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How to Decorate Your House in "Minecraft"

Jessica has been playing Minecraft since 2012. She enjoys building, farming, and breeding animals. She especially enjoys magic modpacks!

Decorate your house by recreating basic furniture that isn't included in "Minecraft."

Decorate your house by recreating basic furniture that isn't included in "Minecraft."

What Is Minecraft?

Minecraft is a sandbox indie simulation game published by Mojang and released for PC in 2011. In this 3D-generated world, players can assemble structures with blocks, gather resources, go exploring in cave systems, craft items, and fight monsters. Survival mode pits players against mobs that spawn at night whilst maintaining their stamina and hunger bars, while Creative mode allows players infinite access to blocks, as well as no hunger and the ability to fly!

Building a home in Minecraft can be a lesser or larger priority, depending on the player; some people are perfectly content living in a small, unfurnished shelter, while others take pleasure in constructing a more permanent home. Building enthusiasts are often seeking ways to improve the appearance of their houses. While Minecraft doesn’t contain many furniture items, it is easy to recreate indoor décor with basic materials.

How to Decorate Your House

To date, Minecraft has been updated with numerous decorative items; pots allow players to display saplings and flowers around the home, while paintings make walls look less bland. Item frames allow players to display their favorite items on the wall, and stained glass windows add sophistication to the most simple houses.

However, there are many furniture items that the sandbox game is lacking. For example, there is no recipe for tables or countertops. Hygienic items like sinks, toilets, and showers do not exist as there is no functional need for them. There are no chairs or couches to sit on. Nevertheless, Minecraft’s creative nature has allowed players to replicate these items with basic materials.

Building a fireplace, television, and couch makes a living room feel more complete.

Building a fireplace, television, and couch makes a living room feel more complete.

1. Decorate Your Living Room

The living room is the center of the home in our non-virtual world—we use them to host parties, watch television, relax with the family and take a seat after a long day. Do you want your Minecraft living room to be warm and welcoming, or new and modern? No matter how you envision your house's living room, there are a few basic items that should be included.

  • Couches: Couches are a big part of living rooms and are easily replicated in your Minecraft home. You can make a couch by placing two or more stair blocks next to each other. Placing slabs in front of the stairs make it look longer! You also can use slabs surrounded by wool blocks for a fancier and fluffier-looking couch.
  • Tables: Tables and end tables are great additions to any living room. If you have a couch already built, try making a simple coffee table out of slabs in front of it. A fence post with a pressure plate on top makes a great small end table, as well as an activated piston. You can also place different colored carpet on top of an anvil—experiment with what you like best!
This TV was made with six black wool blocks, three fence posts and three signs.

This TV was made with six black wool blocks, three fence posts and three signs.

  • Television: A living room isn't complete without a television for you and your friends to watch! The easiest way to build a television is to place four or six blocks of black wool (or obsidian) together. Try building a table underneath it with fence posts and signs to look fancier. Your TV won’t be functional, but it will be the talk of the village!
  • Fireplace: Do you live in a winter biome? Try building a fireplace! Keep in mind that certain materials (like wood) catch fire easily and should not be used on your fireplace. Your best bet is to surround a block of Netherrack with stone or brick blocks; Netherrack will burn constantly, and materials like brick and stone are fireproof.
Using a furnace, cauldrons with water, and a hidden chest make kitchens functional.

Using a furnace, cauldrons with water, and a hidden chest make kitchens functional.

2. Decorate Your Kitchen

Kitchens are fun to make—they provide a cozy place to store your food, as well as a decorative table, countertops, sinks, and more. As with our own homes, kitchens can be small and cozy, or large and spacious. The options are endless, so try messing around with many different styles and furniture items!

  • Refrigerator: While a refrigerator isn’t an available item in Minecraft, it is simple to replicate it with basic materials. The best method is to dig down one block where you want your fridge to be. Put a chest in that hole, leave the block above it blank, and place one iron block above that. Place an iron door in front of your fridge, with either a lever or button on the iron block to open the door.
  • Sink: A sink is not only a decorative item to have in your kitchen, but a great place to store some water on-hand. To make a simple kitchen sink, place down one cauldron, fill it with a water bucket, and place one tripwire hook above the cauldron to represent the faucet. You can place two cauldrons next to each other if you want a double sink!
  • Tiles: With the addition of glazed terracotta, you can now have a tiled kitchen floor. Pick a color and place the blocks so the designs match up; matching the patterns in the glazed terracotta above created a circle pattern. If you prefer to keep things simple, wool is a good tile alternative. Try using different colors to make your own pattern!
  • Countertops: Every kitchen has countertops—where else are you going to prepare your food? To create a simple cupboard, just place one bookshelf block, and put a wooden trapdoor on the side of the bookshelf facing you. Whenever you open the trapdoor, your shelves will look like they are full of items! You can use wood planks for simpler approach.
  • Stove: Lucky for you, there is already a stove in Minecraft; for a fully functional stove, just use a furnace in your kitchen. Try adding a crafting table as well to make your kitchen completely functional.
This open closet has an armor stand, bookshelf, and two storage chests.

