34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft When You’re Bored
Anyone can get bored of Minecraft and not know what to build next. Thankfully, we have a list of 34 cool things to build in Minecraft to give you some inspiration.
There are so many things to build in Minecraft, such as houses, castles, fancy nether portals, bridges, or even statues. To make sure you don’t get bored or give up on your idea, pick a project that you will have fun building. It is also important to pick a building idea that is a little challenging, but not too challenging.
If a building idea is too ambitious or difficult, you may find yourself giving up after a few hours and getting bored of the game. It is best to divide builds into several smaller projects, so you have a sense of accomplishment after you finish each part. For example, if you are building a castle in Minecraft, it would be a good idea to focus on building the walls first, then one tower, then more towers, then rooms connecting these towers, and so on.
Keep in mind that if you are looking for things to build in Minecraft survival, you will have to get all the materials yourself. For really big projects like a skyscraper, you will have to do a lot of work to get all the blocks you need. But if you are playing in creative mode, you don’t have to worry about this and can build as big as you want!
Here is our list of 34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft:
Castles are a fun thing to build in Minecraft. Why? Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own castle! Castles are usually easy to build because they use simple materials like stone and wood which are easy to get. Castles can range from a small fortress with a few connected towers to a giant walled city.
There is a lot you can add: a wooden gate, a water or lava moat with a bridge, fountains, statues, gardens, and so on. Bonus: the walls and moat will keep mobs out of your base! Any mobs that get close, you can shoot using a bow from the top of your walls.
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I recommend starting small and adding on as you need more space. There have been so many times where I started building a massive castle which ended up being too much work. You might get bored of Minecraft if you make your project too difficult. For inspiration, see our post with castle ideas and photos.
Building a mansion for yourself in Minecraft survival can be a lot of fun. Design your own bedroom, storage areas, hallways, grand staircases, and more. You can go one step further and build a fancy fence around your property and build a nice garden or fountain in front of your home. For more inspiration, you can easily google examples of real-life mansions to model your Minecraft build after.
Feeling lazy? Try finding a naturally generated woodland mansion and renovating it to your liking.
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Create a collection of buildings in a similar style and connect them with roads to make a Minecraft town. For added protection, consider building walls to protect from creepers and other mobs.
Some building styles to consider can include: medieval stone and wood, asian pagodas, or desert-themed with sandstone. If you are looking for cool things to build in Minecraft, a town can definitely keep you busy since there are so many buildings you can add.
Some ideas for town buildings: banks, hospitals or medical clinics, storage rooms, hotels, and town halls (with courtroom and jail).
4. Modern City
A modern city with skyscrapers, paved roads, lamp posts, parks, and sidewalks is a huge project, but can be quite rewarding if you have a lot of time for building. There is a lot of repetitive building involved (for example, adding lots of floors to the same skyscraper) so it may not be the best thing to build in survival Minecraft.
This kind of build would be way easier to do in creative mode, or using server plugins such as WorldEdit to help. Otherwise, you could always do this in survival mode with a group of friends.
Everyone needs a farm in Minecraft to grow your own food and supplies. You could make a simple farm with places for the essentials like trees and wheat, or a more fancy farm outdoors with a windmill and barn. Another option is to make an indoor or underground farm, but this will be more work. Crops need light to grow, so you would have to make sure there is enough light from torches, lanterns, or lamps.
A cool Minecraft farm idea could be to make a greenhouse of glass, using natural light to grow your crops. The greenhouse would keep out animals and mobs, but you should still light it up a bit so mobs don’t spawn at night.
Gardens go well with almost anything, such as a town, the front of your house, or even just by itself. Try using flowers, trees, gravel pathways, benches, and water to decorate your garden. Fountains are a very nice centerpiece for gardens, but can sometimes be tricky to get the water flowing the way you want.
To get flowers for your garden, you can use bonemeal on grass to grow them or find them naturally throughout the world. Some biomes will have much more flowers than others.
7. Famous Landmark
Look on google for a photo of a famous landmark and use it as a reference for building something amazing in Minecraft. For example, famous castles like Neuschwanstein, the Eiffel tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, and so on. Hint: if you travel a lot, pick the favorite thing you saw on your travels.
If you are playing on survival Minecraft, maybe try to pick something a little less detailed or build a more miniature version of the landmark. Without the flying and infinite blocks on creative, it may be challenging to build on survival.
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Fountains can be simple or large and complicated. They make a good decoration for gardens, castle courtyards, or even indoors. Try using ‘steps’ for water to flow down and glowstone or glass within the water. With the changes Mojang made to water flowing, fountains are a bit more tricky to make now and may need some experimenting to get the water flowing perfectly.
For added beauty, you should light up your fountain so it is more visible at night. This can be done with blocks like glowstone or redstone lamps. If you are using lamps, you could even link it to a daylight sensor so the fountain light only turns on at night.
For more fountain building ideas and examples check out our guide here.
9. Underground City
To build a city underground, look for a large underground ravine or carve out a huge hole with TnT. Put windows in the walls, hang vines, and have columns of water or lava (if you want). This one can be a lot of work, especially if you need to dig out larger areas for farms or growing trees.
On a Minecraft server I played on a long time ago, there was a very cool underground “vault” city that was dug out by the players. There were lots of hallways with doors to rooms and a massive atrium with trees and a garden. It is possible to make secret hallways and rooms as well. If you like digging, something like this can be fun to build!
Pyramids are usually built in desert biomes using sandstone or sand. They are a nice place to put a beacon, and can be built in other biomes too using various materials. If you want to keep an Egyptian theme, decorate the outside with pools, columns, and sphinxes.
Building a pyramid is really easy for most players, even in survival Minecraft. The building plan is very simple, you just have to make a really large square and then keep building smaller squares vertically until you reach the tip of the pyramid.
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Archways can be used as a grand entrance to a town, base, or other build. They are a fun thing to build and can be made of simple materials like stone or more luxurious materials like diamond or gold. They can be a big, impressive monument or they can be a smaller doorway to an area.
Create a building decorated with bookcases, wood, red carpets, and stained glass, or even just a side-room in your base and make that your enchanting area. For extra fun, use pistons to make some hidden passages behind the bookcases. Check out our inspiration on library designs and layouts for more ideas.
Libraries are the perfect place to put all your enchanting tables and even potion brewing stands. Even if you don’t want to build a large library, you can still build a small one close to your storage room for enchanting and potions.
There are so many impressive churches and cathedrals in the world and building one in Minecraft can be quite difficult, especially in survival mode. However, they can make for a busy and satisfying project. For inspiration, find an image of a famous cathedral online for your reference as you build. Don’t forget the stained glass!
14. Fancy Nether Portal
Nether portals don’t need to be boring and there are so many different ways to design them. Try making a decorated room just for your nether portal or make an even larger nether portal and decorate it (nether portals can be much larger than the standard small size).
As an added bonus, keeping your nether portal in a separate room will keep away any mobs that walk through it. For building materials, I recommend using materials found in the nether such as quartz, netherrack, nether brick, or lava. This will make sure your portal still has a nether theme to it.
15. Fancy Storage Room
Storage rooms are an important part of any Minecraft house. They can be large, very organized, and decorated (if you want!). If you have the materials, use expensive blocks in your storage room to show off your wealth like gold, diamond, and emerald.
For more ideas about building a Minecraft storage room, check out our article for storage room design here.
16. Floating Base
Floating bases are not just for Skyblock, they can be a fun thing to build in survival Minecraft too. Build a large platform for yourself up in the clouds, bring up some construction materials, and start building a base up there. Make sure you have a safe way to get down though, such as a jump to a pool of water, a ladder, or slime blocks to fall on.
As an added bonus, if you are playing on a pvp server, a floating base high up in the sky can keep yourself hidden from other players. It is a good way to maintain privacy, as long as the base is not too big!
Sky bases make a good challenge for survival Minecraft. Also, definitely check out our list of the best Minecraft modpacks to play in 2020, which includes Sky Factory!
Try building a village right on the water with wooden sidewalks connecting the buildings. You can also build boats out of wood as decoration for your docks. Docks make a relaxing place to go fishing as well (another thing to do when you’re bored of Minecraft).
You should build docks where there is a lot of water, preferably on the land next to an ocean biome. Building docks in a river does not really make much sense, after all.
18. Tree house
Find a jungle biome and build a base in the trees, or build your own giant tree with wood then build a Minecraft base inside the tree. Watch out if fire spread is on though. It would only take one fireplace or mean player to burn down your entire build.
If you are building up in the trees, it is also a cool idea to build wooden bridges linking different tree houses together. However, this may make your house less private and more obvious if you are on a server with other players.
Dig underground tunnels near your base and fill them with a little bit of water. Add iron fence gates or plants such as vines and lily pads for decoration and you’ve got yourself a sewer system. If you want, you could also put minecart tracks in here for transportation. A sewer system can be a cool way to link different houses together underground, as well.
For an added sense of adventure, add secret hallways with treasure for visitors. These hallways could be hidden with pressure plates, levers, pistons, and so on.
A minecart subway system is the perfect way to transport yourself around your city or between builds. Simply dig a long hallway underground and add ‘stops’ or ‘stations’ along the way with exits to the world above. The subway system can be used to link different bases from different players on a server as well.
