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How to Feng Shui a Dorm Room for Success and Positive Energy

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If you’re wondering if you can feng shui your dorm room, the answer is yes!

In fact, your dorm room is a very important aspect of your life, so using feng shui in your room will ABSOLUTELY affect how your life goes outside of your room.

After all, your room is basically like a studio apartment – everything in your life happens in that room!

Using feng shui in your dorm room can help increase your health, wellbeing, focus, productivity, and even help you create harmonious relationships with your friends and significant others.

Let’s discuss how to feng shui a dorm room!

feng shui your dorm room (bed with colorful pillows and flower art)

20 Simple Feng Shui Dorm Room Tips

Clear the Clutter

Clutter is one of the main things that causes stuck, negative energy to build up in your room.

If you’ve ever struggled to find something that you needed as you head out the door, you know that it can cause everything to spiral really quickly and even lead to a bad mood that follows you around all day.

That’s a really clear example of how feng shui works!

When your doom room is clutter free and you can easily find everything you need, it leads to everything running more smoothly throughout the rest of your life.

Make sure you go through your room every few weeks and clear out the clutter.

Anything that you don’t use or that gets in your way – get rid of it!

Give it away to friends or take it to a donation center.

Don’t underestimate how different your entire room will feel when the clutter isn’t getting in your way anymore.

Organization and Layout

One way to apply feng shui to your dorm room is to organize it.

Place “like” objects together and create a layout that makes sense.

For example, organize all of your books and study supplies together.

Keep all of your personal hygiene products together.

Keep all of your clothes together. Create an area for your collections, memorabilia, and pictures.

Not only will this make it easy to find things and put things away, but it’s also good feng shui!

colorful dorm room with bunk beds

Choose the Right Colors

Color is very important in feng shui, and that is especially true when it comes to dorm room feng shui.

Keep in mind that you will probably be studying, sleeping, and entertaining your friends all in the same room.

You want it to reflect your true personality and be proud to show it off!

You can choose colors that are neutral and then add pops of your favorite color, or even go all out and fill your room with all of your favorite colors.

Just make sure that you LOVE the colors you chose and your room will be uplifting and full of positive energy.

Bed Placement

If you have control over bed placement, the best place for it is in the command position.

The command position is across from the door, but not directly across from it, with a solid wall behind your headboard.

If your bed can’t go in this position, don’t worry.

You don’t always have control over the layout in a dorm room, so just do everything you can do and don’t worry too much about the rest!

bed with nightstands and twinkle lights

Scent/Essential Oils

Dorm rooms can be full of smells that you don’t control either.

Don’t underestimate how much smell impacts how you feel! Add some scent warmers, essential oils, or plugins to keep your room smelling fresh.

You can also use essential oils to help you concentrate while you study!

Add a Plant

Plants not only clean and purify the air, but they also increase positive energy and uplift the mood.

Choose a plant that is low maintenance and easy to take care of, like a succulent or pothos.

You can also choose a feng shui plant for good luck or a feng shui wealth plant to attract even more success and good fortune!

bed with cozy pillows and plants

Choose Natural Materials

If you are picking out furniture or decor, natural materials are best.

Cotton, rattan, and soft, cozy materials will make your room feel like home.

It will also create a sense of calm and restfulness that will help with stress and focus while studying.

Add Lighting

Lighting is really important in feng shui because it helps set the tone of your space.

Harsh overhead lights can be disruptive and feel cold and industrial.

Adding lamps or string lights can help your room feel more cozy and comfortable while also increasing positive energy!

Add a Rug

If you have room, adding a rug can create a focal point in your room that helps it feel more grounded.

Rugs create a comfortable, stable foundation for everything else in your room.

They’re also an easy way to add color when you can’t do things like paint or add curtains.

Mirror Placement

Keep in mind that in feng shui, mirrors bounce energy.

They also double the energy of everything they reflect.

If you have a mirror in your room, it’s best that it’s not directly across from the bed because the bouncing energy can disrupt sleep.

If you can’t move it and you struggle with insomnia, try covering it while you sleep.

This post has more info about mirrors: How to Use Mirrors in Feng Shui (Do’s & Don’ts for Feng Shui Mirror Placement)

study area with computer and bookshelves


Electronics contain fire element energy, which is active and fast-moving.

Try to keep electronics away from your bed while you sleep.

You can also place your phone or computer in a drawer to help contain the energy.


Books also carry active energy.

