The Best Free Custom Content Sites For The Sims 4!
Wondering what "Maxis-Match" means?
Maxis-Match is a term used to describe user-created custom content which is made in the same style of the official content created by The Sims team. Sims 4 Maxis-Match content is usual vibrant, colourful, and a bit cartoon-y, much like the art direction the Sims 4 has taken. More realistic looking clothing, hair, and other CC aren't considered "Maxis-Match". The term can also refer to text being used on CC creations; Maxis-Match is when the writing is in Similish, non-MM is usually in English.
My personal opinion is that Maxis-Match CC looks far better in the game than the realistic CC. I feel as though the more realistic-looking hair/clothes/objects/etc. look better in The Sims 3, based on its art style, but it's all a matter of personal opinion.
The Sims games are always better with some high-quality CC. CC is custom, user-created content made for The Sims games. The Sims 4 has a big variety of CC now that its been out for a few years, but there's so many different websites and blogs that you can find CC on, and if you're new to CC (or just don't have any favourite creators/sites yet), it can be overwhelming to find the best stuff. Thankfully, I've created this guide for you to use!
These are all sites that I use regularly, so I can vouch for their content. They're all virus-free and free-to-use sites, so have fun and download to your heart's content.
I will not be covering mods here (content used to modify or add things to your game), as I already have an separate article on the Must-Have Mods for the Sims 4. This guide is purely for custom content: objects, clothing, hair, decor, etc.
I will be updating this page regularly as I find more sites and creators to add to the lists! And don't be afraid to leave me a comment if you have a favourite site that you think I should add to the list!
How To Install Custom Content:
Simply download the content from the site. After downloading, unzip the file (some files might be in .rar format- use WinRar for those) and open the folder. There should be a .package file. This goes in your Mods folder (Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 4 > Mods). That's it! You can also keep your Mods folder organized (see hint below), which I recommend if you use a lot of CC and mods!
Budgie2BudgieClick thumbnail to view full-size
Have you used custom content in your game before?
Budgie2Budgie is the QUEEN of clutter. From kitchen clutter (like jam jars, candy boxes, and deco food), to classroom posters, there's a bit of everything on her blog to make your Sim's homes and community lots look more lived-in and realistic. Cute, colorful and Maxis-Match, her clutter objects are a perfect addition to any game. I always go on a downloading spree when I'm on her page, and I'm sure you will too.
MartineClick thumbnail to view full-size
Martine's Simblr has a little bit of everything; clutter, objects, clothes, lots, etc. I've categorized her in the "Clutter" section, however, because clutter is what she does most, and it's what initially drew me to her page. Her wedding boutique clutter is absolutely stunning, in particular. After you're done downloading everything she's ever made, be sure to check out the link of her gorgeous self-sim wedding!
Ajoya/BSimthClick thumbnail to view full-size
bsimth is another CC creator who just makes really cute stuff! She does a bit more than clutter (some objects and mods), but I find her clutter to be some of the best around. She also makes a lot of things for babies and for (hopefully) the toddlers we'll some day have in the Sims 4, so her CC is a definite if you're a family-style/legacy player!
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BEO CreationsClick thumbnail to view full-size
AdBlocker Is Your Friend!
Many CC creators post their downloads on sites like Adfly. These sites allow the creators to make money for their CC which definitely isn't a bad thing, but these sites tend to have really obnoxious ads and if you click on them, you can get viruses on your browser. Using extensions like Adfly can keep you from dealing with obnoxious ads on sites like Adfly!
If you're looking for beautiful wedding dresses, look no further than BEO Creations' stunning gowns. Though her site includes many other clothing designs (mainly formal wear), the wedding dresses are the most beautiful; in fact, all my sim weddings have had dressed by BEO. Of course, you'll need to outfit your sim in a diamond tiara and bouquet, as well.