Mazes can easily be built out of leaves/hedges and placed into a garden. They can also be made underground or inside buildings. For more fun, consider adding traps and surprises using pistons like drops, changing walls, and dispensers shooting arrows. Don’t forget the reward chest at the end of the maze.
If you are playing on survival mode, you’ll definitely want the Silk Touch Enchantment to gather leaf blocks from trees!
If you have an empty hallway inside your build, you can fill the space by building some statues. Make statues dedicated to your favorite items, mobs, animals, or players. Statues as shown in the photo also make a nice decoration for an entrance to your build.
See our full list of statues to build in Minecraft for more ideas.
Is there a large river by your base? Or even a deep canyon? Build a fancy bridge to get across! Decorate the edges and supports for the bridge and add some lighting as well. Use nice materials like stone, brick, or wood instead of dirt and cobblestone. Your bridge can be as simple as a walkway or as grand as the Golden Gate bridge.
A lighthouse in the distance glowing in the night is a cool decoration if your base is by an ocean. A lighthouse does not look very nice in a field or by a river, so make sure you build it on a beach by the ocean! For a classic look, build your lighthouse out of white material and with some touches of red (like concrete, wool, or terracotta).
If you’re good with redstone, you can even make a piston-based system to make your lighthouse revolve with light. See this YouTube video for more information on a redstone lighthouse.
Unfortunately if you build a boat out of blocks in Minecraft, you won’t be able to sail it yourself. But it does make for a good decoration on the water by your base. Built boats are usually made of wood and the sails made from wool. The boat can be as simple as a sailboat, or as large as a cruise liner with sleeping and dining cabins.
26. Penthouse Suite
If you are building a city and have skycrapers, make your home up in the sky as a penthouse suite. You would be able to easily watch over your whole Minecraft build from the top of a skyscraper. This one might be a bit more work if you don’t already have a skyscraper.
For an authentic look, keep a modern design and draw inspiration from those New York TV shows with penthouses.
27. Clock Tower
15 Minecraft Survival-Friendly Builds To Try
Starting a new adventure in Minecraft comes with some uncertainties. Will you like the world's seed? Should you build away or near the spawn area? Where is the best place to build a base? Whatever the case, you will need to make many decisions as you work to build your base.
When you are first starting out you will not have much at your disposal. Everyone loves a high-end wizard tower made with rare materials that would take you hours on end to gather, but you can actually come up with some neat starters (and other catchy constructions) using only the essentials.
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Updated on June 16, 2021 by Anastasia Maillot: Fans are returning to Minecraft now thanks to the recent 1.17 update, which is the first half of the much-anticipated Caves and Cliffs update. With new blocks and mobs to discover, starting a new survival world now is pretty much the perfect thing to do.
However, deciding what to build can be tricky with limited resources and capacities in survival mode. There are mobs, hunger, and fall damage to worry about while in survival, and making scaffolding can be hard if there's no bamboo available. Even so, there are a few simple builds that can be made easily even with the challenges of survival gameplay.
15 The Modern House
Most Minecraft players tend to go for traditional wooden homes and medieval builds. However, sometimes having something more modern and unique can be a fresh breath of air. Getting concrete and wool early on in survival isn't that difficult, since sheep, sand, gravel, and dyes of nearly every color are simple enough to get.
WiederDude has a really nice modern build to share for anyone interested in making a more contemporary-style starter house. It's easy to build and doesn't require you to build very high or use a ton of materials.
14 A Barn
Houses aside, getting a good source of food early on is vital in survival. Initially, you'll probably just want a nice little fenced-off area for your cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs, but it's always nice to make things prettier. Plus, it doesn't take a lot of work to build a simple wooden barn for the animals.
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This barn design by Folli uses mostly wood, which is probably the easiest material to get early on in the game. There's an indoor and outside area for the animals as well, and you can tweak the size of it easily depending on how much space you need for your livestock.
13 The Mountain House
Who says you have to build on solid land or on top of a mountain? Cool builds can also be possible if you build within a generic mountain wall that on the outside might not seem like much. However, considering how common mountain biomes are, this mountain house design by SheepGG will come in handy for many starting builders.
The good thing about this design is that you don't need to build roofs. You can just carve out the space needed for the home and not worry about the walls or ceilings. Most of it is made with wood, so the resources are cheap and easy to get. It's also one of the safest homes to build and live in.
12 Storage Building
A major issue with many starter home designs is that they're quite small and lack space. As you progress in your survival journey, you'll accumulate a lot of resources and loot. It can be very tough to accommodate all of that inside a simple starter home with extremely limited chest space.
Building a separate storage building is a great idea while you gather resources for a bigger home. There's a nice, aesthetically pleasing design made by Folli that will cover most of your storage needs towards mid-game, and it mostly uses wood to build as well, making it cheap to set up.
11 Underwater Starter Base
In case you're looking for something much more ambitious but still beginner-friendly, why not try and build a home underwater? With the aquatic update in particular, underwater living has become a popular choice due to gorgeous coral biomes and tropical fish. Plus, underwater living doesn't always need a ton of glass or a conduit to work.
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Folli's underwater home uses mostly wood, so as long as you have a good supply of both oak and spruce wood, this build is doable. It even has an enchanting room in the basement, which can be upgraded to a level 30 enchanting space.
10 The Simple Survival House
This lovely wooden house is fairly simple to build, since it will mainly require whatever wood you like and stone — both are easy to come by. This original design by Youtube user Zaypixel is extraordinary, and it looks better than most other builds you could come across.
The full video detailing the step by step process to follow can be found here. If you happen to spawn in a desert or a snowy tundra, it might be best to move to a forest or try a different build.
9 Forest Bridge
Another wonderful creation by Zaypixel is this small bridge, which requires stone, wood, and a small quantity of iron if you like lanterns better than torches. The floor for this construction is especially good-looking since it's made from unlit campfires — a surprising way to make a unique wooden pattern.
This bridge fits perfectly between two riverbanks in biomes that have plenty of trees (that also facilitate the wood gathering process). If you gather the listed materials beforehand, building this should only take about 10 minutes.
8 Redstone Farm
The best way to get a nice and steady supply of food in Minecraft is to setup a farm near your base. Players have come up with insanely creative ways to do this, making the most intricate builds that exploit the properties of Redstone.
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Sometimes, these projects can be time consuming and hard to approach. Luckily, Zaypixelmade a video showcasing how you can achieve awesome results with very little Redstone and time. The best thing about this build is that it will allow you to quickly collect all your crops.
7 Quick And Easy Desert Home
If you do find yourself in a vast desert with relatively little resources to spare, you can actually make the most of the sand around you. YouTube user Meg Rae showcases exactly what you need to achieve this design, which is surprisingly fast to complete, even in hardcore survival.
Her tutorial is clear and super easy to follow, so you shouldn't get stuck wondering what kind of blocks to use or where to place them. Do bring some wood from a forest with you, if you want to achieve the same result.
6 Fast Winter Cabin
It's hard to come by something so simple and yet so natural. This build by YouTube user FenX Builds is both affordable and quick. The overall aesthetic is very much in tune with the surrounding spruce forest. If you end up wanting to build a bigger home in another biome, you can always come back to this one and use it as a hunting hut.
Like most YouTube Minecraft guides, this one is easy to follow. The best thing about this build is its versatility: you could achieve it almost anywhere without needing super rare blocks.
5 Overhaul Your Outdoor Area
Building the perfect base is a daunting enough task that often takes days and days of work in survival worlds. When you are finally looking at your finished creation, you might start to think the surroundings look a little barren compared to the very detailed build you just completed.
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Youtube user Typface shows how you can bring to life your yard, garden, or simply the outside of your house in this video. This guide is admittedly long, but it showcases a variety of smaller projects you can tackle individually, at your own pace.
4 Make Your Sleeping Look Cool
One thing every player undoubtedly needs to craft is a bed. Sure, you could settle with a plain white one and call it a day, but if you are looking to spice up your home décor or your furniture, then check this video made by Typface.
Did you know you could achieve some incredibly faithful bunk beds using barrels and trapdoors? Typface gets creative with interesting combinations of blocks that are easy to come by in survival mode. Minecraft is literally built on little known facts and mechanics that are incredibly fun to explore, and Typface's video explores some building possibilities that are unbelievably easy to achieve.
3 Immersive Horse Stable
After some time spent in your world, you will most likely come across a horse you want to befriend to make travelling faster and easier. You might want to give your trusty steed a proper stable to stay in, to keep it safe from mobs. According to this quick video guide by Typface, you only need some hay and wood to get away with a fantastic result.
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Honestly, if you have about five minutes to spare while you play, and don't have a stable yet, this is one of the best options in terms of time investment and resource spending.
2 Add A Fountain To Your Town (Or Garden)
It's hard to come by things that don't make sense in Minecraft. This water fountain design makes a whole lot of it. Originally designed by YouTube user Minecraft Sekai, and showcased in this video, this beautiful water fountain fits perfectly within most settlement-oriented builds, especially large scale towns.
Since build projects of this stance can prove exhaustingly long, building something completely out of stone and water is a nice change of pace from having to gather many different types of resources.
1 Secret Storage Basement
One of the best things to build in Minecraft is your own secret hideout to use as storage for your most treasured belongings. This does require some level of skill and particular materials, however. As you progress through survival, you will be able to craft more expensive block types that can supplement your base.
