How to Make a Chest in Minecraft

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What to Know

  • Make a Crafting Table and put 8 Wood Planks in the outer boxes (leave the center box empty).
  • Place two Chests side-by-side to make a Large Chest with double storage capacity.

This article explains how to make a Chest in Minecraft on any platform.

How to Craft a Chest in Minecraft

Here's how to build a Chest from scratch:

  1. Collect 3 Wood Blocks. Any type of wood is fine (Oak WoodJungle Wood, etc.).

    Wood Blocks in Minecraft
  2. Craft 12 Wood Planks. Put 1 Wood Block in the 2X2 crafting grid to make 4 Wood Planks, then repeat.

    Wood Planks in Minecraft
  3. Make a Crafting Table. Put a Plank in each box of the 2X2 crafting grid.

    Crafting Table in Minecraft
  4. Place your Crafting Table on the ground and interact with it to open the 3X3 crafting grid. The controls to do this depends on the platform you're playing on:

    • PC: Right-click
    • Mobile: Single-tap
    • Xbox: Press LT
    • PlayStation: Press L2
    • Nintendo: Press ZL
    Crafting Table in Minecraft

    Don't forget where you put your Crafting Table. You can use it later to craft more items.

  5. Craft your Chest. Put 8 Wood Planks in the outer boxes (leave the center box empty).

    A Chest in Minecraft
  6. Place your Chest on the ground and open it to store items.

    A Chest in Minecraft

Minecraft Chest Recipe

Once you have a Crafting Table, all you need to make a Chest is the following:

  • 8 Wood Planks

What Can You Do With a Chest?

Use Chests to store items such as building materials and ingredients. Chests can also be used as crafting materials to make other types of containers. A regular Chest has 27 slots, but you can double its capacity to 54 slots by placing two chests next to each other.

Chest menu in Minecraft

How to Make a Minecart With Chest

A Minecart with Chest can be used to transport items along railroad tracks. To make a Minecart with Chest, put a Chest in the middle of the Crafting Table and a Minecart below it.

Minecart with Chest in Minecraft

How to Make a Shulker Box

Shulker Boxes are portable containers. Like Chests, they contain 27 inventory slots. To make a Shulker Box, put a Chest in the middle of the Crafting Table, then put a Shulker Shell above it and a Shulker Shell below it.

Shulker Box in Minecraft

You can change the color of your Shulker Box by putting dye next to it in the crafting grid.

How to Make a Hopper

Hoppers can be used to transfer items between Chests. To make a Hopper, put a Chest in the middle of the Crafting Table, then put 5 Iron Ingots around it in the pattern shown below.

Hopper in Minecraft

How to Make a Trapped Chest

Trapped Chests look like regular Chests, but they can be used to set traps. To make a Trapped Chest, put a Chest in the middle of the Crafting Table, then put a Tripwire Hook beside it.

Tapped Chest in Minecraft