The doors and windows need a great attention.
Besides outside settings and interiors too, there are several
other aspects, which need consideration while planning and
designing, and this is one of them. There are some points that
one should always consider before designing the doors and the
The best thing is if the maximum number of
doors and windows open in North and East sdes of the
building as compared to the South and the West Side.
The main door should be the tallest and
other doors should not be superior in size or in beauty to
the main door. It is also written in Braunth Sanhita as:
"Mool Dwaaram Naanayyarabhisanthathi Roopdurya, Gatpal
Patra Pramathibhishch Thanmadulau shrich nuyath"
Doors in all rooms should be of equal size
but if want to make some bigger ones, then the doors in
South and West side should be bigger than the North and the
east side and not the other way.
The number of doors and windows in the
house should be in even numbers like 2,4,6,8,etc.
While fixing the doorframes in an internal
wall, it must be ensured that the doorframe is not fixed
contiguous to the main wall of the house. At least a minimum
of 4" pad should be built before fixing the doorframe
to a lateral wall.
While fixing the doors and the windows,
cross-ventilation should be taken care of. It is essential
to fix doors and windows opposite to each other to have
better light and air.
Doors should not be placed in the center of
the wall; they should always be off centered.
If a house faces east, the entrance should
be fixed towards East, so that the main door falls in the
Northern half of that side. Such a door yields good results
and is very auspicious.
If a house faces West, the entrance should
be fixed towards West, so that the main door falls in the
Northern half of that side.
When the house is north facing, the
entrance should be fixed towards North, so that is falls in
the eastern half of that side.
If the house is south facing, the entrance
should be fixed towards North, so that the door falls in the
Eastern half of that side.
Main entrance or the gates of the two
houses opposite to each other should not open exactly
towards each other.
For making doors and windows, as far as
possible one type of wood should be used. Teak is the best
wood for this purpose.
Irregular shaped doors or square doors are
not recommended and are considered inauspicious. The door
size should be in ratio of 2:1 in respect to height and
width. The normal sized door is 7' X 3'.
Windows also should have symmetry in height
through sizes of width may differ.
If only one door is to be fixed in a house,
it must be fixed either Eastern or northern side of the
building. If the house have two doors, they can be placed in
North and South, in east and west, in East and North but
never in South and West.
Placing doorways in the three directions
except east are not auspicious. Avoiding a doorway in the
South and keeping doorways in other directions are
Main entrance should always have threshold
or doorsill. The main entrance of a house is compared with
the mouth of a human being. Just as the face has two eyes, a
nose and a mouth, the main entrance of a house is supposed
to possess windows on either side, or a sill or threshold
below the doorway. The purpose of lips is served by the
frame shutters, and the threshold. It is said that the
threshold protects the household from perils, diseases and
paves way for prosperity.
It is better to make the door consist of
only one panel or shutter; or by joining three or five
shutters. Frames can be four or maximum five in a door.
There should be no obstructions in front of
main door such as rails, staircase, big trees etc. Opposite
to it should not be a temple, lamppost or any kind of
If there are more floors in a building, one
door over another door brings poverty and financial crisis
and this condition should be avoided.
One should take utmost care of several
things like; if the door closes itself automatically, that
will make the inmates lunatics; if the door closes itself,
it will destroy the children; if it is oversized or under
sized, it should be changed immediately.
If a door is making screeching sound while
movement, such a door along with chowkhat should be replaced
It is better to have doors both at the
beginning i.e. down below and at the end i.e. in the top of
Entrance Door To the House
The entrance door should also be
taken in consideration while the application of Vastu to your
house. Entrance door should be in North, East or North East of the
house. The entrance door size should always be larger than the
other doors of the house.
Number of Entrances
Many houses may have more than one entrance on the
frontage. Some rules however, have to be followed for providing
these doors. If there is only one main entrance door to the house
then more wealth is expected over other factors. If there are two
doors in the entrance then a comfortable life for the inmates can
be expected. If there are three doors than it is harmful to the
residents. If more than three doors are provided as main entrance
than it causes many problems.
Placement of Main Entrance Doors
If only one entrance s
provided to the house it should be placed in east or north for the
best results. Doors in the west and south are not good/allowed,
but these directions can be used for a entrance in commercial
If a house has two doors than they can be in the
East in combination with north and west.
West with north and East is allowed.
South and West Doors are not allowed.
South and East Doors are not allowed.