A great way to spend your valuable resources is on this survival basement (with a secret passage) designed by Zaypixel. This project is fairly extensive, though by no means impossible to achieve. You can lay the foundations for it and come up with your own decorations for it.
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Minecraft: 15 Essential Things Everyone Should Build First
Minecraft is one of the most beloved games of all time. During the game's initial beta, it blew away players with the level of creative freedom it gave them.
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Since then, the game has managed to maintain its insane popularity, as its player base still continues to grow. However, Minecraft's seemingly endless amount of content can be overwhelming for new players.
Updated December 27th, 2020 by Lee Juckiewicz: There's never been a better time to get into a never-ending game like Minecraft. With a bunch of new critters added to the game in the past few months — including axolotls, goats, hoglins and striders — not to mention a host of other features, there's plenty of new stuff to see.
But where do you begin? For this list, we've attempted to help those new to Minecraft by recommending fifteen important things that they should craft first. Plus, the list could also act as a refresher for those who are returning to the game after a long absence.
15 Crafting Table
The easiest but most important thing to make in Minecraft is the crafting table. There is not a lot that you can make without one, so building a crafting table should be one of the first things you do in a new world. You actually won't be able to make most of the items on this list without one!
Punch a tree to get four logs, and turn those logs into planks by putting them into your crafting grid, or select planks in the crafting menu (depending on which system and version of the game you're playing). After that, fill your crafting grid with the planks to build a crafting table (or find the crafting table in the menu).
Once you get more resources and tools, you can make a beautiful place to live. For the first night though, you just need to make a shelter that keeps out the enemies who spawn in the dark.
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If you make this your first objective after you start a new game, then you should have time to collect wood or dirt and build a basic hut that stops anything from getting in. Those who spent time exploring might not have the time for that. If that's the case, digging a few blocks into the ground, jumping in, and placing a few blocks above your head might be necessary to protect you from dangerous mobs.
13 Wooden Pickaxe
The pickaxe is the most vital tool in Minecraft. Without it, you won't be able to mine most of the crafting materials in the game. So one of the first things you must build when starting a new world is a wooden pickaxe.
It takes three planks and two sticks (which can be made using planks) to make the wooden version of the tool. To make one without the crafting menu, place a horizontal line of planks at the top of the grid in the crafting table and put the two sticks in a vertical line underneath the middle plank. When you have the resources, make stronger pickaxes using stone, iron, or diamond (not gold) instead of planks.
When deep down in one of Minecraft's many cave systems, torches are as essential as a pickaxe. Not only because they light up the dark caves so you can see what materials and monsters are around, but to show you where you've been. It's easy to get lost in caves underground, so placing torches lets you avoid searching the same place twice. Torches are also useful in lighting up your house, or any place you don't want monsters to spawn.
All you need to make torches is sticks and coal or charcoal. Coal can be found through mining, whereas charcoal is made by putting wood into a furnace. To craft them, just place the coal/charcoal in the middle of the crafting grid, and place the stick underneath.
In the first few days of a new Minecraft world, you should be focusing on building up your house/base of operations. That can be difficult at night due to the lack of visibility and the fact that enemy mobs are walking around ready to attack you. Sleeping in a bed automatically takes you to the next day, enabling you to skip the night completely. Also, it allows you to set your spawn for when you die.
To make one, you need to gather three pieces of wool from sheep (whether by hunting or using shears on them), and three planks of wood. For players who don't have the use of a crafting menu, the recipe to make the bed is three pieces of wool in a horizontal line with a parallel line of planks underneath them.
10 An Easy Way To Spot Your House
Before you go off into the world to explore, it is smart to build something to indicate where your house is. Maps can help find your way home if you spawn with one. However, if you're far away from your base, you might not be on the same map.
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So early in the game, the easiest way to indicate where you live is to simply build a huge tower with torches on it by your house, as it'll be easy to spot from a distance. Later on, you might create a compass or even build an actual beacon to find your home, but a simple tower is useful at the start.
9 Stone Sword
As previously mentioned, there are plenty of monsters in Minecraft (unless you're on peaceful) who will attack you on sight. The best way to deal with them is by using a sword. Like pickaxes, swords can be made using plenty of different materials, from weaker wooden swords to strong diamond blades. We recommend the stone sword as the first one you should create. You could create a weaker wooden one before that, but by the time you really need to use it, you'll probably already have cobblestone.
To make a stone sword you need two pieces of cobblestone and a stick. When using the crafting grid, put the two cobblestones in a vertical line in the middle and place the stick underneath them.
The main purpose of a furnace in Minecraft is to smelt ores and cook food. Only by smelting the likes of iron and gold ores will you be able to use them as a crafting material. Whereas most of the food you pick up can be cooked (primarily meat and fish), which improves their effectiveness on your hunger meter when you eat them.
Crafting a furnace requires eight pieces of cobblestone. Placing them in a square shape around the edge of the crafting grid is how you build a furnace without the use of a crafting menu.
Despite your personal inventory space in Minecraft being quite large, it fills up quickly when mining. You can throw things away to make space, but even basic cobblestone can come in handy later. So the best course of action is to create a chest and put all the things you might need at some point in it. Plus, if you keep valuables in the chest, it means you won't lose them when you die (unless the chest is blown up with you).
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The process for building a chest is identical to making a furnace (square shape around the edge of the grid), except instead of using eight cobblestone blocks, use eight wood planks.
6 Iron Pickaxe
For most jobs in a mine, a wooden pickaxe will serve you well enough. But if you come across some rare or valuable resources, trying to mine them with wood is just a waste of time and, well, resources.
Iron itself needs at least a stone pickaxe. Once you have an iron one, you’ll be able to get diamonds, emeralds, gold, and redstone. Anything less, and they’ll disappear along with the source block once you’ve painstakingly cut through. An iron pickaxe is also invaluable for deep mining, as you can get more work done without having to carry ten wooden ones.
Taking an axe or a sword to a sheep will give you one block of wool. But as the old adage (almost) says, “give a man a sword, and he has wool for a day; give a man a set of shears, and he has wool for life.”
With a set of iron shears, you can give a sheep a haircut and get 1-3 blocks of wool for the extra effort. This already potentially multiplies your yield. But the biggest bonus is that a set of shears properly wielded will not kill a sheep, and so long as they have an adequate food source in reach you can shear the same sheep again and again and again.
4 A Bucket
One of the most devastating events in a game of Minecraft, no matter your level, is the sudden and unexpected appearance of lava. Unfortunately, it is also one of those games where lava creeps up on you like something much creepier than lava. Remove one wrong block underground, and you could be on fire.
The fastest route to not being on fire is being in water, and the easiest way to get to water when you’re mining is to carry a bucket. It takes fair bit of iron, but if you treat it like it’s made of solid gold and pick up your water source block after extinguishing yourself, your bucket can be a literal lifesaver. You can also use it to carry lava or milk.
3 Farm (Including Wooden Hoe)
A farm in Minecraft is extremely useful as it gives you an unlimited supply of food. Because almost every time you harvest wheat (which can be used to make bread), you receive more seeds to plant.
As you need a hoe to create a farm, we thought we'd also include it in this entry. Making a wooden hoe requires two wood planks and two sticks. Place one plank in the top left corner of the grid and put the other in the space to its right, then put the sticks in a vertical line underneath the block in the middle of the grid. Once you have the hoe, use it on dirt or grass blocks so you can plant seeds on them. For seeds to grow, they need to be near water, so many use the design in the above image. Achieving this means either building the farm on top of a bed of water, or using a bucket if you have one.
2 A Base Near A Village
For a game whose name implies that mining and crafting will be your primary tools, Minecraft villages have a surprisingly busy economy. If you can find one with a couple of different buildings — eg. a blacksmith, a church, a farm, a stone-cutter’s, etc - then you’ll be laughing. Trade them whatever they’re looking to buy for things like emeralds and enchanted books.
RELATED: 10 Hilarious Ways Minecraft's Economy Makes No Sense
It’s a good idea to have at least a temporary base near your favorite villages; not only for ease but for the villagers’ safety. If you have to steal one of their beds overnight, you might wake up to find one less villager in the morning — possibly your favorite trading partner.
1 Roads (As You Go)
If you’re just starting out in Minecraft, it can be easy enough to forget about your food meter. One jump too many on the run back home to your spawn point can be the difference between starvation and a good night’s time skip. Since the biomes aren’t exactly level, you can get around this problem by building roads as you go.
There’s no weight limit to your inventory, so if you can remember to bring along a shovel and some gravel or cobblestones, you can carve your way through those pesky mountains and ease the burden. It’ll also make finding your base in the dark considerably easier.
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10 Things Every "Minecraft" Base or Shelter Needs
Christopher is a gamer with a fierce passion for, well, gaming! He is currently in the DeVry Video Game Design and Simulation Program.
So, young Steve, you have weathered many a night, slain many a monster, survived many a creeper, and bent the earth to your whim. I am impressed. You have built mini-shelters, mining bases, sub-bases, and a main base of operations during your conquest; that’s quite the list.
What Does YourBase or Shelter Need?
Even if you are a well-established player with plenty of building experience, just to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything, here’s a checklist of the 10 things needed to build a perfectly sound Minecraft base or shelter:
- Traps and Defense
- Main Storage Room
- Central Minecart Network
- Food Farm
- Item Farm
- Enchanting Room and Brewing Stand
This one is pretty obvious. Every base should have a bed so your character can spawn there when killed. This is especially important when you have multiple bases that you work from.
