The Best Free Custom Content Sites for "The Sims 4"
The Sims games are always better with some high-quality, custom user-created content, also known as CC.
The Sims 4 has a large variety of CC now that its been out for a few years, but there's so many different websites and blogs that you can find CC on, and if you're new to CC (or just don't have any favourite creators/sites yet), it can be overwhelming to find the best stuff. Thankfully, I've created this guide for you to use!
These are all sites that I use regularly, so I can vouch for their content. They're all virus-free and free-to-use sites, so have fun and download to your heart's content.
Note: I will not be covering mods here (content used to modify or add things to your game), as I already have an separate article on the Must-Have Mods for the Sims 4. This guide is purely for custom content: objects, clothing, hair, decor, etc.
But First, What Is Maxis-Match?
When a content creator uses the term "Maxis-match," it means that the custom content is made in the same style of the official content created by The Sims designers.
Sims 4 Maxis-match content is usually vibrant, colourful, and a bit cartoony, much like the art direction the Sims 4 has taken.
More realistic looking clothing, hair, and other CC aren't considered "Maxis-match." The term can also refer to text being used on CC creations. When text is Maxis-match, it is written in Similish. Non-Maxis-match text, or non-MM, is usually in English.
Personally, I believe Maxis-match CC looks far better in the game than the realistic CC. I feel as though the more realistic-looking hair/clothes/objects/etc. look better in The Sims 3, based on its art style, but it's all a matter of personal opinion.
How Do You Install Custom Content in The Sims 4?
Below are step-by-step direction explaining how to install custom content in The Sims 4.
- Download the custom content from one of the website below.
- Unzip the file, then open the file.
- Find the ".package" file.
- Move the ".package" file to your "Mods" folder. This should be under Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods.
- You're finished! Your custom content should be installed.
If you've gotten stuck or the directions above aren't working, check out my article How to Install Custom Content and Mods in The Sims 4 (PC & Mac) for help.
Table of Contents
1. Custom Content Websites for Clutter
The following websites are great places to download custom clutter for The Sims 4.
Budgie2Budgie is the Queen of Clutter. From kitchen clutter like jars of jam, candy boxes, and deco food to classroom posters, there's a bit of everything on her blog to make your Sim's homes and communities look more lived-in and realistic.
Cute, colorful and Maxis-match, her clutter objects are a perfect addition to any game. I always go on a downloading spree when I'm on her page, and I'm sure you will too.
Litttlecakes make some of the best clutter and decor pieces and sets you can find! I really love adding their content to my game, as their pieces give a really personal touch; things like posters, candles, and flowers make each of my Sims homes feel unique.
Martine's Simblr has a little bit of everything: clutter, objects, clothes, lots, etc. I've categorized her in the "Clutter" section, however, because clutter is what she does most, and it's what initially drew me to her page.
Her wedding boutique clutter is absolutely stunning, in particular. After you're done downloading everything she's ever made, be sure to check her gorgeous self-sim wedding!
B. Simth is another CC creator who just makes really cute stuff! She does a bit more than clutter (some objects and mods), but I find her clutter to be some of the best around. She also makes a lot of things for babies and for (hopefully) the toddlers we'll some day have in the Sims 4. Her CC is a definite if you're a family-style/legacy player!
Brazen Lotus makes CC by taking content from the game and DLC and separating it so you can use it individually to decorate your games with. She's taken packs like Dine Out and separated the dishes, pots, and pans for decorative clutter in your game.
What the CC Looks Like
Below is a screenshot of my clutter-filled kitchen featuring custom content from Martine Simblr, B. Simth, and a few others.
The following websites are great places to download custom clothes for The Sims 4.
If you're looking for beautiful wedding dresses, look no further than BEO Creations' stunning gowns. Though her site includes many other clothing designs (mainly formal wear), the wedding dresses are the most beautiful in my opinion.
In fact, all my Sims have worn dresses by BEO at their weddings. Of course, you'll need to outfit your sim in a diamond tiara and bouquet, as well.
