Storage in games like Valheim is a huge deal. You get lots of items, and you use a whole lot in crafting. So having this super clear and convenient chest system is going to make your Valheim play time far more enjoyable. *****Today I’ll show you how to get this epic text directly on to your chests with multiple ways to make them look fantastic! ***** This whole thing can even be made without defeating the first boss.
<title> The main thing people have clicked on this video for is likely going to be this awesome neat text directly on the chests, so i’ll get to that right away. First you place your chest whether it is a normal or Reinforced chest. If it is a normal chest, have it turned around, as the back is nice and clear with no extra texture, if Reinforced, then the front is best as it is very clear.
Then make sure you have a surface to the right of the chest that you can place a sign on. As a standard this would usually be a wooden wall or something.
Next, rotate a sign so the 3 diamonds are facing you. These diamonds show the text side of the sign. Now you are going to want to aim your cursor on the surface to the right of the chest, as that is the surface you will actually place the sign on, and line up the sign as it phases in to the chest. Once lined up, if you move the cursor further back, the sign will phase in to the chest completely, but the 3 diamond shapes will still be visible. This is because the text on a sign is slightly raised from the surface of the sign itself, likely to prevent the sign texture from interfering with the text.
Once positioned where you want it, and the sign is not visible on the front but the Diamonds are, you can build the sign. This can be tricky to properly position, but with the normal chests, i’d advise just aiming the sign itself midway between the top and bottom of the chest before phasing, and with the Reinforced Chests, aim the top or bottom, which ever is easiest to make out from the angle you are placing, to these 2 points. This will have the text perfectly centered on the clear space of the chests. It’s nearly ready at this point, we have the sign phased and positioned perfectly, now we need to add the text and alter the horizontal positioning. This is done using the floating text sign method.
When you put extra spaces on the end of some text on a sign, it keeps those spaces, but does not account for them when deciding line breaks, so it results in the text being pushed off the sign and appearing to float. Signs do have a character limit, so you can only push the text so far off the sign, but it is more than enough for this job. First type the text you want to appear on the chest, and be sure it is not long enough to force a line break, as this will look awful. Then, add a bunch of spaces. Press enter to see where it places the text, and adjust the amount of spaces until the text is centered.
If you do want to make multiple lines, you will need multiple signs, this can be done, but it will be a lot trickier to get a second sign in, and will require a whole lot of patience. You may be thinking “that is a lot of effort to add signage to a chest”, and it is, but it is just so convenient, this isn’t just about it looking really good, this is also about you not accidentally clicking on a sign all the time when trying to access your storage.
I wanted to neatly display what is in each chest, in a compact way that has the lowest chance possible of me accidentally clicking the sign instead of the chest, and this is what I came up with. Now there are multiple ways to refine this, not so much the sign and text itself, but how the chests as a whole are displayed, you don’t have to keep that wall you used to put the sign in place, or the floor you used to place the chest on to, you can even have all of the chests in perfect rows tiered slightly backward for each row and have them appear to float.
But there are a number of things to consider when going for a design for your chest walls.
The 2 primary considerations are that both the Chest and the Sign need to be supported. The chest does not count as support and will not support the sign. The sign does however count as support, but as the sign is usually further away from a surface than the chest, this will not generally be helpful, though it can be used in some circumstances. Be warned for using signs as support, as with the recent changes that made torches not support, this may happen with signs in the future.
If you have placed the sign centered vertically where I mentioned, 9 times out of 10, removing the wall will be fine without any extra messing about, as the floor will support the chest and sign, that is unless it is a reinforced chest.
This can be easily fixed on a stone floor as you can snap a wooden floor ontop of it without too much difficulty, though sometimes without some fancy techniques you may need to either keep the wall in or add a pole. If you want floating chests, you will need to support the chests with something else, the best 2 items for this are Wood Beams or Wooden Quarter Flooring. Both will require you to measure things up a little before hand but it is very simple.
First, we need to set up the back brace that will hold the chests up. We’re essentially going to set in place snap points for the braces themselves, there are a number of ways you could do this, so i’ll show the way that will be usable for pretty much any set up you have.
Your chests will be placed between 2 wood poles a quarter floor away from the wall, these poles are used for placement and can be deleted afterward. Using a 1 meter beam, snap it to one of the poles on the floor to get the central point, what we need to do now is get a snapping point for a beam half of a meter upward, the game doesn’t have pieces that naturally do this, so we’ll snap a pole to the top of that central point, then using free place, build another pole right infront of it, then delete the back one as well as the 1 meter beam on the floor we used to get the central point.
