Anyone can get bored of survival Minecraft and not know what to build next. Thankfully, we have a list of 34 cool Minecraft building ideas to give you some inspiration!
Some of the most popular things to build in Minecraft include houses, castles, and cities. To make sure you don’t get bored or give up, pick something to build that is both fun and not too difficult.
Minecraft Building Ideas
If your building idea is too complicated, you might find yourself giving up after a few hours! It is best to divide your project into several smaller builds, so you have a sense of accomplishment after you finish each part.
A really good example could be building a castle. It would be a good idea to focus on building the outer walls first, add one tower, then more towers, and finally some rooms connecting the towers together.
Keep in mind that if you are building in survival mode, you will have to get all the materials yourself. For really big projects like a city, you will have to do a lot of work to get all the blocks you need. Getting yourself the best enchanted tools available is a great idea for both gathering blocks and clearing out land.
Let’s dive right into it with our list of 34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft when you’re bored!
Castles are definitely one of our favorite Minecraft building ideas. Why? Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own castle!
There are so many things you can add to a castle build and some quick examples are wooden gates, a lava moat with a bridge, fountains, statues, or even hedge gardens.
There is no doubt that a castle offers quite a bit of protection from mobs. If you maintain proper lighting within the walls, you can stop mobs from spawning entirely. If any mobs are outside and get close to your castle walls, you can use a bow from above to defeat them.
I recommend starting small and adding on as you need more space, otherwise you could end up giving up on your Minecraft castle! There have been so many times where I started building a massive castle which ended up being too much work (and then I gave up).
For more inspiration on Minecraft castle builds, take a look at our castle ideas here.
Building your very own house in Minecraft can be a lot of fun and is often one of the first things players will build in the game. Houses offer safety from mobs, a place to store your items, and respawn when you die (by sleeping in a bed).
Some times for building a great house include adding rooms like a kitchen to store your food, building a nearby crop farm, and of course a storage room. You can go one step further and build a fancy fence around your property or even build an indoor garden right inside your house!
Towns can definitely keep you busy because there are so many buildings you can add. How do you build a town in Minecraft? It’s as simple as creating a group of buildings in a similar style and connecting them with roads. It’s a good idea to add some common areas like markets for shopping, gardens for relaxing, and ponds for fishing.
For even more added protection, you could building walls around your town to keep out pesky Minecraft mobs like exploding creepers!
Everyone needs a farm in Minecraft to grow food for cooking and eating. You could make a simple farm with the essentials like trees and wheat, expanding later into more crops like pumpkins, carrots, cocoa beans, and so on. Farms don’t need to be boring and you can make them more interesting by adding barns, silos, or even windmills.
Something you could build near your farm is a glass greenhouse and use 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.
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. It’s often a popular idea to build automatic farms when growing crops indoors.
5. Underground Base
To build an underground base in Minecraft, look for a large underground ravine or you could 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 want 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 build secret rooms and hallways as well.
If you manage to find a jungle biome you could build a base in the trees. This can be done by building wooden bridges to connect several trees together. On the platforms around each tree, there is space to add some buildings!
Another thing to build could be a giant hollow tree with rooms inside! Watch out if fire spread is on though. It would only take one fireplace or mean player to burn down your entire treehouse build.
When in doubt, a cool garden will almost always look nice with anything! Some examples include inside a town, near your house, or even just by itself. Try using flowers, decorative statues, trees, gravel pathways, benches, and water to decorate your garden.
Fountains and lakes are a very nice centrepiece 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.
8. Big City
A big city with skyscrapers, paved roads, lamp posts, parks, and sidewalks is usually a supercharged survival Minecraft challenge, but can be really rewarding if you have a lot of time or building helpers!
If you need some reassurance, other players have successfully built a big Minecraft city in survival.
Keep that in mind there’s a lot of repetitive building with cities (for example, adding lots of floors to the same skyscraper). If you don’t mind “cheating” a little, downloading one of the best Minecraft server plugins, WorldEdit, will be a huge help.
With these kinds of plugins, you can copy and paste the same blocks over and over for free.
