That’s it, you have your new bed, box spring and mattress? Can’t wait to try it. It’s a wonderful moment to tell yourself that you’re going to have a great night: but before you do, you have to make an important decision. Where are you going to place this new bed? In your room, of course, but where in the room? Against the wall, away from the door, under the window? The space may be arranged in such a way that you don’t have that many solutions. So what if your bed can have its place in different places, how to choose? Here are some tips to help you find sleep easily.
Where should you place your bed in your bedroom?
Are you like most people who center their bed against the wall facing their bedroom entrance? If you do this, make sure you have a nice headboard, as this will be the focal point of your room. The eye will necessarily rest on this place, the center of attention in your room. Make sure there are no water or gas pipes nearby.
Placing your bed opposite the front door against a wall is not always possible. See which wall is long enough to accommodate it. If you have a large enough room, no one is forcing you to stick your bed against a wall. You can after all install it diagonally, or straight but in the middle of the space. However, avoid placing your bed under a window as this could make it difficult to open. On the other hand, if you have several windows in your room, you can place your bed between two of them, so as to create a nice symmetry.
Just as it’s no good blocking a window opening, don’t block a heater or air conditioning system with your bed. This could have the adverse effect of increasing this heat or cold effect.
The place of your bed in the room: a cultural question?
When arranging your furniture in a room, it is always a question of fluidity. What is optimal, based on where you enter the room, how you move through it, and what obstacles might impede your movement? All of this needs to be considered carefully. Especially since the concerns are not the same everywhere. While in general, like animals, we humans prefer to nest and sleep in a safe place, cultural considerations may come into play. In some countries, sleeping with your feet facing the door is not possible. Superstition, custom, it may vary from country to country.
Orient your bed by following the rules of feng shui
According to feng shui principles, your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your home because it represents you. Just think about how many hours you spend there. You probably spend more time there than anywhere else. You usually sleep there. When you sleep, you are in a more sensitive state to the energies around you. So the placement of your bed affects you both when you’re in a waking state and when you’re in a sleeping state.
In feng shui, on this subject, the most important element is: you must be able to see the door when you are lying in bed. You do not have to install your bed exactly in front of the door, on the contrary, it is better to position it a little diagonally from the door. Of course, this may not be possible in many cases. You can still find a solution by hanging a mirror that will help you see your bedroom door from your bed.
Then, avoid opening your door directly near your bed. It is not recommended.
Still according to the principles of feng shui, your headboard must be leaned against a solid element, in other words a wall. It may seem obvious. Yet you might be tempted to have your bed in the middle of your room. It’s up to you if you want to follow the rules of feng shui. If so, keep in mind that you and your bed need support behind you.
Another principle is that it is better to have space on each side of the bed than to stick it against a wall. The space on both sides allows for some balance.
As a reminder, here are the main tips in terms of feng shui in the orientation of your bed:
- Position your bed so you can see the door when you’re lying in it, or correct it with a mirror.
- Check that the doors do not open directly in line with your bed.
- Have a sturdy wall behind your headboard to support it.
- Leave an open space on both sides of the bed for the adults in your home.
And, whatever your choices, let the comfort of your new mattress and a good night’s sleep guide you. Instead, wait until the next day to place your new mattress in your room!