Now select the 1 meter pole and hold shift to free place, looking from behind, with your camera scrolled all the way in, point your cursor at the floor beneath the pole and move it up until the placement switches to building it on to the pole, then build it. This will now give you a beam snap point roughly 0.5 meters up from the floor.
Snap a 1 meter beam to it heading into the wall, then add one more piece that phases in to the wall and snaps on to the end of this beam, this piece will give you the snap point for the brace once the chest is in place, once the brace is in place, this piece can also be deleted, so don’t worry about it poking through the other side.
You can also now use this placement, to place snap point pieces in your entire wall based on how you are placing the chests. For this example, we’ll be making a 4 high chest wall, with a chest every 1 meter vertically and 2 meters horizontally. So use 2 meter beams and 1 meter poles to space out the rest of the snap points. Next is placing the chests, you’ll want to do this one column at a time, this is so you can reach behind the chests from the side to place the supports.
First place your poles 1 meter from the wall, these will be used to place the chests perfectly every time, place 2 quarter floors against the wall every 1 meter upward for building your chests on to.
Normal chest can now be built in any order, though Reinforced Chests are taller and can only be built from top to bottom as the top will phase through the floor above it preventing you from building one on top. Line your chests up so that the bottom front of the chests are perfectly in line with the front of the beams and perfectly centered between the 2, then Build. If normal chests, you may actually want to place these closer to the right so less of the sign will be visible in the end. As long as you do this consistently, it will look great.
Aim to have the lower 2 3rds of the right side of the chest phased with the pole. Once your chests are in place, delete the poles on the right, if you snapped the original poles in the wall can just snap in place, if not then free-place. With the chests and signs in place, you can now snap a 1 meter beam, so that it goes from the wall, into the chest but doesn’t poke out of the front.
If you have placed everything correctly, that beam will be supporting both the chest and sign, so everything other than the chest, sign and singular beam can now be deleted. If building more columns, you should leave the left beam and continue working to the left.
It’s a lot of work, but it only has to be done once, and you now have an amazing looking, super neat and convenient chest wall to store all of your items. Another method that uses the same type of support structure would be phasing poles through all 4 of the chests from either the floor or ceiling. The placement for this is a lot easier, and can just be free placed by eye, though in my opinion, it doesn’t look as good, but also may suit your builds aesthetic. A super quick tip for making tiered chest walls is that when you are placing your poles at the beginning that will be used to position your chests when building. Use 1 meter poles and start 2 meters from the wall, this will allow you to tier them up to 6 high or so back toward the wall.
Snap your first meter pole in place, then for every one after, freeplace them perfectly centered side to side but just on the very back of the top of the previous pole. This will tier them only half a poles thickness back each time, but look pretty great. Having them start 2 meters from the wall allows the use of quarter flooring to place and permanently keep without them protruding out of the front or through the wall behind them.
*****If you wanted to make these tiered chests float I would advise setting up the brace snap points first and doing this system against a stone wall so that the braces can phase in without poking through the other side. ***** If you wanted to do some chests with double lines, it is doable, but just a real pain.
The text isn’t far enough infront of the sign texture to be able to just put 2 on top of each other, so the only real way to do this is to make 2 surfaces for the signs to attach to. They both need to be on the right for the floating text feature to work, so I would advise setting up 2 wooden walls.
One in the normal place for putting a sign in and the other phased very slightly further away, it only needs to be about a quarter of the thickness of a wooden wall in order to get your cursor between the first sign and that second wall. You will need to do the upper line first. Judging where this sign should go is quite frustrating, as this depends on both the chest type and the amount of characters in the line, as the amount of characters (not including the spaces to make it float) define how large the text will be, so for the vertical placement, you’ll just need to experiment.
For the second line, youll need to destroy the closest wall, so you can place on the second. If you have got these nice and tight, even though there’s a gap, the second wall will support the first sign, but if not, you’ll want to phase a temporary beam through it to act as support, or if you are making floating chests, just whack your brace in now.
Then place the sign for the second line. The good news is that the lower sign will support the upper sign, so even on a stone floor, everything will be supported, though if this is a floating chest, that’s not a worry anyway. Either way, the second support wall can also be destroyed.
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