Elliesimple makes more realistic (alpha) clothing, but it all looks amazing in-game. From trendy coats, to sexy undergarments, you'll want to download some of their content and add it to your game play.
Adblocker Is Your Friend
Many CC creators post their downloads on sites like Adfly. These sites allow the creators to make money for their CC, which definitely isn't a bad thing, but these sites tend to have really obnoxious ads. Using ad blockers can keep you from dealing with obnoxious ads on sites like Adfly!
One thing The Sims 4 is in need of is more clothing for guys. Marvin Sims has plenty of CC men's clothing! His selection for women is pretty big too, and overall, his clothing is some of the best I've seen. All of it is trendy, fashionable, and Maxis-match, so you're sure to find something (or ten things), you'll like on his page.
SimpleSimmer makes gorgeous Maxis-match content for female sims: jeans, halters, dresses, jackets, skirts and more. I have so much of their content in my game and use it for most of my Sims. They also make a lot of gorgeous MM hair, but more on that below.
We can never really get enough content for male Sims, so thankfully Joliebean makes a lot of it! Jerseys, cardigans, jackets, and more; anything you'd want to make your male Sims look stylish could be found here! Don't worry, there's plenty of content for female Sims, too, though!
In a Bad Romance
In a Bad Romance's CC is more on the realistic side, which isn't my thing for the Sims 4, but I still love everything she makes. Her clothes are all super modern and fashion-forward–perfect for young adult and teen Sims. She also makes some of the best accessories: everything from wallets and iPhone cases to purses and backpacks.
VIIAVI has LOTS of beautiful clothes on their site. There's plenty of casual outfits for your female Sims, gorgeous dresses, grungy t-shirts, and much more. All of it is Maxis Match and looks absolutely stunning in the game.
Historical Sims Life
This might be a bit niche, but if you ever wanted to play a game set in the Victorian era, recreate Downton Abbey, or just add some retro looks to your game, you'll find a lot to download over at Historical Sims Life's blog. They've made a ton of historical content for The Sims 4 and have clothing for both male and female Sims.
Rusty has been making CC for a long time. Their stuff is really beautiful and polished, and all their clothing content look great in the game. There's a large selection of clothes for both male and female Sims, and your Sims will look so stylish once their dressed in Rusty's content.
It seems unfair that we dress up our adult sims and totally neglect our toddlers. Thankfully OnyxSims has us covered with tons of adorable and stylish looks for toddlers. I think I've had most of their content in my game before, and I had the cutest-looking toddlers in town!
Do you prefer Maxis-match or more realistic CC?
The following websites are great places to download custom hair for The Sims 4.
One thing The Sims 4 needs more of is hair for male and ethnic Sims. Thankfully, LumiaLoverSims does a bit of both! Their male hair is actually amazing with so many different styles to make your male Sims look sleek and sexy. They've also created some hair for ethnic Sims, such as afros, afro buns and dreadlocks. You'll find plenty of awesome CC hair here!
If you were ever looking for some cute braids, ponytails and updos, look no further than SimLaughLove's downloads. They make some really nice hair meshes, and a lot of them are braids and ponytails. Great for your sporty Sims!
Chocolate Muffin Top
Chocolate Muffin Top's content is an interesting mix of ethnic hair, alpha hair, and other beautifully unique creations. I love their content and have added lots of it to my game!
Weeping Simmer is another content creator with a great variety of content. While they create everything from accessories to clothing, they have a lot of fantastic hair meshes that are well worth adding to your game.
I can't get enough of quality Maxis-Match hair. Thankfully, aharris00britney has made a TON of gorgeous hairs for your Sims to wear.
The Sims 4 team is getting better at adding ethnic hairs to the games, but for a long time, fans had to rely solely on CC-creators to make ethnic hair styles. Thankfully, there's still a lot of beautiful options out there, and Savvy Sweet is one of the most talented creators of ethnic hair.
Kiara 24 makes some of the best hair out there! All of her stuff is Maxis-match and will fit well with the rest of the hair in the game. She also does a lot of content for cute child Sims, giving you lots of variety when it comes to customizing your little prince or princess.