For example, You may have one base that is specifically set as a shelter for harvesting in a biome (Rainforest, Swamp, and Snow), or you may have one in a dangerous location (Abandoned Mine) for worry-free exploration. It's much easier to spawn in a shelter rather than having to run all the way back to said shelter (and potentially lose your dropped items, as they will disappear after five minutes or so).
2. Traps and Defense
It doesn’t matter what type of trap or defense you have, as long as it offers protection from enemies (and potentially other players). Unless you have everything lit with torches, there is always a chance of "something" finding you both above and below ground.
Good to Know
Most monsters can pass through portals on their own and spawn on nearby blocks if you are in the darkness (e.g., an empty, dark cavern or spawner right behind your wall). This means that a proper line of defense is very important!
Doors are good starting barriers, as mobs can only walk through open doors. Villagers are the only exception to this.
Note: Zombies can break wooden doors in hard and hardcore mode.
Although doors are effective against most mobs, piston-powered objects are just so much cooler and stronger—which leads me to number three!
Pistons are potentially the greatest things since sliced cake and music-box loops. Pistons can make things both cool and awesome. The only downside of pistons is the difficulty in using them correctly. But I guarantee that once you get the hang of it, you will never go back to regular doors, stairs, bridges, or traps again. The most impressive uses of pistons that I’ve seen include doors, self-moving walkways, and auto-moving stairs.
Cool as Ice
A really complicated experiment I've seen involved ice for push-sliding and water for dropping. The contraption pushed the player across the ice, and using the momentum, launched them upwards and sideways. The water then nulled fall damage, and another piston was there to immediately move the player along to the next segment. It was cool.
4. Main Storage Room
This one seems pretty obvious, but I am surprised at how many players have chests and items stored willy-nilly. These players are usually the first to complain of an item being lost, a creeper explosion taking out their items, or lava erasure. Your main base (and ideally all bases) should have a main room for material storage that follows some sort of organizational outline.
Keeping Things Tidy
Personally, I have tons of chests for my various spoils of Minecraft. Here are a few examples of the chests I keep for organization inspiration:
- Supplies (Torches and Redstone)
- Raw Ore
- Smelted Ore Chest
- Misc Items
- "Current Project"
There are many different ways to display your chests. You could have an area of chests for lower-quality items (iron and below) and a chest or two for higher-quality items (gold and above), followed by an area of chests for misc. items and supplies. If you want, create your own system! The general idea is to save time and avoid that “Where the hell did I put my diamonds?” frustration.
Due to the general nature of Minecraft, if your base is not just for show, then you probably have one or more mineshafts. This could be a multi-tiered/multi-purpose mineshaft, or simply one that goes straight down to bedrock. A multi-tiered or branching mineshaft may be used for things that require space, such as underground forests, animal breeding pens, and farming. The main reason you want a mineshaft is to get the much-desired diamonds, redstones, and obsidian.
Basic mineshafts utilize either a Squircle (square/circle) staircase or a single long ladder. The next step up is similar to the staircase, except it includes minecarts. Some view this as far too inefficient and costly for its purpose. My personal favorite way of getting around is a freefall into the water. My second favorite is the Piston Auto-Staircase, or the 2x1xn Vertical Piston Launcher, which is the quickest way to travel vertically.
6. Central Minecart Network
With the addition of Redstone Boosters for tracks, minecarts have now turned into an incredibly efficient and speedy way of traveling quickly from location to location, or preferably, base to base. You may also combine chests into minecarts to make the movement of items and supplies quicker (especially if you have multiplayer help).
If you have the ability to do so, it is possible to combine your minecarts with Nether portals for even quicker travel. (1 block movement in Nether = 10+ in Normal)
The important thing is the ability to get from base to base quickly and safely with the least amount of effort. If you are playing multiplayer, a network would be incredibly beneficial for everyone, especially if it’s competitive multiplayer.
7. Food Farm
Ah, the farm. Generally found as one of the first installations for starting and main bases, farms provide a major asset to all players in the form of food. Food, as you probably know, is important for providing stamina and health regeneration. A steady source of food cuts your anxiety and allows you to expend stamina (jumping, running, mining, etc.) without a care in the world. Typically, you want to start with wheat and then move to watermelon as soon as you find the respective seed.
8. Item Farm
Estranged child to number seven is the Item Farm. This is a general term applied to rooms or locations created for the sole purpose of gathering items. These come in all shapes and sizes, utilize all sorts of traps, and have multiple theories or philosophies behind them. Here are a few of the most common:
- Monster Farms: These rely on creature spawners and traps to provide a steady stream of monsters that are then killed by a trap for easy loot collection.
- Animal Breeding Farms: The most common of these is the chicken farm, where you throw eggs to (hopefully) get chickens to hatch in a room. The chickens in that room then lay eggs to throw. Wash, rinse, and repeat this process.
- Plant Farms: You can grow trees, cacti, and sugarcane that are harvested automatically. Growing these underground provides safety assurance.
The general idea is to have an enclosed system that grants you the ability to "farm" items with little effort beyond setting it up.
Since torching everything in a 20x20 radius will make your base relatively safe, Golems are usually only used for show. But they do provide the ability to farm snow and are a somewhat reliable last line of limited defense, should something happen to get through.
Do not use golems in tight places, and do not use golems near lava; they will block you and push you around. Above all else, never hit a golem. If you do, say goodbye to your life bar.
On the plus side, you can have golems around instead of a few outside torches. Then, in the morning, gather all of the loot from the monsters they kill. Golems are mostly useful in dangerous environments such as Strongholds or Abandoned Mineshafts. (Take that, you damned poisonous spiders!)
10. Enchanting Room and Brewing Stand
Enchanting is a relatively new addition to the Minecraft world that grants the player the ability to imbue items with a variety of powers. Brewing allows the player to create potions with various abilities that grant bonuses or have offensive properties against monsters.
Enchanting uses experience points and has its own formulas and equations for picking enchantments. Brewing is pretty straight forward. Both an enchanting room and brewing stand are great additions to any main base, especially if they are next to your Main Storage. To top it off, you really only need one of each, and they both take up relatively little space. The only one that should be on its own for efficiency is the enchanting room since it requires bookshelves and a line of sight to work effectively.
Honorable Mention: Your Own Room!
Dear Steve, or Player playing as Steve. How could you forget to take care of yourself? You, who have torn down mountains, slain hordes of creatures, and built yourself a grand base of operations—why have you not thanked yourself with a personalized room of your own? Are you not worthy of a room built from the sweat of your glorious brow?
Although this list is not absolute, this is personally what I plan on having in my bases. I build them in order of utility and necessity, because as I always say: utility before looks. If you can do both at the same time, more power to you!
If you have any comments or suggestions about things I may have forgotten to include, feel free to leave me a comment below!
Bob on August 25, 2020:
what is needed for a survival spawn world?
titanoba on August 15, 2020:
wow your so cool you know what are the best things to put in minecraft base
Tee on July 26, 2020:
I dont think you should be writing "articles" about minecraft if it's your first day playing...
Idk on June 03, 2020:
Your house is sooooo ugly compared to mine
qwrtt on June 02, 2020:
beds explode in the nether and the end
xXcreeperslayerXx on May 31, 2020:
I followed this plan and I built my storage room then realised I forgot my bed and I needed to sleep to set my spawn as I had just hit a pitman and all his friends were coming to kill me so I placed down my bed and it blew up destroying everything I had in my chests and I died. when I came back the pigmen were still angry and killed me again. Would not recommend following this plan
hooman on May 10, 2020:
Reee on April 21, 2020:
I hate that dream room
ff on April 08, 2020:
what are the best defenses and thanks for the help I suck at the game
Lucas on April 05, 2020:
Thx for the help
riley on March 04, 2020:
thanks I recently started minecraft pc
Random Person on January 03, 2020:
I'd have thought this was obvious!
Butty on December 17, 2019:
Person on April 03, 2019:
Um well you don’t need a bathroom or any other add one but try these
. Cobble stone generater
. Endless lava source
. Endless water source
. Water elevator
. Underground base
. Secret bases
I think this would be cool to add in your own worlds you don’t have to though if you want to you can
sime gurl 135 on October 10, 2017:
ummm u would obviously need a vacation spot
TimmyGoesToSchool!!!!! on September 04, 2017:
I think it's a good idea to have the ground be glass so nothing can spawn in it
dodo builder on June 25, 2017:
don't forget the bathroom!!
BatSloth on April 18, 2017:
1 block in the Nether is equal to 8 blocks in the Overworld...
Cancer on February 23, 2017:
Niice ideas but i think you should also mention about building walls and towers
In essential minecraft buildings
24 things to build in Minecraft: building ideas for 1.17
Looking for ideas for things to build in Minecraft? We all know that Minecraft is filled with infinite possibilities, particularly when it comes to building. With the right types and quantities and structures of blocks, there's really no limit to what can be made. The trick is figuring out what to build next!
Below you'll find 24 amazing Minecraft building ideas to inspire you, ranging from small, practical builds such as bridges and storage rooms, to massive aesthetic projects like castles, towns, and skyscrapers. Have a browse below and see if anything captures your imagination!
