There are lots of reasons you may be considering buying a new bed. Perhaps your mattress and bed are more than 8 years old. In which case you should definitely be getting a new one as an old mattress can have serious implications for your health.
Or perhaps you are buying a new bed because of new sleeping arrangements or as part of your home improvement update. Whatever the reason, before you rush out and purchase the bed you’ve been eyeing up in your latest bedroom interiors’ magazine, you might want to check out these 4 Feng Shui tips before you buy. First, let’s take a quick look at what Feng Shui is all about.
Feng Shui: what is it?
Feng Shui isn’t a modern design fad. It is the ancient Chinese art of creating a harmonious environment and goes back thousands of years. Feng Shui means ‘wind water’ in Chinese and is the art of channelling natural energy (qi, or chi) to benefit harmony, health and wealth. The practice is essentially based on the idea of arranging your home or business so that energy or ‘chi’ flows gently and smoothly throughout.
The main goal of Feng Shui is to balance the human presence on earth with nature. It recognises (as now does quantum physics) that everything around us is composed of invisible energy fields that connect everything we can see, feel and touch. Feng Shui supports and nourishes this invisible energy.
For more information on Feng Shui, check out this beginner’s guide here. And here are 4 Feng Shui tips you should know before you buy your next bed.
- Bed style and substance
The number one rule for buying a bed for good Feng Shui is to consider what material the bed is made from. The sturdiest and best Feng Shui beds are made from wood, simply because a bed made from natural materials resonates better with us.
According to the US’s International Institute for building-biology & Ecology, metal bed frames and metal box springs can amplify and distort the earth’s natural magnetic field, and lead to a non-restful sleep. See their tips for creating a healthy sleeping sanctuary here.
The style of the bed you choose doesn’t really matter (as long as it’s wooden), but avoid a bed with storage drawers underneath. Although this can seem like a great space saver in the bedroom, storage under the bed doesn’t allow energy (or qi) to flow underneath, and that is really important in bedroom Feng Shui.
- The best Feng Shui headboard
If you want to improve the Feng Shui of your bedroom, add a headboard to your bed. This is by far the easiest and best way to improve the Feng Shui in your bedroom. A good headboard is one of the crucial elements of a decent Feng Shui bed.
Upholstered headboards are a great choice when it comes to Feng Shui as they provide a combination of solid and gentle supporting energy. Check out 5 tips for a perfect headboard here.
- Bed mattress and bed linens
Mattresses are believed to absorb qi (or chi) so you should never purchase a second-hand mattress. When choosing a new mattress, you should consider the materials from which it is made. Mattresses that contain too much metal are considered bad Feng Shui because of the electromagnetic field they can create.
However, if you prefer a pocket sprung mattress, choose one in which the coils are individually wrapped, such as Hypnos or Vispring. These mattress brands also incorporate natural materials, such as wool, mohair, cashmere and silk, which are good for Feng Shui. Find more information visit Snug Interiors for some great examples of Vispring beds.
All bed linen should be cotton, which is breathable and will allow for the flow of positive energy throughout your bed. Choose linens in calming and soothing colours. Good Feng Shui colours are the so-called skin colours, which include white, cream, gold, beige, peach, tan and caramel. For more information on the best Feng Shui bedroom colours, see here.
- How to position your bed for good Feng Shui
As we spend nearly a third of our lives in bed, bedrooms are extremely important in Feng Shui. Bad Feng Shui in the bedroom can weaken your energy, affect the quality of your sleep and impact on the quality of your relationships. For Feng Shui, the position of your bed matters. For the ideal placement of your bed, follow these tips:
- Your sleeping direction should allow you to see the bedroom door
- Don’t sleep with your head too close to a window
- Align your bed in the middle of the wall (do not push it into the corner)
- Don’t have your bed in the middle of the room or at an angle to the wall
- Don’t store anything underneath the bed
- Don’t position your bed opposite a mirror
For more information on using Feng Shui to get better sleep and improve your relationship, see here.