Feng Shui — the Eastern art of balancing the energies within a space to produce the kind of energy that makes you love to live there — has a lot of rules that seem contradictory with a loft studio apartment. Concepts like ‘face your desk away from the back wall, toward the door’ just aren’t practical when facing your desk away from a wall makes it take up a dozen useful square feet in the middle of your room. But China has studio apartments, too, and their Feng Shui experts have come up with the ‘core rules’ that every studio should follow.
The General Stuff
There is no such thing as good feng shui in a cluttered space, or in a space where task-specific areas overlap or flow sloppily into one another. So before you worry about any specific rules, spend some time working on defining spaces (see our previous post), and on decluttering in general. Also, if there are any poorly-lit areas within your space, fix that before moving forward.
Pathways: Meandering Qi is Positive Qi
As part of these two processes, focus on creating pathways through your small space. The flow of energy through your studio is bad if pathways are straight, and good if the pathways are meandering. Now, in a studio, there’s not a lot of space in for a meandering path, but you can achieve the same effect by creating a ‘star’-type path, where no one line goes all the way across the studio, but rather they meet in the middle and require a traveler to turn.
The Entrance: Expansive Qi is Positive Qi
When you first walk into any building, there should be a wide-open space to greet you. In retail, this is known as the ‘decompression zone’ — in feng shui, it’s known as the Mouth of Qi. The wider-open the Mouth, the more Qi can flow into your home, and the better your loft studio feels to walk into. So keep the entryway to your studio as clear as can be for at least the first four feet — six is better.
The Bed: A Feng Shui Challenge
For a loft studio apartment, the bed is a challenge to properly arrange. The rules of feng shui tell us that:
This essentially reduces your options to almost nothing unless you encircle your bed in other furniture, which itself causes problems with the flow of qi.
For many, the best answer is to put the head of the bed against the wall near the front door, with a large bookcase or other floor-to-ceiling furniture between the door and the bed, and a tapestry or other curtain-like thing between the foot of the bed and the kitchen. That gives you just one side of the bed to worry about keeping your ‘home-work’ stuff out of, and it’s pretty easy to make that area the ‘living room’ space if your loft is big enough.
That’s it — the most important Feng Shui rules for a studio loft. There are, of course, hundreds of other things you could do, but if you manage to get that far, you’re already living a higher-energy life than 90% of your neighbors. Enjoy it!