance at NE corner. Is this layouting ok?

  • March 23, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Planing to buy a west facing house. Living room faces north, pooja room north east, master bedroom north east, kids room south east, guest bedroom southwest, kitchen counter faces south west, servant room faces north. Is it ok as per vaastu?

  • February 24, 2021 at 7:37 am

    I have to construct house on a 262 degree West facing 32×85 plot. can I place the Main Door of the house from North-West (West Side) ? Please guide, where should I place Main Door of the house as per Vaastu.

  • February 20, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Thank u so much for clarifying all my doubt s in vasthu.
    My house is West facing. Total north to south is 39 feet and plot area is 28. At which place the main entrance to be set.. kindly Clarify my doubt and suggest right hdirection for staircase. Thanks in advance.

  • February 18, 2021 at 4:04 am

    Sir ,
    Thank you for the detailed explanation about vastu basics.
    I have identified a 2 BHK flat in high rise apartment (8th floor). Ground and First floor are for shared amenities like Indoor games, Conference hall etc., in the block.

    West facing flat
    Entrance at pada 1,2
    SW – Master Bedroom with common toilet adjacent to the MBR (located in pada 3&4)
    SE – Kitchen
    NE – Bedroom with attached toilet (NE corner – Bedroom and Toilet is in East)
    Common wall at North side and remaining three sides are open (East, South and West) and windows are available in all the three directions

    Is this plan ok and can we go for this plan?
    Also is it ok to have a floor above the floors for amenities?
    Also, Kindly give me your views and remedies about North -East Bedroom.


  • January 20, 2021 at 9:31 am

    I was looking for a house on rent. The
    apartment I liked has west entry. Kitchen in East. Sink of kitchen in east wall. The gas connection towards South wall. Ie. One will face South while cooking.
    Bed room in North East n north west.
    Bathroom towards North East n other towards North.
    Washing machine area in North.

  • December 23, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Hii.. we hv a plot area 17000sq ft it’s aWest facing present we r residing in north east corner plot of 3500 sq ft …we want to construct new home on dat west facing plot bt we want our house north or east facing …is it possible to do this plzzz help

  • December 8, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    I am renting a house main door facing west 4th pada. Living room In south west extends slightly to the west past the main door. Kitchen is in north east corner with a kitchen verandah on the east. East side there is a back yard with trees and plants.Upstairs south west of the master bedroom. North east and south east are the other bedrooms. Is this house ok? If not can you suggest any remedies.

  • November 28, 2020 at 11:25 am


    I read the article but not sure if I have a west facing or East facing apartment. When I’m entering the apartment I’m looking in the west direction and can see the setting sun through the windows. Does this mean I have a East facing house? According to the article I should stand inside the apartment and look outside the main door but I will be facing the east direction then.

    Also, in the south west we have the master bedroom and adjoining it is the kitchen which I think will be south south west. Second bedroom is South East where I sleep and I’m not married yet. Third bedroom is in the south south east direction adjoining the south east room. Fourth bedroom is in the north west. It’s for the guests. In the north east we have a terrace and some plants. Money plant is kept in the south east corner of the terrace.

    Mom sleeps in the living room as she doesn’t like the south west room and the face that my dad snores with high AC on.

    Any suggestions or advice for good vastu for this apartment?

  • October 24, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Can you suggest best place for car parking for West facing house

  • October 18, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    In west facing house lift kept inner side of our portion in between hall and master bed room in west direction in west south position

  • October 18, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I am taking new house with West face the main door is coming in 1&2 padas is it auspicious n PL. Clarify whether kitchen and toilet should not share a common wall if so remedies

  • August 17, 2020 at 8:51 am


    I am looking to purchase a home which is West facing with the main door towards 3, 4, 5 Pada.
    Kitchen is on North side of the house which also covers the NE side
    Master Bedroom on SE side.
    Slope on backyard towards east side.

    Please let me know if this is OK.

  • July 5, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Hello, sir
    I am abdul rahaman
    My plot is South facing, and my main gate is South East, and my main door is North East is it correct or not

  • June 25, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I am Looking to buy a house its main door is facing west.
    Should i buy or not ? Can anyone advise .
    Thanks in advance

  • June 25, 2020 at 6:41 am

    Your site has been very helpful for someone who is just a beginner in this field.
    Is it ok to buy a northwestfacing plot if we have the main door towards west side of the plot?
    Thanks a lot.

  • June 1, 2020 at 6:13 am

    I have a corner plot facing west nd south suggest me it is good or bad.

  • May 8, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    Sir, I have a house West facing n every one saying it’s directin towards southeast (agni) what are the precautions


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