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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:46 AM

This is a picture of one of my most recent storage facility designs.

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Each of these chests is a double chest, embedded in the wall lengthwise, to save space. I put backwards stairs on each one, so that the broadside faced outwards looking like cobblestone and could have signs posted on it.

Additionally, since light passes through stairs, I put a torch on the block behind each stair block, allowing my wall to be somewhat better lit than just the torches on the floor and ceiling.

I have a tower with two floors where each of the four walls is like this, with 24 double chests in each wall.

It COULD be made more efficient, if I kept a chest in the layer where the floor was, but I wanted to keep a bit of aethetic look to it.

What are other people's most space efficient storage methods?
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:51 AM

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:53 AM

I should employ this design for every material I collect.
It cannot get anymore efficient and aesthetically pleasing than this.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:54 AM

Cool idea! The only problem I see is if Notch fixes the light issue with stairs, leaving your wall dark. But I guess you can cross that bridge when you get to it.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:57 AM

Pretty cool. Maybe I should have found this sooner before I built a huge underground basement filled with chests.  :Leaves:
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 04:59 AM

Wait, I have a question. How do the chests open if one side is covered?
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:01 AM

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Wait, I have a question. How do the chests open if one side is covered?
Stairs are technically translucent, so you can open the chests.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:01 AM

ImACheesyMonkey said:

Wait, I have a question. How do the chests open if one side is covered?

Stairs act as... Nothing, really. They let light through, and don't interact the way a standard block will.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:07 AM

It wasn't actually that dark before the added torchs, but it makes it just a tad brighter, which I like.

I just did the math, and assuming you were only storing items which can be stacked up to 64, I can store 331776 blocks in one floor of this. The dimensions of the interior are 12x12x5. I have no chests in the top layer, and if you removed the stones between the chests on the bottom layer, you could put chests in that row as well, though you will sacrifice easy labeling. Doing such would increase the number to 36 chests per wall, which is 497,664 per floor, nearly half a million. Also, if you want multiple floors, by staggering the chests appropriately, you can embed a row of chests in the upper floor and have them accessible from the bottom floor as well!

But it made it ugly, so I have it as is. I did this because I hit 8 double chests completely full of cobblestone, and I couldn't bear to throw it out. Good thing too, as I used 95% of it up building my palace.

As Woolio says, certain blocks do not trigger the chest to lock. These include glass, leaves, water and stairs. I actually crawled up inside of the wall while making this, and build a dirt wall in front of the chests so I could put stairs facing away from the room, giving the illusion of the solid cobblestone wall. Glass would do as well, but I'm not sure if you can put signs on glass.

Water is also convenient! I have a vault in my storage chamber for extra-valuable items. Its surrounded by 2 tiles of water on each side, with a obsidian shell around that, with a tiny hole inside for me to reach through. The obsidian prevents explosions, and should an explosion get through, the chest is now explosion/fire proof due to the water.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:18 AM

I took a cutaway picture of behind the wall, in case anyone didn't understand how it was laid out. I also have a little schematic in the bottom for the room. The stuff in the middle of the above view is my spiral staircase which goes through my multiple floors of this. Part of it got cut off by imageshack, but you can still see the whole thing if you follow the link or save it.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:29 AM

Here's my design, extremely efficient and with an earthy look to it.

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easy access with a roof entrance, dropping me into the middle of the room with a 360 degree space within reach. to get out you basically just jump up. tried to limit the amount of chests by generalizing the compartments, signs to label everything (i have all chests memorized tho..) some of the labels are strange (power = iron and > tools bownarrows) but had to be short to fit. my favourite part has to be the built in fire control system, which is really just streams of water behind each chest, so if they break it will trigger the water (not as much of a problem now that right clicking on chest doesnt use buckets and flintnsteel, but it does give the room a cool ambiance). workbenches and furnaces at the corners and extra chests hanging from the ceiling (empty.. i just like the look) and another ladder in the floor leading to an EXTRA STORAGE room, where i keep my multiple chests of cobblestone, gravel, and clay. Its in the middle of a field with monsters sometimes around, and i have yet to have one drop on me. can they drop down 1x1 vertical ladders?

anyways heres a vertical ss of me dropping into the room

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 05:35 AM

They might be able to drop down 1x1 with ladders, but because they will be "walking towards you" they will likely keep climbing out. The only way they could get down is if they came to a dead stop on the 1x1 and just stopped moving. Which is unlikely, as they will chase after you when they get near you again. Though, it might be possible to find one down there if you weren't in the room, as they might pause long enough to fall down if you weren't there distracting them. It actually should be pretty safe. Whats kind of cool about your setup is that you could keep adding more layers, up and back from the previous, making a sort of inverted pyramid of chests, and you could jump up on the previous ones to get higher up. So you could expand this for quite some time!
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:10 AM

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:13 AM

Absolutely brilliant! It's a good thing I read ahead, otherwise I was going to troll you for the fact that your chests wouldn't be able to open. Thank god I didn't tl;dr or I would be the mockery of the internets! D:
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:15 AM

I've just been kind of doing this in my main room in the corners. It just kind of builds over time with no real plan or anything, but I rarely need to make new chests so it doesn't matter

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:17 AM

good ideas but @o.p. you probability shouldnt have a torch under your snow chest, soon to be water chest
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:19 AM

Did you have to break the wall behind it to place those stairs :\
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:26 AM

I'm glad people like the storage format. And it can be downsized for a more modest version as well, so I hope this can help people.

Kevo, how I did the walls was that I tore out the entire 2 block wall where the chests went, and then built it from the ground up, inside the wall. I had to put up a dirt wall INSIDE the room so I had something to place the stairs on. It also gave me the opportunity to put the torches in place. Then I tunneled out into the main area through the sides, sealing it up behind me. It took a little while, but it wasn't actually that bad. The hardest part was the wood required; 2 floors, 4 walls, 24 double chests in each wall (48 chests total) took 768 blocks of fresh wood. Of course, that much isn't necessary. If you did a slightly smaller version, 20 chests per wall, for one floor, it would be enough to hold virtually every item in game, and have some extra for multiple chests for some common blocks.

As it stands, my entire bottom floor is dedicated to bulk storage; a wall for stone and stone variants (mossy, smooth, halfblock), a wall for dirt, a wall for wood and wood subtypes, and a wall for gravel/sand/glass. The upper half has a chest for every other item.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:32 AM

Wow, never would have thought of using stairs as wall material to allow access to chests. Bravo.

As for my personal storage method, I just build... small warehouses. I never accumulate much material since I end up building something with it soon after. Even though my personal inventory is typically almost full, I generally don't use anything more than a double chest or two for actual storage. Come to think of it, I've never, in my year-plus of Minecraft, completely filled two double-chests full of any material period.

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Posted 26 February 2011 - 06:56 AM

Kastrel said:

This is a picture of one of my most recent storage facility designs.

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Each of these chests is a double chest, embedded in the wall lengthwise, to save space. I put backwards stairs on each one, so that the broadside faced outwards looking like cobblestone and could have signs posted on it.

Additionally, since light passes through stairs, I put a torch on the block behind each stair block, allowing my wall to be somewhat better lit than just the torches on the floor and ceiling.

I have a tower with two floors where each of the four walls is like this, with 24 double chests in each wall.

It COULD be made more efficient, if I kept a chest in the layer where the floor was, but I wanted to keep a bit of aethetic look to it.

What are other people's most space efficient storage methods?
How are you able to access those chests? If you put something over the chest, the chest becomes inaccessible (via right click).

EDIT: Nevermind! Got it -- read one of your later posts.