Things to build in Minecraft
Note: if you're after inspiration for your next house then be sure to check out our dedicated Minecraft house ideas page!
Minecraft Volcano build
What better way to make an impression on your Minecraft server than to find an unassuming island in the middle of nowhere and turn it into a scene-stealing volcano dripping with magma? If you find the right mountain then much of the landscaping work will already be done for you - but if you want to create one from scratch, you can do that too! That's exactly how YouTuber "Shannooty" created the above volcano build, after all.
Minecraft Castle build
For architects who want to think big with their next building project, let this magnificent gothic castle build by YouTuber "Geet Builds" inspire you to embrace your inner medievalist. A big, bold, rustic castle is a builder's dream, with endless design opportunities in the battlements, the windows, the archways, and more.
Minecraft Modern Skyscraper build
Creating a modern-looking build in Minecraft is always an interesting challenge, as it forces you to think hard about the types of blocks you need to use. For those looking for the ultimate challenge, why not create a realistic modern skyscraper like those above, created by YouTuber "Alpine". Just make sure you get planning permission from others living nearby!
Minecraft Floating Base build
Floating bases aren't exactly a new concept in Minecraft, but they've stood the test of time because they're just so versatile. You can make a cute little floating island with a cottage like YouTuber "Rake" made (pictured above), or you can hop into Creative Mode and use mods like WorldEdit to create colossal floating mountain bases if you like (more on mountain bases below!).
Minecraft Bridge build
Ah, the bridge. Delightfully practical, but also a chance to create something truly beautiful. Like many other builds in this list, you can be as simple or as ostentatious as you like. If you don't want to get bogged down with a huge building project, a bridge might be a perfect mini-project for your latest world. The above bridge, by YouTuber "Zaypixel", can be completed in just a handful of minutes.
Minecraft Ship build
There's nothing quite as eye-catching in Minecraft as a magnificent ship on the horizon. The above ship was created by YouTuber "IrieGenie", and gives off some strong Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. And they didn't even resort to black sails! But you could with your ship, of course. It'd look incredible with the realistic water you get by installing one of the best Minecraft shaders, too.
Minecraft Lighthouse build
If you're looking for a similarly nautical build, there's a lot you can do with a nice tall lighthouse. The actual real-life function of a lighthouse is to be a landmark, so it's the perfect opportunity to put your own unique style into a build. Just as long as it shines at the top, you can do what you like. If you need some inspiration, check out YouTuber "Meddi"'s video on creating the above lighthouse.
Note: if you want to inject some more life into your latest Bedrock world, why not check out our guides on the best Minecraft Bedrock seeds and the best Minecraft Bedrock Texture Packs?
Minecraft Cathedral build
Depending on who you ask, a cathedral can be even more grand and opulent than a medieval castle. A cathedral is a huge block of architectural splendour which gives you so many opportunities for interesting designs, patterns, and block choices. The above cathedral was built by YouTuber "Lanwan Builds", and it's a recreation of Winchester Cathedral, a building I've walked around many times and been inside once or twice as well. It's an incredible building, and such a build in Minecraft will be worthy of the blood, sweat, tears, and Diamonds you put into it.
Minecraft Museum build
What better way to show off everything you've collected over the course of your Minecraft journey than to store it in a museum? Much like castles and cathedrals, the grandest museums are tourist attractions in the real world, and so they're bound to attract attention on your Minecraft server. You can check out the interior of the above museum build by watching this video by its architect, YouTuber "MegRae".
Minecraft Statue build
Minecraft's default blocks offer so many different types of stone that you don't even have to use any of the best Minecraft texture packs to create a truly phenomenal statue. Statues are a great thing to build in Minecraft, because you can make a statue of just about anything, and it can be as realistic or as abstract as you like. Check out the above dragon statue build by YouTuber "thebigbaron" for some inspiration. I bet you could make a similarly awe-inspiring statue out of Netherite to give it some extra sleekness.
Minecraft Aquarium build
There's a lot more going on in the sea in Minecraft nowadays than when I started playing. Kelp and sponge and fish and blocks of wild and wonderful colours. Put all that together, house it in some glass, and you've got yourself an aquarium! Of course, there's more to it than that if you want to design a really good-looking aquarium such as the one above, built by YouTuber "Blorg The Saint".
Minecraft Pyramid build
A Pyramid is a fantastic template for an awe-inspiring Minecraft build. Its shape makes it easy to create complexity just by introducing and repeating patterns around the pyramid, which is how you can go from a regular old desert pyramid to a towering behemoth like the one above, built by YouTuber "FallenQbuilds". You can make life easier for yourself by using certain Minecraft commands (or better yet, WorldEdit), but there's nothing stopping you from getting stuck in building a massive pyramid in your survival world instead!
Minecraft Famous Landmark build
When you're thinking about Minecraft builds, it's always best to take inspiration from real life architecture. The truly spectacular creations are often the landmarks that are known all over the world. Places like the Taj Mahal, recreated above by YouTuber "Vexel Design". Or the Eiffel Tower, or Stonehenge, or the Statue of Liberty. Hell, why not the Grand Canyon if you're in the mood for some landscaping? You could even try recreating the Library of Alexandria (although that would take a lot of books)!
Minecraft Mountain Base build
If you're looking for a new thing to build in Minecraft, why not create a new base somewhere? An outpost from which you can explore new lands. And what better place to make one than to embed it into the side of a mountain, so you can see and scout for miles around? There are all sorts of wonderful ways that you can build into the side of a mountain or cliff. The above build is but one of the ideas showcased in this video by YouTuber "Tentango".
Minecraft Underground Base build
An underground base is something we've probably all made at one point or another in Minecraft. Digging down and setting up a subterranean camp is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe from surface-dwelling mobs on the first night. But why stop with just a camp? Why not turn it into a sprawling underground base filled with everything you could ever need to survive, like YouTuber "Spudetti" made above?
Minecraft Underwater Base build
As I mentioned before, aquatic life is much more interesting nowadays in Minecraft, which makes the idea of an underwater base all the more appealing. There's nothing much stopping you from building an underwater base; just make sure you bring some ladders with you so you can stop to catch your breath every so often! The above build from YouTuber "Zaypixel", who also created the above bridge build, combines underwater and mountain base ideas by building into the side of an underwater mountain.
Minecraft Farm build
A good farm is a wonderful sight in any game, Minecraft included. There's something so satisfying about rows upon rows of neatly organised crops. If you're after a more practical build then why not set to work making a new farm that can house all the carrots, potatoes, and wheat you could ever hope for? There are plenty of tutorials on creating compact farms in Minecraft, like the one above made by YouTuber "disruptive builds".
Minecraft Clock Tower build
Just look at that clock tower. Isn't it a beauty? It was made by YouTuber "IrieGenie" (who made the ship build higher up in this list) and it tells you everything you need to know about why a clock tower is the perfect thing to build in Minecraft. Cross a skyscraper with a cathedral and you've got a clock tower - and the best part is that you can make it in any style you like. You want to lean into the Steampunk side and fill the tower with gears and pistons? Go ahead! Or do you want a dark gothic clock tower that would look at home in a Tim Burton film? Who's stopping you?
Minecraft Pixel Art build
I don't know, this one looks sus... When it comes to the question of practicality, there's really no build less practical than a piece of 2D pixel art. But there's also nothing quite like logging onto your survival server to see that your friend has "griefed" you with a massive pixel art creation outside your house. YouTuber "RocketZer0", who created the above art, has put out multiple videos on different pieces of pixel art to inspire you.
Minecraft Nether Hub build
A good Nether Hub is a thing of beauty, combining the grand with the practical in a way that few other builds on this list can manage. Travelling by Nether is the fastest way to travel long distances in Minecraft, but it's also a very dangerous place, as you'll know if you ever tried to obtain ingredients for making Minecraft potions, or the items that you need to start a fight with the Wither. A Nether Hub should make you feel safe to travel for long periods in the Nether, but there's also no reason for it not to look fantastic, like the above hub designed by YouTuber "Kemit".
Minecraft Storage Room build
A storage room is just about the most practical build you could ever make. It's all about practicality, about organising your things so that you always know exactly where to go to find what you're looking for. Minecraft gives you lots of tools like signs and item frames to help with such a build, and if you're putting in that much effort then you might as well make the place look nice! Check out the lovely storage room build above by YouTuber "TheMythicalSausage" and let yourself be inspired.
Minecraft Fantasy Town build
If you're a Creative Mode player (or team of players) who is looking for a truly colossal building project, then one of the most satisfying and incredible things you can make is a full-size fantasy village or town. The above build is a recreation of the town Orario from the DanMachi series, and it was created by the "Varuna" design team. As builds go, it doesn't get much more breathtaking, does it?
Minecraft Nature Reserve build
Parks and nature reserves are some of my very favourite places to go in the real world, and both places make for great building projects in Minecraft. If you're tiring of big blocky creations and you're looking for a more landscape-oriented build, then a nature reserve is a chance to create a truly beautiful area of land, and then fill it with foxes, horses, and all other animals you'd like. Take a look at this video by YouTuber "Keralis" for inspiration.
Minecraft PvP Map build
For the game devs and level designers among us, it can be incredibly interesting and rewarding to design a PvP map or arena build in Minecraft, one that is specifically designed for players to fight inside. You have to think not only about how everything will look, but also about whether the sides (if there are sides) will be balanced, how much cover there is around, whether there are any traps or drops that it's impossible to jump out of, and so on. And you can make it any size or shape you want. The above build was made by YouTuber "Gamarudo", and opts for the traditional gladiator arena approach; but you can make a PvP map out of just about anything you want.
