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Feng Shui for Apartment and small spaces

Conducting Feng Shui in an apartment (flat) or any limited space presents unique challenges compared to a regular house. This is primarily due to the overlapping energy sectors of the flying star system. For instance, the energy from the living room can extend into the bedroom due to space limitations. While managing this is feasible in a moderately sized apartment, it becomes more intricate in a studio apartment where the living area, study/work desk, and bed are in close proximity.

Initially, let’s examine the macro impact first, then delve into various apartment types, and finally address the interior factors.

Feng Shui Land Form for an Apartment

Feng Shui Land Form for an Apartment

As a renter or owner of an apartment unit, access to do exterior adjustments is restricted, making it impossible to address any unfavorable land formations or sha‘s. If a neighboring structure emits a significant sha, it can adversely affect all units in its line of sight. Unfortunately, even a skilled Feng Shui consultant may be unable to provide assistance in such cases.

One highly effective approach is to avoid selecting units with these issues altogether. When in the process of renting or buying, carefully assess the surroundings to identify any potential concerns. If there are doubts, it is advisable to seek advice from a professional who can assess whether the issue might have a substantial impact.

Some factors to avoid:

  • It is advisable to reside in a building with a regular shape, avoiding those with irregular shapes, as they may compromise the stability of qi flow, leading to missing areas or unbalanced qi flow.
  • Additionally, avoid locations with rushed or odorous water sources nearby.
  • If the apartment is situated near a mountain, be cautious of “so-called sick mountains” where a substantial amount of visible rock may be present.

In such case when there is a potential problem, it is wise to continue searching for a different unit.

Effects of the Entire Building vs Individual Unit

Undoubtedly, the location of your individual unit will have a more direct impact on your living experience compared to the entire building. However, it is important not to underestimate the potential influence of significant external factors that can affect the building as a whole, subsequently indirectly affecting your apartment as earlier described.

One such factor could be the presence of a large mountain or body of water in close proximity to the building, which can have wide-ranging effects on the overall energy dynamics of the area.

Additionally, it is worth considering another layer of analysis by superimposing the flying star energy chart onto the building itself. This allows for an examination of the specific directional sectors in which your apartment is situated.

Such an evaluation can provide valuable insights, as being located in a favorable section may boost the energetic qualities of your space, while being in an unfavorable sector could potentially give rise to challenges, such as legal issues, when compared to other units situated in different parts of the building.

Best approach: If you are aware of the construction year of the dwelling and the compass orientation degree of the entire complex, you can overlay the base flying star energy chart onto the entire building. Choose the auspicious sector where the base star energy is 1, 8, 6, or 9. Steer clear of sectors with base star energies of 3, 5, or 7.

Orientation of the Apartment

In some schools of thought, there is a teaching that an apartment complex has only one unified orientation, disregarding the individual facing direction of each individual unit. However, it is evident that common sense dictates that a unit located on the opposite side of your hallway will have a different facing direction from yours.

The prevailing theory often utilized is to assess the yin and yang aspects of the floor plan in order to determine the appropriate facing and sitting orientations. This approach recognizes the significance of considering the specific characteristics and energy dynamics of each unit within the complex, rather than assuming a uniform orientation for the entire building.

Read more of how to find the facing orientation

Now, let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of practicing Feng Shui in an apartment:


  1. Cozy Ambiance: A smaller space offers a warm and cozy environment, especially for individuals living alone. Large, underutilized spaces tend to become excessively yin, causing an imbalance in yin and yang energies, potentially leading to feelings of depression. We’ve all experienced the discomfort of entering a vast, cold space.
  2. Improved Focus and Sleep: Compact spaces provide comfort, enabling better sleep and enhanced concentration for work or study. This benefit also applies to a single room.
  3. Convenience: An apartment offers the convenience of proximity to the downtown area


The primary disadvantage of Feng Shui in an apartment lies in the intermingling of yin and yang energies. Ideally, yang activities like work or studying should be clearly separated from yin spaces like the bed to facilitate restful sleep. When there are excessive yang activities near the bed, it can disrupt much-needed yin energy. Consequently, the mind remains active, hindering proper sleep patterns. Therefore, it is crucial to distinctly segregate these activities.

Additionally, in Feng Shui, we consider the interplay of mountain (yin) and water (yang) energies. Normally, we choose one over the other to harmonize the space depending on its purpose. In a small apartment, achieving a cohesive color scheme and remedial theme poses a challenge. Symbolism of color often aids in boosting the appropriate element to address a specific area, and this task becomes more demanding when designing a small space.

