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Stairway to Failure: Use Feng Shui to Fix Front Doors that Open to Stairs

This is a common issue I see in many homes.

Feng Shui Front Door Cures

About the only good Feng Shui in this home’s front door is the welcome mat!

Forces at Work
Having a front door open immediately to a stairway is going in the direction of financial failure, whether you are a home builder or a homeowner.

Here is the problem as it relates to Feng Shui: the gravity force of Chi energy coming down the stairs is greater than the incoming Chi from the door.

This symbolizes the loss of income and wealth, but also impacts all aspects of Feng Shui.  Whether you are the home builder or the homeowner, this is bad news.

Remember that the front door is always the Career & Life Path area of your home.

Feng Shui Cures
Now, I have solutions for home builders when I work with their designers.

But, what if you already own a home with such stairways or are seriously considering buying such a property where this is the only flaw?  Certainly remodeling to move the stairs isn’t practical.

The cure is to hang a crystal or a wind chime from the ceiling halfway between the base of the stairs and the front door.  The effect of this is to diffuse and spread the Chi as it comes down the stairs, preventing it from rushing out the front door with the incoming energy along with it.

By the way, the concern with the stairs is greatest when the distance between the door and stairs is less than double the height of the tallest person in the home.

Next Steps
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  1. Coral says:

    How far down from the ceiling does the crystal/wind chime need to be? I have a sloped ceiling where the apex in above the stairs/front door and don’t think I could reach the ceiling using a normal ladder. My front door has a window directly above it with a 30cm space between the two. Would a mirror here help me?
    Thanks Jessie, you site has been very helpful.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Thank you for visiting my website.

      You can hang a crystal or wind chime in multiples of 3. Okay measurements would include 3 cm, 6 cm, 9 cm or 3 in, 6 in, 9 in.
      You can have a bagua mirror facing the stairs in between your door and the window above the door.

      Best of luck!

    • Joan says:

      Hi, my front door is facing the stairs, what should I do?

      • Joan says:

        Is it okie to put a shoe rack? And on the very top of the stairs I put real plant?

        • Jessie Kim says:

          Yes, Joan. In fact, though my stairs are not right behind my door, I have a shoe rack between the two. I feel this helps break up the energy a bit. A real plant at the top and even the bottom of the stairs could help, as well.

      • Jessie Kim says:

        Hi Joan! Thank you for contacting me! One cure is to hang a crystal or a wind chime from the ceiling about halfway between the base of the stairs and the front door. Please contact me if you would like any more specific advice. Good luck!

  2. Aimee Reeder says:

    What a wonderful website! Thank you!

    Our front door opens right onto the staircase leading upstairs (which is open and with a metal railing). I have hung a crystal in the small space and placed a fish tank at the bottom of the steps. I have a big landscape photo on the wall heading up the stairs. However, it just does not “feel” right.

    Thank you so much for any advice!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Hello Aimee,

      First thing, when your staircase faces the front door, you need to slow down the draining energy by placing “road blocks” for the energy that is going out the door.

      You can add a red rug at the landing of the stairs, as well as at the front door. You have already created one road block by adding a crystal at the bottom of the stairs, which is good.

      A fish tank by the front door is usually good. When it’s at the bottom of the staircase, however, it can effect the health of the young ones at home.

      If the staircase is in the middle part of your home, then you can place some candles by the stairs to weaken the metal energy that is digging into the earth (Health Area of the home’s Bagua) and/or a tall plant to lift the energy back up.

      The landscape picture is great to have in a home where the front door faces a solid wall as you walk in.

      You may want to hang family pictures along the wall going up the stairs to draw the energy up. However, do not place family pictures there if they face the front door directly.

      If you would like a thorough and personalized consultation, we can go through all areas of your home via video chat with a mobile device. Click here for more information. I would love to help you make all of your home feel right.


      Jessie Kim

  3. Aimee Reeder says:

    Thank you so very much for the help! It is so very very appreciated!!

  4. Christy says:

    Great site! There is a T section that is right in front of my house. The gate leads to stairs( quit steep) that lead to dubble frontdoor. I have placed a windchime by the frontdoor. Have removed some pointed plants next to the door entrance. Is there anything else I can do to improve the chi entering my house? Thnx!!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Christy: Thank you for the question.