There are so many different ways to build a fountain in Minecraft. Some building ideas could be to add glowstone for lighting, adding curves, and building a lake around the fountain.
With the changes that were made to water flowing, fountains are a bit more tricky to build now and you might need to experiment to get the water flowing perfectly. Often you will need to build little “steps” for the water to gradually fall down to the bottom.
When building a fountain in Minecraft, I like to add lighting so it really *stands out* at nighttime. 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! Pretty awesome, don’t you think?
What better place to do your enchanting than a library? Because enchanting involves bookshelves, why not just create a whole building for it! Libraries are usually decorated with bookcases, wood, carpets, and stained glass. For extra fun, use pistons to make some hidden passages behind the bookcases.
Even if you don’t want to build a large library, you can still build a small one close to your storage room for keeping up with the best minecraft enchantments.
Another thing that’s a little more mystical and ties in with libraries is potion brewing. Try building a little basement, secret room behind a bookcase, or just an office where you will brew all your potions.
Want more inspiration? Check out our best library designs here!
11. Minecraft Storage Room
Pretty much all Minecraft players will obtain items they want to store for safekeeping. It’s a great idea to build a Minecraft storage room to store all your goodies.
Storage rooms are usually an important part of any survival 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.
12. Famous Landmark
Look on google images for a famous landmark and use it as a reference for building something amazing in Minecraft. For example, 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 a challenging thing to build on survival.
Pyramids are usually built in desert biomes using sandstone or sand. They are a nice place for putting your Minecraft beacon (think of Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, it’s the pyramid with the light beam coming out of it) 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. I can already picture myself standing at the very top wearing a cape!
Building a pyramid is really easy thing to build in Minecraft for most players, even in survival. You just have to make a really large square and then keep building smaller squares vertically until you reach the tip of the pyramid.
Arches are often used as a grand entrance to a town, base, or other build. They are a fun thing to build in Minecraft and can be made of simple materials like stone or even diamonds found while mining.
It’s a popular idea to build some statues on each side of the arch. Some examples are statues of horses, players, or mermaids.
There are so many impressive churches and cathedrals in the world and building one in the game can be quite difficult, especially in survival mode. However, they can make for a busy and satisfying thing to build in Minecraft.
For inspiration, find an image of a famous cathedral online for your reference as you build. Don’t forget the stained glass!
16. Cool Nether Portal
Since most players eventually will need to travel to the nether for resources, why not build a fancy nether portal? There are so many ways to make a nether portal and there are endless design possibilities.
You could also try building a 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 block nether mobs from freely wandering around in the main world. 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.
17. Floating Base
Floating bases are not just for Skyblock, they can be one of the coolest things to build in 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, such as a jump to a pool of water, a ladder, or slime blocks to fall on.
Be aware that building a floating base in Minecraft can be difficult, especially at the beginning! Building a floating base is part of our collection of survival Minecraft challenges.
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 Factory (included in our list of the best Minecraft modpacks to play in 2023) is a fun way to start a floating build.
You could build a town right on the water with wooden sidewalks connecting the buildings to create a dock. Some anchored boats can easily be built out of wood as decoration for your dock.
Since there’s always water nearby, it’s really easy to do some fishing and store your fishing supplies!
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.
A sewer system can be a cool way to connect different parts of an underground base in Minecraft as well. If you want, you could also put minecart tracks in here for transportation.
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. You could even keep the sewers dark, allowing mobs to spawn. Make sure to bring your strongest weapon you can get a hold of before going in!
A minecart subway system is a really unique and practical thing to build in Minecraft. After building a subway, imagine how easy it would be to transport yourself around your city or between builds.
It can be as simple as digging out a long hallway underground and adding ‘stops’ or ‘stations’ along the way with exits to the world above.
If you want to go more fancy, you can decorate the stations like in the picture with a caution barrier and support columns. To get a really awesome looking subway, you might want to install a cool texture pack.
Mazes can be easily built out of leaf blocks and make a great addition to a town, garden, or a castle. They can even be placed underground or inside buildings. Since mazes are typically flat, you will probably need to do some terraforming to flatten out the land.