Once again, we can't forget about our toddlers! There's certainly not enough hairstyles in the vanilla game for them yet, but thankfully Georgiaglm has converted many of the adult hairstyles from the base game and packs and made them for toddlers! They look so great in the game, too.
4. Skin Details and Make-Up
The following websites are great places to download custom skin details, make-up and eye replacements for The Sims 4.
Looking for some freckles to put on your Sim's face? Mousy Sims has some great Maxis-Match freckles that you can use to give your Sims a more realistic, and natural, look.
One of my favourite things to do to glam up a Sim is to add on a big set of eyelashes. I've used the ones by Vampire_aninyosaloh pretty much since the game came out. They're my favourite ones and they look great in the game.
GeekSim does it all, from eyebrows, to blush, to eye shadow and highlight. She's a one-stop shop for beautifying your Sim.
Grim Cookies is another jack of all trades. They make a lot of different content for skin, including eyeshadow, lip stick, and a truly lucious default skin replacement.
One of my favourite custom skins is by XMiraMira. Her Melanin Pack is so perfect for Sims of colour, and as a person of colour myself, I found her beautiful blends to be so much closer to my skin IRL than the skin tones in the game. Finally, I was able to make an accurate Sim Self with her blend!
Crypticsim has TONS of stunning Maxis-Match make-up for your Sims. Eye shadow, lipstick and eyeliner, oh my! Her lipstick shades are some of my absolute favourites to use.
I've never bothered much with eye replacements, but I really love the ones that DFJ makes. They're beautiful and fit in really well with the look of the game. Zoom in close and check out these beauties!
Have you used custom content in your game before?
5. Furniture and Objects
The following websites are great places to download custom furniture and objects for The Sims 4.
The Plumbob Tea Society
The Plumbob Tea Society is a collective of Sims 4 Custom Content creators (including some of the ones highlighted in this article; Martine, HistoricalSimsLife, and LitttleCakes) that came together to make some fan made "Stuff Packs." While the team has retired, they're still leaving all their content up, and it's all worth downloading!
Jools is known for doing elaborate CC sets as well, with plenty of furniture and beautiful content that you'll definitely want to add to your game.
SimDoughnut is amazing! He doesn't just do individual objects, he does these elaborate builds and "stuff packs" filled with free CC he's created and tons of new objects and recolours to fit in his super creative worlds! He's done everything from restaurants to gas stations, universities to the set of Masterchef! If you're looking for some awesome and unique community lots, SimDoughnut is your man!
OhMySims is another CC creator who does big projects, rather than individual CC. Her lots are super cute, creative and fun. Make sure you download the Al Fresco Market, or her super adorable Simskin Robbins and Dunksim Donuts lots!
The Plumbob Architect
I absolutely LOVE The Plumbob Architect's work. I've used their Life in Pixelcolors set in almost all of my houses, in all of my games. Their furniture is just so sleek and trendy; I wish I could own it in real life!
If you're looking for beautiful furniture sets, look no further than Veranka's downloads. Kitchen sets, bedroom sets, and living room furniture is a staple on her site, as well as conversions from TS3 store and even objects from TS2!
Sims in the Woods
Sims in the Woods hasn't been making CC for The Sims 4 for a long time, but all of her stuff is great! The majority of her CC is conversions from The Sims 3, but it's all stuff we need in the game, such as the Medieval Market, functioning podiums/pulpits, and awesome skylight pieces.
Around The Sims
Around The Sims has been around for a long time. The site's owner/CC creator, Sandy, has been making content for The Sims games since The Sims 1. She's known for doing amazing, elaborate sets that can be used for your Sims homes or community lots. Her content for The Sims 4 is just as fantastic as all her other creations. You can download everything from stuff to make your own (mostly decorative) beauty parlor, to all the bits and pieces needed to spice up your local movie theater. This is easily one of the best custom content sites out there!
