How to Make Furniture in Minecraft

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Although Minecraft is a powerful creative tool, it does have limitations. The scarcity of block types and their linear size tends to make the creation of certain detailed objects a challenge. This is especially so with furniture, but there are some easy tricks you can use to make several types of furniture in Minecraft—no texturepacks or mods required.

Thinking Outside the Block

The key to making furniture in Minecraft is creativity. When creating pieces for your home, office, or bat cave, a clever use of items will go far. As you'll see, the process is actually really simple and fun. For the most part we're going to make objects that look like furniture, which means that you can pretty well make endless variations to your designs. The items most commonly used to make Minecraft furniture include:

  • Signs
  • Pistons
  • Traps doors
  • Pressure plates
  • Half slabs
  • Stairs 
  • Fence Posts
  • Old fashioned blocks

Chairs

Here's a simple chair made with a wood stair and two signs. Add lettering to the signs for added detail.
This stone slab and sign combo makes for a nice simple chair design.
Here I've made a simple sofa with stone slabs and wool.
This sofa has legs made from wood stairs. Note the sofa sits on half slabs of wood.

Tables

Here is a raised table made from a sign post and a wood half-slab.
This is a table made from activated pistons, which I placed seating next to for contrast. Note that redstone torches sit below the pistons to activate them.
Here is a wall table. This could be used as a desk or island counter.

Bathroom

This toilet is made from a stone block, water hole, and trap door. A stone button is added for a handle and a pressure plate as a tank lid.
This shower is made from stone and glass pane. You can easily make it automated with a little bit of redstone.

Beds

Here a faux wool bed is made more interesting with pressure plates for pillows.
This is a much more elaborate take on a four-post bed. I used fence, half slabs of wood, and wood blocks to achieve this effect.

Kitchen

Faux appliances can be made using any blocks that look right to you (in conjunction with pressure plates and trap doors).
Counter space is made more believable by varying block types.
These iron blocks with buttons pose as a fridge.
I used cobblestone stairs to create the illusion of a modern oven fan here.

Decorations

Here an otherwise simple fireplace is made more inviting by the use of stone slabs and bookcases.
A more traditional look is acheived using iron bars in front of the fire.
Here is a built-in shelf.
Here is a fish tank with real fish. First I placed fish on top of the bookshelves, and then the ice blocks. The effect is a cool one. (Credit due to user Banik68)

Making furniture is all about using your imagination and making something look believable. If it's believable to you, chances are other people will know what it is. Take your time and try clever tricks. The fish tank is a great example of thinking outside the box, and making clever use of block types. This, after all, is the key to making furniture: using blocks in a way they were never intended. 

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26 Comments

Do the fish stay forever?

Yeah, pretty much.

i thought that items disappear after 5 minutes, did they change this?

It really depends how far you are from the items. If you are out of rendering site of them, 15 minutes is a good estimate, but they may not disappear if you're near enough to them.

:O u forgot something that counters can also be made by turned furnaces or also u can use unopenedpistons astables such s dining etc

Good point, I'll add those in there.

It is you who are amazing. I love the enthusiasm, see you on the server!

Lies, it is I who is mediocre at best ;)

Hey this is really helpful, if anyone has any more ideas please try to contact me on this wiki.

http://mccreate.wikia.com/wiki/User:Lord_Rose_Thorn

For a bed, you can still use real bed, just raise em up one block. though who uses 3 beds? LOL

KING SIZE BEDS!!! :DD

Question: I made a fish tank. I used diamond ore on bottom and placed the fish on top, then placed the ice block. I tried various things on top...trap door, slabs, wood blocks, etc. But the fish keep popping up out of the ice after a couple seconds, no matter what I use. What am I doing wrong?

Is this server cracked? I dont have a job yet and i only play cracked!

That fish tank is cool, I never thought of that before.

For the Fire pit my house if made out of most from wood and keeps catching on fire, how do I stop that from happening.

how about make netherrack at the bottom and a cement block behind and a cement slab in front!

If you're playing in a world that you've created you can turn off fire spreads in the game options prior to load out.

Great Thoughts loved it

awesome stuff.. cheers !!!

Where do you get the fish?

Is this for PC only? I tried on Xbox one and this fish slide right out.

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