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Featured upload! Under-The-Stairs Storage Set

by mustluvcatz Posted 22nd May 2014 at 3:41 PM - Updated 10th Jul 2014 at 6:41 PM by mustluvcatz
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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 featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
♪ ♫ While strolling through the WCIF one day in the merry, merry month of May. I was taken by surprise by a WCIF that was lacking solutions..♫ ♪

Yes, ahem. Where was I? Oh yeah, I was talking about a WCIF - the WCIF'er was asking about objects for under the stairs. Since there really isn't much available for TS2 I got to thinking. And this is what I came up with:

What You Get:
8 new meshes - 2 each of 4 meshes. Each mesh has a mirrored version. All meshes EXCEPT the desks have 2 subsets.
18 wood recolors and 4 glass recolors. The recolors are separate packages so you can delete 1 or more in game if you'd like with no problems.

What You Need To Know:
The repository technique was used. The files are clearly named so you'll know which mesh is the master and which share it's textures.
No cheats are needed to place any of the meshes.
Sims will not walk through the meshes.
Computers placed on either desk work as expected.

What You Need To Know Part 2:
Each mesh has slots. These range from 8 (the desk cubbies) to 15 (master mesh and it's reversed version.
Objects placed on the slots can be recolored with the design tool and/or picked up/deleted without any problems.
If you would like to use any of these as a dresser, you can. If you have Merola's Pile of Clothes Dresser (or any mesh like that), you can place it on one of the shelves. You WILL be able to click on it to have your sim change clothes. Even if it's behind glass.
If you would like to recolor, there is no need to add any shading to your texture. Each mesh has a shading mesh - that includes the meshes in Part 2. (They're not perfect, but they are there!)
Placing objects in the slots is easiest if you start from the narrow end of the mesh:

And The Last And Most Important Thing You Need To Know:
These are sized to fit under MODULAR STAIRS that are OPEN UNDERNEATH. That said, they will fit under open underneath staircases but the fit will not be perfect.

If you need some or more open underneath modular stairs, you can find quite a few by doing a search here for "open underneath".

Catalog Location and Price:
Desks- Surfaces>Desks for 35 Simoleons
All other meshes - Surfaces>End Tables for 35 Simoleons

A residential collection file is included!

PART 2 (click the link to get to Part 2!)
If you'd like the matching fake closets, you can find those HERE
Kitchen Storage in matching textures.

Everlasting-Garden has converted this to TS3!

Help! These meshes won't place under the stairs OR they will place but can't be used!!
There IS an answer for this and here it is: Any modular stair you use must allow objects placed under the first tile (the top step) to be used. (Numenor, Reyn and HugeLunatic all make modular stairs that allow that. There may be more than that, I'm not sure and don't plan to test every cc modular stair available!) This might apply to staircases, too- I'm not sure because I don't use staircases and haven't tested it out.

Polygon Counts:
1 and 2 - 777
3 and 4 - 461
5 and 6 - 402
7 and 8 - 208

The screenshots showing the meshes will tell you which meshes are which.

Additional Credits:
SimPE, MilkShape, Photoshop CS2

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MLC-UnderstairsStorage.rar | All meshes and recolors.

Size: 2.24 MB · Downloads: 44,664 · 22nd May 2014
2.24 MB 44,664 22nd May 2014
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#126 Old 8th Jul 2014 at 11:15 PM
Thanks for looking into it! I am still having the issue, but for the time being decided I had hung out on that property for long enough and moved on to another house in the town to try to keep everyone aging together... those kids all need to go to college around the same time to keep the generations sane! Anyway, looking forward to continuing to play with it. I'd love to hear what you find out.

Originally Posted by mustluvcatz
GenuineGem - Everlasting Garden converted this for TS3. I added a link to the download in the post.

MrsTMT - Glad to hear you got the homework problem figured out. I was pretty sure I didn't mess with the homework slot at all. As for the desk not fitting in the opening- that's the mirrored one? The mirrored one was doing the same thing in my game and it turned out I had an older version of it. Which is odd because I can't figure out when it got into my downloads folder- the desk in the screenshot was the right one. I'll have to check this out- maybe I uploaded the older version somehow. Are you still having the stairs/master piece placing problem you mentioned?
Test Subject
#127 Old 9th Jul 2014 at 4:09 AM
This is very nice! Too bad I cannot find the correct staircase to use.
#128 Old 9th Jul 2014 at 5:01 PM
I didn't know this was what my house was missing until right this second, so thank you. :)
Test Subject
#129 Old 10th Jul 2014 at 10:57 AM
Originally Posted by mustluvcatz
For any TS3 players who have mentioned having this for TS3, Everlasting-Garden @ tumblr has converted this to TS3!!

Omg thank you so much for creating this and inspiring someone to convert this to TS3 I freaking love you!
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#130 Old 18th Jul 2014 at 12:06 PM
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#131 Old 19th Jul 2014 at 12:02 PM
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#132 Old 20th Jul 2014 at 3:46 AM
This is awesome! But what is driving me insane is that I can't find a recolorable modular stair set that is open underneath! Can anyone help? I desperately want to use the white recolor of this, It looks sleek
#133 Old 20th Jul 2014 at 5:53 AM
Perfect I'm building a house that really needed something just like this. :)
#134 Old 20th Jul 2014 at 11:21 AM
This is amazing! Wow, thanks a lot!
Test Subject
#135 Old 20th Jul 2014 at 8:13 PM
Awesome! Thank you!
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#136 Old 23rd Jul 2014 at 7:14 PM
For anyone having trouble finding open underneath stairs that you can place things under, this is a good fix for Crocobaura's Maxis ones.
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#137 Old 23rd Jul 2014 at 9:20 PM
This is so cool! Thanks. I have wanted something like these for a long time .My creating days have been over for a while because of my illnesses. Most of what I do is for me only these thanx, Simanna 344
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#138 Old 24th Jul 2014 at 1:25 AM
These are absolutely great! I haven't used open-underneath stairs a lot but this might change things. Great work!
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#139 Old 28th Jul 2014 at 1:23 AM
Dang, this is awesome. :)
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#140 Old 30th Jul 2014 at 4:07 AM
These look awesome. I like adding lots of homey mess junk detailing, but sometimes that makes rooms too... cluttered. Under-stairs storage and desks (plus the UnClosets) will give me more space to fill with stuff!
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#141 Old 31st Jul 2014 at 6:15 PM
Thank you ! :)
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#142 Old 31st Jul 2014 at 7:39 PM
This is cool
Thank you for making.
Forum Resident
#143 Old 1st Aug 2014 at 5:42 PM
very nice!
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#144 Old 10th Aug 2014 at 1:35 AM
thankyouthankyouthankyou these are amazing. :D
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#145 Old 12th Aug 2014 at 11:14 AM
I'm new to this but I can't find the downloads folder in ts2 files in EA games/Thesims2 I am using windows 8 is this my problem? This is amazing and I really want it! XD
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#146 Old 14th Aug 2014 at 4:25 AM
This is soooo awesome!!! Thank you for creating it and sharing it with us :)
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#147 Old 15th Aug 2014 at 4:26 PM
Thanks, now no longer are my under the stairs a waste of space :)
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#148 Old 19th Aug 2014 at 5:16 PM
Ive always needed something like this and i happened to trip over it today!
#149 Old 23rd Aug 2014 at 9:38 PM
Thank you very much
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#150 Old 2nd Sep 2014 at 4:46 AM
2 good!!!
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