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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
The following websites are great places to download custom furniture and objects for The Sims 4.
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!
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!
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!
5. 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.
6. Seasonal Mods
At the moment, there's no seasonal expansion pack for The Sims 4. I'm sure we'll get seasons eventually, but in the meantime, some awesome CC creators have made mods that'll allow you to pretend that the weather is actually changing in the game!
These are all default replacements, meaning that once you install them, they replace the regular files in the game. They won't break your game or anything, but they'll completely change the way the grass, trees, and plants look in your game.
Tropical Getaway Mod
The Tropical Getaway Mod is probably the most in-depth texture replacement mod there is. SimplyNando created this mod which will turn Granite Falls (if you have Outdoor Retreat) into a beach landscape; the grass will turn to sand and plenty of palm trees will replace the default trees. This mod is absolutely beautiful and has a lot of detail; even the background of Granite Falls has been changed to look more tropical. This is one of my favourite replacement mods for sure!
First Snow Mod
First Snow Mod by Sim Cookie transforms your game into a winter environment. All worlds in the game will be replaced with "snow" on the ground and icy trees. Even the cars and background features have snow on them! This is a beautiful mod for all the snow lovers out there!
Autumn and Early Autumn Mods
The Autumn and Early Autumn mods by Dani Paradise allow you to have the autumn season in your game. You can choose early autumn (which only changes some of the trees to "autumn colours") or full autumn (which changes all the trees, grass, plants, etc). Both mods are beautiful and look wonderful in-game.
Seasonal ModsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
Do you prefer Maxis-match or more realistic CC?
Have you used custom content in your game before?
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 26
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