They also carry the energy you associate with them, so if you have books or subjects that you hate they can really change the energy in your room.

Try to keep them away from your bed, or even place a crystal or plant between your books and the bed to absorb or block the energy.

For more information about books, see this post: Feng Shui Bookshelf Tips (& What Feng Shui Says About Books!)

study area with computer and bookcase


Try to keep your desk as clean and organized as possible.

Your desk represents your work, studies, and how well you do in school, so make sure your desk represents your goals.

You can even feng shui your desk layout to increase success, and even help you study!

Artwork and Decor

Everything you own affects how you feel in your room.

Make sure you choose artwork that is uplifting and represents who you want to be in your life.

The same goes for decor.

In feng shui, everything speaks to you and reflects where you’re going in your life.

If you have sad artwork of single people, for example, it can create a depressed mood that makes you feel alone and gets in the way of making friends.

Make sure that everything in your room reflects where you’re going and supports the vision you have for your life!

dorm room with cozy bedding a lots of storage

Your Dorm Room Door

The door to your room is the “mouth of Chi.”

It is how energy enters your room and circulates throughout your life.

Your door is one of the most important aspects of your room.

Make sure that it opens freely and isn’t blocked by clutter or things stored behind it.

And if you can hang things on the outside of your door, you can even use your front door to attract things you want in your life!

This post has more information: how to feng shui your front door to attract new opportunities and good fortune!

You don’t have to do everything on the list, just do what you can!

Closet Organization

In feng shui, your closet works very similarly to artwork and decor.

Your clothes and how you organize them reflect how you see yourself and where you’re going in your life.

Make sure you like your clothes and they feel like “you.”

And make sure to keep your closet as organized as possible so that it’s easy to find things and get dressed!

For more info, see this related post: Closet Feng Shui: 5 Easy Feng Shui Closet Organization Tips to Try Today!

Create a Vision Board or Goal Board

The beginning of the semester is the perfect time to create a vision board or goal board.

Create a vision board for how you want the term to go for you.

If you don’t want to display a vision board in your room you can create it in a notebook or just hide it in your closet or under the bed.

Or you can even just write out your goals for the term in a notebook.

When you go back and look at the end of the semester you’ll be surprised at how many of the things happened exactly how you wanted them to!


Don’t worry too much about your roommate.

While yes, it’s true that your roommate will affect the energy of your room, the most important thing is to control what you can control.

If you can’t feng shui the whole room because of your roommate, just work on the areas of your room that you can control.

You can’t feng shui for someone else.

But that also means that what they do with their belongings won’t affect YOU if you don’t let it!

Do everything you can to feng shui your dorm room areas, but try not to worry too much about what your roommate does.

Bunk Beds or Loft Beds

Bunk beds aren’t necessarily “good feng shui,” because the top bed (or loft bed) is high off ground and can lead to feeling ungrounded and unsafe at night.

Plus the bottom bunk can feel cramped or make you feel like “something is hanging over their head” or weighing you down.

You can fix this by making sure the beds are against a solid wall.

You can also place small lights or even place Christmas lights under the top bunk to create more separation and uplifted energy for the bottom bunk.

The Bagua Map and Your Dorm Room

If you want to get even more nuanced with feng shui in your dorm room, you can also apply the feng shui bagua map to your room.

The bagua is the feng shui map that tells you which areas of your room correlate with the different areas of your life.

Of course, you might not have control over the layout of your room if things like your bed, desk, dresser, or bookshelves are built into the room.

That’s one of the reasons I haven’t mentioned the bagua map until now – it’s better to control the things you can control and not worry too much about the rest!

But if you CAN control the layout, definitely check out the feng shui bagua map and use it to inform how you organize your room (and your desk!)

As you can see, using these feng shui dorm room tips will really affect how your room feels and that will translate to well the rest of your life goes.

You don’t have to apply ALL of these tips to have good dorm room feng shui.

Instead, apply one or two at a time and see how things go! If you have something specific that you want to work on in your life, like attracting a significant other, or attracting new friends, or increasing success in your studies, start with those goals first!

Use the bagua map to see where those areas are in your room and start there.

Or start with the door to your room!

Most importantly, have fun while you feng shui your dorm room!

Feng shui is meant to be positive and fun.

The more you increase that feeling in your room, the more it will increase in your life.

And that means you will be well on your way to having the life of your dreams!

Now that you know the best feng shui tips for your dorm room, you might also want to know:

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