Here are some other additional drawbacks:

  • If the internal water dragon qi (money matters) escapes the home too hastily, rectifying this issue within an apartment can be challenging.
  • If the kitchen and stove are situated in an unfavorable section, such as the northwest, exerting significant pressure on the head of the household (father), it is often impossible to relocate the kitchen or stove.

In summary, applying Feng Shui principles in a small apartment demands careful management of overlapping energies, separation of yin and yang activities, and the creation of a harmonious design despite limited space.

Feng Shui Principles for Apartment Balcony

feng shui apartment balcony rules

The balcony often serves as the entrance for auspicious Qi energy into a small apartment. Being the Bright Hall, certain guidelines should be followed:

  • Keep the balcony clean and well-maintained to attract positive Sheng Qi.
  • Ensure the balcony adequately receives natural sunlight and is not excessively crowded with plants. It is important for the apartment to receive ample natural sunlight. An overcrowded balcony with dense foliage creates excessive shadows, obstructing the entry of Yang Qi into the living space. However, some carefully selected plants can still be incorporated to bring a touch of nature.
  • Since apartment owners have no control over the external surroundings, assess whether any Sha Qi exists in the form of nearby structures from other buildings or lamp poles.
  • Ideally, choose a balcony facing that offers a picturesque view of nature or the city skyline. In larger, densely populated cities, however, some balconies may directly face dark alleys or neighboring building walls. Such environments are not conducive to experiencing beneficial Qi. It is advisable to avoid such places and opt for ones that provide a more favorable and uplifting Feng Shui atmosphere.

Feng Shui Entryway Apartment

Feng Shui Entryway Apartment

The entrance to the apartment unit holds equal significance since it often serves as the sitting side. Just as you take care of your own back, maintain this space, as it is considered the backbone and support of the home.

Furthermore, make sure to cultivate a warm and welcoming ambiance by incorporating warm colors, optimal lighting, and inviting decorations. This will create a feeling that welcomes both residents and guests alike. Additionally, strategically positioned mirrors can reflect light and create the illusion of more space, thereby enhancing the overall spacious and alluring feel of the area.

If feasible and in alignment with the energy of the flying star, consider placing natural materials and objects to infuse vitality and establish a connection with nature.

Another prevalent flaw in form school Feng Shui occurs when two apartment front doors directly face each other. This configuration has the potential to generate conflicts with neighbors, as the flow of qi can rush from one unit into the other when both doors are open.

Avoid the following form school flaws:

  • Close proximity to the elevator can be noisy and cause vibrations when in use.
  • Avoid choosing the last unit at the end of a long hallway, as the qi becomes significantly weakened upon arrival.
  • Ensure that the elevator door and entryway are not directly aligned.
  • Steer clear of any sharp corners in hallways that cut into the front door area.
  • Avoid residing in a unit where the garbage disposal is located right next to your residence.

Here are some steps to improve the appearance of your entrance:

  1. Addressing Narrow Entrances: Often, entrances are quite narrow. In such cases, consider using a mirror to visually expand the space. However, be mindful of adhering to all Feng Shui mirror placement guidelines.
  2. Welcoming Mat and Tidy Surroundings: Place a welcoming mat at the entrance and ensure the area around the front door remains clutter-free and impeccably clean. The goal is to create an inviting atmosphere for both you and your guests as they approach your home.
  3. Color Contrast for Balance: Referencing the energy map, introduce a contrasting color to establish a balanced yin-yang environment. For instance, if the front door tends to be dark, consider opting for lighter wall and/or door colors. This contrast can enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of the entrance.

Feng Shui Challenges with High Floor Unit Remedies

The higher the location of an apartment, the more difficult it becomes to effectively implement necessary remedies. As you may already be aware, the energy present within a living space is a combination of both earthly and heavenly qi.

In cases where the living quarters are situated at a considerable height, the usual remedies may prove insufficient or require additional measures to counterbalance the weakened earthly qi.

This is due to the fact that as earthly qi rises above the ground, it generally diminishes in strength. Given that heavenly qi uniformly affects all dwellings, regardless of their height, it is important to place greater emphasis and focus on harnessing the positive influence of heavenly qi.