That wraps up our list of cool Minecraft building ideas! If you're looking for the perfect world to house your new builds, check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds Alternatively, if you'd like more textures to play around with, be sure to check out our list of the best Minecraft texture packs.
Shelters are created by players to essentially pass the night and fend off mobs. A list of shelter design and tutorials are as follows.
- A mountain hideout
- A floating house
- A small dirt shack (Good for the first night)
- Small one or two story house
- Large 2 or 3 story house
- A hill fort
- A treehouse
- An underground shelter
- A small fort
- A larger fort or castle (a collection of buildings, sometimes arranged around a courtyard. Usually with defenses)
- A walled off area (Even if there is no ceiling, it will still let you sleep if it's closed off)
- A very large castle (about 40×40×23)
- A mansion (Bigger than 30×30×10)
- A cabin
- A dugout (When making it, you will gain and not use blocks, unless you run into an opening that you want to block off.)
- An underwater base (not a good first shelter.)
Generally you want to start basic, don't over-exert yourself on the first day!
Get creative! Build a dock, or a town. It is fine to have useless buildings only for their looks. A collection of small builds can make something far greater than one, big building.
Shelters for the first night
Here are some options for a shelter on your first night that can be built with limited resources.
Hole in the wall
While you were gathering cobblestone and coal on your first day, you most likely dug a small hole in the side of a surface cave, or staircase down through the dirt. In either case, you can use that hole as a shelter. Dig a few more blocks into the hill or cave wall, then you can dig a small room (8×8×3 is the most recommended. It's not too small, but not too big.) Relocate your crafting table and furnace in here, and make sure to light it up!
You can place a door across the entrance to your shelter to protect you from mobs, while still giving you access. It is generally recommended to place it from the outside (go outside your shelter and place it while looking inside.)
If you don't have wood to spare for a door, simply cover your entrance with dirt or cobblestone when night falls, periodically breaking it to check for daytime (watch out for mobs though!)
Atop a pillar
Build a tall 1×1 column under you, by pillar jumping: look straight down, jump up, and place one of your blocks in the space you've jumped up from. By doing this repeatedly, you can get high enough above the ground that ground-based mobs are unable to detect you. You can make the pillar out of dirt, wood planks (remember, 4 planks to a log), or even cobblestone, but avoid using sand or gravel to make your tower (see below).
Going 10 or 12 blocks up will usually be enough, 16 is safer (skeleton range), and 20 or 30 is more certain. Zombies can track a player 30 blocks up, but they cannot reach the player. You can also use sneaking (holding ) to lean over the edge to place extra blocks as a ledge. Then you can put your crafting table (and soon, your furnace) on the ledge and work overnight. Remember to retrieve them before you come down! You can look around and see what's happening overnight, but try to avoid putting your crosshairs on an enderman.
If you haven't slept in 3 or more in-game days, beware of phantoms, which can reach you on a pillar. Otherwise, watch out for climbing spiders or even (unlikely) a spider jockey. To fend off spiders, you can break one of the blocks below your top block, or build a lip around the block you're standing on. You do either of these by crouching as above, and placing or breaking blocks. You will not fall unless you let go of the shift key while leaning over the edge… or unless you are attacked, so don't do this if a spider is actually getting close to you (or if your tower is under 20 blocks and a skeleton is at the base). If a spider does climb the pillar, they're fairly unlikely to actually reach you, but, just in case, keep your stone sword in hand and whack them as soon as they come into reach, before they get up to you. (Attacking them will knock them down, causing them to take damage from the fall.)
Once it is light enough, and the undead have burned, simply dig out the blocks you're perched upon, until you're back on the ground. (Check for nearby creepers and other monsters first!) Don't just jump off your tower unless there's water below you – if you're high enough to avoid mob detection then you're high enough to take damage if you jump, or even die if you're 22 blocks or more up. Also keep an eye out for spiders, which can meet you halfway and knock you off the tower. If a creeper is hanging out at the base of your pillar, and you have more blocks, try going even higher—30, 40 blocks, or even up to cloud level. This makes monsters on the ground despawn far more quickly (because they are now farther away from you).
Do not use sand or gravel, because unlike most blocks, they are affected by gravity. You can't place a ledge with them, as they fall to the ground. (However, you can put a dirt block on the side of a sand pillar, and that will stay up even if the pillar doesn't. In particular, if a creeper does notice you, and blows up at the bottom of your pillar, the rest of sand you're standing on will fall closer to the ground, taking you with it… and apparently, you were already low enough for monsters to notice you. (Also, a passing enderman might pull a block out of your pillar.) If you're really stuck and only have sand or gravel, make the pillar extra-tall, at least 20 blocks.
If you are in a desert with only sand and cacti all around, and have no other blocks available, don't use cacti (they'll kill you). If you have time, try to gather a lot of sand to make sandstone. If you got at least 40 or 50 sand (a full stack of 64 is better) by nightfall, you can make enough sandstone for a pillar, even without your crafting table: Press E for your inventory and crafting window, divide the sand among all four boxes of your crafting grid, and take the sandstone. (Use your pickaxe to take down the tower in the morning.) Unfortunately, you need 4 sand to get each block of sandstone.
Up a tree
Find a single large tree and use dirt (or another non-valuable resource) to pillar up to top and stay up there until day arrives. Jungle, tall spruce, and large oak trees are recommended. Mobs will not spot you if it is a large enough tree, and if they do, just take evasive action and move to the other side of the tree. Spiders could give you a problem, but hopefully, they won't see you. If the leaf canopy is big enough, you can actually dig up into the leaves, where monsters can't reach you. If all else fails, jump between treetops. When night's over, you can chop down the tree. Take care not to chop it down before you are done using it as a shelter, or the leaves may start to disappear, leaving you with nowhere to stand.
Three block high hut
By making four three block high walls around you, you can simply hide from most mobs. Adding a roof (at the third block, that is 2 blocks high inside) protects against endermen (which can't fit) and spiders, which can otherwise climb the walls. You can make this out of almost anything—cobblestone is more secure, you can use wood planks if you have enough, but even dirt will do in a pinch. You need 13 blocks as a bare minimum (four 3-block high pillars around a 1×1 refuge), but two or three times that, or even a whole stack of 64, lets you build something you can actually move around in, and do some crafting and smelting overnight. (Note that you can use the crafting table and/or furnace as part of the walls.) Keep a block or few in your inventory as spares, in case of enderman theft (see below). You have two main risks: One is spiders, which can both sense you through the walls, and climb the walls. However, they can't fit through small holes, and if you make a roof with only a one-block hole, spiders can't get through (but you can still tell when day returns). The other hazard is if an enderman wanders by and takes a block out of your shelter. Wait for the enderman to wander away a bit, then replace the block, with one of your spares, if possible without letting your cursor cross the enderman (“looking at them”). When full daylight comes, mine a door in your wall, and exit. Keep a wary eye out for monsters, and in particular be prepared to run very fast away from creepers.
In a cave
If you found a cave system you can fix it up into a lair—a good one can make a base for the rest of your game. If it ends quickly, then cap off your entrance. If it does not end, then build a little shelter around you by capping off any extra exits or openings into the depths. Don't worry too much about the natural walls of the cave; monsters can still be heard through the walls pretty loudly, but they can't come through unless you leave an opening.
To block the cave off, for your first night you can use walls of dirt or cobblestone similarly to the "hole in the wall". If you have enough wood, you may be able to craft fences and a fence gate and place them across the entrance and any openings in back. Make sure you place the walls or fences behind the upper lip of the cave (or extend the ceiling over the barrier), or monsters are liable to "drop in" inside your barrier. Also, remember to light the area before you settle down. Likewise, remove any stray blocks, within two spaces outside the fence, from which monster could jump onto the fence (try the jump yourself). If using fences, also make sure you can retreat into the cave and away from the entrance (out of sight or 16 blocks away), or a creeper may drop by and just wait for you to come out. Later, you can be more sophisticated about sealing off and fortifying your lair.
As with "Hole in the wall", you can dig into the cave's wall while waiting for dawn, but keep some blocks handy to patch up any openings you might make into another cave while digging, which might have a hostile mob in it. If you place your pickaxe one of your hotbar slots (used to navigate quickly between items you are carrying in your inventory) and e.g. dirt is placed right next to it, you can quickly switch between your tool and that block type in order to close the hole you just made. This can be extremely handy when you stumble upon an opening which contains mobs.
Just like cave systems and bunkers and Castle tower. Hill forts are forts that can be made by strong or earth-made materials such as dirt or stone. Unlike castle or an outpost tower,hill forts have better defenses and you can create your own cave system for hidden base and hidden storage for your important stuff. You can also create your bunker directly within the fort or near the fort. Hill forts are better for PvP bases and raid farming since you can hide magma blocks under a trapdoor and make a lava flow.
For starter Hill fort, you can just make it out of dirt or any earth-made materials like sand and gravel.
For easy Hill fort, it will be made out of any wooden materials like oak log and oak planks.
For normal Hill fort, this can be made with any stone materials such as cobblestone and smooth stone. You can also install defenses using magma blocks and deep hill moat.