      You can also hang a Bagua mirror over the front door to reflect the T-intersection energy back out.

      If you don’t want to hang a Bagua mirror, then you can hang a flag that points to the T-intersection as well.

  5. Lorraine says:

    Im glad I came across your website! The stairs in our home are in direct alignment with our front door. The space between the first step and the actual door is roughly 5 feet. We have a chandelier which hangs between the first step and the door,and I’ve hung a crystal on the chandelier because ive read that this is one form of remedy. Is it ok to hang the crystal on the chandelier or should I move it? We also have a window above the front door but we’ve covered the glass panel with frosted window film. Is there anything else that could help in this space? Any advice is much appreciated! Thank you!!!

    • Jessie Kim says:


      Yes, hanging the crystals on the chandelier is a good start. If there is a room for a red rug, it would be good to place a red rug at the bottom of the stairs to stop the energy from draining out to the front door. If your front door is solid wood then it’s okay to have a window above the door, as long as the window isn’t bigger then the front door.

      If you would like a more detailed personalized consultation, please feel free to contact me. I do provide In-Home Consultations or Virtual Consultations via Skype. Good luck!

  6. May tayag says:

    I live in a 3 level home. The front door opens to a small foyer and split entry. Going down goes to a garage on 1 side and recreation room on the other… Going up leads to living room on 1 side a kitchen/dining room on the other side.. Now my question how do i create a positive energy? Thank u for your help…

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Hi May! Thank you for touching base with your concern. Home builders love to integrate this split entry design into homes because it is an efficient use of space. Unfortunately, it is a big Feng Shui no-no. Just as with a simple stairway, you need to start by breaking up the energy and help disburse it through your home. Again, hang a Feng Shui crystal or wind chime in the middle of the foyer. You need to go about nine steps further, however. To boost the energy, you’ll need to Feng Shui every room in your house. Get started by reading about the Feng Shui Bagua and follow the advice of each area. If you need help, contact me for a consultation. Good luck!

  7. Preth says:

    I bought a new home where the stairs are facing to the front door. Stairs overlap half way to the front door. Door width is 92″ and the stair width is 49″. That means the stair overlap a little more than the half way of the door. Is this an issue and how to cure this issue? Please advice.


  8. Harry Spurgin says:

    Hi, glad we found your website! Our front door is in direct alignment to the short stairs (3 steps) that leads to our kitchen and then to the back window!! We plan to buy a crystal chandelier + red rug to place at the bottom of the stairs. What can we do to slow down the energy to “fly out” of the back window? Also, we have a window above our front door (door is made of wood)—the window is wider than the door but not taller. Overall though the window is smaller than the door. Is it ok?

  9. Laura says:

    We have a 120 year old house that has a wooden staircase that leads straight to our front door. The staircase has a small landing then turns and goes up a few more steps our upstairs area. At the bottom of the staircase we have a chandelier that hangs about midway between the door and stairs. We have a black rug in front of the door inside and out. I have my children’s pictures hanging on the wall (this faces inward -not to the door). 2 questions – Does it matter what kind of crystal to hang from the ceiling and anything else that needs to be done to fix this problem? Thanks!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Laura: You can also add red rugs at the bottom of the stairs and by the door to create an energy “stop” sign. This will slow energy from draining out of the house. It doesn’t matter what type of crystals you use, as long as they are shiny and they reflect lots of light and sparkle to excite the energy upwards. All the best!

  10. Julie says:

    Hi Jessie,

    I just bought a home where the stairway is right at the front door. We are building a lockable and opaque gate in the front of the house. I plan to place a small crystal light fixture above the front door entry and place a red rug on the floor. I won’t have room for a plant at the top or bottom of the stairs, but was wondering if I can place family pictures going up the wall of the stairway and can I place them to the right of the door? Should I place a mirror to the right of the door instead? Thank you!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Julie: You can hang family pictures there but make sure that the pictures are not facing directly toward the front door. Doing so would represent your family leaving the house and staying away. Also, you may hang mirrors there, but not if they face the front door. You don’t want to bounce the energy right back out into the streets.