Lucky, Unlucky Floors based on 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs

lucky unlucky floor level apartment feng shui according to 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs sml

This is a fascinating concept that recently came to my attention. It aims to enhance your apartment living experience by correlating the auspicious or inauspicious nature of a person’s zodiac sign with the specific floors (stories) number of a building.

Allow me to elucidate the principles behind this concept: The floor numbers are derived from the Hetu combinations and their associated elements from the 5 Changes. Here is an overview:

  • Numbers 7 and 2 are associated with the Fire Element (2nd, floor, 7th, floor, 12th floor, 17th floor….)
  • Numbers 3 and 8 are associated with the Wood Element (3rd, floor, 8th, floor, 13th floor, 18th floor….)
  • Numbers 1 and 6 are associated with the Water Element (1st, floor, 6th, floor, 11th floor, 16th floor….)
  • Numbers 9 and 4 are associated with the Metal Element (4st, floor, 9th, floor, 14th floor, 19th floor….)
  • Numbers 5 and 10 are associated with the Earth Element (5st, floor, 10th, floor, 15th floor, 20th floor….)

Remark: These information are derived from the Hetu combination and not from the standard trigram.

As you are aware, there exists a productive and controlling relationship among the five elements:

Productive cycle:

  • Fire generates Earth
  • Earth generates Metal
  • Metal generates Water
  • Water generates Wood
  • Wood generates Fire

Controlling cycle:

  • Fire controls Metal
  • Metal controls Wood
  • Wood controls Earth
  • Earth control Water
  • Water controls Fire

The principle of this concept is straightforward:

If the your personal Chinese Zodiac Sign’s Element generates the Floor Element, it is considered auspicious. Conversely, if the floor’s element controls a person’s Chinese Zodiac element, it is deemed inauspicious.

Let’s summarize and see which specific floor is favorable and unfavorable for your Chinese Zodiac sign:

SNAKE and HORSE Zodiac Signs (belong to fire element):

  • Favorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 2 and 7
  • Secure floors: floor level numbers ending with 3 and 8
  • Unfavorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 1, 5, 6, or 10
  • Neutral floors: floor level numbers ending with 4 or 9

DOG, DRAGON, OX, and SHEEP Zodiac Signs (belong to earth element):

  • Favorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 5 and 10
  • Secure floors: floor level numbers ending with 2 and 7
  • Unfavorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 3, 4, 8, or 9
  • Neutral floors: floor level numbers ending with 1 or 6.

MONKEY and ROOSTER Zodiac Signs (belong to metal element):

  • Favorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 4 and 9
  • Secure floors: floor level numbers ending with 5 and 10
  • Unfavorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 1, 2, 6, or 7
  • Neutral floors: floor level numbers ending with 3 or 8.

PIG and RAT Zodiac Signs (belong to water element):

  • Favorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 1 and 6
  • Secure floors: floor level numbers ending with 4 and 9
  • Unfavorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 3, 5, 8, or 10
  • Neutral floors: floor level numbers ending with 2 or 7

RABBIT and TIGER Zodiac Signs (belong to wood element):

  • Favorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 3 and 8
  • Secure floors: floor level numbers ending with 1 and 6
  • Unfavorable floors: floor level numbers ending with 2, 4, 7, or 9
  • Neutral floors: floor level numbers ending with 5 or 10

Please Note: As it is very common for a household to have a mixture of zodiac signs, it is best to go for a neutral floor level to avoid any possible conflicts.

Feng Shui for Studio Apartment

feng shui for studio apartment

As mentioned earlier, a studio apartment poses significant challenges for implementing Feng Shui principles. Due to limited options for furniture arrangement and element remedies, the primary focus should be on form and Qi flow.

Qi Flow: Maintaining a tidy and clutter-free space for enhancing and enjoying a positive Qi flow should be top on the list. Utilize smart storage solutions, such as those offered by Ikea, to maximize storage space and keep personal belongings out of sight.

Remember, a clean and organized environment is a significant step towards promoting favorable Qi circulation within your space.

Separating Yin and Yang: If possible, arrange your sleeping area (yin activity) away from any yang activities like watching TV, studying, or working from home. If complete separation is not feasible, consider using a shelf or small divider to create a partial separation between these areas.

Natural Sunlight: In a small space, it is important to maximize the entry of natural sunlight into your home. Sun rays bring beneficial Qi, so ensure that your space receives ample natural light.

