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UPDATED: Versatile Shelving: 5 level wall or freestanding shelving

by orangemittens Posted 22nd May 2010 at 8:33 PM - Updated 4th Jul 2010 at 10:00 PM by orangemittens : Added Shadowless Shelving selection
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a 5 level shelving system which includes 5 shelves and 4 upright panels. Each shelf has 5 slots. The upright panels have no slots. You can build shelves against walls or create free-standing shelves without using a cheat. Other items will still go under these shelves also. You can use different shelf levels (and corresponding upright panels) to make shelving units of all different kinds allowing placement of various sizes of clutter.

Each shelf and its corresponding upright panel has 3 recolorable channels. Only one upright panel is required to provide support for each shelf so the set includes 5 shelves and 4 panels (the bottom "shelf" sits on the floor and needs no support). When you place the upright in the game the left and right panel should both face the front...there is no need to turn one panel backward to make it meet up with the shelf correctly. The upright panel will also click into the middle of each shelf allowing you to split the box created by the shelf and panels.

UPDATED: I found that the shadows on the shelves and upright pieces are somewhat dark in my WA game especially when more than one shelf is placed since they seem to add up. I made a shadowless version and am sharing it for people who are having a similar issue with the shadows. The shadowless version has *no* has no floor shadows and casts no shadow on the walls either. It will overwrite the original version. Other than having no shadows these shelves and upright pieces are exactly like the others and are base-game compatible.

Each component costs $10 and is found in Surfaces/Miscellaneous.

The shelves look good with a variety of styles and are meant for the indoors. If you use them outside they need shade to make their shadow look completely right.

The individual shelves tile nicely and they also tile nicely when combined with their uprights:

Two shelves can be placed at the same level and they will also tile nicely as seen in the thumbnail picture below.

Due to the way that this game is designed tiling will not work for every pattern on every object. If you don't believe that check out EA's tiling This object is no different...but I can tell you your pattern will *not* be distorted.

Picture credits: Animal sculptures - HazuiTokage (MTS), Liquor bottles, mags, photos, & books - Lemoncandy (MTS), Sunburst Clock - Cmomoney (MTS). If I missed anybody please let me know.

Special thanks to Cmomoney who answered all the questions I had that were keeping me from making this set.

Thank you also to HugeLunatic, Ravenshadow, and Cmomoney for unlocking the secrets of slots in this game.

Polygon Counts:
Each shelf - 30 faces 40 vertices

Each upright panel - 30 faces 40 vertices

Additional Credits:
Inge & Peter Jones - S3OC & s3pe.

Wes Howe - S3ObjTool.

Download files

Filename Size Downloads Date
OM_ShelvesVersatile_Shadowless.rar | Shadow-free version of the Versatile Shelves - no wall or floor shadows. Will overwrite the original shelves.

Size: 1.36 MB · Downloads: 7,341 · 4th Jul 2010
1.36 MB 7,341 4th Jul 2010

Size: 1.36 MB · Downloads: 16,006 · 22nd May 2010
1.36 MB 16,006 22nd May 2010

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42 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 41 Feedback Posts
Field Researcher
#2 Old 22nd May 2010 at 8:58 PM
Ingenious, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 22nd May 2010 at 9:11 PM
Now we can build shelves under stairs, no more wasted space. Thank you.
#4 Old 22nd May 2010 at 9:36 PM
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!
Field Researcher
#5 Old 22nd May 2010 at 9:53 PM
These shelves are so great, so versatile, just what I need to place even more clutter in my sims houses!
I think they will be the most used objects in my game.
Thanks a lot!
Eminence Grise
#6 Old 22nd May 2010 at 9:54 PM
Wow, better and better

Backless shelves are great for room dividers too.

Aaaaand... I foresee a need for laundry room shelves soon
#7 Old 22nd May 2010 at 10:20 PM
YES!! Thank you so much. We so need these. Now if EA or someone could make it so we could move them up and down the walls... I would be in heaven as I am sure everyone who had TS2 AL.. I miss that so much. thank you, thank you, thank you
Field Researcher
#8 Old 22nd May 2010 at 10:58 PM
This is such a fantastic set! Thank you so much :D

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#9 Old 22nd May 2010 at 11:33 PM
Great Idea. Thanks :D

Wiki Wizard
#10 Old 23rd May 2010 at 12:36 AM
Wow these are so versatile and clever, neat idea and beautiful executed! thanks!

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Test Subject
#11 Old 23rd May 2010 at 12:56 AM
Thank you! -Thank you! -Thank you! -Just what I needed!
#12 Old 23rd May 2010 at 2:01 AM
Thanks for creating.
Forum Resident
#13 Old 23rd May 2010 at 2:16 AM
Amazingly done and so useful. Thanks for sharing!
#14 Old 23rd May 2010 at 2:54 AM
And I was JUST complaining to my boyfriend that one of things I hated when I forst got the game was the lack of shelving.
#15 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:01 AM
Screw "love," all I need is SHELVES! WOO!
Field Researcher
#16 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:23 AM
#17 Old 23rd May 2010 at 3:44 AM
Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
Test Subject
#18 Old 23rd May 2010 at 4:04 AM
Originally Posted by lisfyre
YES!! Thank you so much. We so need these. Now if EA or someone could make it so we could move them up and down the walls... I would be in heaven as I am sure everyone who had TS2 AL.. I miss that so much. thank you, thank you, thank you

Actually, a new feature in Ambitions is the ability to move things up and down on the walls (they said photos, but I'm sure this will work with other stuff too)

Love the Shelves! Thanks sooo much!!
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 23rd May 2010 at 6:57 AM
Wounder if you could make dinner tables this way , would be so neet. Have the small one for just family and then when ya toss a party just add more table and chairs.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 23rd May 2010 at 7:59 AM
AMAZING!!! Thanks~
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 23rd May 2010 at 8:09 AM
I have wanted this for such a long time. Thank you, thank you! They are perfect, and free!
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 23rd May 2010 at 10:32 AM
Thank you so much, very clever!!

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Lab Assistant
#23 Old 23rd May 2010 at 2:41 PM
Oh so clever!! Thank you for sharing!
Field Researcher
#24 Old 23rd May 2010 at 6:19 PM
OM !!!!!
Thank you ! Thank you !!
Field Researcher
#25 Old 23rd May 2010 at 6:33 PM
WOW! Simply fantastic and extremely useful. Thank you very much. 8-)

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