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A Place for Everything and Everything in its Niche

by mustluvcatz Posted 3rd Jul 2013 at 3:28 AM - Updated 27th Sep 2013 at 6:33 AM by mustluvcatz : added slot information
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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.
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Another upload the Marys had nothing to do with. That's only because they didn't exist a year ago. Wait! I made this set a year ago and I'm just now uploading it? Well, yes and no. It's true that I made the majority of this set a year ago BUT I've since revisited it and made it even better! (If you do have last year's set, see the cute little spoiler at the end of this post for more information.)

This is a set of inset wall niches. They sit in the wall (and are, in fact, windows that don't let light in) and with the addition of a handy-dandy shelf you can put things in them. To pretty things up some, there are also 2 different frames that you can put over them. The frames are 100% optional, you don't have to use them. The niches will work and look just fine without them. The only reason they exist is that I read too much and saw a picture of, you guessed it, a framed niche.

What you get:
6 niches: a triple niche, 2 double niches and 3 single niches (top, middle and bottom). Since you can't put more than 1 window on a tile this was the best way to get all the combinations I could think of.
3 single shelves in 2 different heights. Each shelf has 5 slots.
3 thick frames in 3 different heights.
3 thin frames in 3 different heights.

Recolors are included for all in: Apartment Life Medium wood, Apartment Life Dark wood, Maxis Black, White and Cherry, and 2 planked woods I just love in Grey and Brown. There are also invisible recolors included for the metal bars on the frames.

Important stuff to know:
There are multiple MASTER files in this set. For the niches, it's the triple niche. For the shelves, it's the top shelf. For the thick frames, it's the top frame and for the thin frames, it's the top frame. So you must have those 4 files in your game for the others to work!
The niches and frames all have 2 subsets.
The shelves and the frames will shift if you have Apartment Life but there is no need for them to shift. They're all positioned to fit right where they need to go.
That said- you do need all of the shelf and frame meshes since they won't line up properly if you shift them.
ALL meshes will keep buying to make it easier to place more than one at a time.
NO cheats are needed to place any of the meshes. You can layer the frames for different looks, too. (See screenshots for an example or two.)
The shelves all have 5 slots. You have to fill all the slots of one shelf before you can start on another one. This is because the shelves are all separate meshes so you have to fill one shelf's slots before you can do the next.

Not convinced yet? Have another picture!

Catalog Locations and Cost:
Niches - Build>Windows, 15 Simoleons
Shelves - Surfaces>Misc, 10 Simoleons
Frames- Deco>Wall Hangings, 10 Simoleons
A residential collection file is included to make finding all the meshes easy peasy. Hope you enjoy cluttering up the inside of your sims walls!

Polygon Counts:
Triple Niche - 334 (2 sided window)
Double Niches - 240 (2 sided window)
Single Niches - 136 (2 sided window)
Shelves - ALL - 12
Thick Frames - ALL - 74
Thin Frames - ALL - 158

Additional Credits:
MilkShape, SimPE, PhotoShop CS2, Maxis for the wood textures, OrangeMittens for the TS3 niches that inspired these (these are not conversions of her's), my reading obsession that inspired the frames, SeeMyu for reminding me how to add a spoiler

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 WallNiches.rar

Size: 1.05 MB · Downloads: 15,795 · 3rd Jul 2013
1.05 MB 15,795 3rd Jul 2013
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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#2 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 3:47 AM Last edited by ekrubynaffit : 3rd Jul 2013 at 12:02 PM.
My downloads folder hates you, I, on the other hand dont!! Can never have enough shelving to put cluttery goodness on!!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 4:04 AM
I like your shelves and i like how it is mounted into the wall it is nice i like it. ^_^
Test Subject
#4 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 4:56 AM
This is just another addition I get to make to the 3K+ downloads I have :3
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 5:44 AM
Wow, and just when I thought I had enough shelving units in my game. Boy was I wrong.
I'm in total love with these, I can literally think of a thousand or so uses for them, I'm so excited to test em out!
Awesome work! :D
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 6:01 AM
Oooh, I love this set! Thanks so much for making it!
Just a note- the grammar nerd in me had to point out that in your title, "it's" should be changed to "its."
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 7:34 AM
Such a great idea, love it. Haven't anything ingame similar to this. Thanks a lot
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 8:32 AM
*gently sobs* I wanted niches in my real-life shower SO BAD, but one wall was full of plumbing, the other wall was full of electrical cables, and the third wall's studs were so off-center it just would've looked terrible.

