As the saying goes: “When a door closes, a window opens”… right?
Despite the wide selection of doors in the Sims 4, there’s still some need for doorways with *that* cottagecore vibe. It should be the kind of doorway that whenever your Sim enters the house, they’re transported to a fairy-like room filled with plants and cozy nooks.
Before doing any building, make sure that the bb.moveobjects cheat is turned on.
Choose your Building Skill level
Easy Method: Layering
The fastest way to build this is to size up the window and put an archway on top of it. To do this, increase the window size by clicking the ‘]’ key.
Grab this medium-height archway from Cats and Dogs in a matching color since its cutout has the right proportions for this window. Cover the top part with this hanging plant curtain from Blooming Rooms Kit.
And that’s basically it! BUT…
There’s this black shadow that appears on the inside of the room that came from the outline of the original-sized window. Don’t worry because it doesn’t show up on the exterior.
But if that bothers you or if you built this doorway indoors, read through the next part and hone your building skills with this hack.
Expert Method: Basement Hack
The following steps may be tedious but this will get rid of that weird black outline on your doorway. This alternative involves building a wall in the basement or on the lower floor directly underneath the wall you’re working on. Fret not since you can delete it afterward.
Now grab your window, size it up with the ‘]’ key, and place it on that wall below. Put it in the topmost part of that wall. If it still doesn’t reach your desired height on the floor above, raise the item with Ctrl+9.
Once satisfied with its placement, delete the wall below by holding Ctrl while tracing the wall. Be careful not to just click and delete the wall as that will also remove your window!
Now on the main floor that you’re working on, place this medium height archway from Cats and Dogs in a similar swatch with the window. Again, cover the top part with this plant curtain if you like.
And now you have a nice entryway without any weird shadows.
Note: Since the window is in a different room, its lighting will be different (outdoor lighting). If you need it to have indoor lighting, create a room on the lower level around the window and add lights inside that room.
Try it with other items!
This doorway trick works with any window in the Sims 4, even with windows with complicated shapes. Check out this open shutter window from Jungle Adventure paired with a Base Game archway.
Even a closed window can work as a doorway since it won’t block your Sims’ path. It looks weird (because of some clipping issues), but this Island Living window framed with a Base Game archway can work on certain builds.
Here’s a real quick tutorial to see how it’s made in real-time:
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