External Environment: Be mindful of potential poison arrows or other disturbances that can introduce Sha Qi (inauspicious energy) into your home. Address any unfavorable factors that could hinder positive Qi flow.

Personal Best Directions: Each person has their own best personal directions (kua number) imprinted upon birth. If possible, align your sleeping direction or face it while working to optimize the benefits of your personal direction. Additionally, be aware of unseen energies that could potentially harm or drain you on a personal level.

For example, if your home’s sitting orientation falls into your “Draining direction,” it can cause lethargy and a lack of energy. Unfortunately, there are no remedies that could be explored to counterbalance this unfavorable universal energy.

In summary, for a studio apartment, focus on maintaining a clutter-free space, separating yin and yang activities to the best extent possible, maximizing natural sunlight, being attentive to the external environment, and leveraging personal best directions to optimize the flow of Qi energy and create a harmonious living environment.

Feng Shui for Single Room in a Room-Mate Household

Feng Shui for Single Room in a room-mate Household

There is a growing trend on social media where younger individuals inquire about applying Feng Shui principles to their single rooms. This is often the case when they live with roommates, sharing common areas like the living room and kitchen. Please note that a single room is no different from the rest of the apartment in terms of Feng Shui considerations.

Regardless of the room door direction, the main facing direction of the apartment should be taken into account to determine the small Tai Ji energy chart for the room. The principles remain the same: identifying the center of the room and overlaying the flying star energy chart to determine the directional sections and their associated energy settings.

This analysis helps determine the most suitable placement for the bed, desk, dresser, and other items within the room.

Feng Shui One Bedroom Apartment

Feng Shui One Bedroom Apartment

To begin, determine the year of construction for the apartment, as this aids in precise energy chart calculations (Flying Star Calculator). Next, identify the actual facing direction of the apartment, which is not necessarily the front door but rather the area where most yang activities occur and where sunlight enters the space. Once the accurate energy chart is superimposed, further fine-tuning measurements can be undertaken to optimize the flow of Qi in the space.

There are certain design techniques that can be employed to give the perception of a larger room and avoid a feeling of claustrophobia in a small space. These aim to optimize the visual aspects and spatial layout of the room. Some commonly used techniques include:

  • Furniture within the apartment should be proportionate to the size of the space. Opt for furnishings that are neither too large nor too small.
  • Choose light colors for the walls, furniture, and flooring. Avoid dark color schemes, as they make the space appear even smaller.
  • Maximize storage space using shelves, multipurpose furniture, or under-bed storage.
  • Simplify and eliminate unnecessary objects. If you have more personal belongings than the space allows, pack them in boxes and store them in a public storage facility or personal cellar, if available.
  • Mirrors are excellent for creating a sense of spaciousness. Commercial settings often utilize full-sized mirrors to give the illusion of a larger space. However, ensure that no mirrors directly face the bed. If unavoidable, cover the mirror with a thick towel for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Hang pictures higher on the wall, as it forces the eyes to shift upwards.
  • Glass tables can contribute to a light and airy ambiance, making the place feel more spacious.
  • Install lightweight and light-colored curtains, opting for block-out versions to keep exterior light sources outside during the night.
  • Keep the immediate indoor area near the balcony door clean and clear to create a small “Bright Hall,” allowing auspicious Qi to gather, enter, and circulate into the small space.
  • Pay attention to structural features such as avoiding prolonged time spent underneath ceiling beams and opting for a flat ceiling.

In summary, by considering the year of construction, determining the facing direction, optimizing furniture choices, utilizing design tricks, and incorporating structural considerations (proper auspicious qi flow), it is possible to create a visually larger and harmonious living environment within a small apartment with auspicious Feng Shui energy.

Micro or Tiny Apartments in Big Cities

Feng shui for Micro or Tiny Apartments in Big Cities

Micro apartments in big cities such as Tokyo or Hong Kong refer to extremely small living spaces typically found in densely populated urban areas. These apartments are designed to optimize every inch of available space and cater to the needs of individuals or couples seeking affordable housing in the city.

Ranging from around 100 to 300 square feet, these compact units often feature innovative storage solutions, modular furniture, and efficient layouts to maximize functionality. Despite their limited size, micro apartments in Tokyo offer convenient locations, access to amenities, and the opportunity to experience the vibrant city life of Tokyo.

