The Sims 4 Building Tutorials:

Using Building Cheats to Enhance a Project

by Norma Blackburn

Sims 4 Building How-To's: enhancing builds with build mode cheats

There are a few cheats we can use while building in Sims 4. Usually very easy to use, they can enhance our builds and can help to make them look more realistic.

To use cheats, first you need to open the cheats console by pressing Control + Shift + C. Type the cheat in and press enter. To close the console, press Control + Shift + C again.

Move Objects Cheat

Possibly one of the most used cheats in building. To activate type bb.moveobjects on and retype to turn the cheat off. With this on, you will be able to place items in places that the game would not normally allow. You can place things closer together or even touching. With this cheat, you could combine two pieces of furniture to make one larger pieces, for example, two Unabashed Sofas at right angles to each other make a nice corner lounge. Join tables together to make larger tables. Be aware though, that combining items can affect your sim's ability to use part or all of the item or can cause strange visuals when they do use it. It's a good idea to test objects placed with this cheat, especially if you intend to share the build.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: moveobjects cheat
Click to Enlarge. Use the moveobjects cheat to combine furniture

The move object cheat does have some limitations. While it will allow two windows to be placed on one section of wall, it will cause some strange visuals. Sometimes too, the game will not acknowledge that an item is placed in an unusual place and again, some strange visuals could result when a Sim uses that item.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: game doesn't recognize when something is placed using a cheat
Click to Enlarge. The game doesn't always recognise when something is placed using a cheat

While the move objects cheat is activated, we can also adjust the height at which something sits. Pick up the item and press the 9 key, every time you press the key, the item will be raised a little. When it's at the desired height, release it and it will stay at that height. To lower something use the 0 key instead. This is useful for placing things on surfaces that the game would not normally allow.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: make cosmetic bunk beds
Click to Enlarge. Use moveobjects cheat and raise a second bed to make a set of bunks - unfortunately, they can't be used

Show Hidden Objects

Another well used cheat in building, this one allows us to use items that we normally can't buy. To activate, type bb.showhiddenobjects into the cheat console. For now, there seems to be no way to turn this cheat off other than exiting the game, so be aware, especially if you are playing a competition game where cheats are not allowed.

This cheat lets us select many items that we cannot usually buy, from full grown fruit trees to the little things our Sims use in everyday activities. Included in the hidden objects are lights. The hidden lights are particularly useful as they can make a room lighter without adding more conventional lights.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: Add extra lights with hidden lights
Click to Enlarge. Use hidden lights to add extra light to a room




Enlarging an item

Not really a cheat, the enlarging feature is still useful when decorating a house. In Build mode, pick up an item and press the ] key and the item will be enlarged a little. With each key stroke, the item will be made slightly bigger. While items can be made larger, they cannot be made smaller than the original size. To reduce the size of something that has been enlarged, hit the [ key until the required size is reached. While most items can be made bigger, a few do not enlarge well. While window and door frames will enlarge, the hole in the wall will remain the original size. Likewise mirrors do not enlarge well.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: plants enlarge well, other objects do not
Click to Enlarge. Some things like plants enlarge well - others like windows and mirrors do not

Free Placement and Rotation of Objects

Another trick that is not really a cheat is free placement and rotation of objects. Normally when you place an item, it will be locked to the grid. Pick up an item and go to place it somewhere. You will see it has a footprint. This footprint shows how many grid squares the item will need and when you place it the footprint will automatically lock to the grid on the floor.