This open closet has an armor stand, bookshelf, and two storage chests.

3. Decorate Your Bedroom

The bedroom is the sanctuary of every home—it’s a place for personal space, quiet and retreat. It is where we keep our most personal belongings and rest when we are weary. While you can already craft a bed in Minecraft (with three blocks of wool and three blocks of wooden planks), you can still have fun decorating your room with a dresser, closets, and more.

  • Dresser: A dresser holds our clothes, personal belongings, and other apparel. To mimic the appearance of a dresser in Minecraft while maintaining its functionality, you can place two long chests on top of each other. A long chest is made by placing two chests adjacent to each other; this doubles the space the chest can hold, as well as its length.
  • Closet: Another functional feature of a bedroom is the closet. You can build a closet in Minecraft for decoration, or fill it with chests or other items. To make a closet, dig one block deep and two blocks high into the bedroom wall. If you prefer, you can make the closet wider, deeper or taller—you can even have a walk-in closet! Placing stained glass panes around an opening can mimic a colorful curtain.
With different colored beds and carpet, bedrooms can be more personalized!

With different colored beds and carpet, bedrooms can be more personalized!

  • Desk: You can also build a desk to do your very important Minecraft work at. An easy model of a desk is built the same way the tables were in the living room—place two fence posts next to each other with wooden pressure plates (or wood slabs) on top. Alternatively, place a wooden trap door between two anvils, and cover the surface with carpet. While you can’t put anything on the desk, it still makes a nice addition to the bedroom.
Placing stone slabs in front of the sink and toilet makes the bathroom look more fancy.

Placing stone slabs in front of the sink and toilet makes the bathroom look more fancy.

4. Decorate Your Bathroom

Finally, no home is complete without at least one bathroom. While having no functional use in the game, bathrooms make a house look complete and are a great place to dump your unwanted junk items, like gravel or excess cobblestone. With some basic materials, you can build toilets, showers, sinks, and more.

  • Toilet: The toilet is the most important part of any bathroom. To create a realistic toilet, put down a cauldron, fill it with a bucket of water and place a trapdoor on top. When you open and close the trapdoor, it acts like a toilet lid. You can also use your toilet to dispose of unwanted items—simply drop the blocks into the toilet water and they will despawn after five minutes.
  • Sinks: Bathroom sinks are similar in appearance and functionality to kitchen sinks, but usually look more aesthetically pleasing. Try placing a cauldron next to the toilet and putting a stone slab in front—whatever matches your bathroom best. From here, you can either place a tripwire hook above the cauldron to represent a faucet or use a lever. A lever next to the toilet's trap door will open and close the lid!
This small shower has stained glass panes on the side that look like a sheer curtain.

This small shower has stained glass panes on the side that look like a sheer curtain.

  • Shower: You can put together a shower that is either functional or decorative. Start by outlining the edge of the shower with slabs or blocks. You can leave the shower open, or place some glass panes to give it a closed-in look. Place a tripwire hook on the top of the wall inside the shower for a faucet, or place a block of water in the ceiling above a piston; activating the piston will open a hole in the ceiling and rain water down!

Don't Be Afraid to Experiment!

Remember that this article isn’t an end-all for decorating your house in Minecraft. The majority of these designs are quick and easy; if you have an idea to make something fancier or more detailed, go for it! The creative possibilities in Minecraft are endless, so don’t be afraid to experiment. And feel free to share your own furniture designs in the comment section below!

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Questions & Answers

Question: How did you get all of this stuff to decorate your house in Minecraft?

Answer: Every item is something that can be found or crafted in vanilla Minecraft! Some materials may be harder to get than others, but it is totally doable with some patience and creativity.

Question: How can villagers kill you in Minecraft?

Answer: If they are turned into zombie villagers, they act just like zombie mobs and will attack you!

Question: How do you decorate a cave?

Answer: However you like! If you like that natural look though, you can do potted plants along the walls, dig paths into a dirt floor to make it look like carpet, break blocks in the walls at intervals and put torches inside. These are just a few ideas, but it's up to you!

Question: What should I make or build in my minecraft home?

Answer: It's up to you! You can try some of the furniture items in this hub, or make up some of your own.

Question: Could you add like more rooms to your Minecraft house? For example an attic, guest bedroom, or garage?

Answer: Absolutely! This is just an example of what you can build. Minecraft is all about being creative!

Question: Have you ever seen a villager turn into a witch?