These spaces are often incredibly compact, to the extent that individuals primarily utilize them for showering and sleeping. Particularly in Tokyo, a common lifestyle pattern emerges where people wake up early, leave their micro apartments to have breakfast outside, proceed to work, have dinner with colleagues, and return to their unit solely for sleeping purposes.

Given the limitations of applying comprehensive Feng Shui principles within such limited spaces, it is advisable to primarily concentrate on the yin aspect, specifically for optimizing sleep. This involves determining the individual’s ideal sleeping direction and ensuring the bedroom is well-ventilated, free from unpleasant odors, and devoid of clutter.

Feng Shui Apartment Layout Tips

Feng Shui apartment layout tips

Avoid Long Narrow Hallways

It is recommended to avoid living in a space where the unit is located towards the end of a long and narrow hallway. According to Feng Shui principles, long and narrow hallways tend to create a rushed or stagnant flow of energy (Qi). While this may not be a significant concern in smaller spaces, it is generally advised to steer clear of long hallways within your living area altogether.

Avoid front door aligned with balcony door

It is advisable to avoid having the front door of a living space directly aligned with another door in a straight line. This alignment can create a direct flow of energy, known as “Sha Qi,” which may lead to a dispersal of beneficial energy and potential challenges for the occupants.

Many practitioners call this structural flaw the typical “money-in, money-out situation where residents cannot save money by all means. When the flow of incoming qi is not able to circulate freely within a living unit, it rapidly retreats and dissipates back outside of the aligned door.

To mitigate this situation, a studio apartment or very small place has a lot of limitations, but here are a few remedy suggestions you can consider:

  1. Use a divider: Place a room divider, a tall piece of furniture, or a decorative screen between the two front doors. This can help redirect and diffuse the energy, creating a sense of separation and balance.
  2. Create an indirect pathway: If you are able to remodel and design the entrance area in a way that does not provide a direct line of sight from one front door to the other, Use furniture, plants, or decorative elements to create a meandering path that guides the flow of energy and adds a sense of privacy.

Kitchen next to entrance

In some instances, due to limited space, the kitchen is sometimes visible immediately upon entering the apartment. This can inadvertently send subtle signals to the brain, potentially triggering a desire to eat even when not hungry. Adhering to a Feng Shui lifestyle involves seeking balance not only in our living environment but also within our bodies.

To prevent potential weight gain and maintain this balance, it is advisable to create a buffer between the entrance and the kitchen. A few feet inward from the unit’s front door, you can accomplish this by placing a curtain or divider. This physical separation helps to visually obstruct the direct view of the kitchen and reduces the subconscious influence it may have on our eating habits.

Sound and Noise from neighboring units

Due to the close proximity of units, residents often share adjoining walls, ceilings, and floors. In Feng Shui, we have a principle known as “noise sha,” which refers to the annoyance caused by unpleasant external sounds infiltrating the home.

Over time, this can become highly disturbing and have a negative impact on one’s personality, leading to increased irritability, moodiness, or arguments. After a stressful day at work, all we yearn for is a tranquil and quiet ambiance within our own homes. While noise can travel through thin walls, it can also seep through toilet piping and windows.

Recently, I had to live in a serviced apartment for several weeks while waiting to move into our new home. Unfortunately, the neighbor residing above had a penchant for singing while taking a shower. Due to the interconnected bathroom pipes, we woke up every morning to his melodious tunes. Initially, it seemed somewhat amusing, but I wondered if, over an extended period, this amusement could easily transform into annoyance.

Since we are unfamiliar with our neighbors upon moving in, it is wise to have a backup plan in place. If feasible, consider investing in soundproofing, particularly for the bedroom walls, to ensure a restful sleep. Additionally, conduct thorough research, such as using Google Maps, to identify any nearby pubs, clubs, or other noise-intensive establishments that could potentially disrupt your peace. Unfortunately, many people tend to overlook this aspect when considering Feng Shui.

As mentioned earlier, it is not ideal to reside in a unit located at the far end of a hallway. However, it is equally unfavorable to live in close proximity to an elevator. The mechanical operations of elevators generate significant noise and can cause the neighboring unit to vibrate, resembling the sensation of an earthquake. This is one of the key factors contributing to the lower prices of apartments situated right next to the elevator.

By taking these precautions and addressing potential noise disturbances, you can create a more harmonious and serene living environment conducive to our well-being and overall Feng Shui balance.

