Animal Crossing New Horizons offers players an unprecedented amount of customization. From custom clothing, to terraforming, to completely altering your appearance mid-game, players are able to curate the entire game to fit how they want to play. And this is even more apparent when players unlock the ability to customize the furniture that they craft and purchase.

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Players can unlock the ability to change the appearance of items using a crafting table and Customization Kits. Not everything can be customized, but Animal Crossing has made it easy for players to tell the difference between a non-customizable and a customizable item. Even some tools can be customized! This guide will help players unlock item customization as well as teach them how to use it properly.

How to Unlock Item Customization in Animal Crossing New Horizons


Item customization is unlocked after Nook’s Cranny has been built and players have built three houses on the island for Tom Nook. Once the first new villager arrives at the island Nook will announce that he is offering a new workshop to teach players how to customize their DIY projects.

By talking to Nook and asking about the workshop he will provide the player with a DIY recipe for a wardrobe that the player will be required to craft. The wardrobe recipe calls for 12 pieces of regular wood that can be obtained by chopping trees.

After crafting the wardrobe, talk to Tom Nook again and he will give you 50 customization kits to use. Players will need to customize the wardrobe inside the Resident Services tent so that Tom Nook can unlock the feature for players to use on other items.

How to Use Customization Kits in Animal Crossing New Horizons


Animal Crossing Customization Kits

In order for players to customize items, they will need to have Customization Kits in their inventory. These are small yellow boxes that players can purchase from Nook’s Cranny for 600 bells apiece. Players should be set for a while though because Tom Nook provides players with 50 Customization Kits during his workshop. Each customization costs a certain number of kits. Larger pieces of furniture will cost more kits to customize, with small furniture and tools only costing 1.

Players will also need to have the piece of furniture in their inventory that they want to customize. When approaching a crafting bench, players will now have two options to choose from, one of them being an option to customize a DIY project. Players can select this option and then select the piece of furniture from their inventory that they want to customize.

A menu will then open with multiple options that the player can choose from to customize the color or look of the piece they have selected. They will need to select the option they want and then press the “+” button to confirm their selection.

It is important to note that items that have been customized can be re-customized over and over again.

Which Items can be Customized in Animal Crossing New Horizons


Animal Crossing Customizable items

Not all items can be customized, but it is easy to tell which items can be. For items that can be customized a paintbrush icon will appear next to the recipe in DIY Recipes app on the player’s Nook Phone. This will allow players to see which items can be customized before they are crafted.

For items that players cannot craft, or do not have the recipe to, players can see if they can be customized by opening up the customization item select menu at a crafting bench and seeing if the item can be selected. If the item can be customized it will be highlighted, and if it can’t it will be grayed out.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons is available on Nintendo Switch.


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