Furniture as per Vastu

Aarushi Sadhotra

We often talk about 4 directions and 5 elements of nature, in Vastu, which of course is the fundamental concept of Vastu. But when we delve deep in Vastu art and science which is called Micro-Vastu, everything we place in our house has an impact on the Vastu of the house and its inmates. Vastu is the set of laws oriented to align maximum benefits from the natural energies, and the environment we create in our house is directly linked with the level of positive energies and dis-ease we feel at home or at a particular space in our house. Illness occurs when there is imbalance in any of the five elements of nature like imbalance in air element can cause depression, irritability and rashes. Presence of too much or too less fire element in a house can lead to fights or laid back attitude. Too much electromagnetic radiations imminent from the electronics we use at home can cause us insomnia. Similarly, furniture which is essential for the makeover of a house decides health of the member of the house upto a great extent.
Placement of heavy furniture between South and West is a prominent rule of vastu but equally important is its shape, size, color and material. Vastu profoundly supports the visual and design components used in creating furniture. The item wherein design is simple, construction is good and without dust collecting feature is given a thumbs up. The visual components includes:
Furniture could be made up of different types of clothes, woods, plastic, steel, iron ets. The material used in furniture has an impact on the overall energies in the house. Vaastublessings doesn’t recommend furniture made up of plastic or steel as plastic emits toxic gases and iron attracts and allows electromagnetic rays passing through, and both are harmful to the people using them. Natural wood, cane is the best material for the furniture, even cloth usage for cushioning is a good alternative over synthetic material but cloth should be wet or dry washed quite often and dust should not be allowed to seep in, which can be a cause of breathing problems, skin problem and allow fungal and bacterial growth in monsoons. Designs on the cloth should also be simple and subtle.
Symmetry in line
Too many lines of various nature in a room creates confusion and chaos. As per Vastu, Lines in a house should be restricted to minimum types. Furniture placed should be equal in height and there should be balance in their size, to give an impression of unity in space. Horizontal lines are created by chair, tables, bookcases, shelves etc. whereas vertical lines are formed by beams.
Form or shape
Furniture placed in a room should be regular in shape too. Try to avoid putting too many shapes in a place like square table, circular chair, rectangular bed, triangular shelf. Maintain a uniformity of shapes to create a sense of order in inmates, irregularity in shape of furniture bring disorder and irregularity in inmates. While choosing the furniture, comfort should be the prime purpose. Vaastublessings advises to select the furniture, wherein you could spend your time feeling rejuvenated rather than getting up with pain in the body.
Rough texture absorbs light and smooth texture reflects it. Hence Rough textured furniture can be used between south and west or in a big room with lots of light whereas plain or smooth textured furniture can be used between North and East or in a small room with less light.
Humans react emotionally & psychologically to different colors. As per Vastu one should thoughtfully select the colors for furniture. Furniture with Dark colors should be used in big and well lit areas whereas light coloured furniture should be used in small and dark areas. Color for furniture should be pleasing to eyes throughout the year. You may find a white color sofa too cool during winters and an orange or red coloured sofa too searing during summers.
Carpet is inseparable from furniture and people tend to spread one in their living areas or bedroom, without knowing that new carpets emit toxic gases formed by the chemicals like acetone, xylene, formaldehyde and benzene derivatives which are there in the carpet in the form of glue, backing material, flame retardants, dyes etc. It takes 6 months to 2 years for the carpet to release itself free from these harmful gases which ultimately are inhaled by the family members. Best is too use the newly brought carpet only after dry-cleaning them. Carpets invite bugs and bacteria, so it is important to clean them regularly and sun dry them more often.
Vastu is nothing but living in harmony with the nature and it provides all the solutions to live a comfortable and healthy life by using natural and organic things and being close to the nature.