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Check out this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to design a castle. Get design ideas for a medieval or Japanese castle, castle town, castle house & more!

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How To Make A Castle

Things To Have When Making A Castle

Choose Western Or Eastern Fences

Depending on the type of castle you want to create, you'll have to choose between western- or eastern-style fences. We also recommend using existing infrastructure (buildings) on your island as a part of your castle project to make it even better.

Prepare a Space

Space

When creating a castle, first decide the scale of your project. Decide the following two things in advance: will you use multiple levels and will there be a castle town? If you choose to use your own house as part of the castle, you'll probably need to move it as well, so make sure to account for that.

Make Walls With Simple Panels

Simple Panel

When making the castle walls, we recommend using Simple Panels, which can be bought at Nook's Cranny. You can use customization kits or custom designs on these to change how they look!

> Furniture Customization Guide

Combine With Other Furniture Or Cliffs When Placing

Simple Panels

Simple Panels are useful, but just lining up a whole bunch of them can produce a very dull and flat look, so make sure to combine them with other furniture and island geography, such as cliffs.

Add Elevation

Elevation

Even if you're limited on what furniture you can use, varying your placement of it by introducing elevation can really improve your design. Try using the island design tool to create a cliff around a particular piece of furniture and use it as a central set piece.

When In Doubt, Use Fences

Fences

If you can't get the look you want from regular furniture or walls, consider using more fences on the outskirts of your island. This is probably the easiest way of getting across the "castle" look!

How To Use Your House In The Design

Match The Color Of Fences And Silos

Adjusting the color

When using your personal home as a part of the castle, try to make its color the same as your silos and fences. Mkae sure your house color doesn't make it stand out like a sore thumb! Go for a consistency and unity in your color scheme.

Get A Moving Kit Ready

If you know you're going to use your house as a part of your castle, pick up a house moving kit in advance! When you use this kit, you can preview what your house would look like in a certain spot. Try this before permanently placing your house down!

How To Make A Japanese Castle

Use Zen Fences

Japanese Castle

One of the most characteristic parts of a Japanese castle is the 'hafu', which is the triangular portion of the top of the castle. This is stacked up on several vertical layers, meaning you'll need to make use of the island designer tool extensively. You can use Zen Fences as walls around your house to achieve this effect.

Preview Stairs Before Placing

Just like with your house, you can also preview the look of stairs before you permanently place them in a given location. Bad placement of stairs can make your castle look like something totally different, so be careful.

Recommended Furniture And Sculptures

Recommended Furniture For Castles

Simple panelSimple panel SiloSilo Market place decorationMarket place decoration
Simple wellSimple well Brick wellBrick well FountainFountain
Ice partitionIce partitionIce archIce arch Ice pillarIce pillar

Recommended Fences

Iron-and-stone fenceIron-and-stone fence Brick fenceBrick fence Log fenceLog fence
Zen fenceZen fence Stone wallStone wall HedgeHedge

Recommended Sculptures

Check Out A Full List Of Art Here

Our Writer's Castle - Showcase

Castle Gates

Castle gates
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WriterWriter GI put together a European-style castle gate. I admit it looked a bit too much like a prison at first, but I placed some Market Place Decorations (you get those from a collab event with Animal Crossing Plaza), and it started looking more like a proper castle!

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