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A place to store your items.
Source: Crafting
Sell Price: Cannot be sold
Recipe Source: Starter
Ingredients: Wood.png Wood (50)

The Chest is a craftable storage item that holds up to 36 different types of items. You can stack a maximum of 999 identical items into a single slot. Items do not decompose in chests.

Chests can be left in many different places in Stardew Valley. However, if a chest is left on a walking pathway for a villager it will disappear, and its contents dropped.

An empty chest can be picked up and returned to inventory by hitting it with any tool. Chests with any items inside cannot be picked up. If a chest is hit repeatedly with an empty hand, it will be pushed one tile away from the player.


When opened, chests have a color bar above their inventory window which allows players to select a different color for the chest. This can be changed at anytime without cost. There are 20 colors available to select in the color picker, plus the original brown color.

Color Picker

Chest Colors.png

Individual chests

Chests outside the farm

It is possible to place chests and other crafted items outside the farm. Chests are useful for storing gifts close to the homes of Villagers who prefer them or to allow additional storage when Mining, Fishing, or Foraging. Worm Bins can be placed near fishing spots, Furnaces can be placed at the entrance to The Mines, and entire sections of the Valley may be utilized for Keg or Preserves Jar processing. Common Trees can be planted in tillable soil and tapped.

If a villager walks through the square where a crafted item was placed, the item will be destroyed. Below are player-created maps to indicate which tiles on the map are safe from villager-pathing.

Safe-pathing images of the interiors of homes and buildings can be found in the complete image gallery located at https://imgur.com/a/JlRXGlc


With a full inventory, selecting an item or stack of items in a chest, then clicking the organize button on the chest duplicates the item/stack of items being held. They are dropped on the ground near the chest, and can be collected after freeing up inventory space. When shipped, the duplicated items do not show in the end of day summary screen, but the gold is collected upon starting the next day.

This bug is known to cause game instability and ConcernedApe recommends not using it. [1]


  1. https://forums.stardewvalley.net/index.php?threads/bug-items-on-chest-giving-free-copies-on-the-ground.609/post-4755>


  • 1.0: Introduced.
  • 1.1: Added ability to change color
  • 1.4: When an NPC walks over a chest, it will dump its contents out instead of destroying them. Added menu button "Add to existing stacks". Chests can now be stacked in a player's inventory and in other chests.
  • 1.5: Chests can be moved by repeatedly hitting them with an empty hand. A duplication glitched involving chest organization was fixed.