Or, as Shane calls it, my better-looking Minecraft.
I thought I had everything all figured out when I started planning which couches I wanted to arrange around my fireplace. When I discovered Alice’s House Designs in Final Fantasy XIV, though, I realized I had only scratched the surface of what I could do.
It took days of careful scrutiny, combing through Reddit, watching tutorials, and researching furnishings on FFXIV Housing before I had any inkling of how to start on our little house in Shirogane, let alone the medium house.
Here’s what I learned from my experiments!
The subcommand menu is your friend.
This little trick will be your most valuable tool for everything fun when it comes to your house.
I’m not entirely sure how to access it on the PS4, since I only play on PC. On PC, the menu I’m talking about can be accessed by default using the asterisk key on your number pad. It will not work if you use the 8/* key at the top of your keyboard!
The trick with the subcommand menu is that you can use it to glitch housing items into places they wouldn’t normally go. Here’s what you need to do:
- Place the housing item into your house’s storage room
- Click on the housing item in your storage room
- Without placing it beforehand, move it to where you want
- Press the * key, then use the 0 key on the number pad to select Place
This is handy because this way, you can place items where they’d normally show up as purple, meaning they can’t be placed.
Note: This will not let you magically float things in midair. Everything needs to be in relation to something else, so you’ll need to place an object on another object and then make that other object go away to float the thing you want to glitch.
Which is a perfect segue into the next handy tool.
The counter surface toggle is magical.
When you’re placing housing items, you’ll notice on the toolbar at the bottom beside the big options that there are two little bubble buttons.
The top one controls whether you can place items like paintings and flower vases on their proper surfaces.
The bottom one controls snaps, which are handy for quick placement but honestly, I don’t use them too much.
Let’s just look at the top one.
When you have that button selected, it will let you place items on top of other items. To magically float things, here’s what you do:
- Toggle counter surface placement on
- Place desired floaty thing on a supported surface, like a partition or a shelf
- Move the supporting surface with desired floaty thing to the location where you want the floaty thing
- Toggle counter surface placement off
- Select and then deselect desired floaty thing (without moving it!)
- Move the supporting surface away
This will leave your desired floaty thing hanging where you wanted it!
This strategy can be used for everything from making fake walls out of Eorzean maps to creating fake staircases with Riviera wall shelves and more.
You can make your own staircases—and walk on them, too.
This was a crazy discovery. One of the hallmarks of Alice’s housing designs is her multi-level approach, which of course needs staircases so it isn’t just as disappointing as all those places you can’t get to until you can fly.
She does a bunch of unique things with her stairs, but her typical approach is to use the floating glitch to place a series of Riviera wall shelves. You can’t step on those, though, so you’ll need a zabuton cushion for each step to make it traversable.
And once you have stairs figured out, it’s time for my favourite glitch of all.
The loft glitch takes the cake.
This is the one that really got me as far as Alice’s designs go. How did she make a small house look so massive?
The secret is that she built lofts using troupe stages.
They’re super expensive housing items, but it makes sense when you realize you need at least five level 70 crafters and gatherers to make them. Plus some folklore and master crafter tomes. If you can’t make them for yourself, check with people in your friends list or your FC before you head to the market board!
The loft glitch took me a LOT of time and research and rage-inducing trial and error to figure out, so to make your life easier, here’s what I know about it.
- It works with the recent 4.2 patch, but it’s happened before that Square Enix patches glitches like this. Unless you want to scour Reddit for days trying to find the updated technique, don’t touch glitched lofts after patches!
- It requires a pre-existing window in your house to work, and can also work over the location where a workshop door would be in an FC house. It will not work over your front door or on bare walls.
- It will require a lot of patience, and you might not get it perfect. And that’s okay.
- It, like the windows, requires the troupe stage to be in your house’s storage room before you can make it work.
Once you know all that, this soundless video tutorial from Alice should make it an easy process for you!
Don’t be afraid to get creative with it!
This is very important! Just because a furnishing looks a certain way when it does its default thing does not mean it couldn’t be something else entirely.
For example, the stove in my small house is made of an Oasis desk, a Hingan sideboard, and a grade 1 picture frame. Alice’s version also includes several sideways Riviera desk chronometers for knobs, and a floating towel rack that I haven’t managed to make work yet.
Another good example is the fireplace in my medium house, which is a manor fireplace with two white half partitions and a backwards mounted box shelf.
Ready to make your own dream house?
Here are some materials I found absolutely essential!
- Eorzean maps
- White partitions
- Imitation square windows
- Mahogany partition doors
- Riviera wall shelves
- Riviera wardrobes
- Oasis desks
- Oasis couches
- Oasis chairs
- South seas couches
- Hingan sideboards
- Palace pedestals
- Troupe stages
- Zabuton cushions
- Wall planters
- Potted dragon trees
If you’re curious about how the two houses look, head over to the Projects page to see the latest pictures. Have fun with your own creations!