Storage rooms are one of the most important parts of any Minecraft base. They store your valuables and you spend a lot of time in there dropping off and picking up your belongings. If you’re spending so much time in there, you may as well make it look pretty (but still practical)! I like to follow three key principles: keep it practical, keep it organized, and keep it protected. Keep reading and you’ll have an epic Minecraft storage room in no time.
Keep it Practical
It’s really important that your storage room is practical for your needs. For example, too large of a room and you may find yourself running around too much. Make the smallest room for the amount of things you expect to store (while still having some expansion room). Also, make sure your chests accessible. If you place chests too high up you won’t be able to put your items in them.
When I make a storage room, I like to have a central point with the most important things: a crafting table, a furnace, an ender chest, enchanting table, brewing stand, etc. That way, I can easily access the things that I use the most in the game. Also keep a chest of some commonly used items like armor, food, and tools. When you need supplies you use less often, such as wool or stone, you can go deeper into the room and grab it.
Keep it Organized
You’ll want to make sure you can find your items! Keep your chests labelled with signs or item frames so you know what belongs in each chest. I recommend dividing chests into broad categories, and then once you have a full chest you can divide them further. For example, keep a chest of wools, but once it’s full you can have a chest for each wool color. Here is a list of categories that I personally like to use:
- Weapons, Armors, and Tools
- Farming Items (wheat, carrots, potatos, etc.)
- Mob Drops (string, zombie flesh, gunpowder, etc.)
- Animal Drops (leather, feathers, ink sacks, etc.)
- Mining Loot (diamonds, gold, iron, etc.)
- Wool (if you have lots, then a chest for each color!)
- “Junk” chest (items you don’t use a lot of, like granite, diorite, gravel, etc.)
- “Nether” chest (include all items found in the nether, including quartz, nether brick, glowstone, and so on)
- “End” chest (same as the nether chest, for the end items)
- Logs and Saplings
- Sand and Glass
I’m probably missing some items, but you get the general idea. Use categories!
Keep it Protected
This will depend on the type of server or game mode you’re playing, but make sure your items are kept safe. Playing on a PvP server? Hide your storage room from other players so it doesn’t get raided. Playing on a normal PvE server? Keep your storage room safe from creepers blowing up your chests!
Fun Tip: I like to always build my storage rooms deep underground. Almost like a bank vault, I place obsidian around the storage room. That way, I get a sense that my belongings are stashed away and safe.
Storage Room Design Tips
- Get yourself some beacons to increase run speed, health regeneration, etc. inside your storage room. This will help you get to your items faster, and also heal you every time you visit your storage room. Read our tutorial on how to get a nether star and beacon for more information.
- If you have them, use fancy materials like quartz, glass, and terracotta to make a more luxurious storage room.
- Consider building a nether portal near your storage room. This will help you drop off items more quickly after finishing in the nether.
- Using slabs underneath chests attached to the wall will give a “shelf” appearance (it will look like your chests are resting on shelving units).
- Use a “to be sorted” chest to dump your items into. Later on, you can go through this chest and organize the items into their proper locations.
- It’s possible to automate item sorting with your storage room. Check out this video for more information on automatic item sorting with hoppers.
- MinecraftWiki has a useful page with some tips on design.