If you're looking for new furniture, look no further than Simsational Designs. This site has so many amazing furniture sets with everything from new living room furniture to bedroom sets and even beautiful rugs and wallpapers. Simsational Designs has everything you could possibly want and need to turn your Sim's home into a modern paradise!
SIMcredible! has been around since the days of the Sims 2, and this team of creators has always made fantastic content. They create really big sets, will lots of furniture and decor. You'll have a hard time resisting downloading everything on their site.
I love a lot of DOT's sets. They bring some realism to the game and they create a lot of well-detailed little pieces (like her record set, for example), that really bring my Sim's homes to life.
If you ever need to delete a bad piece of CC or get rid of something you simply don't use anymore, it's pretty easy: just delete the package file from your Mods folder. That's it!
6. Compilation Sites
There are a lot of sites out there that simply post links to all The Sims 4 CC created each day.
These "Compilation Sites" are handy if you're not really in the mood to go to individual sites on a daily basis, and they're also a good place to discover new content creators that you may not have heard of before. Below are some of my favourite "compilation sites" for The Sims 4.
Lana's CC Finds
Lana's CC Finds is managed by SSSVitlans (or Lana) and is the best place to find custom content on Tumblr. Many CC creators use Tumblr as their platform for uploading their custom content, but Tumblr can be hard to navigate if you don't know where to look. Lana reblogs all the content released daily, and has very organized pages by tags so you can find exactly what you're looking for.
My Sims 4 Blog
I've been going to My Sims 4 Blog since The Sims 3. It's updated daily with links to custom content all over the web. It's a handy site, as well, as everything is indexed by tags. You can also search for something specific if needed.
Sims 4 Updates
Sims 4 Updates is also updated daily. They seem to post a lot more clothing CC than some of the other sites, though most of it is "realistic" rather than Maxis-match.
Sims 4 Downloads
Sims 4 Downloads is another daily compilation site. Lots of hair and clothing CC gets posted here!
Sims 4 Hairs
Sims 4 Hairs is a compilation site specifically for, you guessed it, Sims 4 hair.
Mod The Sims
Mod The Sims is one of the oldest and best Sims CC sites. Mod the Sims is mostly for, well, game mods ... but they do have quite a bit of CC like custom hair, clothes and objects. It's always a good idea to browse here from time to time. Plasticbox is one of the best CC creators on MTS at the moment!
The Sims Resource
The Sims Resource is not my favourite anymore (back in TS2 days, it was the premium site for content) as most of the stuff there isn't Maxis-match and they use way too many ads, but it's still worth mentioning for the sheer amount of content you can find. Some CC creators only post on The Sims Resource, so it's definitely worth checking out from time to time.
How to Keep Your Mods Organized
Take a look at my mods folder below for ideas on how to keep your mods organized.
You can go up to four folders deep when it comes to organizing, and you can organize by any method you'd like! Just make the folders and drag and drop your files!
What's your favourite kind of content to download for The Sims 4?
Questions & Answers
Are all of the download sites mentioned in your article trustworthy? I don't want to download a virus.
I have personally tried most of these mods and never had any viruses! All of the sites are trustworthy, but I always recommend using a good anti-virus software and ad blocker when downloading anything off of the Internet!Helpful 48
I have so much Sims 4 custom content that the game is slowing down a bit, do I need more ram or a better graphics card?
You'd likely need to update your ram. For reference, I have 16GB RAM and my game runs well with a lot of CC, but your mileage may vary. Have a look at my other article "How to Install Custom Content and Mods in "The Sims 4" (PC & Mac)" for some troubleshooting ideas.Helpful 11
Do you think it would be good to be able to add custom content to the console versions of the Sims games?
Definitely would be! I think that's one of the big thing the console versions are lacking: no mods and CC. That's the main reason I play The Sims on PC only, despite also owning a PS4.Helpful 9
Where do I install custom content in the Sims 4?
Please view my other article, How to Install Custom Content and Mods in "The Sims 4" (PC & Mac)Helpful 7
Which ad-blocker do you recommend?
I use both AdBlock and AdFly. They've available as Google Chrome expansions.Helpful 7
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