One of your first goals when starting a new world in Minecraft should be to make a Bed. This will let you sleep and set your respawn point, both of which will make your cubic life easier.
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What You Need to Craft a Bed
You will need two kinds of blocks to make a Bed in Minecraft: Wood Planks and Wool. You’ll need three of each block.
The Wool blocks need to be the same color to craft a Bed. For example, White Wool and Gray Wool can’t be used together to craft a Bed. However, the Wood Planks don’t need to be the same type. In another example, you can use Oak Planks and Dark Oak Planks together to easily craft a Bed. There are sixteen types of Beds that can be made, however, the only difference between all of them is their colors.
The Crafting Recipe for Making a Bed
The only way for you to craft a Bed is to use a Crafting Bench. When you are using a Crafting Bench, you’ll need to put three pieces of same-colored Wool in the top row. Then, you’ll need to fill the middle row with three Wood Planks of any kind. After that, you can take your Bed out of the Crafting Bench.
How to Get Wood Planks
The easiest way to get Wood Planks is to chop down a tree and then turn the Wood Logs into Wood Planks in your inventory crafting menu. You can also make Wood Planks at a Crafting Bench.
How to Get Wool
Sheep are your quickest way to get Wool if you don’t have a Village nearby. You can kill Sheep or shear them with the Shears tool to get one to three blocks of Wool. Sheep will drop whatever color of Wool is on their body.
Villagers are also a great way to get Wool, as many of them spawn with multiple decorative Wool blocks. You can harvest them without the Villagers getting mad, so collect as many as you want.
Another method of getting Wool is to craft it with four pieces of String. String can be easily found as a drop from Spiders, so hunt these many-legged enemies for such goods. In a crafting menu, place the four String in a square shape to get a block of White Wool.
Where You Can Find a Pre-made Bed
Beds will spawn in Villages as well as Igloos. These places are great for quickly and easily getting a Bed, especially ones of more vibrant colors.
- Red Beds spawn in Igloos
- White and Yellow Beds spawn in Plains Villages
- Yellow, Orange, and Red Beds spawn in Savannah Villages
- Blue and Purple Beds spawn in Snowy Taiga Villages (only in the Bedrock Edition)
- Red, White, and Blue Beds spawn in Snowy Tundra Villages
How to Use a Bed
Firstly, you’ll need to place the Bed on the ground. You can place a Bed on any flat spot that is one block by two blocks, as this is the size of the Bed. After setting up your Bed, you can sleep in it, but only during certain times.
Times When You Can Sleep in a Bed
You can only sleep in a Bed when it’s night or when there is a thunderstorm. Night in Minecraft begins when the sun is touching the horizon and the sky gets dark.
Thunderstorms are weather conditions that have heavy rain as well as lightning and thunder. The difference between regular storms and thunderstorms is that there is no lightning or thunder during regular storms.
Things That Can Prevent You From Sleeping
For you to use a placed Bed, you will need to be within two to three blocks of it. In the Java Edition of Minecraft, you need to be two blocks away or less. However, in the Bedrock Edition of the game, you can be up to three blocks away and still be able to use your Bed.
Monsters will also prevent you from sleeping if they’re too close. If a hostile mob is within eight horizontal blocks or five vertical blocks from you, you can’t sleep in your Bed. Not all monsters will prevent you from sleeping. Here’s a list of all the mobs that will prevent you from using your Bed:
- Cave Spider
- Elder Guardian
- Enderman (only when attacking you)
- Magma Cube (only in Bedrock Edition)
- Piglin Brute
- Skeleton Horseman
- Spider Jockey
- Slime (only in Bedrock Edition)
- Wither Skeleton
- Zombie Villager
- Zombified Piglin (only when attacking you in Java Edition but always in Bedrock Edition)
Times When You Should Not Use a Bed
The Overworld is the only safe place to sleep in a Bed. You can safely place a Bed in the Nether and the End, however, if you try to sleep in it, the Bed will explode. A Bed’s explosion is more powerful than a block of TNT, so it’s best to avoid it.
Other Tips For Using Beds
- Hostile mobs can knock you out of Bed, so you should sleep inside a well-lit place
- You can’t sleep in a Bed that already has a player or a Villager in it (but you can knock a Villager out of one)
- Status effects that deal damage over time will prevent you from sleeping (burning, being poisoned, starving, etc.)
- It takes five seconds for you to pass the night or a thunderstorm when sleeping in a Bed
- If you don’t have two blocks or more of vertical space next to your Bed, you can suffocate after getting out of it
- Worlds with multiple players require all (or most, in the Java Edition) to be sleeping in order for time to pass
- Your Bed getting broken while you are sleeping will cancel the passage of time
- When you sleep in a Bed, it sets your respawn point, which means you will return to it if you die
- If you fall onto a Bed for a high place, it will reduce fall damage by 50%
- Beds that are nearby to a Zombie Villager will increase the speed of turning them back into a Villager