A good night’s sleep is crucial to a healthy body: During sleep, the body regenerates and prepares you for the next day. That’s why it is so important that your bed provides strong support and protection—and why a good, solid headboard and how to place a bed is so important in feng shui design.
In addition to a good headboard, it’s recommended to have a solid wall, not a window, behind your bed. When you sleep under a window, your energy weakens over time, as the window has neither proper support nor protection like a good headboard. If this arrangement is impossible, there are some simple solutions for correcting the problem if you sleep under a window.
In good feng shui design, the head of the bed is never placed directly under, parallel to, or directly across the room from a window. Sleeping directly under the window can create a number of problems and issue that can lead to poor sleep, decreased vitality, and potential health issues:
The ideal placement for a bed is with the head placed against a solid wall, to provide solid backing, and to be as far as possible from both windows and doors. The bed also should not be aligned with a door, particularly the bedroom door. If it’s not possible to place your bed anywhere besides under a window, you can minimize the negative effects of a less-than-ideal placement by using a headboard and window coverings.
If you have to sleep under a window, a strong and solid headboard is a must for good feng shui design. The best headboard for feng shui is made of solid wood or upholstery (and also solid), is tall but not disproportionately tall for the bed, is attached to the bed (rather than the wall), and has rounded sides and corners (no sharp edges).
One of the central feng shui concepts is to protect and shelter the bed as if it is supported by a mountain: A solid wall can be compared to a mountain symbol, so does a good headboard.
The dark void of an uncovered window at night creates an imbalance of Yin energy in the bedroom. This can allow desirable chi to escape through the window at night. An uncovered window also lets in noise and light that can disrupt sleep and promote negative emotions and chi.
Good window coverings for feng shui may include room-darkening shades to block light, but do remember that the shades should be paired with fabric drapes or curtains for softness and a sense of flow and movement. Preferred materials are wood or other natural materials for shades or blinds. For curtains and drapes, choose natural fabrics, such as cotton, linen, or silk. It’s best if the drapes or curtains are heavy so that when you close them at night you create a feeling of a solid wall behind you.
Cover your windows only at night. During the day, it’s fine to open up the drapes and shades and let in sunlight and air as well as the flow of chi. However, if you want to take a nap during the day, close the window, shades, and drapes to ensure a good sleep without the disruptive forces of energy flow, light, and noise.