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I Have My Master Bedroom Door Open Into the Bathroom - Is That Bad?

This is a common question in Feng Shui and its fair to say, how each Feng Shui Consultant responds may differ.  For now, the insights shared below offer a general overview. 

Remember, Feng Shui speaks in metaphors and symbols.

Bathrooms in Feng Shui are said to associated with drain or 'sha chi.' When the water is done being used, it drains away. Is this anything to fear? No. It's just something to be mindful of. 

In general, when the architect is designing the floor plan for a home, its strongly suggested to avoid the placement of bathroom doors opening up into any bedroom because of drain energy. Its believed your sleep could be interrupted, thus impacting your health. 

Are there ways to negotiate this principles? Absolutely. 

The diagram above helps to illustrate 

You will see two red arrows, they indicated energy flow. You'll also see a red circle around the toilet, I'll explain that in a moment. 

Looking at the placement of the bed, you'll see it's not in alignment with the bedroom doorway or the bathroom doorway. Is that good? Yes. This means no drain is hitting directly into the person(s) sleeping in that bed. So this is a better Master bedroom and bathroom combo. 

The toilet is highlighted because it's tucked far away from the the bathroom doorway. That is another principle in Traditional Feng Shui. To limit the view of the toilet upon walking into the bathroom. Why? It's believed the toilet gives off the most drain energy of all the appliances in this room. 

Another quick tip: at night when sleeping, keep the bathroom door closed. This is believed to help contain the energy within the bathroom vs spilling out into your bedroom. 

Finally, with all bathrooms, another great and simply way to enhance its energy is to change your perspective of it. Even though I have been taught 'bathrooms are bad,' they could also be very good. How so? Treat the decor of it like a mini spa and change your own perspective. Yes, I am mindful of what they could represent if not balanced, along with other factors, while also aware of its great potential. 


Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 9 commentsLaura Cerrano • October 28 2016 01:10PM


Hi Laura... I've always closed doors to bathrooms in my house everywhere but in my own bedroom and kept toilet seats down and doors to the water closet shut. Maybe I need to start closing the door to my master bathroom, as well.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. Great tips! Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

What a great post Laura. I am going to make a few changes and see how they help.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 2 years ago

I have never liked this design in hotel stays I have been at. Offset somewhat to the main bed to me at least is preferred to the bathroom, or the door closed.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. I believe bathrooms can be good and should be treated like any other room and decorated to make you happy.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

This is great information.  Many homes have an attached master bath and can have this issue.  For me, I keep my bathroom door shut at night and my bedroom is a place of peaceful sleep!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 2 years ago

Hi Laura Cerrano - I have heard that you need to keep the commode seat down because money will go down the toilet. Every home other than my current home has been open to the Mster BD!  Maybe that is why I am always so tired.  YIKES!


Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 2 years ago

Laura very interesting point, keep your perspective or change your perspective, I always look at Master Baths and Master Bedrooms as a personal Queen-dom, vs King-dom...it is her place:)) so as long as the Toilets close on their own, I am fine:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

This really goes over my head. I am thinking the door is not a problem as long as noise, unwanted early morning light and general noises are restricted. 

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 2 years ago

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