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 Minecraft, you’ll definitely want the Silk Touch Enchantment to gather leaf blocks from trees!
If you have an empty hallway, building some statues is a really good building idea. You could build statues dedicated to your favorite items, mobs, animals, or players.
Do you have a river or a deep canyon somewhere close by? Why not build a bridge to get across more easily! To make it more interesting, try decorating the edges and supports for the bridge and add some lighting as well.
A lighthouse in the distance glowing in the night is a cool thing to build 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 unique look, build your lighthouse out of white material and with some touches of red (like concrete, wool, or even glazed terracotta patterns).
If you’re good with redstone, you can even make a piston-based system to build a revolving lighthouse.
You can’t sail a manually built boat from blocks in Minecraft. Regardless, it does make for a cool thing to build in the game!
Manually built boats are usually made of wood blocks with the sails made from wool. Your boat build 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, a Minecraft house idea is to build a penthouse suite! You would be able to easily watch over your whole base from the top of a skyscraper.
For an authentic look, keep a modern design and draw inspiration from those New York TV shows with penthouses. Try adding rooms like a real penthouse suite would have, like a kitchen.
27. Clock Tower
Clock towers are a great thing to build for any town or even a modern city (think of Big Ben in London). They are usually quite simple to build and can be made from a variety of different building materials like logs and stone.
Unfortunately, it won’t be able to tell you the time (unless you are a redstone wizard or use modpacks), but it’s a great decoration anyways.
28. Bank and Vault
The underground vaults of a bank are a fun way to store your items in Minecraft. Build a bank building and in the back have a staircase leading down to a secure vault. What better place to store your gold and diamonds than locked up in a bank?
To make your vault more realistic, secure it with a very strong material. I like to build my bank vaults out of obsidian and have different rooms for different items. If you want to be even more creative, each floor can be locked and only opened from a lever in a secure office.
29. Restaurant or Tavern
You will need a place to store your best Minecraft food with easy access. Sure, you could put it in your storage chests, but what fun is that? Try building a restaurant or tavern with a seating area and a place to order and obtain food. Your friends and visitors will love it as well, if you play on a server with other people.
For more fun, you can try building a fast-food restaurant like Subway or McDonalds and design a cool kitchen to go with it!
30. Minecraft Hospital
Another thing to build in Minecraft survival is a large urban hospital for yourself and your visitors. Organize an emergency room, waiting area, and wards on the upper floors. If you want a smaller building idea, try making a small clinic building for your town.
I recommend building with white blocks such as white wool or quartz to really make that red “H” or cross stand out. You could craft concrete blocks as an alternative to wool.
To make the hospital more realistic, add some beacons which automatically “heal” any player that enters the building.
Building a courthouse to deal with rule-breaking players on your server is yet another Minecraft building idea! The inside should contain an area for people to watch the proceedings, and a front-area for the judge and the accused. Don’t forget to build a jail underground or attached to the courthouse.
Most courthouses today are traditional with wooden interiors (wall, ceiling, floor, benches), even if the exterior is made of something else like stone.
On YouTube you can find some great videos for building a courthouse.
A prison can have so many amenities because it needs to be mostly self-sustaining. You’ll need cell blocks, a cafeteria, security rooms, and anything else you can think of. You should definitely make use of redstone to create a full security system with lever-activated doors.
Prison servers are pretty popular, so why not build your own? Don’t forget the fence around the prison with the watch towers.
33. Minecraft Pixel Art
Pixel art can be built in Minecraft just by using colored wool or other colored blocks like concrete. Pixel art may look easy, but trust me, once you try it you may find it to be pretty challenging while still fun.
For pixel art ideas, people often make flags, slogans, minecraft items (like a diamond pickaxe statue), or other players.
34. Minecraft Cottage
A cottage on lake or river is a nice and cozy place to build a Minecraft house. You could make one just as a vacation house and connect it to your base with a road or minecart rail system.
And there you have it, our top picks for Minecraft building ideas in 2023! Do you have suggestions to add? Leave a comment below or keep exploring on the r/MinecraftBuilds subreddit!