  11. Ava Tai says:

    Hi. So I just bought a house which I love and the only thing wrong is the stairs facing the door. However, the door and stairs are not directly aligned. The stairs is located right next to the wall and it is 37″ wide and the door is 3″ from that side of the wall and it is 41″ wide which means the door is just on the right of the stairs by 8″. So, is the Feng shui still really bad.? Would you suggest me to move the door because I have a closet next to the door which I can remove and move the door over to the closet?

    What would you suggest? Thank you so much for your advice.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      No, your Feng Shui isn’t really bad. Having the stairs face the door isn’t the ideal thing to have, but yours is just few inches that lines up with the door. Without having to move the entire doorway, all you need to do is place a red rug at the bottom of the staircase and/or at the inside of the doorway to stop the energy from flowing out the door. Best of luck, Ava!

  12. Jammeelyn Norte says:


    I am renting a suite which is located below and the front door opens up to the back of the stairs which the tenant upstairs used. If the crystal, mirror or chimes are used in between the door facing the stairs, what would you recommend when the door opens up to the back of the stairs?



    • Jessie Kim says:

      Jammeelyn: I would make sure that there is a light fixture there to brighten it up. Or if there is space, place a small table with plants and/or a light. Without having seen the whole space, all I can recommend is to make sure that it’s not a dark space. You want it to be something you want to look at when you open the front door.

  13. Archie says:

    Hi Jessie,

    We just bought a house and the design suddenly changed due to additional toilet under the stairs. Now the staircase is directly facing the front door and to one of the beddroom door going up. Need your advise please. Thanks


    • Jessie Kim says:

      Archie: Without having seen your home, the best thing you can do is add a red mat at the bottom of the staircase and at the top of the staircase. This creates a “stop” sign for the energy. Just make sure that the mat at the top of the staircase is properly secured and doesn’t have any edges that stick up. The last thing you want is for Feng Shui to trip you down the stairs!

  14. linda says:

    my bedroom door faces stairs that face a wall at the bottom how do i remedy this please thanks

  15. Kunal says:


    My Living Room Staircase is situated in North of the House. And many say that it should not be in the North of the House. Please suggest.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      When you are following the compass school of Feng Shui, it’s usually incorporating your birthday to figure out which direction is best for you. Even then, if having your stairs to the favorable direction to your birthday, if they face the front door, it’s still bad. I would have to see the whole house to figure out if that staircase is really bad for your home or not… just because it’s facing one direction doesn’t make it good or bad… there are multiple things to consider when you are working with Feng Shui.

  16. maria says:

    Hi, this is a very good article. My main front door is opposit aour stairs. i bought a ceiling light with crystals on it but not the crystals that are dangling or the one that moves. Is this alright or do i need to have a crystal that movesAnother thing is our neighbors main door is aligned our door. What is the cure for this?

    • Jessie Kim says:

      The crystals do not have to move. With the alignment of the doors, you could have a wind between the doors or you could hang a Bagua mirror from inside your door area with the mirror facing the neighbor.

  17. Laura says:

    Hi. We have a newer passive solar house whose main door faces west (but is not the front of the house – which faces south). When you enter the door, there is a small landing of about 5 feet before you have stairs that go DOWN to a walk-out basement. This means that from the front door, you have a stairwell but see a solid wall at line of sight. I assume a red mat at the door is appropriate, but would something on that wall (also, sloped ceiling so it’s quite a massive tall and narrow wall up to the ceiling) help create positive flow?

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Yes, on that wall, try a picture or painting with an open field that you would like to walk through. No water pictures where the water would pour out the door. Try spring or summer scenes (nothing lifeless like a snowy scene, falling leaves, etc.).

  18. Leslie says:

    Hi please help Jessie Kim !
    Right when you open my front door its directly towards my stairway, which leads right into a wall and then you have to make a turn which then leads straight up into a room. The distance between the stairway and the front door is not that far, it’s a small foyer. What should I do? Im moving in next week, I really need your help. I heard a few plants boost up the energy as well, my stairways is kind of in the middle too. Can I put two plants on each side of the double sided doors? please reply


    • Jessie Kim says:

      Yes, you could place plants, as well as a red rug. Also, try adding up-lights along the stairs. Keep it well-lit to the top. If you hit a wall at the top of the stairs, try a painting on that wall (spring or summer field is preferable; nothing dead).

