Animal Crossing has a huge amount of items to help players decorate, but kitchen furniture is often in short supply.
Thankfully, there are ways to get around this problem using the custom design feature, and by using some clever kitchen decorating techniques.
If you want to build your own Reddit-worthy ironwood kitchen, we also have advice on how to build the elusive ironwood kitchenette.
Custom design tricks to decorate a kitchen in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Like previous games in the series, New Horizons allows players to customise items with their own designs, and even download designs made by other players via QR code and the custom design portal. Players have already come up with some ingenious ways to use this to solve the kitchen furniture problem.
Create fake cupboards with a custom stall
Stalls are a craftable item available early on as a DIY recipe that can be redeemed with Nook Miles from the Nook Miles Stop. It’s possible to change both the colour of the wood on the stalls and their pattern, meaning you can use stalls as fake cupboards to display all your kitchenware.
Inspired by one player’s fake ironwood kitchen cupboard, I decided to make my own version to match my kitchen, which can be downloaded using the code below. As an added bonus, potted ivy will clip into the top of a stall when placed directly above it, which creates a nice mossy effect.
Create fake splashbacks and shelves
Chopping and cooking in real life gets messy – and many kitchens have splashback panels to prevent mess from getting on the walls. So why not design your own in Animal Crossing? Simply use the custom design tool, then display it as a canvas in your house. I designed one for the back of my gas range which blends in with the cooker, but this method would also work on top of any kitchen counter. Mosaic-style patterns tend to be particularly effective splashbacks.
Along similar lines to the splashback, players have created cute canvas designs which can be used as fake shelving. This one by player Elena on Reddit is suitable for a light-coloured kitchen or living space, and can be downloaded using the code below.
Make a two-tier room with an optical illusion
Room designs in Animal Crossing can sometimes feel quite flat, but one way around this is by creating an optical illusion with custom designs to trick the eye into believing the room has two levels. As inspired by yamaji_maya on Twitter (for which you can find download codes here), I made my own two-tier lodge room using three separate custom design patterns, and individually placing them as tile mats to cover half the floor.
Sure, it’s not a kitchen, but the principle is the same – and it’s a great way to separate kitchen and living areas.
If you want to try this out for yourself, pick a darker colour for your lower flooring, and keep the upper and lower sections similar in tone, as this helps maintain the optical illusion. Placing items of furniture in front of the drop-off will also help the illusion feel more natural.
The Animal Crossing 2.0 update and Happy Home Paradise is here! We can help you with the new additions – including where to find Brewster, Gyroids, new villagers, ordinances, new fences, storage shed, new hairstyles, Froggy Chair, group stretching and Kapp’n boat tours.
Cooking is now unlockable, so you need to know how to make both flour and sugar, as well as how to grow carrots, potatoes and tomatoes.
Meanwhile, if you’re new to Animal Crossing, our New Horizons tips can help with the basics.
From the off, there’s fish and bugs to catch, flowers and fruit to grow with. One long term goal is building your Happy Home Academy score. Finally, you need tools such as the new ladder and vaulting pole to fully explore.
How to craft an ironwood kitchenette and get other ironwood items in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Ironwood furniture has become incredibly popular in the Animal Crossing community for kitchen designs, and the ironwood kitchenette is one of the most sought-after items. Unfortunately, it’s also rather difficult to make, as it requires two other uncommon DIY items to craft.
The recipe for the ironwood kitchenette can be found in the Wildest Dreams DIY pack, which can be bought via the Nook’s Cranny cabinet fairly early in the game. To craft the ironwood kitchenette you’ll need four wood, three iron nuggets, an ironwood dresser and a cutting board.
The ironwood dresser and cutting board are both DIY recipes that can be found randomly in the game through the usual methods (such as talking to villagers and opening message bottles), but they can be quite hard to come by. If you want a more direct way to find the items, it might be easier to ask your friends to see if they have the recipes, or to head to trading websites such as Nookazon where other players list their items for trade.
Once you’ve found the recipes, you’ll need seven wood and four iron nuggets to craft the ironwood dresser, while the cutting board requires two wood and one iron nugget.
Although hard to find, once you’ve crafted the ironwood kitchenette, your house will be the talk of the town. Good luck in your search!