The Sims 4 is continually growing and as it does more and more new features are being added. In the base game alone, we now have pools, toddlers, terrain tools, and glass roofs; all of which were absent at launch. As the game continues to expand, there are a few features we’re yet to see, either in an update or in a DLC pack. One of those is bunk beds.
Bunk beds are considered a staple by many players, yet they still haven’t managed to make their way into the game, despite us having Discover University. However, with the recent addition of platforms, there’s now a way to create a fully functional bunk bed.
There are a few different ways to create bunk beds using platforms but this tutorial is based on a video by PugOwned Plays The Sims and is one of the easiest to create and adapt.
Step One: Place Your Room And Platform
First, you need to decide on the size of your room and sleeping space. The minimum width for this setup is four tiles wide to allow for the bed and a staircase. The version we are creating can be done with any size wall height and platform depth.
Once you’ve made your choice, create the room and add the platform. The trick works best if the platform is against three walls but this isn’t necessary. When you place the platform it will remove all the walls surrounding it. Don’t worry, this is normal.
Step Two: Rebuild Your Room And Raise Your Platform
You’ll need to add the walls back in but just draw them as usual. Walls will always place from the ground so they’ll appear just as they did before.
Once the room is complete you’ll need to raise up the height of the platform. To do this click on the platform itself and select the arrow in the box at the top. The large arrows surrounding the platform itself adjust its width and length, while the large one in the middle adjusts the foundation.
To make this bunk bed we adjusted the platform up four clicks, so the staircase will be five steps high.
Step Three: Add The Bed And Find A Post
You can now place the bottom bed next to the platform. You can use any type of bed but this one from Discover University works well as it matches with the debug post we used.
To access debug mode you’ll need to do the following:
- Press ctrl + shift + c to open the cheat bar.
- Type testingcheats on and press enter.
- If you don’t see a confirmation that cheats are enabled try testingcheats true
- Type in bb.showhiddenobjects and press enter.
- You should now be able to type debug into the build and buy search bar or select it under item type in the filters to find items you won’t normally see.
- More items can be accessed by entering the cheat bb.showliveeditobjects then hitting the search icon (a magnifying glass) without entering a search term.
We also recommend enabling the move objects cheat by entering the code bb.moveobjects on since you’ll need this for the next step.
As you can see from the image above there are a number of posts that could be stacked or resized to create different effects. We used the tall brown one which matches well with the bed, doesn’t clip, and won’t vanish.
Step Four: Add The Posts
In order to place the posts make sure the move objects cheat is enabled, then hold down Alt in order to freely place items without them snapping to the grid.
This part is a challenge and you’ll need to take your time. You’ll also notice that the posts want to snap onto the platform. To avoid this you need to reduce the platform’s depth by one so it doesn’t touch the bed. Then you can freely place the posts before moving it back. Occasionally, the posts will glitch but it is possible to place them all with patience.
This post is a good height by default but if you want to raise it above the height of the bed then simply add another post, use the 9 and 0 keys to adjust the height, then place it on top of the existing one to create a taller post. In the image on the right, you’ll see the second floating post is two clicks taller. This means it will be the height of the top of the headboard when the second bed is placed. You can also just use a raised up post in the top back corner since the bottom isn’t visible.
Step Five: Add The Second Bed And Stairs
The second bed needs to be in line with the platform to work. Once again you’ll need to use move objects and alt placement to pull it off.
Slowly move the bed over from the platform so you can see where it snaps to the floor. You’ll need to stop moving before it snaps down. While it can be raised with 0 and 9 it’s more likely to glitch, so ensuring the game thinks it’s still on the platform is the best way to make sure it’s functional.
You can see in the images above that the beds and posts are lined up better in the second shot. This was done with a combination of moving both beds and posts slightly.
Once you are happy, the final step is to add stairs on the right-hand side of the platform. You could also add a ladder instead.
Step Six: Furnish And Experiment
The final step of the process is to furnish your room. You can see on the left that the beds look great as part of a dorm room and they are both fully usable. The only thing to be aware of is that the head of the Sim on the bottom bed will clip through the top bed when they stand or sit, unless they are a child.
To combat this you can raise both the platform and wall height. Raising these also allows you to create different combinations, such as the under-bed workspace on the right. Alternatively, if you use the setup for a child’s room you can adjust it so children can use the top platform space but it’s too short for adults to route to, making a child-only area.
There are so many different combinations of beds, posts, heights, and furniture you can try once you’ve mastered this technique. Until we get actual bunk beds in the game, this is a great alternative.
Thanks again to PugOwned Plays The Sims for the advice. If you want to see a video illustration of any of these steps be sure to check out the tutorial linked in the introduction.
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