34 Things to Build in Minecraft When You’re Bored

Every once in a while Minecraft can get boring and it’s hard to decide what to build next. For those of you with “builder’s block”, I have made a list to give you some inspiration with 34 things to build in Minecraft. I have the most basic of ideas such as castles and more advanced ideas like penthouse suites! Most of these are projects I tried building myself and I also have some tips for building them. Without further ado, here is my list.

1. Castle

Minecraft Castle

Castles are one of the first things people will build in Minecraft. Why? Medieval builds are popular and they also use simple materials like stone and wood which are fairly easy to get. Castles can range from a small fortress with a few connected towers to a giant walled city. There’s so much you can add: a wooden gate, a water or lava moat with a bridge, fountains, gardens, and so on. Bonus: the walls and moat will keep mobs out of your base!

I recommend starting small and adding on as you need more space. There are so many overly ambitious castles I started building which ended up being too big (and too much work!).

2. Mansion

Minecraft Mansion

Building a mansion for yourself in Minecraft 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. Feeling lazy? Consider finding a naturally generated woodland mansion and renovating it to your liking.

3. Town

Minecraft Town

Create a collection of buildings in a similar style and connect them with roads to make a 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. When you are bored in Minecraft and are not sure what to build, a town can definitely keep you busy. I recommend starting small and then adding more and more things to build later on.

4. Modern City

Minecraft 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 suitable for survival Minecraft. To make it easier, consider building on creative mode or using the worldedit plugin.

5. Farm

Minecraft Farm

Everyone needs a farm in Minecraft to grow crops for food and other uses. 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 popular option is to make an indoor or underground farm, but this is more work!

6. Gardens

Minecraft Gardens

A great decoration for any build is a garden. Gardens go well with almost any build: a town, the front of your house, or even just by itself. Consider using flowers, trees, gravel pathways, benches, and water. Fountains are a nice centrepiece for gardens.

7. Famous Landmark

Minecraft Eiffel Tower

Google a photo of a famous landmark and use it as a reference for building something amazing in Minecraft. For example, famous castles, the eiffel tower, big ben, the statue of liberty, and so on. Hint: if you travel a lot, pick the favourite thing you saw on your travels.

8. Fountain

Minecraft Fountain

Fountains can be simple or large and elaborate. They make a nice addition to gardens, castle courtyards, or just as a decoration anywhere.

9. Underground City

Minecraft Underground City

Find a large underground ravine or carve out a huge hole with TnT then build a city underground! Put windows in the walls, hang vines, and have columns of water or lava.

10. Pyramid

Minecraft Pyramid

Pyramids are usually built in desert biomes using sandstone or sand. They are a great place to put a beacon, and can be built in other biomes too using various materials. Decorate the outside with pools, columns, and sphinxes!

11. Arch

Minecraft Arch

Archways can be used as a grand entrance to a town, base, or other build. They are relatively easy to build and can be made of simple materials like stone or more luxurious materials like diamond or gold. They can be big, impressive monument or they can be a smaller doorway to an area.

12. Library

Minecraft Library

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.

13. Cathedral

Minecraft Cathedral

There are so many impressive churches and cathedrals in the world and building one in Minecraft can be quite challenging, 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

Minecraft Fancy Nether Portal

Nether portals don’t need to be boring. Make 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. Read more about nether portal design.

15. Fancy Storage Room

Minecraft Fancy Storage Room

Storage rooms also don’t need to be boring! They can be large, very organized, and decorated. If you have the materials, consider using expensive blocks in your storage room to show off your wealth like gold, diamond, and emerald. See our article on designing a storage room for more tips!

16. Floating Base

Minecraft Floating Base

Floating bases are not just for Skyblock, they can be fun thing to build in regular Minecraft! 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.

17. Docks

Minecraft Docks

Create 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 great place to go fishing as well.

18. Treehouse

Minecraft Treehouse

Find a jungle biome and build a base in the trees, or build your own giant tree with wood and leaves then build a 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.

19. Sewers

Minecraft Sewers

Dig underground tunnels under 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. Hidden areas inside your sewers can add a sense of adventure to your build.

20. Subway

Minecraft Subway

You could also use underground tunnels to build a minecart subway system. Use rails to connect your different builds or to builds of other players on your server.

21. Maze

Minecraft Maze

Mazes can be made out of leaves and placed in a garden as a fun decoration. They could 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.

22. Statue

Minecraft Statues

If you have an empty hallway inside your build, you can fill the space by building some statues. Make statues to your favourite items, mobs, animals, or players. Statues as shown in the photo also make a nice decoration for an entrance to your build.

23. Bridge

Minecraft Bridge

Is there a large river by your base? 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!

24. Lighthouse

Minecraft Lighthouse

A lighthouse in the distance is a nice decoration to have for your base. 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.

25. Boat

Minecraft Boat

Unfortunately if you build a boat structure you won’t be able to sail it yourself– but it does make for an excellent decoration on the water by your base. The boat can be made of wood and the sails made from wool.

26. Penthouse Suite

Minecraft Penthouse Suite

Make your home in the top of a skyscraper and watch your Minecraft world from above! This one might be a bit more work if you want a really tall skyscraper.

27. Clocktower

Minecraft Clocktower

Clocktowers are a popular building to have in any medieval themed town. They are very simple to build and usually made from logs. Unfortunately, it won’t be able to tell you the time, but it’s a great decoration anyways!

28. Bank and Vault

Minecraft Bank

The vaults of a bank are a fun way to store your items in Minecraft. Build up a bank, and in the back, have an entrance to a vault area with your items. What better place to store your gold and diamonds than locked up in an underground vault? Make sure to use a strong material for your vault, I like to use obsidian.

29. Restaurant or Tavern

Minecraft Restaurant

The guests for your town or base will need a place to eat and relax! Consider adding a restaurant or tavern area with a kitchen in the back, and a seating area in the front. You can also have fun with it and create a fast-food restaurant like Subway or McDonalds.

30. Hospital

Minecraft Hospital

A large urban hospital can be a unique project. Organize an emergency room, waiting area, and wards on the upper floors. If you want a smaller project, consider making a small clinic building for your town. I recommend building with whiter materials such as white wool or quartz to really make that red “H” or cross stand-out! Concrete would also be a good building material to use.

31. Courthouse

Minecraft Courthouse

Lay down the law on rule-breakers by building a courthouse. The inside should contain an area for people to watch the proceedings, and a front-area for the judge and the accused. Consider building a jail underground or attached to the courthouse.

32. Prison

Minecraft Prison

Prison servers are getting pretty popular on Minecraft, so why not build your own? Don’t forget the fence around the prison with the watch towers!

33. Pixel Art

Minecraft Pixel Art

2-Dimensional art can be made in Minecraft just by using coloured wool or other coloured blocks.

34. Cottage

Minecraft Cottage

A cottage on lake or river is a nice and cozy place to build your home. You could make one just as a vacation house, and connect it to your base with a road or minecart rail system. If it’s on the water, you’ll have a relaxing place to go fishing.

And there you have it, 34 things to build in Minecraft! Do you have more suggestions to add? Leave a comment below!

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