The Sims 4

The Sims 4 Tutorial: Basements – Tips & Tricks

Probably one of the biggest feature in The Sims 4’s second March Update are the Basements.

Basements allow you to go 2 Stories deep into the ground and build Rooms and Pools inside!

To begin building Basements, head into the Build Mode and select the Walls and Empty Rooms section. You can also just search for the Basements tool using the Search feature.

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Add stairs so you can connect the ground level with the Basement.


  • Basements function just like Rooms. You can move, rotate and push & pull the basement rooms.
  • Make sure you light up the Basement before decorating it!
  • Pools can only be added on the first underground level, but in the second underground level you’re able to add windows on the Pool walls which allows you to create a really cool Pool Lounge!

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Basements are not just for secret lairs and hidden rooms. You can remove the ceiling by clicking the Basement Room, going up to the Upper Level, selecting the yellow layer around the Room and clicking Remove Ceiling.

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This trick also applies for the 2nd underground level, although after you follow all of these steps above you also need to use the Sledgehammer Tool and remove the Ceiling of the 2nd Basement level.

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Basements don’t have to be built exclusively using the Basements Tool. You can go down to the underground level and simply plop some pre-built Rooms. Make sure you add Stairs after you’re done!

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If you have any more Tips to share, do so in the comment section below!

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  • This basement article just gave me a great idea. I don’t know if anyone else has tried this. I’m usually always having an issue with moving my newly created Sim into a basic house with no more than 2 bedrooms. As my sims have a family and have more kids the house needs more rooms obviously to have room for everybody. I don’t like messing up the exterior of the house if there is room to create a room expansion on the house or if there is a pool I don’t want to remove the pool to make room for a bedroom. I could of just created some rooms in the basement. With the ability to go two levels down like the article says there could be room for bedrooms, restrooms and another living room or study if needed. I will definitely try this so I don’t ruin the look of my town IMO by having all these weird shaped houses.