How to Craft and Use Pedestals in Dwarf Fortress

There are loads of important tasks required to keep your dwarves alive and happy in Dwarf Fortress, including crafting and using entertainment related items like Pedestals. Drinks, food and shelter are always important, but you can’t forget about entertainment in the form of art! Your dwarves’ mental health is just as important as their physical health if you want your fortress to thrive. Making art is a great way to boost your dwarves’ mental health, but you also need to display your art for other dwarves to admire as well. That’s where Pedestals come in handy. Keep reading to learn how to craft and use Pedestals in Dwarf Fortress.

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How to Craft Pedestals in Dwarf Fortress

When you’re finally ready to craft a Pedestal in-game, there are a couple of different routes you can take to get the job done. You can actually craft your Pedestal at multiple different crafting stations, and make them out of 4 different materials. The materials you can craft them out of are:

  • Stone
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Wood

Though, the easiest and cheapest way to get the job done is with wood at the carpenter’s workshop, so let’s take a look at how to do that.

Each wooden Pedestal only requires one piece of wood of any kind. Once you’ve got your wood, head over to the carpenter’s workshop by selecting the workshop in-game.

To start the crafting process, you’ll have to assign the task of crafting the pedestal to a dwarf. Take a look at your Tasks Tab and across through the list until you come across the “Make Wooden Pedestal” choice. Select that to craft one wooden Pedestal. Do keep in mind, though, that if you have a manager in your fortress, you can use a work order to create multiple wooden Pedestals, or even keep them coming continuously.

How to Use Pedestals in Dwarf Fortress

Once your first Pedestal is crafted, it will appear in any stockpile that you’ve set specifically to hold furniture. You’ll need to place your Pedestal in your fortress by accessing the Build Menu (B), then navigate over to the Furniture Tab (F). Once you’ve done this, head over to the Display Tab(Y), so that you can place your Pedestal in your fortress.

Once your Pedestal is placed, click on it to choose the piece of art you want to show off in your fortress. This can be done by locating the “Assign New Display Items” option.

Make sure to check out our other guides and have a great day!

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