How to Make Furniture and Appliances in "Minecraft": A Tutorial
1. The Couch
The couch is fairly simple to make. Don't worry that your character cannot, in fact, sit, but focus more on the visually appealing payoff. In order to make a couch in Minecraft, you will need:
- Minimum of 2 stair blocks
- 2 signs
The reason that you need a minimum of two stair blocks is because using only one stair block will automatically make it a chair. Which in this case, is not exactly what we want.
Simply place the stair blocks next to each other, and attach the signs to each end, so that it looks like the picture below. Keep in mind, you can use other stair blocks besides wooden ones.
2. The Refrigerator
This creation is definitely a neat appliance to have in your Minecraft kitchen. And the best part about it? It actually works.
I know what you're thinking. "A working refrigerator you say? Impossible!" In a sense, you're right. There is no real way to make a life-like refrigerator in Minecraft, where it opens up and has food inside. But there is a different way, and here is what you'll need:
- 2 Iron Blocks
- 1 Button
- 1 Dispenser
- Food of your choice
Place one iron block against a wall, on the floor. Before placing the second iron block on top, first break the block in the wall that will end up being behind it. See the picture below? The block behind the top iron block must be destroyed, so that the dispenser can then take its place. Fill the dispenser with the food of your choice, and then place the second iron block on top of the first. Your dispenser will be hidden from view. Finally, place the button on the front. Voila! Now when you press the button, food will instantly be dispensed to you. Neat, huh?
3. The Sink
Fairly easy to make, and essential to any kitchen, the sink requires very little to be created and although it does not work, the visual appearance will complete the feel of your kitchen. What you'll need:
- 1 bucket of water
- 1 cauldron
- 1 lever
Place the cauldron down wherever you would like your sink to be. Simply fill the cauldron with the water and place the lever above it (for display only) and you'll be done. It should look like the photo down below. If desired, multiple cauldrons can be placed next to each other for more than one sink.
4. The Television
Ah, the television. It's a living room must and it's also one of the most flexible creations in Minecraft. There are so many different television designs that it would be impossible to cover them all in this Hub. So I'm going to just give you a basic television design, with optional items to...add spice, so to speak, to your T.V. set. Here we go:
- 4-6 Black Wool or Obsidian Blocks (if making a larger television, by all means increase the number of blocks.
- 1 button or lever (optional)
- Redstone (optional)
- Redstone Lamps (optional)
- Bookcase and/or other blocks (for the entertainment center where the television sits on)
- 1 Painting
Depending on how large you want your television to be, place down the blocks you want to be the entertainment center. For instance, in the image below, a chest and bookcase blocks are being used. Then place the black wool or obsidian blocks on top. Place a painting of your choice over these blocks and try to center it, so that it resembles a television screen. And there you have it! Your television. Now if you're still looking to add a bit more realism to it...
If you look at the image above, you can see that the television itself is 2x4 blocks, meaning eight blocks altogether. To create a working, lighted television, here's what you do.
Reference back to the image above. Break the center 4 blocks so that the only blocks remaining are the two outer blocks on each side. Replace the broken blocks with redstone lamps. Place a painting over these 4 blocks.
You should know well enough by now how to use redstone to power these lamps. Lead the redstone dust trail back to one entertainment center block, and place either a button or a lever on that specific block. For instance, up above, if you placed a button on the lower bookcase block, the redstone dust would power the lamps behind your painting and...your television screen would be turned on! It's best to use a lever for this type of thing, because buttons are only a temporary lighting. Levers keep the light on as long as they are flipped on.
5. The Table
There are many ways to make tables. In this Hub I will show you two. The picture below shows one. (And don't worry, these tables work even if it's not version 1.8)
Table Version 1:
For the tables above, it's fairly simple. Simply gather:
- 1 pressure plate
- 1 fence
Place the fence down. It will give you an object similar to a pole. This is because the fence needs a minimum of two fence blocks to make a full fence, otherwise one block does not have anything else to connect to. After you've placed down the fence block, simply place a pressure plate of your choice over it and there you go. A small table. You can create bigger tables with this method, just follow the steps again to make it bigger.
Table Version 2:
Table 2 requires only two items:
- 1 or more pistons
- 1 or more redstone torches
Reference to the picture below. However large your table will be, break that many floor blocks. If the table is only two blocks side by side, break two floor blocks. Then break one more block deep, and place a redstone torch. Then place your piston above it. The piston will eject, and create a table-esque figure. Repeat this process if making the table larger.
6. The Fireplace
What house would be complete without a fireplace? It gives a slight edge of class to your house. It says, "Hey, I worked hard to break these blocks and build this house, why not give myself a fireplace?" That's fine and dandy and all, just be careful if making a wooden house. Fireplaces can go terribly wrong, and result in the burning down of your beautiful home. Here's what you need:
- Netherrack blocks
- Brick blocks (or block of your choice; this will be the actual fireplace)
- 1 Flint and Steel
- Iron bars (optional)
Refer to the picture above. I gave no set amount of blocks for you to gather, simply because the fireplace is a versatile creation, meaning that it can be made many different ways. Just remember that where your fire is going to be, you want to place the netherrack blocks down. You also want to make sure that the fire has no way of escaping, so for safety measures, behind the netherrack, build up brick blocks (or other blocks) so that the backing of the fireplace is not flammable. Once finished with the fireplace, use the flint and steel to ignite the flame, and if wanted, block the fire off with iron bars in the front.
Don't Worry, There's More
Don't worry, there's more Minecraft furniture and appliance ideas on the way! Stay tuned for more Hubs on this topic, but in the meantime, feel free to try out any of the ideas listed above. And of course, if you have any ideas, don't hesitate to leave them in the comments section. Also if you have any requests for tutorials, leave it in the comments as well.