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Moveable Solid & Glass Shelves with Upright Pieces for LN patched games

by orangemittens Posted 2nd Dec 2010 at 5:35 PM - Updated 3rd Dec 2010 at 11:33 PM by whiterider
13 Comments / replies (Who?) - 5 Feedback Posts, 8 Thanks Posts
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 small set of shelves which uses the LN trick of allowing things to slide up and down walls. They can go on walls or, if coordinated with the legs from my versatile shelving sets, they can be used to create free-standing shelving units. If you're interested in downloading those please see my creator's page.

The shelving pieces have no footprint and can be placed anywhere. Each piece costs $10 and can be found in Buy/Surfaces/Miscellaneous.

*They will not slide off the grid when ALT is pressed. Something about making them slide up and down causes that function to no longer work so the shelves can only be placed at half-tile intervals.*

The full shelves have 5 slots and the half shelves have 3 slots. The upright pieces have no slots. The solid shelves have three recolorable channels and tile nicely. They will slide even when holding things on them.

The shelves will move to the height you want them whether they are against a wall or not.

For ease of purchase I have added the continuous buy feature to these shelving pieces along with the slide function.

This set includes 1 full shelf in solid material and in glass, 1 half shelf in solid material and in glass, and 1 upright piece in solid material and in glass.

I have tested the shelves in a fully patched LN game. You need the LN patch to make the shelves work correctly.

Credit and thanks to Jynx at Custom Sims 3 for figuring out how to get the shelves to slide and sharing the information with the S3 community Check out his wonderful sliding shelving here:

Photo Credits:
Little flowers on glass shelf - Cmomoney here at MTS
Magazines - LemonCandy here at MTS
Sun sculpture and curtain - HazuiTokage at Indigo
Tiny flower on wood shelf & aqua bowl - Heidi at Exotic Elements
Distressed wood pattern - Paint on paint by Guatla here at MTS
The other things are EA's or my own from Indigo

Polygon Counts:
For each shelving piece:
Faces 30
Vertices 40

Additional Credits:
Wes Howe - S3ObjTool
Inge & Peter Jones - S3OC & S3PE Delphy - Sims3Pack MultiInstaller

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

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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 1:06 AM
Awesome! This is really cool, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 2:30 AM
These are great - thanks for sharing! So then, does this mean that with these (because they will move up and down the wall), that this is the only set we should need now?
Original Poster
#4 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 11:55 AM
It should be these are the only ones you'll need with one caveat. If it is vital to you to be able to slide the shelves around the floor when you have the ALT cheat code on then the other set is going to work better for you. If you're satisfied with moving them at half-tile intervals this set is clearly superior because it requires only a single shelf to get whatever shelving arrangement you want.

So far, it has not been possible for anyone to make an item that slides up and down walls while retaining the ability to glide around the floor when ALT is pressed. These shelves are no different. If someone figures that out I'll update the shelves again
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 5:56 AM
Well its good enough for me - thanks for the info!
Field Researcher
#6 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 10:37 PM
This is so great, thanks! :O)
Top Secret Researcher
#7 Old 7th Dec 2010 at 12:04 AM
YAY! I was already using the small shiftable shelf available at Custom Sims 3 but I was dying to get a full set of mix and match shelvings to be able to create whatever design I need! Thank you orangemittens and also thanks for putting in glass versions *happy*
Test Subject
#8 Old 7th Dec 2010 at 8:01 AM
Fantastic! Thanks a million
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#9 Old 1st Feb 2011 at 6:01 PM Last edited by heaven_sent_8_18 : 1st Feb 2011 at 6:11 PM.
I'm sorry to say but these have to be the most frustrating things I have ever tried to place. They never snap to the wall I want them to snap to. Each other, sure. One tile away, of course. If I try to place them more than that then they start turning and attaching to the wrong sides of walls (ie in other rooms) and I cannot get them to place properly or turn. So, I tried deleting the wall, placing them, and then replacing...nope, cannot intersect object. I want to love these but they seem to be too much of a pain in the arse.

Let me clarify: I love being able to slide them up and down. However, if I want a shelf that is close to a wall corner it can't be there AND be against the wall. Here is a picture:

The red lines are how I want the shelves positioned on the wall. However, the blue line is where the right shelf actually goes because of the way the upright piece is positioned on the tile. It is positioned on the left side. To get the shelf against the wall, I have to turn it to face backwards which places it away from the wall. I hope that makes sense?

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Test Subject
#10 Old 1st Mar 2011 at 5:16 PM
These are great. Thank you so much for sharing them.

I do have one question that is sort of off-topic. Where did you get that GORGEOUS painting that is part of the glass shelf grouping? Thank you!
Original Poster
#11 Old 3rd Mar 2011 at 11:24 PM
I made all the paintings shown in these pictures. They're available at my site Indigo here:

Glad you like the shelves and painting
Test Subject
#12 Old 23rd Mar 2011 at 6:52 PM
Originally Posted by orangemittens
I made all the paintings shown in these pictures. They're available at my site Indigo here:

Glad you like the shelves and painting

You're brilliant! And thank you so very much for answering. I can't tell you how much I'm enjoying the shelves. They're holding all my tomb loot! Thanks, again, for sharing your talent!
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 30th Nov 2012 at 2:50 PM
Are these compatible with the pets patch?
Test Subject
#14 Old 27th Sep 2019 at 5:37 PM
Thanks for this, it worked really fine!