For hard Hill fort, it will be made out of obsidian so nobody could destroy it easily. You can install deadly traps such as night activating lava trap.
For advanced and intense Hill fort, it's still can be made with obsidian but with new cave system and maze system so raiders can't find you or your loot easily.
Anyway, you can install any traps even if you're still starter. Cave systems and maze can be done two even when you are still in starter fort. Forts are amazing in raid farming since you can install traps in it to kill raiders (except vexes).
Out to sea
If you are near an ocean, you can make a boat (see that page for the recipe) and sail out to where you can barely see land (in any direction). If you can't make a boat, just swim out to the sea, holding the space bar all night to keep yourself afloat. Either way, you won't be getting any crafting or smelting done. Note that drowned can board your boat and cause damage, so getting to land and building a shelter is preferable.
Break the golden rule
When you're desperate, you can break the golden rule of minecraft (Don't dig straight down). Dig three blocks down, and put a block above you that is not sand/gravel. Congrats, you just made the fastest shelter in Minecraft possible. Since you probably don't have an in-game clock yet, you may want to use a real-world clock to time the night (7 minutes, with up to 3 more to allow for dawn/dusk). If you have dirt or stone next to you, you can dig out a couple of blocks there, and place your crafting table and furnace. Sometimes keep the hole in the ground as a base. A torch makes your little hidey hole feel a little less like a tomb.
Vertical hidey hole
This design allows you to see what is going on every time you come out, but it does require a bit of extra wood.
Once you reach stone, you can mine some of the stone, craft a furnace, make charcoal, and craft torches.
The next morning, check for mobs, particularly creepers, as you climb out.
Blocks to use
These materials are good because they are:
- More or less easily obtained.
- Fairly nice-looking (if used correctly).
If you want a certain theme, such as the Nether or the End, certain materials such as Nether bricks or End stone from those dimensions can be used. If you're in Creative or have easy access to sand, glass often looks nice, and you do not need torches. Use it for a greenhouse look, or just if you like the sunshine.
There are several things that are very useful to include in your house in Minecraft.
Every house should have a main room with an entrance from the outside. You may wish to include a bed, a furnace, and a crafting table in this room. It would be convenient to connect all hallways or separate rooms to this room. Some tools, weapons, armor, and/or food stored in a chest can be useful, as then you can gather up some essential supplies quickly when coming to your home for a quick resupply.
See also: Crafting
This room is helpful to the player when crafting items. A crafting room may include a crafting table, at least one furnace, and a sufficient number of chests containing common crafting materials found while mining or exploring, such as wood, cobblestone, and iron, as well as any other materials that may be useful while crafting, such as sticks or wood planks. Labeling the chests will help to organize. There should be quick access to the storage room from here. Wood would be a nice material to use as it suits the theme.
See also: Smelting
This room is important if you are a big miner and/or adventurer as you can smelt large numbers of ores quickly. Make a large room and line the walls with furnaces, possibly keeping a chest of fuel such as coal or wood planks inside as well (A bucket of lava is very good too. It can smelt 100 items and also is a good source of light.). The benefit of having multiple furnaces is a faster overall smelting time, since each furnace is able to run independently. Having each furnace full of said fuel is also helpful. This room could easily be merged with the Crafting Room, and it may be most convenient to do so. Also, bear in mind that you can use hoppers if you wish to automate your smelting operations.
A room full of chests for storing all of the dirt, cobblestone and other less-valuable materials that accumulates in your inventory while mining. You can also make a lava 'bin' to dispose of your unwanted items; this can be done by simply digging a hole (don't use wood etc. near it - the lava will ignite flammable blocks) and filling it with lava. You may also build another store room, with a guarded and hidden entrance though this store room is usually filled with more valuable and rare materials, i.e. gold, iron, diamonds, emeralds, etc. Perhaps you even want to include a trapped room with trapped chests and TNT, if you are in PVP.
Entrance to your mine
It's generally a good idea to put the entrance to your mine inside your shelter, simply so that if you return at night you won't encounter mobs. It's probably a good idea to make sure your mine is well lit by torches, redstone lamps, or glowstone. If playing in a mode besides peaceful, you should put a door so mobs do not get in (use iron doors when on hard - zombies on that difficulty can damage wooden doors to the point of breaking). Buttons are useful for any barrier only opened by Redstone.
Sleeping in a bed resets your spawn point to that bed. It's a pretty good idea to have this in a secure bunker. It's also a good idea to keep this room far from the outdoors, so a mob cannot prevent you from sleeping or blow up your bed. For added safety against creepers creeping up on you or PVP griefers in your sleep, use three-layered walls, with the middle one being Obsidian or Water.
Once you've been to the Nether and gathered some blaze rods, you can create a Brewery, which is simply a room with a brewing stand and a cauldron (however an infinite water source works just the same and doesn't run out). It is great to be able to brew some potions to prepare yourself for leaving your base. Include a chest with some potion ingredients such as sugar, redstone, blaze powder, nether wart, glowstone dust, spider eyes, magma cream, fermented spider eyes, glass bottles and a well as it is an unlimited water supply.
Positive Effect Potions and an example of a brewery can be found, at the brewing page.
See also: Enchanting
After gathering some diamonds, obsidian, sugar cane, and leather (to make a book),you can build an Enchantment Table. This lets you enchant your items (See Enchanting for help on design), and since bookshelves give you higher level enchantments, this room could also be a good use for your sugar cane. It's also a good idea to keep this room close to your mob grinder for easily regaining your xp and to keep a chest with books in this room to enchant them and, of course, store enchanted books.
You need a source of food readily accessible from your shelter. Wheat seeds are the easiest food to get, so start with them. Later, you can plant other crops, like potatoes and carrots. The aforementioned crops can also be used to breed certain passive mobs for more effective food. You can also grow pumpkins, which are obtained from dungeon chests and/or found in the wilderness (Usually taigas, extreme hills, and forests). Melons seeds found in dungeon chests aren't a good source of food, but can be good for potions, via glistering melons. Beetroot seeds are also a choice, although you need to find a village or visit the End or get beetroot seeds which are obtained from dungeon chests first.
Later in game, you may also want to build farms for other plants, such as sugarcane, cactus or chorus fruit, or even flowers and tall grass (details explained in the Expansions section).
Nursery/Arboretum (tree farm)
Eventually, you will use up all the trees in your immediate surroundings, so you will want to replant them with saplings. Keep it well lit, both to keep away mobs and speed up the growth of trees. Birch is recommended, because it grows fastest, but oak and jungle trees are also a good choice, due to their apples and immense size respectively. It is difficult to build an indoors or underground tree farm that will supply your wood needs, unless you use bone meal or keep it well lit. Create a room that is bigger than trees.
An armory is a room near the front door with chests containing food, armor; and weapons, this is for easy access when you are going outside, and so you can quickly prepare yourself to explore and collect items. For an even faster alternative, this room consists of a number of dispensers, activated by a single button or pressure plate, providing the adventurous player a way to get started immediately. This is very useful for exploring dangerous caves and going on night expeditions.
After building an anvil, you might want to make a room with a crafting table, a smithing table, a chest, easy access to an enchanting room, and of course the anvil. Handy if you fight monsters or other players a lot.
Nether portal room
See also: Nether portal
Once you have at least 10 obsidian, either from mining it in a cavern or obtaining it through obsidian farming you can build a nether portal. Once built, activate it with a flint and steel, and you can travel to the the Nether. This can be used for fast travel and for getting lava, netherrack, Soul Sand, Nether quartz ore and glowstone. Beware of ghasts, zombie pigmen and blazes as well as magma cubes. Building another nether portal room in the nether for protection is a recommended idea. Please note cobblestone is a good block to build with in the Nether since ghasts can't destroy it with their fireballs.
Note: the player can potentially create a cabin with all of these.
These projects, while not entirely mandatory, make your base more useful and interesting.
A Trading Hall is a location to gather villagers to trade with. This is the type of thing a very advanced player with a lot of time on their hand would do, or a bored Creative player. With a few farms, these can make perfect equipment and food with just a bit of time.
This is basically a crafting room, but you only craft food. The chest(s) should contain most basic foods, including wheat, milk, eggs, etc. Many people, instead of having a kitchen, just craft food in the crafting room, but a kitchen is a nice expansion, because it separates crafting materials so that you don't fill your crafting room's chests with wheat instead of wood. You could also add a smoker if you want.
This is basically an expansion of a kitchen. You could build this and a kitchen, and just connect them. You would use this to make cakes, pumpkin pies and bread. Place a crafting table, chest, and, if you want, a display table for cakes. If you want to make a large amount of cakes, make a cake farm under or near the bakery.
This is also an expansion of a kitchen. Make sure that they are categorized so you don't get mixed up. You can use a chest or dispenser to use everything in them. Put some cooked meat, bread, cookies, cakes and melons in them.
Note: If you are using a dispenser, you need to activate it with a redstone signal.
This is a common room to find in most advanced player's houses, but only if said advanced player uses a lot of redstone in their builds. It controls all of the redstone devices a player has and usually consists of:
- Levers/Buttons/Other Input Methods- These are used to activate/deactivate redstone signals.
- Redstone torches/Redstone lamps- These are mainly used to determine whether the signals are on or off.
- Signs- These are probably the most important thing you can have in your control room. These help you determine what each lever/button does.
