While there are so many different pieces of furniture that now make a modern bedroom, there’s that one all-important item that a bedroom should never be without: the bed. After all, it’s the bed that fulfills the purpose of the bedroom as a place of rest. So, whether you have a small single-sized bed, or a grand, California king one, the decision on where and how to position your bed shouldn’t just be made at random. It’s one you should put a lot of thought into.
While there really is no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to positioning your bed in your bedroom, interior designers have some tricks they use to ensure the bed is positioned in the most ideal location possible. You can discuss that when you’re planning your renovation, and even as you choose the little details, like bed frames to design your new bedroom, among others.
Here are some hacks to help you determine the most ideal bed position for your bedroom:
Arrange The Bed In A Commanding Position
This first principle here is more attuned with feng shui, which is of utmost importance if you’re a Chinese or Asian family, or if you simply want to apply such belief in your home. One of the best ways to position your bed in the bedroom is to follow the commanding position.
To achieve this, you have to station your bed in such a way that when you’re sitting or lying in it, you can see the bedroom door, while still not being aligned with it. Feng shui believes that this type of position allows you to receive positive energy, giving you more command over your life and success in the world.
Feng shui or not, the commanding position is also about practicality. Sure, you want to see your bedroom door right from your bed, but you don’t necessarily want to be directly right in front of it for privacy reasons as well.
Position Your Bed Such That You’re Facing South
The ancient practice of vastru shastra believes that buildings and homes should be viewed as living organisms that can help foster harmony and peace with the universe’s energy. With this, the human body’s head is considered as the ‘north pole,’ given how it’s the top-most part of the body.
When you sleep in a southern direction, it may mean that you’re lining up your body’s magnetic energy with that of the earth. For families who swear by vastru shastra and natural, ancient healing, sleeping in a southward position may reduce the onset of headaches and may bring in better sleep quality.
Place Your Bed In The Center Of The Room
Smaller rooms and shared ones will most likely lean more towards the bed being positioned on the sides or corners to save space. Interior designers, however, may be against this as it’s quite a challenging position to deal with. Here’s why.
It’s a rather better choice to position your bed in the center of the room. When you do so, you have both sides free, so you can get up freely and with ease. You aren’t limited to just one side, where your body is consistently strained on just one side to carry your weight as you’re trying to get out of bed.
It’s also easier to clean and maintain a room when the bed is positioned in the center. Tucking the sheets is easier, as you have so much space to move around and adjust. Moreover, cleaning the bottom of your bed will be effortless as well.
Avoid Windows Directly Behind The Bed
If your bedroom has windows, place your bed in such a way that the windows are beside or in front of it, not at the back. It’s still best to have your bed attached to a wall. But, rather than have a window on that wall, make it bare, or have picture frames or a gallery wall.
It just doesn’t make sense to have the window right behind your bed. When you think about security, there’s no way for you to tell if there’s someone by the window peeking through it.
Likewise, in case of a break-in, it’s even more dangerous to have the window directly behind your head. This increases the chances of having someone violently step on your head while you’re sound asleep.
The bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your bedroom. It’s a representation of your health, your peace, and how happy you’ll actually be in your home. Come to think of it—it’s on the bed where you may be spending the bulk of your resting time. Whether you’re renovating, moving to a new home, or simply wanting to make a few changes in your bedroom, the insights above can help you cast away those questions on how to best position your bedroom. Let this be a guide only, as, ultimately, you have to consider your personal style and preference as well—this is your bedroom after all.