Marvin SimsClick thumbnail to view full-size
One thing The Sims 4 is in need of is more clothing for guys. Marvin Sims has plenty of CC men's clothing! His selection for women is pretty big too, and overall, his clothing is some of the best I've seen. All of it is trendy, fashionable, and Maxis-match, so you're sure to find something (or ten things), you'll like on his page!
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In A Bad Romance's CC is more on the realistic side, which isn't my thing for the Sims 4, but I still love everything she makes. Her clothes are all super modern and fashion-forward; perfect for young adult and teen Sims. She also makes some of the best accessories- everything from wallets and iPhone cases to purses and backpacks!
LumiaLoverSimsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Do you prefer Maxis-Match or more realistic CC?
One thing the Sims 4 needs more of is hair for male Sims and hair for ethnic Sims. Thankfully, LumiaLoverSims does a bit of both! Their male hairs are actually amazing; so many different styles and they all make your male Sims look sleek and sexy. They've also created some hair for ethnic Sims; afros, afro buns and dreadlocks. You'll find plenty of awesome CC hair here!
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Kiara 24 makes some of the best hair out there! All of her stuff is Maxis-Match and will fit in well with the rest of the hair in the game. She also does a lot of content cute for child Sims- everything from hair to clothes- giving you some more variety of clothing and hair to dress up your little prince or princess in!
Want to keep your CC organized?
SimDoughnutClick thumbnail to view full-size
Backup Your Stuff!
You should always make a backup of your entire Sims 4 folder! If you have an external hard drive, that's the best place to keep a copy. Also, don't forget to move your Mods folder (just drag/drop the folder to your desktop) before installing a new patch or SP/EP. Once its installed, you're safe to put the Mods folder back, but beware of conflicting files!
SimDoughnut is amazing! He doesn't just do individual objects, he does these elaborate builds and "stuff packs" filled with free CC he's created and tons of new objects and recolours to fit in his super creative worlds! He's done everything from restaurants to gas stations, universities to the set of Masterchef! If you're looking for some awesome and unique community lots, SimDoughnut is your man!
OhMySimsClick thumbnail to view full-size
OhMySims is another CC creator who does big projects, rather than individual CC. Her lots are super cute, creative and fun. Make sure you download the Al Fresco Market, or her super adorable Simskin Robbins and Dunksim Donuts lots!
VerankaClick thumbnail to view full-size
If you're looking for beautiful furniture sets, look no further than Veranka's downloads. Kitchen sets, bedroom sets, and living room furniture is a staple on her site, as well as conversions from TS3 store and even objects from TS2!
Sims In The WoodsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Cinderellimouse hasn't been making CC for The Sims 4 for a long time, but all of her stuff is great! The majority of her CC is conversions from The Sims 3, but it's all stuff we need in the game: the Medieval Market, functioning podiums/pulpits, and awesome skylight pieces.
Around The Sims 4Click thumbnail to view full-size
Around The Sims has been around for a LONG time. The site's owner/CC creator, Sandy, has been making content for The Sims games since The Sims 1. She's known for doing amazing, elaborate sets that can be used for your Sims homes or community lots. Her content for The Sims 4 is just as fantastic as all her other creations; you can download everything from stuff to make your own (mostly decorative) beauty parlor, to all the bits and pieces needed to spice up your local movie theater. This is easily one of the best custom content sites out there!
Simsational DesignsClick thumbnail to view full-size
If you're looking for a new furniture, look no further than Simsational Designs. This site has so many amazing furniture sets; everything from new living room furniture, to bedroom sets, and even beautiful rugs and wallpapers. Simsational Designs has everything you could possibly want and need to turn your Sim's home into a modern paradise!
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Allow me to do a bit of a shameless self-plug here; brittpinkiesims is my website, and features the content I create :D I started making CC for the Sims 4 in November 2015, and have created lots of themed sets, items for community lots, conversions from The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, and more. I also like doing holiday-themed sets (like decorations for Valentine's Day, Christmas, St. Patrick's Day and so on). I love clutter sets, but I do a bit of everything- and everything is Maxis-Match :)
If you ever need to delete a bad piece of CC or get rid of something you simply don't use anymore, it's pretty easy: just delete the package file from your Mods folder and that's it!