Answer: No, but I've heard it can happen if a villager is struck by lightning.

Question: How do you avoid creepers exploding while playing Minecraft?

Answer: You can try to outrun them! Or command tamed cats to sit around your house - they repel creepers.

Question: If you live underground in Minecraft how would you decorate it?

Answer: However you like! It could look like a cave, or a bunker, or simply a house that's underground. It's all up to you.

© 2014 Jessica Peri


Jessica Peri (author) from United States on July 08, 2020:

@Meng I still have to check it out! And then a revamp of this hub is in order.

Meng on June 17, 2020:

1.16 is out on Bedrock and Java, you can watch Grian's video on building tips and tricks for this update. Now, walls behave differently, and there are more colorful woods! One of the tips from the video isto use weeping vines as curtains.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on September 27, 2019:

@Holly I'm glad! Making restaurants sounds like fun.

Holly on September 26, 2019:

I've been using the furniture ideas they are great to make my minecraft houses and restaurants. Thanks. 10 out of 10

KittyKatBoiii 839 on August 05, 2019:

This is Very good furniture ideas 10 Stars of 10

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on October 25, 2018:

@Shikiri I'm glad you like them! With all the new blocks they recently added, there's even more fun decorating you can do!

Shikiri on October 24, 2018:

this are the best decorations I've ever seen GREAT WORK

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on March 12, 2018:

@Diet Hack Thanks!

Diet Hack on March 11, 2018:

That is funky

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 13, 2018:

@M Thank you for reading!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 13, 2018:

@Sean Thanks for reading! I'll work on more hubs grouped around this topic in the future.

Sean on February 12, 2018:

There have been some pretty decent changes to MC since this article was originally posted. One hopes to see more on this subject in the future. Great job!

M on February 10, 2018:

Woah! Used all the designs, thanks!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on January 03, 2018:

@Eric Thanks for reading!

Eric Farmer from Rockford Illinois on January 02, 2018:

I like playing Minecraft but I tend not be very creative. I mostly explore and fight things. Nice Hub.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on October 19, 2017:

@L And you're entitled to your opinion. Thanks for reading!

L on October 05, 2017:

Honestly these designs are kinda bad not to be mean

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on August 02, 2017:

@Coffeequeen It can be! There are several ways to play it, which helps it appeal to a lot of different players.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 17, 2017:

To be honest, I've never played Minecraft before, but I know it's very popular. It sounds really interesting.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 02, 2017:

@Rachel Moore No problem - thanks for reading!

Rachel Moore on February 01, 2017:

I am new to Minecraft and love it! Thanks for the ideas!!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on October 12, 2016:

@Carlsincharge This hub is in reference to decorating in unmodded Minecraft. I do agree that there are some great furniture mods out there!

Carlsincharge on October 12, 2016:

no offense, but that décor is really bad in my opinion............ Check out Magmamusen's cool and awesome stuff!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 31, 2015:

My pleasure!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on July 31, 2015:

@KristenHowe Thank you!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on July 30, 2015:

Great hub Jessica. It's useful for those who know how to play it. Voted up!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@aalite Thank you! You know us, we love to decorate!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@SusanDeppner Thank you so much!

aa lite from London on April 20, 2015:

Hmmmm.....I'm sure I've seen this kind of stuff somewhere......Congratulations on the HOTD!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on April 20, 2015:

I don't play Minecraft (or anything else), but what a fun project to read about! Congratulations on your creative Hub of the Day!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@DreamerMeg Maybe you should! I don't own the tablet version, but you can do many of the same things as on the computer.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@VenkatachariM Thank you! I love customizing structures in Minecraft, it is practically limitless.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@ladyguitarpicker Thank you! Minecraft can be really educational.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@davidlivermore On a server I frequent, I helped build a house around a tree. I love stuff like that!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@KristenHowe Thank you so much! It really is a fun game to play.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 20, 2015:

@RoadMonkey Thank you! It is a really versatile game - there are so many ways you can play it!

RoadMonkey on April 20, 2015:

I think I must try minecraft. I downloaded a book to my Kindle on it and it sounds interesting. Your hub makes me want to go and try it out NOW!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on April 20, 2015:

I've never played minecraft though my granddaughter says some of her friends play it. I like building things like that, maybe I should download it to my tablet.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 20, 2015:

Interesting and fantastic. I never heard of such games. This is great. Even you can get ideas for your real home decoration from such things.

Voted up and interesting.

