The shoe cabinet should be beautifully designed, placed around the door area for convenient living, but when designing and placing, it is necessary to adhere to the principles of feng shui.
The shoe rack and cabinet are not mentioned in Vietnamese feng shui documents. However, Korean and Japanese feng shui researchers confirm that this type of utensils has an effect on health and the formation of people’s living style. They make a lot of regulations from how to hold sandals, choose the location, wind direction, the direction of the toe, design principles, color scheme, determine the location of the shelf, and the shoe cabinet.
Accordingly, the design and placement of shoe racks must adhere to 5 principles.
1. Not more than 1/2 height of clearance, At the same time, it is not wider than the clear width of the door in the place where the shelf is placed.
For agencies, offices or apartments with a wide main door (4-door), shelves and shoe cabinets must not be taller than 3/4 of the average height of Asians (no more than 1.5 m tall). ), the width is not 1.5 times larger than the height. Must ensure the harmony between the size of the shelf, shoe cabinet compared to the door size where it is placed.
2. The best shoe rack and cabinet designed with wood, synthetic plastic or stainless iron, plastic-coated iron core… There is a door to open and close when needed. Should design the outside appearance as a wardrobe or decorative cabinet, regularly close the cabinet door whether there are shoes inside or not; colors should take dark tones as the main, avoid gaudy.
3. Rack doors, shoe cabinets must not be placed symmetrically with the door, wind direction is not favorable to the house. The yang qi (feng) is also the wealth qi of the family that enters from the main door (the qi of the mouth), and cannot be polluted by the qi of the shoes.
The Japanese require that before you take off your shoes, you must place your feet parallel to each other 30 cm in front of and 30 cm from the shoe cabinet, respectively, take your feet out of your shoes and put your feet back 15 cm. Use your right hand to hold the shoes in pairs, two thick toes parallel and corresponding to each other and then place them on the rack.
Many people explain that this is a method of “using white tigers” to disperse the killing intent of the shoes before placing them on the shelf; If you use your left hand, it will cause the dragon fruit to be damaged by killing intent. However, in fact, the Japanese method is to adjust and build a neat style in daily life.
4. The shoe cabinet must not coincide with the Shinto axis (the direction of the house) of the family; and should not be placed in the observation area. People sitting in the house (living room) cannot see the entire shoe cabinet.
The shoe cabinet can be placed a few meters away from the door. If the ideal location cannot be selected, it can be placed behind the main door, so that when opening the door can hide the shoe rack. In this case, the shelf should not be designed, it is best to close a shoe cabinet with a closed door.
5. The shoe cabinet can be divided into several floors, each floor is best designed with 3 rows of shelves with open spaces. The rows of shelves should be designed to tilt about 5 degrees from inside to outside, from top to bottom.
When placed on the rack, the toe of the shoe is facing up, the sole is facing down, placing each pair in a neat line. Feng shui believes that such a way of placing shoes will have the value of supporting mandarin and fortune “stepping up”; In the opposite direction, placing the toe of the shoe facing down will be at a disadvantage.
The Japanese pay great attention to the placement of shoes, it is almost a mandatory rule (especially for children) in every home and school, thereby making an important contribution to the formation of a “Japanese style”. in daily life.
Cultural researcher Pham Dinh Hai