Feng Shui is a very deep and complex practice, but you can also apply the principles of Feng Shui in a very simple way. An easy way to play with feng shui is to think about how you place your furniture. While feng shui is more than just furniture placement, it is one of the many methods feng shui practitioners use to regulate the chi (energy) of a space.
Why Furniture Placement Matters in Feng Shui
In Feng Shui, we observe how energy flows through a home. We make adjustments to ensure that chi, or life energy, flows in a way that nourishes and supports family members. Furniture placement is one of the factors that affect the flow of the air machine. You’ve probably noticed that the arrangement of furniture in a room can affect your mood, whether it’s your own room or a room you frequent. Imagine walking into a room that is open and spacious and easy to move around. Then imagine the same room layout where you have to squeeze through tables and chairs to get to the other side of the room. These two different layouts had a huge impact on how the space felt and how energy flowed through it. If it is difficult for you or your guests to move through a certain part of your home, it will be difficult for energy to move through it.
How Placing on the Couch Affects Qi
In Feng Shui, some furniture needs special attention. Your bed is one of those things because it represents you and you spend a lot of time in it. The stove is another important item as it represents your ability to feed yourself and your ability to bring wealth and prosperity into your life.
Although the sofa is not as important as other items, it still plays an important role in the home. Your sofa symbolizes the place where your family interacts and relaxes together. Placing the sofa in a more ideal position leads to more family time. It also allows your family’s energy to flow better and creates more harmony in your home.
What do windows represent in Feng Shui?
From a Feng Shui perspective, your windows represent your eyes and your ability to see clearly. In order to see clearly what is going on in your life, it is important to have clear, unobstructed windows. Windows are also symbolically and energetically associated with all the children in the home. Well-maintained windows can represent children clearly expressing themselves and using their voices.
Why a sofa by the window can be a problem
In Feng Shui, a sofa in front of a window can pose a challenge if the entire window is blocked. Remember that your windows represent your eyes as well as the voices of all the children in your home, so avoid creating any obstructions here. If your windows are fully or partially blocked by the sofa, it could mean that you can’t see clearly, or that your children can’t express themselves adequately.
If the only sofa space in your home is in front of a window, it’s best to choose a low sofa that won’t block the window. Make sure the windows are not completely covered and you can still reach open and closed windows.
Things to Avoid When Arranging a Sofa
It is best to avoid completely blocking the sofa or not being able to open the window. If you can, find a couch or couch spot where you can still see through the window and get in easily.
You also want to avoid placing the sofa in front of the operable part of the sliding glass door. The door allows the air to enter the room, and also represents the voice of the people in the room. It’s important to keep the door out of the way as much as possible, so try not to place a sofa or other large piece of furniture in front of the moving part of the sliding door.