Is it true that a bedroom has bad feng shui if it is on top of a garage?

I’ve seen answers and arguments from both sides, each with a different set of explanations. Listed here are the varying explanations from feng shui experts around the web, paraphrased by me:

The garage has unsettling and stagnant energy, which is the opposite kind of energy of what the bedroom needs. –Rodika Tchi, “Feng Shui TIps for A Bedroom Over the Garage

Garage has a surfeit of Yin energy, which could lead to insomnia or worse, moody behavior and social isolation. –Ann Bingley Gallops, “Feng Shui SOS: My Bedroom is On Top of My Garage!” 

The idea that the unstable, negative energy [from the garage] that promotes sleeplessness and/or negative experience is untrue. It’s possible that the issue of having bedroom over a garage was inferred from an early feng shui principle stating that it was unwise to build a home hanging over a moving stream or a river. However, this does not apply to cars pulling in and out of a garage a few minutes each day. –Cathleen McCandless, “Feng Shui that Makes Sense

If you were to ask me whether a bedroom has bad feng shui if it’s on top of a garage, I will answer “it depends.”

It’s bad feng shui only when some type of Qi or energy from the garage is affecting your sleep or comfort in the bedroom. I have listed them here so you can decide for yourself whether a bedroom on top of a garage has bad feng shui.

Car Exhaust

If you can smell the car exhaust from your bedroom above the garage, then yes, the feng shui is very bad.

In feng shui, the car exhaust is a form of negative energy. It is carbon monoxide that can give us light-headedness, confusion, headaches, and flu-like effects. Large exposures can lead to poisoning that includes symptons like vomiting and chest pain. Though some of us are able to smell exhaust fumes from automobiles, carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless.

If you can smell car exhaust in your bedroom, then you are also smelling carbon monoxide. The smell could have traveled to your bedroom through your ventilation system, cracks in the walls and flooring, or bedroom window.

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How carbon monoxide can travel to your living spaces. Image courtesy of

Not only does the poisonous gas give you health problems, it can also impact your mood, emotions, and fatigue from inability to rest and relax in your bedroom.

Garage Door Movements

The opening and closing of garage doors creates noise and vibrations. Both are negative Qi that can disrupt your sleep or irritate you while you’re trying to relax.

If you’re the only person living in the house, garage door movements shouldn’t be an issue. However, if you live with other family members who likes to get mid-night snacks, or if you live in a condo where your bedroom is on top the garage of your neighbor, then you have a problem.

Garages of Condominiums
Condominiums where your living space can be on top of your neighbor’s garage

Whenever you are exposed to noise, whether you’re asleep or not, you may experience an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. If you’re exposed to noise while asleep, the amount of quality sleep you get will decrease, and your finger pulse amplitude and body movements will increase, causing you to get less rest even if you sleep the full eight hours every night.

Insects and Spiders

Garage is not a clean place. It is a place with bad feng shui for humans to dwell in, but it is a good environment for insects and spiders to thrive.

With your bedroom right above the garage, don’t be surprised to find insects crawling on your floor or spiders spinning web on the corners of your furnitures. They can easily navigate through the interiors of the wall and visit your bedroom using any cracks they can find.

Insects are a nuisance. They give you those tingly feeling and make you feel disgusted. In fact, research by the University of Manchester discovered that seeing an itch stimulus, such as ants, can make you itch and uncomfortable. Is that the kind of feeling you want in your bedroom?

ant up close photo itch stimuli
Ants were one of the stimuli that triggered an itch. Did this image make you itch?

Though the effects of having insects in your bedroom is subtle and not detrimental like breathing carbon monoxide, it takes away a certain amount of comfort in your bedroom.

Warmer Temperature

If you park your car in the garage, you may have noticed that the garage is usually much warmer than your other rooms.

This is the result of your car’s engine. As your engine cools down, heat is released and absorbed by the walls and especially by the ceiling, because heat moves up due to the laws of physics. This translates to warmer room temperatures for that bedroom on top of the garage.

Although this may not be necessarily bad during winter time, it can be quite discomforting during summer time. You may find yourself blasting your air conditioning at max levels only to realize that your bedroom is the only room that is still warm. It will be hard to relax if you find yourself sweating constantly.

Sleep Temperature Stats by
How adults are losing sleep due to temperature, courtesy of To view the full infographic, click here.

Further, warmer temperatures will affect how you sleep. When you go to sleep, your brain is trying to achieve a lower body temperature for you to feel more comfortable. If it’s too hot, you are likely to wake up. In fact, the optimal temperature to get quality rest is to sleep at temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.


Your bedroom should be a comfort zone so that you can get quality sleep and rest. But if your bedroom is on top of a garage, you may be exposed to the smell of car exhaust, noise of garage door movements, sight of insects and spiders, and discomfort from warmer temperatures.

On the other hand, if you have none of these problems, and you feel that your bedroom is comfortable and relaxing, then it is safe to say that the garage does not affect your bedroom feng shui.

Do you sleep on top of a garage? Are there any nuisances that are making your bedroom less comfortable that it should? Comment below and let us know!

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  1. Chai

    We are looking for a home and we are absolutely in love with the home that happens to have a master bedroom on top of the garage. It is carpeted and the energy in the master bedroom seems stable. Would love to hear from others with master over garage.

    1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

      Hi Chai,
      I don’t have master bedroom over garage. But I believe people’s experience will vary depending on how the garage is used. If it’s not cleaned, if there’s constant open & closes (when you’re resting), or if it’s used as a recreational room, all of them will differ. For me, the most important thing is the room temperature of the master bedroom, which can be greatly affected by the garage if it’s used to park cars where engines cool down.

  2. Medina

    My 5 year old daughter’s bedroom is over our 2 car garage. Its the room she chose and she’s resistant to move. I’m debating whether to insist. The bedroom is carpeted, we rarely park in the garage, and if we do its rarely when she’s resting. Its a front bedroom in the north side of the home (our front door faces NW 299 degrees). My understanding is that my daughter’s kua # is 9. Also she’s pressing for purple décor 🙁

    Any advice? Or should I insist she switch to the bedroom in the west since I understand that’s better for children.

    1. Victor Cheung Listing Owner

      Hi Medina,
      In your case, you daughter should be fine living on top of the garage because the garage is rarely used for cars and its presence won’t be a nuisance to her.
      Purple decor 😛

  3. Cristina Santero

    Hi im planning to put our master bedroom over a garage area but we dont park our cars there.some of my friends
    Told me its bad feng shui putting master bedroom over the garage area.our house is facing east and my husband and i and we both are kua no .1
    Is it really a bad feng shui for our family?

    Your reply for this is highly appreciated.
    Thank you!