By holding the ALT key when you place something, the grid will be ignored and you will be free to place it anywhere. Things moved this way will still have the footprint that says how many squares of floor space is needed. Unless you also use the moveobjects cheat, items cannot share the same space. Combining the moveobjects cheat and holding the ALT key will give more placement options.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: stop grid snap when making a lot
Click to Enlarge. Normally, objects snap to the grid. By holding the alt key they can be placed anywhere

Free rotation is similar to free placement in that we are not restricted in how we rotate an item. This trick is dependent on you using the Sims 3 camera mode. To switch into Sims 3 camera mode, select the Options menu in the top right hand corner of the screen. From there select Game Options and then Controls & Camera. Check the box that says The Sims 3 Camera. Apply the change and return to the game. Alternately, you can switch between the Sims 3 camera and the Sims 4 camera by holding CTRL + Shift + tab. With the Sims 3 camera, you will be able to rotate an item you are holding simply by dragging it instead of having to use the < or > keys. Rotating something this way, you will still be restricted to 45 degree rotations but by holding the ALT key as you drag, you will be able to rotate an item freely.

Sims 4 Building How-To's: hold alt and use the sims 3 camera mode to freely rotate objects.
Click to Enlarge. By holding the alt key and using the Sims 3 camera mode, we can freely rotate objects

Sharing houses and rooms built with cheats
If you share a house or room you have built using some or all of the cheats, there are a few things to consider. Not all things placed with the showhiddenobjects cheat will transfer through the gallery, some are just not designed that way. The invisible lights will only transfer if you save and share an entire lot. If you only share a room, hidden lights will not be included. Objects placed using the moveobjects cheat may transfer correctly, but there is a chance that they will not. Items transferring could also depend on individual games being up to date. In earlier versions of the game, some items did not transfer through the gallery the way they were intended to by the builder.

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Donte
bb.moveobjects not working... please help!
12th July 2015 11:51am
KawaiiKid
Yeah, mine isn't working either. But pressing alt seems to work. I just want the bb.moveobjects to work
12th July 2015 12:58pm
Emily
Have you tried typing in testingcheats true
27th December 2015 10:24am
Izzie
Hey ! In regaurds to your problem the move object cheat definatly works in sims 4 but for sims 3 the cheat has a different code: moveobjects on. Whereas with sims 4 you need bb.moveobjects on make sure you do a space between objects and on ! Hopeit helps :)
2nd January 2016 7:52am
Kira
You do bb.moveobjects on
29th February 2016 11:04pm
Kira
You do bb.moveobjects on
1st March 2016 8:11pm
paige
type in bb.moveobject's then a space then type on
21st May 2016 10:01am
Shannen
People It Is: bb.moveobjects on Smile
13th July 2015 1:17pm
sophie
yeah Wink
12th September 2015 6:43am
Cookie
I dont put the on at the end and it still works
6th January 2016 11:18am
Micheal Bohmer
That's right, you don't need to type 'on' at the end of bb.moveobjects . If moo is on and you type bb.moveobjects it turns it off. There is no need to type 'on' or 'off'.
2nd October 2016 12:04pm
crazy chicken
yeah same
25th February 2018 3:16am
Carl
I edited that in, think she forgot a word there :) Sorry about us not catching that sooner! Thanks for correcting it so people got the right syntax.
13th July 2015 5:06pm
Bella
Do bb.moveobjects on
5th August 2015 5:43pm
Ria
bb.moveobjects onSmile
7th August 2015 11:14am
maci harris
there is no on and first you put in testingcheates true
17th May 2019 5:17pm
dinitha
bb.moveobjects on doesnt work
20th August 2015 2:15am
brigiliz
First do testingcheats true and then bb.moveobjects
Smile
21st August 2015 3:22am
Keely
I've done that but still doesn't work
21st September 2015 6:53pm
Jia
It updated so its moveobjects on LaughSmile
24th November 2015 9:46pm
Brooke kawaii
Tonguetry using the cheat to turn on cheats just saying it might be helpful in my opinion Sleepthx if you read this
28th December 2016 12:15am
Sofie
It's not bb.moveobjects It's bb.moveobjects on ;)
2nd October 2015 10:46am
Hbrchmrcd
It don’t have to have the on at the end
10th February 2018 5:47am
Deidara
How do i rotate freely?
3rd October 2015 1:03pm
toni
Did you type in bb.moveobjects on? Because if you just did bb.move objects, it will not work. I did it for myself and it works
6th January 2016 2:37pm
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