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on April 20, 2015:

Hi, My grandson loves Minecraft, and I like to watch. A great hub and good illustrations. Congratulations

David Livermore from Bakersfield, California, United States on April 20, 2015:

I always grew trees and had water in my Minecraft house. Was quite fun.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 20, 2015:

Jessica, I never heard of minecraft. This sounds like a fun game. I've heard of Sim City games like this in the past. Well written and congrats on HOTD! Voted up for useful!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on February 19, 2015:

@miss b: Oh, thank you so much! If I come across anything else, I will revisit this hub and add more pictures.

miss b on February 19, 2015:

please add more pictures it was amazing i used everything you put up

Slcat2 on January 19, 2015:

My Favourite was the fridge. I think it's very creative and I love how you have presented it.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on December 18, 2014:

@ForLoveofCupcakes: Thanks! They aren't all my designs, no; I gathered the best from around the internet. There are many that I have been doing before researching this hub, like the kitchen sinks, tables, chairs, and fireplaces. And the frames are called Item Frames - they are crafted by surrounding 1 leather with 8 sticks in a crafting table. You can hang them up, and insert items by right-clicking on the frame with them in hand.

Jamie Jensen from Chicago on December 18, 2014:

Excellent hub! I don't think I've ever thought to furnish my home like this.. with a TV and modern trimmings, but it looks incredible! I *am* trying to make my shelters look more polished, and I'll definitely be including some of your suggestions. I think the kitchen sink might be my favorite. Just curious: are all of these designs your own? If so, well done!! :)

P.S. How did you frame those items?

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on August 25, 2014:

@SimilarSam: Thank you! I don't always decorate this well either, if I have the time after setting up a farm and gathering animals I focus more on the house. I just have the most fun doing the farm thing first!

Samuel Franklin on August 25, 2014:

These are really creative ways to decorate! All I ever do in Minecraft is place a bed and a painting if I'm feeling really decorative... Definitely putting my houses to shame!

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on July 06, 2014:

Thank you!

Herbert Vilbar from Cavite, Phillipines on July 05, 2014:


Jessica Peri (author) from United States on May 04, 2014:

Thank you for the feedback! I loved having a fridge that was more or less "functional". It made the kitchen feel more homey.

Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on May 03, 2014:

This is a very creative hub, for all those Minecraft fans! The pictures you provided are very useful, I know many people who will enjoy reading this. You have some great ideas, I like the fridge and countertop idea. Minecraft has a wealth of possibilities, the sky is the limit. Excellent hub, voted up +++ and useful. I'm sharing this.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 25, 2014:

No problem, thanks for reading!

AshleyEaker on April 24, 2014:

That's pretty neat I never thought about a fridge or a toilet thanks

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 15, 2014:

Thanks! I personally love making watchtowers and little "mage" towers for myself and decorating each floor. It's too much fun. :)

Mackenzie Sage Wright on April 15, 2014:

My kids love Minecraft, lol. This is great, it's making me want to play. I love decorating, I love those virtual house decorating websites and all. Maybe I should start this. Nice work, great hub.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 08, 2014:

Thank you so much!

Shelley Watson on April 08, 2014:

Just dropped by to tell you 'well done' -it is an excellent piece of work.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 06, 2014:

Thank you so much! I appreciate the feedback.

Mazlan A from Malaysia on April 06, 2014:

Another excellent work from you. Although I do not play this game app, I enjoyed reading this very clear and simple article on 'how to..' Congrats on your Grand Prize Win.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 03, 2014:

Thank you for the read and the feedback, it's appreciated. :)

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 03, 2014:

Thank you! It was fun to put together, :)

wabash annie from Colorado Front Range on April 03, 2014:

Excellent hub ... great illustrations, well written and organized! I must look around my house and be more creative.

Judy Specht from California on April 02, 2014:

Congratulations. Excellent work.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on April 02, 2014:

Thank you! It isn't something I do all the time, but when I think a room needs something extra it doesn't hurt. Especially if you are playing with friends and want to "invite" them over. I sincerely appreciate your feedback!

Richard Parr from Australia on April 02, 2014:

Not a subject I'd normally read about, but when I saw you'd won the Grand prize to the Hubpot Challenge, I thought I'd better take a look.

Great article, well written and perfectly presented. For any Minecraft disciples, this would be a worthwhile read; and if I ever play it, I'm gonna furnish my house. Congratulations. Voted up and awesome.

Jessica Peri (author) from United States on March 25, 2014:

Thanks! I don't do this to all of my homes either (when I play alone I'm the only one who will see it anyway), but I enjoyed doing this build. Now that I have a server I might spruce the house there up a bit since it isn't just me playing. And defensive walls are great - two of my old worlds had villages that I surrounded with a tall stone-and-iron-bars wall to keep mobs out. :)

M. T. Dremer from United States on March 25, 2014:

Very creative alternatives! I'll admit, my minecraft homes are pretty basic. I love building elaborate defense walls to keep out things at night, but other than that every house is just a bed, crafting table, furnace and chests. These things could really give a place personality. Great hub!