How to make and use a bed in Minecraft

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How to make and use a bed in Minecraft
  • To make a bed in Minecraft, you will need three pieces of wool and three planks.
  • All three pieces of yarn should be the same color, which will also be the color of your bed.
  • You can get wool by shearing sheep and planks by putting logs on your workbench.

A bed should be part of any Minecraft survivor’s inventory. Not only does it allow you to skip the entire night, but sleeping in a bed resets your spawn point and keeps Ghosts away.

They are not difficult to make, but you will have to find some crafting ingredients. This is what you will need.

How to make a bed in Minecraft

To make a bed in Minecraft, you will need three pieces of two different ingredients: wool and planks.

You can get sheep’s wool. Cutting a sheep’s wool with scissors gives you between one and three pieces, and killing a sheep gives you one. You can also combine four pieces of yarn (usually dropped by spiders) to create a single piece of yarn.

A sheared and unsheared sheep in Minecraft.

A sheared and unsheared sheep in Minecraft.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


All wool must be the same color to be used on a bed. Sheep can spawn naturally with white, gray, black, brown, and (occasionally) pink wool; if you want a different color, you must combine your wool with a coloring agent.

Breaking any tree gives you logs, and placing those logs on a workbench gives you planks. Each log makes four planks.

Once you have three pieces of wool and three planks, line them up on your crafting table. Tuck the three pieces of wool together horizontally and tuck the three boards together horizontally in the bottom row.

This will create a bed whose color matches the yarn you used.

The crafting recipe for making a bed in Minecraft.

You will make a bed for three of each ingredient.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


What are beds for in Minecraft?

Just like in real life, sleep is incredibly important in Minecraft for a number of reasons.

First of all: if you spend three days in the game without sleeping (or dying) and are outside at night or in a thunderstorm, terrifying creatures called Ghosts will appear in the sky above you. They will slowly swoop in and attack you until you die or fall asleep.

Second, your bed is your home, literally. Touching a bed (even if you don’t sleep in it) sets that bed’s location as your spawn point. This means that every time you die, you will spawn on that bed.

Sleeping in a bed at night or during a thunderstorm advances time to morning and resets the weather cycle. You don’t need to fear monsters that appear at night when you have a safe bed to sleep in.

A bed in Minecraft, with messages in the corner that say:

The beds act as a spawn point and a time machine.

Mojang; William Antonelli/Insider


Finally, the beds have a secret function when used in The Nether or The End. If you try to place a bed in any of these dimensions, the bed will immediately explode with a force stronger than a block of TNT. There’s a good chance he’ll kill you in one hit if you’re not wearing armor.

These explosions are usually inconvenient, but when used carefully, they can be helpful. Since the explosion also damages enemies, most Minecraft speedrunners use beds to quickly kill bosses like the Ender Dragon. It’s risky, but incredibly fun when you pull it off.

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