During Feng Shui consultations, clients frequently ask me to evaluate the Feng Shui of their bed and share the key factors to look for when considering the purchase of a new bed.

We all know how much better we feel after a good night’s sleep. Following these tips for a proper Feng Shui bed can help you increase your energy and healing opportunities. You’ll see improvements in every aspect of your life, from your career to your health and your love life.

Let the chi circulate: An appropriate bed should have legs, ideally on each corner, elevating it above the floor. This allows the air and chi to circulate beneath it, assisting with the healing nature of rest. This simple act of enabling the chi to circulate under the bed can help with fertility and also health issues.

Removing all items from under the bed also helps the chi to circulate. If you need that space for storage perhaps because you live in a small apartment with few closets you can store linens and clothing in well-organized boxes or a trundle drawer. Avoid storing weapons, sharp objects or anything metal underneath the bed.

When you place the bed in the room, it should be positioned so that the chi can flow around both sides. This article explains the command position, which is the ideal location for a bed.

Size of the bed: A Queen bed is recommended over a King or California King size bed for two reasons. A King size bed leaves no room for upgrading. Since you’ve already reached the maximum level, the only way to move is downward, so your next bed might be to move to a single bed.

Additionally, a King size mattress typically rests on two box springs, which can suggest a separation between partners who sleep in the bed together.

Proper Headboard: A headboard in Feng Shui represents protection. It not only provides the possibility of a relationship, it also affects the stability in an existing relationship. The headboard should be firmly affixed to the bed frame and made of one solid piece of material, either wood or fabric. Avoid rods or headboards that split in the middle.

Footboard: Footboards aren’t necessary. Men typically don’t like footboards; some say it feels like being in a coffin. If you do wish to have a footboard, it should be no higher than the mattress. A taller footboard can limit your travel opportunities.

Styles of Bed: Murphy beds, futons and day beds provide a temporary feeling, and therefore are recommended only for use in guest rooms.

A four-poster bed should fit within the space. I’ve seen many beds that really require a much larger space than what they have. Canopy beds are fine again, space permitting. They may provide an added sense of protection for some. Keep the top of the canopy clean; don’t allow it to become a dust magnet.

Price: The price of the bed is not always a reflection of good Feng Shui. One of my clients recently purchased a $20,000 bed, only to discover it provided very poor Feng Shui and could be a contributing factor in a troubled relationship.

In other words, separate the price from the Feng Shui value of a bed. Purchase a bed that is comfortable and feels right to you. Regardless of cost, your bed should help you achieve your goal of a quality, restful night’s sleep, where you awake feeling refreshed and renewed.

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