  19. Dyan says:

    My bedroom door is directly in front of the stairs At the bottom of the stairs is a small space with a wall. Are there any fixes for this other than a red carpet?

  20. Ian says:

    Hi Jessie,

    I have a question regarding indirect main door to staircase situation. Below is the simple draft floor plan for easier explanation:

    Do you think this indirect main door facing to staircase is a problem?

  21. Anil kumar says:

    I built a new house in that stair case is facing front door, my front door is big with double door;in btw the stair and door long living room, above the stair facing the main door window also present did there is any problem for my house plz reply

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Try adding some window treatments (blinds and curtains). Also, try adding some crystals between the bottom of the stairs and your door. Up-lights will help push energy up your stairs.

  22. mukesh says:

    What should b done which door should b used as entrance to home or can v have a big rectangular mirror on the door which is facing the stairs going down. pls guide.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      If you live in a townhome or a condo, you should focus on the unit’s front door as much as you can. If the main front door to the building is not welcoming, then maybe it’s time to join the HOA and suggest some changes.

  23. Kay says:

    How do you define front door? I live in a townhouse and honestly the “front door” is hardly if ever used. Mostly we (and guests) enter/leave through the garage door or the sliding glass door on the side of the house. The sliding glass door faces east, going clockwise from there is the “front door,” the garage door entrance–in direct alignment with the glass door, and the stairway which is slightly off center but across from the “front door”

  24. Jennifer DC says:

    Hi Jessie,

    I came across your website when I was searching for Feng Shui tips regarding a staircase positioned directly in front of the main door with only few steps of distance to it. On top of that our main door is facing another main door of an opposite house but I feel like its not directly aligned.

    We are just about to finalize the purchase of this house and then I realized this feng shui ordeal.

    Should i put mirrors on both side of the door.. Front and back? Then your advice to everybody a red rug just at the bottom of the stairs. Can i hang a wind chime right at our main door or it should be in between the main door and the stairs. Then on the wall leading up to the staircase we should hang or paintings?

    I would really appreciate your feedback. Im getting bothered with this now. I dont all the chi going out of our new house.

    Thanks so much..

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Without seeing the space… if the doors line up, the staircase faces the door, and if the space allows it, a red rug or a wind chime between the door and stairs will do the trick. With the mirrors, you have to be careful with what is reflected. With wind chimes, make sure they are 6 metal rods.

  25. Sara says:

    Hello , I am happy to find your website I will move to one bedroom apartment and the main Intrench is in the back and there is wall facing the main door between them maybe 3 or 4 feet so the door just open ,, is that bad in fung shui and if so how can I solve that or better to find different apartment ,, thank you

    • Jessie Kim says:

      If that is the only option you have, then you can try to draw the energy or people to your front door by putting up Welcome signs from the front of the house to lead to the back, to where the front door is. Make sure to make the front door area bright and welcoming as much as possible such that when they do try to find it, it is easy for your guests and mailman to find your door. Remember, if the mailman can’t find your front door easily, then energy can’t find your door easily either.

  26. Nguyen says:


    If the stair go straight to the toilet, any thing to fix the problem

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Make sure to keep the bathroom door closed, keep the toilet lid down when not in use, and you can put a crystal in the bathroom above the toilet and/or put one on top of the stairs to deflect the energy from going straight into the bathroom.

  27. Chrsitine P. says:

    Hello Jesse 🙂
    We are renting a home that has a staircase aligned with the front door. The bottom stair is only 40 inches away from the threshold. When opened, the door barely misses the bottom baluster. The stairs are steep, they go straight up, without a landing, to the 2nd floor. After reading this post, I’m going to get a red rug and would like to hang a crystal – or multiple crystals. I was even thinking of hanging a curtain of beads at the 3rd or 4th stair. Would this be overkill? Thank you!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Depending on the space you have, if it’s too tight and the ceiling is too low, then it might be overkill to hang that many crystals. If it looks tacky, then it’s not good Feng Shui. If you want, you can also hang lights on the stairs to lead the energy up the stairs.