I shall proceed to live vicariously through my Sims, instead.
#9 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 8:44 AM
Cool Download
Where did you get the downloads for the neat clutter on the third picture of the 3 tilded niches.
This one to be more specific
#10 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 9:25 AM
Fabulous, love them!! Thank you
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 10:30 AM
That's a brilliant idea! Thanks
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 11:27 AM
who could believe this. there are many shelvings/niches around, TS2 has existed for years.. but you still managed to create totally cool ones in a new style nobody had done before! kudos & thank you ^_^
Mad Poster
#13 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 12:16 PM
This looks fantastic. I love clutter, and anything that lets me place more is brilliant. But I do have one question, how does it look from the back? I accidentally downloaded a similar thing before, and more than half of it poked out the back into the next room. I don't imagine this will poke out, it looks rather thin, but I figured I'd ask.

Thank you for sharing, and for making my game full of slots to put things on :D
Former Hamster
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Original Poster
#14 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 4:26 PM
Wow! Thanks so much for all the lovely comments!

retrotrut - Most of the stuff on the top 2 shelves of both niches is by billyjean (leehee) and Nemestnaya at Black Pearl Sims. I do see something by yulia- the box of feminine products. The stuff on the bottom shelf of both niches is mine, along with 2 of the things on one of the other shelves. The BPS stuff is in the retired creator's section. The stuff by me- the bath care stuff is on my blog (look in the January 2013 stuff) and the mason jars on my tumblr.. sorry for not having direct links right now.

gummilutt - I'm pretty sure I know which mesh you're talking about and NOPE, mine don't stick through the wall at all. The back of it is as close to the wall as I could get it without it sticking out.

Again, thanks for the comments and downloading (if you did, lol) and you're very welcome!
Mad Poster
#15 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 5:15 PM
Very cute and sweet. Nice addition to the game!
Mad Poster
#16 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 6:44 PM
I did download, yes. You are one of those creators that I consider to have high quality downloads and great taste, so I did not actually expect it to stick out. And honestly, I would probably have gotten them even if they did, because they look really great
Field Researcher
#17 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 8:37 PM
I've been rigging up some pathetic-looking bathroom shelves (with extra wall parts) for shower areas in my houses. Now I won't have to do that, and it will look so much nicer. Thank you!
Needs Coffee
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#18 Old 3rd Jul 2013 at 11:51 PM
Another fabulous download, thank you so much. :D
Undead Molten Llama
#19 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 2:35 AM
I'm actually not much of a "clutterer," but I'm wonderin' somethin'... Would the shelves work with actual functional windows? I ask because even though I don't do lots of clutter, I do like window sills. In my real house, I use them for killing -- I mean growing! -- plants. Especially herbs in the kitchen, so that the plants are close at hand when I need a bit of something or other. For Sim purposes, I've used regular shelves to make sills, but the ones I have are kind of deep and look a bit doofy, especially if I put one on, say a window right above a sink. I'm wondering if I could finagle something with the shelves from this set. Or are they not the right height(s)? Whatcha think?
#20 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 3:15 AM
Beautifully done, MLC! I love your uploads, thanks for sharing them.
Test Subject
#21 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 9:34 AM
Would you believe I've been lurking at BPS, Leefish, and all your blogs just waiting for you to upload some more niches? I am so happy I could burst! I use/abuse your other niches frequently in all my lots. Now I have more to choose from. Happy Dance! Thank you MLC! You've made my day. :D
Former Hamster
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Original Poster
#22 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 7:04 PM
Thanks again for all the comments.

iCad- I tried that out after reading your comment. As long as you can shift things they would work with some windows, not all. Unless you don't mind them being a little bit above the windowsill. You'd also probably want to use snapobjects so they don't stick through the window, along with whatever is on the shelf. I've done that with other shelves I've done (not shared anywhere yet, lol) and it works but it's a bit too fiddly for me.

bahnsidhe - the niches and the shelves aren't new, they're the same ones from Leefish and my blogspot from last year. They have been reworked a bit and instead of having to have all the shelves, you only need 3 now. The main difference between the 2 sets of niches (the actual in-wall part) is that this set has 2 subsets and the old only one. The frames are brand new, as are the recolors. (I really need to finish the outdoor set up one of these days. )
BTW, all of the old shelf and niche recolors will still work with this set- since the niches are now 2 subsets you'd only get 1 recolor/subset choice, but they'll still work.
Meet Me In My Next Life
#23 Old 4th Jul 2013 at 9:37 PM
This like so many of your work is "ALWAYS" wonderful. That is the main reason you're been on my creator list so long as one of my favorite. Thank you much.
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 5th Jul 2013 at 10:35 AM
Thank you so much for continuing to make new and wonderfully useful content for the Sims 2. I love this game - not converting to sims 3 so I am eternally grateful to you for all your wonderful creations. They look great in game and improve game play. Love them all. Downloading this set right now. Thank you again.
Gone Fishin'
retired moderator THANKS POST
#25 Old 5th Jul 2013 at 4:14 PM
I was going to say something about you having found your niche, but I shall desist.

I loved these before and I love them even more now; I never met a slot I didn't fill with clutter. (And now that I've got a shiny new computer with a hard drive that's about four times bigger than the old one, my Downloads folder can just stuff it. ) Thank you for sharing!
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