Sims 4 build tutorial: Base game patio with pergola and hanging baskets

If you don't have any of the expansion packs or stuff packs that add to the decor options for outside areas in The Sims 4, you can still have nice things thanks to debug mode.

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There are some great objects in debug mode in The Sims 4 base game that can be repurposed and enhanced to take your builds to the next level. It takes a bit of time and patience, but it is well worth the effort.

Patios are a great way to give your Sims some outdoor space, but the base game’s décor can feel a bit limited when it comes to make the outdoor space pop.

Debug objects in the Sims 4 can change all of that. You can create a lattice effect even with those average spandrels and you can create a wooden lattice with hanging baskets and shaded areas for those hot days.

Sims 4 build tip: How to build a base game pergola

First things first, you will have to turn cheats on for this and you will need to use the resize keys ([ and ]) as well as the move up and down keys (9 and 0) to get the precise placing. Turn on the following cheats:

  • testingcheats on  (obviously)
  • bb.moveobjects   
  • bb.showhiddenobjects 
  • bb.showliveeditobjects 

To create the lattice effect on the side of the spandrels (which you can actually remove completely if your foliage is lush), look for the fence in the image below.

Sims 4 Base game patio with pergola and hanging baskets build tutorial

It shows up as green in the catalogue and isn’t named anything specifically. It is just called ** DEBUG **.

Sims 4 Base game patio with pergola and hanging baskets build tutorial

There are two different lengths – both will work, so you can make your patio as extensive as you want. Change the swatch to the colour you want to use for the lattice you are building in The Sims 4 base game.

Resize the fence until you are happy. Use the right square bracket  [ to size up an object and the left key  ] to size down. Use the 9 key to adjust the height of where the object is placed.

Once you have placed the fence, you can start building the lattice. It is also possible to create the lattice effect with a spandrel (we’ll do a tutorial on that soon), but using the debug wood planks is completely free.

You can find the wood planks by searching for “plank”. It should show up as a suggested search. There are a few of these in the base game, the flatter one works better, but feel free to play around and find something that suits your build style.

Sims 4 Base game patio with pergola and hanging baskets build tutorial

Follow the same resize and height placement method you did with the fence. You can also hold down the ALT key for a more precise placing.

The planks can overlap, so don’t worry if you see any flickering when joining two together. You can just cover this with your plants.

Sims 4 Base game patio with pergola and hanging baskets build tutorial

Once you have built your lattice, you can start adding your plants. All of the plants here – including the hanging baskets – are available in The Sims 4 debug mode in the base game.

That’s it. You can have a wooden lattice and pergola in The Sims 4 base game without using any mods. You can download the patio we’ve created on the official EA Gallery over here or by searching for mspr1nt in game.

Sims 4 Base Game Patio With Lattice

You can check out more of our Sims 4 content – including builds, tutorials and speculation on the new Sims 4 game pack – over in our Sims 4 section.

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