There are a lot of sites out there that simply post links to all the Sims 4 CC created each day. These "Compilation Sites" are handy if you're not really in the mood to go to individual sites on a daily basis, and they're also a good place to discover new content creators that you may not have heard of before. Here are some of my favourite "compilation sites" for The Sims 4:
Lana's CC Finds- This blog ran by user SSSVitlans (or Lana) is the best place to find all the custom content on Tumblr. Many CC creators use Tumblr as their platform for uploading their custom content, but Tumblr can be hard to navigate if you don't know where to look. Lana reblogs all the content released daily, and has very organized pages by tags so you can find exactly what you're looking for.
My Sims 4 Blog- I've been going to this blog since The Sims 3 (then, they had My Sims 3 blog); it's updated daily and posts links to custom content all over the web. It's a handy site, as well, as everything is indexed by tags and you can search for something specific if needed.
Sims 4 Updates- This site is also updated daily. They seem to post a lot more clothing CC than some of the other sites, though most of it is "realistic" rather than Maxis-Match.
Sims 4 Downloads- Another daily compilation site. Lots of hair and clothing CC gets posted here!
Sims 4 Hairs- A compilation site specifically for- you guessed it- Sims 4 hair.
Mod The Sims- One of the oldest and best Sims CC sites. Mod the Sims is mostly for, well, game mods...but they do have quite a bit of CC too; everything from custom hair to clothes and objects. It's always a good idea to browse here from time to time. Plasticbox is one of the best CC creators on MTS at the moment!
The Sims Resource- It would be weird of me to write about Sims CC without mentioning one of the biggest Sims CC sites- The Sims Resource. To be honest, it's not my favourite anymore (back in TS2 days, it was the premium site for content) as most of the stuff there isn't Maxis-Match and they use way too many ads, but it's still worth mentioning for the sheer amount of content you can find. And some CC creators only post on The Sims Resource, so it's definitely worth checking out from time to time.
Bonus: Seasonal ModsClick thumbnail to view full-size
At the moment, there's no Seasons expansion pack for The Sims 4. I'm sure we'll get Seasons eventually, but in the meantime, some awesome CC creators have made mods that'll allow you to pretend that the weather is actually changing in the game! These are all default replacements, meaning that once you install them, they're replace the regular files in the game. They won't break your game or anything, but they'll completely change the way the grass, trees, and plants look in your game.
Tropical Getaway Mod- This is probably the most in-depth texture replacement mod there is. SimplyNando created this mod which will turn Granite Falls (if you have Outdoor Retreat) into a beach landscape; the grass will turn to sand and plenty of palm trees will replace the default trees. This mod is absolutely beautiful and has a lot of detail; new aspiration, CC and even the background of Granite Falls has been changed to look more tropical. One of my favourite replacement mods for sure!
First Snow Mod- This mod by Sim Cookie transforms your game into a winter environment. All worlds in the game will be replaced with "snow" on the ground, icy trees, and even the cars and background features have snow on them now! A beautiful mod for all snow lovers out there!
Autumn/Early Autumn- Dani Paradise created these two mods to allow you to have autumn in your game. You can choose from early autumn (which only changes some of the trees to "autumn colours") or the full autumn (which changes all the trees, grass, plants, etc). Both mods are beautiful and look wonderful in-game!
Granite Falls Winter Wonderland- This is similar to the Snow Mod above, except that it only turns the world from the Outdoor Retreat game pack, Granite Falls, into a snowy environment. I love this mod, actually- before the Snow Mod was around, I'd use this one to turn GF into a snowy/Christmas land and send my Sims there to celebrate Christmas.