Brittany is an avid "The Sims" fan and has been playing and modding the games since the first "The Sims" title was released in 2000!
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.
The 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
This article contains six sections organized by the type of custom content offered. Simply click one of the links below to find the custom content you desire.
1. Custom Content Websites for Clutter
The following websites are great places to download custom clutter for The Sims 4.
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 The 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 toddlers. 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.
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!
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.
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!
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 The 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!