Principles for good qi flow in a small space

A good Feng Shui apartment layout aims to create a harmonious flow of energy throughout the space, promoting balance, well-being, and abundance. Here are some key principles to consider:

  1. Open and Airy: Aim for an open floor plan that allows energy to circulate freely. Avoid clutter and ensure clear pathways.
  2. Commanding Position: Position your bed and desk in a “commanding” position, where you have a clear view of the door but are not in direct alignment with it.
  3. Balanced Furniture Placement: Arrange furniture to create a balanced and comfortable living environment. Avoid sharp corners or furniture blocking pathways.
  4. Natural Light and Views: Maximize natural light and incorporate views of nature if possible. Good lighting enhances positive energy. Be attentive and select lighting fixtures that provide ample illumination, but are not too heavy.
  5. Elemental Balance: Introduce the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) through colors, textures, and materials to create a harmonious balance.
  6. Mindful Colors: Choose colors that promote a desired atmosphere. Calming blues, energizing yellows, or earthy neutrals can create balance and harmony.
  7. Space for Circulation: Allow for easy movement throughout the apartment. Avoid cluttered spaces and ensure proper ventilation.
  8. Personalized Touch: Display meaningful artwork and personal items that bring joy and positive energy to the space.
  9. Bathroom with windows: If possible opt for a space where the bathroom has windows to ventilate and get rid of excess moisture.

I was debating whether to incorporate the following types of living spaces into this article, but it seems fitting, as many of the Feng Shui principles for apartments (flats) are also applicable to the so called small or tiny houses.

Small House Feng Shui

feng shui for small or tiny House

A small or tiny house is not any kind of different as a normal apartment or studio apartment. Firstly, let’s talk about why there is currently a huge trend towards small houses.

There are several reasons why people enjoy living in small houses:

  1. Coziness and Intimacy: Small houses create a warm and intimate atmosphere, fostering a sense of closeness and connection with loved ones.
  2. Affordability: Smaller houses generally come with a lower price tag, making them more affordable and allowing people to allocate their finances towards other priorities.
  3. Minimalist Lifestyle: Small houses encourage a minimalist lifestyle, promoting the idea of living with fewer possessions and focusing on experiences and meaningful relationships.
  4. Easier Maintenance: With fewer rooms and less square footage, small houses require less time and effort to clean, maintain, and organize.
  5. Sustainable Living: Small houses often have a smaller ecological footprint, consuming less energy and resources, which aligns with environmentally conscious lifestyles.
  6. Enhanced Creativity: Limited space can inspire creative solutions for storage, furniture arrangement, and multi-functional design, allowing residents to express their creativity and maximize utility.
  7. Stronger Sense of Community: Small houses are often located in close-knit communities or neighborhoods, fostering a sense of belonging and encouraging social interactions among residents.
  8. Focus on Quality: With limited space, people tend to prioritize quality over quantity when it comes to furnishings and possessions, leading to a curated and thoughtfully designed living environment.
  9. Freedom and Mobility: Small houses offer the advantage of mobility and flexibility, allowing residents to easily relocate if desired or travel more frequently without worrying about extensive property maintenance.
  10. Mindful Living: Living in a small house can encourage mindful living by promoting intentional choices, conscious consumption, and a deeper appreciation for the simple joys of life.

What are Tiny or Small Houses

Tiny or small houses are compact living spaces that are designed to maximize functionality and minimize square footage. They typically range from about 100 to 600 square feet and prioritize efficiency and simplicity in their layout and design.

These homes often incorporate clever storage solutions, multi-functional furniture, and creative use of space to make the most of every inch. Tiny or small houses have gained popularity due to their affordability, minimal environmental impact, and the freedom they offer from excessive possessions and maintenance.

They can come in forms of wood cottages, basement apartments, cottages, mobile homes, trailer homes, or laneway houses. We have to distinguish between a permanent and not permanent (mobile) version of the small house in Feng Shui.

If there is a foundation built where the small house sits onto it, even it was manufactured inside a factory somewhere else. we can assume that at earth and heaven qi eventually join and create a unique energy field inside the home.

On the other hand, a mobile home not stationary lacks the earth qi, where traditional flying star calculations cannot be applied. In such cases, it is best just to worry about form for a proper qi flow and the best personal direction to sleep and work.

As the space is very small, some might have the feeling to stay in prison. It is best, to make sure that a outside living area such as patio is available to spend time outdoors under the free sky.