This is mainly for if you get bored. It's quite simple and obvious how to build and use.
Mob XP farm / drop collector
An experience farm uses water currents to push most mobs into a central area. With mobs in the nether, pistons are used. Use a piston crusher or a long drop to get the mobs to a ½ heart. Mobs can be killed by hand or with a splash potion of harming (Healing for undead mobs) to get XP. Note: This is more efficient with multiple spawners, as more spawners mean more spawning opportunities. You also obtain drops from each mob killed. This can also be done with large dark rooms with platforms. The mobs spawn and fall into water currents, where you can choose what happens to them once they are out of the spawning chamber.
If for some reason you want to have a wall that you can’t get rid of, you can make a cobblestone generator, and make pistons push the cobblestone (which reforms) up into the wall, unless there are no missing blocks in it. Look at Sethbling's channel for more information or Mumbo Jumbo's indestructible wall V2
In-Shelter Teleporter Room
If you have Cheats enabled, you can create a room that teleports you to other rooms in your shelter. you will need command blocks and basic knowledge of using commands to make the room. A non-cheat method is to build an ender pearl stasis chamber, which can teleport you to any room. Note: This will require ender pearls so you need an enderman farm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_ngko21ZmQ
A laboratory is a large, clear, secure area where you can safely test designs without distractions. When building large redstone projects with complicated parts, it can save you time and effort if you test the ideas first. However, it's often best to test ideas in creative mode and implement them in survival.
A cake factory simply provides the avenue to quickly produce cake by having the necessary ingredients nearby and produced in a close area, most commonly in one large factory type building. To make a cake factory, make a Wheat Farm, a Sugar Cane Farm, an Egg Farm, and a cow in a cage (make the cage so you can milk the cow.). Place a crafting table and a chest. Once you have enough materials from the farms, start making cakes. This is a good thing to put under/next to a dining hall in multiplayer.
Path / road
Consider building a road or a path between your buildings or to the nearest village. Remember to keep it well lit so no mobs spawn! A good material is a Grass Path.
See also: Tutorials/Cobblestone farming
A cobblestone generator provides a safe and convenient way to gather cobblestone. They typically involve mixing water and lava.
Sometimes called a panic room, a Bunker is a small room made of strong materials (obsidian for example) with an iron door with the open/close system inside the room. This room must have a bed, a crafting table, a furnace and also a chest with the basic materials (food, tools, armor and weapons are a must). It also has to have a high interior luminosity to avoid monsters spawning inside. It should also be only two blocks tall so Endermen can't teleport inside.
A panic room is a place meant just for fun, where you put the entrance somewhere where you wouldn't go looking for another room, e.g. the drain in a shower because if using a trapdoor for the drain you can open it.
A cheap and safe way to survey the land. Note that these are mostly obsoleted by maps, should you have the resources to make them, although a map doesn't tell you if there are any aggressive mobs. Remember to keep a spyglass at the top!
Seed and flower farm
You can have a fully-automatic flower and seed farm with just a bit of Redstone and tons of bone meal! Have an 8×8 area of grass with some hoppers at the end. Then, place a row dispensers at the back, facing the grass, and put buckets of water in them. Hook up some Redstone from a BUD switch at the end and delay with Repeaters. Attach another line of Redstone and hook it up to Dispensers, under the Grass and filled with bone meal while facing the Grass on top. If you do it right, automatic block updates should cause grass and flowers to grow and immediately be destroyed by the water flow and be carried along the stream and have the water automatically get sucked in. XisumaVoid made a good tutorial.
Beacon / lighthouse
A tall tower with some sort of light source on the top means that you can see your base from a long distance away. Handy if you go exploring a lot, your spawn point is a long way from your base, or you have not made a bed yet.
Make this room by digging a 6×6×6 hole and building the base pyramid out of your selected material (Iron is cheapest unless you have a Trading Hall, but you can also use Netherite, Diamonds, Emeralds and Gold). Also, you could put in a few chests with diamonds, Netherite, iron, emeralds and gold and/or make it look like an altar.
Kennel / pet area
If you have tamed a lot of wolves, a kennel is a good place to keep them. A simple shed-like structure will suffice, but be sure to keep it well lit for the dogs' safety. A pet area is similar to a kennel, but keeps dogs and cats. For a more realistic feel, separate them.
A renewable water source is useful for a variety of projects. Put water in a 1×3 ditch and you can take water repeatedly from the center! For a more aesthetically pleasing pool, a 2×2 well works as well, and you can take water from any of the squares.
A big room with flat floor for growing mushrooms. You can light your farm by torches or glowstone, placed on ceiling, to prevent mobs from appearing. Just make sure that there are no places on the floor where the light level is greater than 12. If you have the material, Redstone torches are good for this. More about this can be found on the Tutorials/Mushroom farming page. Alternatively, find a small cave or make one, put some mushrooms inside and completely seal it off without torches and check on it/clean it out. Also provides the drops from hostile mobs.
Sugar cane and cactus farms
See also: Tutorials/Sugar cane farming and Cactus farming
Easier to manage but somewhat less useful than the above two projects, farming sugar cane and cactus underground requires little effort. A cactus farm requires sand to grow, and sugar cane needs to be properly irrigated with water within one block of it. If you don't want to spend lots of time harvesting your cactus, place a three-block-tall pillar next to where you want your cactus (See Farming for more info).
Indoor animal farm
Light up a large area with a grass floor. Then put two of the same kind of passive mobs (i.e., two pigs or two cows) inside. You can then breed them together and you can gather wool, leather, pork, beef and raw chicken safely. You might want to put trees inside so the animals feel more comfortable, or, if you're really ambitious, build a man-made forest.
This is very easy to make, and can be very useful, especially if you don't have a wheat farm yet. Just make a hole long enough to cast your fishing rod, around 8 blocks long and at least 2 blocks deep, and fill it with water.
A room filled with note blocks to enjoy melodies. This can be made with or without redstone repeaters.
Not only is it a great use for any excess sugar cane, a library can also add a bit of class to your home. Can double as an enchantment room.
If you have active mines scattered over the map and use minecarts to haul your stuff back to your base, dig out a universal stopping point under your base. Or, you could actually make a rail road hub outside or connected to your base.
Minecart chest system
After a lot of days in Minecraft, you will soon have the ability to automate everything (farms, doors, etc.). The most useful automation you can make is a minecart chest system. You can simply craft minecarts with chests, powered rails, and some rails, and you can make a system to send your ores from your mine to your base,
Once you have many stacks of gravel, it can be useful to convert most (leave some for mining) of your gravel into flint. This is just a big empty room (a 4×4×4 space holds a stack of blocks), which you fill with gravel, before destroying the gravel, getting some flint in the process. It is most efficient to do this 10 - 15 times for every 20 stacks, though about 5 for 10 stacks, and 30 for 50 or so stacks. This room may include a chest with shovels, as well as ingredients and a crafting table for quick production of arrows, and flint and steel.
This is somewhat redundent, since a Fletcher can trade you 10 Gravel and an emerald to 10 Flint. A stack is 6 Emeralds with 4 gravel left over and if you have a tree farm, two logs, 10 gravel, and a bit of trading can get you 10 Flint.
Target practice rooms
Make this room dimly lit, so hostile mobs can spawn, when you enter this room, always close the doors when entering and exiting, arm yourself and kill the mobs in there. Light the entrance area with torches. This helps you gain experience and loot.
Target practice room (non-hostile)
Make this room with a supply of bows, arrows, and several colorful blocks, such as dyed wool, (to determine distance rank) at different distances with buttons on each one facing you with each one hooked up to a redstone lamp. Target blocks are a good item to use, too.
If your base is near a lake, a bridge can help you cross to get resources and give you a safe spot to fish. Just create a 3-block wide path (using cobblestone would be a good idea) through the water, and you have a basic bridge! When you have time, you may want to add a ceiling+walls (for safety at night from mobs and during storms) and slits in the side (as either a dock or a place to fish.)
If one wants to fish indoors or drown themselves, a bathroom is perfect for them! Make a bath, a toilet and if the player is good with redstone, a shower with pistons is always a good idea for those who want to show their home to others. When the walls are made of cobblestone, make a hopper attached to a dropper or a dispenser to make a sink (just add a lever pointing downwards above) or a trash can. If the items cannot reach the outside for other players, add a "remove items" button to empty the items out to a chain of hoppers that lead to a public chest/thrift shop, or empties the items to something which destroys them(such as cacti, fire on netherrack, lava, etc.). Attach a hopper to dispenser by sneaking, then place the hopper. This will not work without sneaking. One wise idea is to have entrances to secret rooms in this room.
A nice room where you can store dyes and clay. Typically only has to have one chest, but looks nice with hardened-clay walls.
A nice place to enjoy the view and the nice open air. Also a nice place to pick off those pesky creepers hanging by your front door.
A room with lava, for disposing of unwanted materials. A good way to do this is to create a two block high corridor with lava at the end, and a slab block just before the lava. This results in you being able to walk up to your incinerator but not into it, eliminating fear of death. Be careful with lava around flammable materials. You may replace the lava with a cactus, or burning netherrack. Hoppers can be used for a "hopper chain," which could lead to a thrift shop, where players can be charged for taking items. Adding this to the incinerator will attach a money source. If the hopper chain is full, items will be destroyed.
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