Is it okay to place a bed under a window? Feng Shui experts offer their advice

Find the best place for your bed and discover the intricacies of bedroom Feng Shui with this guide

Three images showing beds underneath/in front of windows
(Image credit: Dan Duchars / Adam Carter / Mark Bolton Photography)

When it comes to arranging your bedroom, the main priority is designing a space where you can relax and recharge, and using Feng Shui is one way to do this. 

Whilst there are several bedroom Feng Shui rules to follow, finding the right Feng Shui bed placement is considered one of the most important principles in designing a space. After all, the bed is the place you spend most of your time – in fact, the average person spends around one-third of their life in bed.

Learn more about the best Feng Shui bedroom layout and where you align your bed with this expert's advice.  

Is it okay to place a bed under a window? 

‘From a Feng Shui perspective it is not recommended to position a bed under a window, when we work with Feng Shui positioning we want to follow its best practices,’ explains Feng Shui expert, Patricia Lohan

Patricia also wants us to know that there are often easy solutions to many Feng Shui mistakes. ‘Interior designers and architects are not privy to the same information when it comes to Feng Shui so sometimes a bed is positioned under a window and I want to reassure people that you are not doomed if you sleep under a window.’  

Why you should never place a bed under a window  

Bed covered with floral pillows and bedcovers and woollen throws beside an open window.

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Feng Shui rules warn against placing your bed under a window as it is believed that energy flows out of the room through these openings. Leaving a bed in the flow of these energies could result in a restless sleep and prevent you from having a Feng Shui bedroom that increases luck.

It is also believed that the positioning of a window behind the bed reduces the amount of support in your life and makes you vulnerable to danger or weakness when you are in a passive Yin state. 

‘Ideally, we want to position ourselves with a nice solid headboard for support,’ says Patricia. ‘A window is not solid. It is quite flimsy and could break easily, allowing someone to potentially break the glass at night.’ This lack of support could also lead to things falling through in your life, some experts claim. 

‘There are also some superstitious concerns about having a window overhead that will impact your dreams,’ Patricia adds, ‘but this is not something that I really put too much energy into personally.’ 

Good places to put a bed in Feng Shui  

Bedroom with pretty coving, parquet flooring and a double bed with white bedding, bedside table with white lamp and pink shade.

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When trying to achieve good Feng Shui furniture placement, it is best to place the bed in the commanding position and against a solid wall. 

If the layout of your room dictates that your bed must sit underneath a window, there are a few things you can do to minimize any potential negative Feng Shui impacts. 

Master bedroom with double bed in front of window, printed Ottoman and light grey rug.

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Firstly, invest in a solid headboard. Feng Shui headboard design is hugely important  for a number of reasons but primarily because they offer support to the lives of those who use the bed. Placing a solid headboard in front of a window is believed to minimize the impact of weakness induced by the window.

Adding sufficient window treatments such as heavy drapes or blinds can also create energetic support. Window coverings can work to provide security and reinforcement to further shelter those in the bed from harm or negative energy.

As Patricia explained, the need for security is one of the main reasons that placing a bed under a window is bad for the Feng Shui of a space. To counter this, if you cannot move the bed, invest in a security system, locks, or another device to secure the window and offer you further support.

Can I face my bed towards a window? 

Facing a bed towards a window is a better option than placing your bed underneath it, however, it is still not recommended. 

In Feng Shui, it is generally believed that, where possible, beds should not be placed directly in line with either a door or windows. It is thought that this position could place the bed into the path of energy as it enters and leaves the room and contribute to restlessness. 

Chiana Dickson

Chiana has been at Homes & Gardens for a year, having started her journey in interior journalism as part of the graduate program. She spends most of her time producing content for the Solved section of the website, helping readers get the most out of their homes through clever decluttering, cleaning, and tidying tips – many of which she tests and reviews herself in her home in Lancaster to ensure they will consistently deliver for her readers and dabbles in the latest design trends. She also has a first-class degree in Literature from Lancaster University.