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How to Feng Shui Your Home Office Desk

Interested in harnessing desk feng shui to create a truly harmonious workspace? You’re in the right place. 

At Slouch, we believe that your work desk is more than just a surface – it’s the centre of your professional world. As pioneers in ergonomic furniture design, we understand that true productivity comes from a perfect blend of physical comfort and positive energy. It’s why we engineered our uniquely comfortable and aesthetically pleasing home office desks, and it’s why we’re breaking down desk feng shui principles in this guide. 

Let’s begin.

What is desk feng shui?

Desk feng shui is a modern interpretation of the ancient Chinese art of arranging your living space to maximise positive energy flow, or ‘chi’. 

It’s about creating harmony between you, your work, and your environment. According to feng shui, applying these principles to your desk can boost productivity, reduce stress, and invite success into your professional life. 

Which direction should a desk face for feng shui?

Some Western simplifications of feng shui call for the desk to face Southwest in order to prompt success because of the association with both fire and earth energy. However, the reality is that this is an oversimplification.

The direction a desk faces can be influenced by factors such as the goals you’d like to manifest into being or even by your own personal Kua number

The traditional practice of feng shui values being in the command position as a primary focus of feng shui desk placement, regardless of direction. We’d suggest focusing on incorporating changes that improve energy flow, as that’s the core aim of feng shui. 

What is the command position?

In feng shui desk placement, the command position is king. It’s all about positioning yourself to feel in control of your space. 

You can do this by positioning yourself so you can see the entrance to the room without being in direct alignment with the door. Ideally, you would also have your back against a solid wall. The idea behind this is to give you a sense of authority over your space. 

When you think about it, placing your desk in this position makes sense, as nothing can surprise you and your back isn’t left vulnerable.

Why is natural light vital in desk feng shui?

If possible, ensure your office space has good access to natural light. This is crucial to feng shui principles as light is thought to energise space. Perhaps consider placing your desk in front of a window if possible.

How to avoid bad desk feng shui desk placement

Want to know some things to avoid in your home office setup? Steer clear of these desk feng shui faux pas:

  1. Facing a wall – this is thought to block opportunities and creativity
  2. Under a beam – this can create unnecessary pressure pressing down on you
  3. In line with the door – this position exposes you to harsh energy

Tips for organising your desk for feng shui benefits

Here are some easy-to-implement changes to bring your office good desk feng shui.

  • A tidy desk equalling a tidy mind is a tenet that holds true in both Eastern and Western philosophies so make sure to declutter your desk regularly and keep a tidy office. In the feng shui philosophy, this is thought to improve energy flow.
  • Incorporate circle shapes into your workplace setup for good desk feng shui, as they are thought to represent unity, harmony and wholeness. Circular desk rugs are a good opportunity for this and can help to protect carpet from office chair wheel damage. 
  • Living things bring vibrant, positive feng shui to your working space, so go ahead and add a plant. There might be scientific backing to this, as one study by researchers at the university of Exeter found that introducing plants to an office space can increase productivity by 15%

How do ergonomics and feng shui tie together?

Feng shui desk placement and ergonomics are perfect partners in creating a harmonious, productive office. After all, the aim of ergonomics in the workplace is to keep your body in harmony with your environment, just like feng shui.

A comfortable, supportive home office chair promotes good posture and energy flow. The right desk height and positioning reduce strain and keep you in the command position. It all comes together for a great working experience.

Other ways to optimise your desk

Once you’ve positioned your desk in line with desk feng shui principles, there are some other things to consider to boost your working productivity by optimising your environment.

  • Make sure you’re working at the ideal desk height for you. Everyone is a different height, so logically your desk should be too. Take care of this and you might find that you have better focus and fewer nagging aches and pains.
  • Working on a surface that’s the right desk depth for you will mean a less cramped and cluttered desk and more room for you to work. Wondering exactly how deep a desk should be? Don’t worry, we’ve answered that for you.
  • Of course, it’s also important to have all of your office desk essentials organised neatly and ready to grab whenever you need them.

And remember that regardless of how well set up your desk is for productivity, regular breaks are vital to refresh you and keep your motivation cycle in check.

Ready to transform your home office into a productivity powerhouse? 

Slouch’s innovative desks and chairs are designed to harmonise ergonomic comfort with style. Our team has crafted the perfect balance of form and function to elevate your work life. 

Curious about how our products can enhance your space? We’d love to chat! Drop us a line through our contact form, or send an email to [email protected]. Let’s create a workspace that flows with positive energy and supports your goals.