In Feng Shui, the phrase “bed, desk, and stove” represents the three most essential pieces of furniture in a home or office, as they relate to our physical and emotional well-being, productivity, and abundance. The bed is associated with rest and rejuvenation, the desk with career and work life, and the stove with nourishment and wealth. By optimizing the placement and arrangement of these three items, we can improve a space’s energy flow, or chi, and create a more harmonious and balanced environment.
I had wanted a new bed frame made of wood for the primary bedroom. So, I purchased a new bed frame and started moving furniture in my home. It was a domino effect: my old bed frame moved to the guest room, the guest room bed went to my son’s home, and I knew there was more to be done. I realized only after the changes that I was significantly stirring the pot of energy in my life.
Things happen in threes in many traditions. Bed, desk, stove is one tenet that works the “magic” of three. Another is support from the back, a view from the front and proper sides. In placing the bed in a room, it is best to be on a solid wall with a view of the door and equal space on either side for tables and lamps. The feel of energy is most important; sometimes, smaller spaces may cause a break from the rules. Indeed, the builder of this rental house knew very little about Feng Shui.
When I first moved into this house, I followed the rules: beds have a view of the door, and they don’t block windows. The desk was in the command position with a wall at my back and a view of the door. None of these placements felt right, even with moving twenty-seven things to adjust the energy. The new configuration has a more open feel, and I used a few remedies to allow for these adjustments. In Feng Shui, there are always remedies.
I work from home, and I work two jobs. One is an office job, so I spend a lot of time in my home office. The desk needed to be more significant. The other issue with the desk was the placement. If I put it in the command position, there are several issues. First, the monitor blocks the view and isn’t attractive when looking into the room. Secondly, I am easily distracted. Placing the large monitor against a wall, with me facing in, can help keep me focused on my “day job.” The other issue with the desk was there wasn’t enough “creative space” for my writing. The “day job” was monopolizing the office. I needed room for both. Also, I needed to do an energetic inventory of priorities and balance the work and the space. What was the remedy? I purchased (and assembled) a wood and metal L-shaped desk. I place it in the corner of the room facing the wall, with the larger monitor for my writing on the larger side of the desk. My day job laptop is on the return side of the L with ample space to honor the job paying the bills. I have Feng Shui remedies of a mirror and crystals to balance the “broken rule.”
I love the flow of my house now. The guestroom is more welcoming, and yes, I broke a rule there, too. The point I teach in my Feng Shui classes and consultations is to know the rules and follow the energy. The energy is the most important aspect of Feng Shui. It probably isn’t the best placement if it doesn’t feel right, even if the rules say otherwise.
What about my stove? Have I changed anything there? The change that needs to happen here with the stove is more cooking. It is cueing me that more self-care is needed. The stove in Feng Shui symbolizes nourishment and nurturing in the home. This adjustment is more about use than change. I love to cook, but after a long day at the desk, knowing there is more work to do, cooking is the last on my list of priorities. “Feed the body and nurture the soul” is a mantra I am working with to remedy the stove placement in this rental house.
What do you notice about your bed, desk, and stove placement? How is the “feel” of your home? Does the energy flow? Now that you know a few of the Feng Shui rules, will you make some adjustments? Energy is key. Remember, energy cannot be created or destroyed but can change.
Check my class schedule or contact me for a consultation to learn more about Feng Shui. Let’s see what rules we can break to balance the energy of your space.