Feng Shui Tips for Other Small Living Space

A small rental room with separate entrance from the main house:

We can most likely assume that this space will have its own orientation and energy chart as the main home. All other remedy suggestions as above, though, could be considered.

Office environment (single room) or cubicle:

In an office environment, there are various circumstances to take into consideration. A single room within an office can be viewed and addressed with its own small Tai Ji, taking the main office orientation into account. The cubicle, which is where a significant percentage of people work, poses greater challenges due to the difficulty of counteracting the predominant element present within the space.

For instance, if the office walls are predominantly made of natural brick, representing the earth element, but your workspace requires the presence of the metal element, simply placing a few small metal objects on your desk may not be sufficient to counterbalance the dominating influence of earth. In such cases, it is advisable to prioritize maintaining good Feng Shui within your home environment for optimal harmony.


As you have minimal control over the exterior and limited influence on the interior, particularly in terms of remodeling or rearranging the floor plan, it is essential to thoroughly investigate and take ample time before committing to move into a small space.

The limitations surrounding the implementation of external or interior remedies can be significant, underscoring the need to approach the decision and commitment with careful consideration. While the area and physical space may seem visually captivating, it is vital to recognize the profound influence of unseen energies on the residents, an aspect that is often overlooked.

However, you shouldn’t concentrate exclusively on this one weakness when the rest of the house is positive and has very supportive energy.

Reader Questions and Answers:

What is more important: The apartment unit or the entire building

Question: Do I need to be concerned with the Feng Shui of the building or only the Feng Shui of the unit? I have read conflicting information. Some say that all units in the building have the same facing direction as the building and some do not say this.

Answer: Let’s take a step-by-step approach:

1/ Macro Environment: This refers to the exterior surroundings of your entire apartment complex. Pay attention to potential negative features such as sharp corners (often called “poison arrows) that could affect your own unit or the entire building.

In modern city downtown landscapes, it is not uncommon for neighboring buildings to have sharp edges pointing toward other structures. If the building itself lacks proper Feng Shui protection, all residents may be equally affected.

Additionally, certain negative features might impact a specific unit only while leaving the units above, below, or beside it unaffected. This is why it’s important to carefully assess the surroundings before committing to buying or renting.

2/ Minor Macro Aspect: The entire apartment building exerts only a minimal shadow influence. If possible, apply the Luo Shu magic square or Bagua map (based on the building’s construction date and main door orientation) to the entire building to find a unit in a positive section with base energies of 1, 6, 8, or 9.

3/ Micro Aspect: This is the second most important consideration, following the macro environment. Typically, your facing direction is towards the balcony or living room side of the unit. Ensure there are no negative external features, as they could adversely affect the interior energies.

A general rule: If the exterior qi is inauspicious but the interior is favorable, the apartment unit will never achieve good Feng Shui.

Overlay the flying star pie chart energy map to identify whether the favorable energies are located in the most commonly used areas, such as the bedroom, front door, living room, and office. Unfavorable energies should be confined to less frequented spaces like the bathroom, storage room, or guest bedroom.

4/  Form School: Review the unit’s floor layout to ensure it is not oddly shaped and allows for a smooth flow of energy.

In summary, your primary focus should be on the immediate exterior of the building, with attention next turning to the individual unit itself. This also involves determining the unit’s facing orientation based on the individual unit rather than the entire building.

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  1. Ree June 13, 2024 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Hello, I purchased a metal Indoor tabletop water fountain and I want to know the best direction to put it in my apartment, should I put in the Northeast or can I put it in the Southeast corner even if it is made of metal?

    • FengShuiBalanz Team June 13, 2024 at 2:35 am - Reply

      Thank you for getting in touch with ys. This question is actually more complex than it may initially appear. Without access to your energy map or flying star chart for your apartment, it’s virtually impossible to provide precise guidance on where to position the water fountain using the advanced classical Feng Shui approach.
      Your apartment is influenced by 8 different unseen energy sectors, each affecting you in distinct ways. Placing the fountain incorrectly could potentially backfire, exacerbating issues such as constant arguments, misunderstandings, or even legal disputes, by enhancing the squirrel star 3 wood. This is just an extreme example to emphasize the need for careful consideration in placement. Conversely, a water feature can be immensely beneficial in neutralizing certain unfavorable energies, such as star 7 (Metal).
      If you have access to an energy map or flying star chart for your place and can provide it, I would be happy to assist you further to give the correct placement recommendation.

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