  28. Leslie M. says:

    Hello Jesse,
    We are moving in new house on February. Can you help me what should I do if I open the front door, 4 meters away there is a wall already and that is washroom. They are not facing each other but my worries is the wall. Do you have any suggestion

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Hello Leslie,
      If it’s the wall you are worried about facing as soon as you open your front door, I would place a nice calming picture or painting of wide open space that you would like to go visit on that wall, so blank wall is not the very first thing you see when you walk through the front door.

  29. pris says:

    Our stairs is in the middle of our house and I read it’s bad feng shui. Please tell me what to do.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      Just having a staircase in your house doesn’t mean that your home has bad Feng Shui. We live in a world there are multi-level homes. It’s all about being able to push the energy up to the upper floors. Depending on how much space you have, you can hang a nice attractive light fixture in the staircase to draw the energy up. Keep the staircase well light. Also you can place a red mat or mat with red in it at the bottom of the stairs so it keeps up energy up and not draining down.

  30. Penny Fong says:

    My neighbors stairs to their front door is right above my front door. I plan to hang a wind chime to the side of my front door. Is that enough and is that the correct placement? Thank you for your help.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      I don’t know how much space you have but aside from the wind chime, I would also place some tall plants or sansevieria (Mother In Laws Tongue) around your front door area to help “push” the energy back up.

  31. Susan Du says:

    Our front door is facing the stairway going upstairs. However the front door is 17 feet away from the first step. The stairway to go to the basement is right behind the stair way going upstairs and that faces the backdoor. So we have front door, stairway going up, stairway going downstairs and then a back door all in a straight line. Since there is quite a bit of room from the front door to the upstairs stairs, we put a cubby shelf to block the path. The cubby shelf does not have a back to it so you can see through it. In the cubby holes, we put vases, crystal bottles, etc. I also put a plant on top of the shelf and next to the shelf. Is this good enough? I’m concerned since there is still plenty of space from the top of the shelf to the ceiling and also the shelf has no back to it so the chi can still go through it?

    Also regarding the downstairs stairs facing the backdoor. We have two back doors. We do not use the one that is facing the downstairs stairs because we though it was bad feng shui. It is a glass door but we have blinds covering it. I also put a plant in front of the door. Is this ok or do you think we need to totally remove the door and dry wall it?

    • Jessie Kim says:

      It sounds like you have some space to work with, maybe a nice light fixture to lift the energy up as well as night pictures or paintings along the walls to create a slower flow into the living space. If the back door being covered up doesn’t look good in your living space you might need to change it to a wall but you don’t have to. You can keep the door closed and covered night nice window treatment so it doesn’t look like you are trying to hide anything but you are decorating it, this might work better. I’m sorry, without actually having seen your whole space, I can’t give detailed remedy, I hope it makes sense. Thank you.

  32. RomServo says:

    I have recently moved into a basement apartment and the front door opens into a decending flight of stairs. Ever since I moved here, terrible things have been happening. Is it bad for the front door to open directly into decending stairs? How do I fix this? Thank you!

    • Jessie Kim says:

      You have to create something that attracts your attention down the stairs to slow down. You may need to hang a mirror at the bottom of the stairs to push the overwhelming energy that is rushing down into your space as well as slow down that down energy with some artwork or pictures of places or people you love and enjoy so you have something to enjoy looking at going up and down the stairs.

  33. Jin Gray says:

    I have a front door that when you open goes into a hallway to our kitchen and dining room in the back of the home. However to the right of the entrance we have a stairway down to the basement. The basement stairs are not in the direct line of the front door but only if you walk in and go toward your right.

    • Jessie Kim says:

      I would make sure to direct the energy or view of the person walking into your home to follow the path to your living space. It can be done with your family pictures long the wall, light fixtures down the hallway, plants along the hallway, rugs, if your space allows it. Think of using your items like a street sign, directing your guests and family members to the space you want them to go to.

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