There’s always something terrible in the galaxy that’s demanding your attention. A distress call, a smuggling ring, a covert operation into a pirate gang. Never mind all the mysterious Artifacts. But let’s cut to the chase. The real endgame of Starfield is all about decorating your house, which isn’t nearly as intuitive as you might hope. Here’s how to decorate your house in Starfield.
Starfield: How to Furnish Your House
If there’s one thing I love about Starfield, it’s that you can carve out a niche for yourself almost anywhere. On desolate planets, you have outposts. But in big cities like Neon and New Atlantis, you can get your own crate or penthouse and really show off all the things you’ve accumulated.
So, let’s break down how to actually decorate your digs.
Firstly, any house you purchase or are given will have a panel on the wall, labeled “Decorate”. Interact with this panel to open up the Modify Menu. This menu will allow you to tab through several options. Crafting, furniture, decorations, displays, and miscellaneous.
Certain options will have a number beneath them, which might look like 1/7. If that’s the case, that means that this item has a variety of visual options to choose from. Note, you’ll need resources to craft items. Structural is an integral component for crafting, for example, and it can be found on aliens like Sirens on Niira.
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Once you’ve found one you like, you can select it and move it freely around the room. So long as there is space for it, or it doesn’t interfere with another object, you should be able to place it. Items can also be placed on top of each other. Potted plants can fit comfortably on tables, for example.
How to Use Inventory Items to Furnish Your Home in Starfield
Now, here’s the trick that’s really going to elevate your house. If you’ve been collecting items from across the galaxy, you can use it to decorate your house.
Just select the item in your inventory and drop it on the floor in your home. Then, access the Decorating Panel. Once you’re in Modify Mode, you can move the items that you dropped, place them, and rotate them.
If you wish to put the item in a display cabinet or on a rack or mannequin, they’ll need to be in your inventory. Outside of Modify Mode, interact with the display to transfer your item into the display object.
Unlocking New Items for Your House in Starfield
Certain items can only be unlocked by completing quests. For example, the Star Frog posters is a decoration item that can be obtained by completing the quest “Space Frog From Outer Space” in Cydonia, Mars.
But to unlock a more versatile array of items, you’ll need to use a Research Lab. Once you’ve found or built a Research Lab, select Outpost Development. Then select “Decoration 1”. You’ll then need enough Structural, Fiber, and Ornamental materials to complete each of the three research task.
You can opt to “track” the task, so when you’re at a shop you’ll know what materials you need to buy. Your progress for these research tasks is always saved, so you can slowly accumulate resources and return to the Research Lab when you’re ready to complete them.
Decoration 1 is available to all players, but Decoration 2 requires you to have the skill “Outpost Engineering.”