Three doors excluding the east is
Three doors excluding south is
Three Doors excluding north is
Three doors excluding west is auspicious.
Four Doors If the house is aligned to the magnetic orientation
than keeping the door in all the 4 directions is very
Height of the doors should be at least
7'-0", and with of the door should be at least
Number of Doors
The number of doors within the house should
be even in count, but not ten or multiples of eight. There are
several rules to be noted before counting all ten doors within
the house. the main gate or the doors in the outhouse are not
counted with doors in the house. It is to be noted than two
flanged doors are counted as one door. Entrance may without
doors but if they are covered overhead to form a enclosed
passage, than they are counted as doors. Doors to partitions
within the house which do not touch the ceiling are not
counted as doors. Following is the explanation of number of
doors in the house and their effect:
Cause Extended Life
Good Child Bearing
Growth of Wealth
Destruction of the good
Growth of business
Lowers the man's life span
Increase in Wealth
Destruction of the good
Designing the Doors
Vastu allows decoration and carving on the
main entrance and other doors, but has some rules to be
strictly followed for the same:
Lakshami seated on lotus with elephants
is good to be used on doors.
Traditional guard images can be carved.
The gods of wealth emitting coins can be
used for decoration.
Kul Devta, the family deity can adorn the
Birds like parrots, peacocks, swans
images are good to be used on doors
Nature paintings etc.
Pictures or Sculptures of war scans etc.
are not allowed.
One should keep in mind that any god images
etc. should not be used on the outer side of the door as it
may lead to poverty and other problems.
Interior Design of Door
A door is a hinged, sliding or folding barrier
of wood, metal, glass for opening and closing an entrance to a
building or room. But now the definition for the doors has changed
as first impressions are the lasting ones and the front entry
makes a statement about the house. It is something that we pass
through million times in our lives, from day we enter this world
to day we leave, it. The most utilitarian of architectural
elements, the DOOR is undoubtedly the most influential. Whether it
is for light, warmth, ventilation, access or a view, a
well-planned door can have a dramatic impact on your living space.
Door dimensions vary from region to region depending on the
context to its usage. The primary purpose of the door was to
defend, today we have a panorama of door designs.
Designers must deliver highly detailed, beautiful and imaginative
doors. The responsibility of the designer does not stop at
creating a appealing thing, but it must also extend to create a
sensory experience from the door knobs to each and element used in
We can categorize the doors in seven different categories , each
of them is discussed below.
Entry doors: The front door is usually the most eye
catching feature of a house. The entrance doors should need to be
in relation to the style of their surroundings. Whether viewed
from inside or outside, they become an integral part of a home's
design. They can vary from modern glass door to gothic style, from
multi panelled to arched door.
Interior doors: Interior doors help to connect rooms and
sometime it varies from simple flush door to traditional and glass
doors. Interior doors need not be impenetrable barriers, frosted
or bevelled glass doors allow the sunshine to come yet seal off
the noise and the view.
Glass doors: A glass door design should reflect the
sensuous sophistication and detailed elegance. Decorative glass is
a very good option to door units. Whether it is stained, beveled,
etched, mirrored, painted or sand blasted, they can turn the door
into a work of art. The patterned glass panels diffuse the light
and fill the room with a bright but less intense glow.
Metal doors: These doors are impressive for their intricate
and bold surfaces. They can withstand hard use in both interior
and exterior application. Copper, bronze, brass and pewter are the
metals finishes for the door.
Carved doors: In classically designer houses, the door is
treated as a showpiece, thus carved decorations are seen here.
With these doors, elegance and permanence are a reality, not just
a fašade. These highly ornamented carved wooden panels are
originally intended for a grand house.
Paneled doors: These doors can be elaborately molded and
exuberantly carved, painted and glided. These doors cope well with
most weather conditions and need virtually no maintenance. In
these doors, a distinct impact is created through fine joinery and
sensitive use of material and design.
French doors: French or sliding doors help link living
space and garden while doubling as view walls. A sense of
accessibility is always achieved through these doors.
Windows in the house provide us with fresh and light to enjoy
our life with. All the windows should be on the exterior walls
of the house and not opening within the rooms. All the windows
bigger in size should be in the north-east and smaller window
should be in the south-west. The number of windows in the
house should be in even numbers (when counted in total), and
not in the multiples of 10. Sun Shades The
slopes of all sunshades constructed above doors and windows
should be towards the north-east, so that the rain water must
flow from south-west to north-east.