Furniture can be placed either on the floor, hung on a wall (beginning in New Leaf), hung from the ceiling (beginning in New Horizons version 2.0), placed on the ground outside (beginning in New Horizons), or placed on top of other furniture. Each item has a size in tiles that it takes up when placed, ranging from 1.0×0.5 to 3×3 in New Horizons.[nb 1] Many items that are not classified as furniture, such as gyroids, fossils, bugs, and fish, can also be placed like furniture.
In all main series games, furniture is primarily obtained from Tom Nook's store or Timmy and Tommy's store, with some furniture being exclusive to alternative sources such as other shops, special characters, or events.
Furniture is represented by a leaf before being placed down. This is likely a reference to how in Japanese folklore, tanuki (the species of Tom Nook and the Nooklings in Japan) can transform leaves into valuable objects.
In Doubutsu no Mori
Doubutsu no Mori features a total of 436 furniture items, all of which are in the catalog.
In Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing features a total of 601 furniture items in the catalog (556 in Doubutsu no Mori+), and an additional two—Ice Climber and Mario Bros—that are obtained via e-Reader cards are do not appear in the catalog.
In Doubutsu no Mori e+
Doubutsu no Mori e+ features all furniture from Animal Crossing except Ice Climber and Mario Bros, brings back items from Doubutsu no Mori+ that were removed in Animal Crossing, and adds 21 new furniture items, bringing the total to 659.
In Wild World
Wild World features a total of 562 furniture items in the catalog, and an additional 14 that were distributed as DLC and do not appear in the catalog.
In City Folk
In New Leaf
New Leaf features a total of 1,764 furniture items, with 493 of them being added in the Welcome amiibo update.
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, furniture can now be placed outside. Each furniture is now categorized under a specific category: housewares, which cannot be placed on top of one another (except for Amp, Bunny Day Planter Box, Floor Sign, Katana, and Trash Bags); miscellaneous, which can be placed on the floor, or on top of furniture items that allow items to be placed on its surface; wall-mounted, returning from New Leaf and only able to be placed on the wall; and ceiling decor, which were added in version 2.0 and can be hung from the ceiling. Furniture can also now be pushed in half-tile increments.
Like many types of items, furniture can now be crafted via the DIY system, which also allows for the customization of crafted furniture. Furniture can also be customized with Customization Kits or since 2.0 with Cyrus.
As of version 2.0.4, New Horizons features 1,997 furniture items, with 995 of them being added in updates.
In Happy Home Designer
In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, furniture is used when designing villager houses, and each villager has one to three furniture items that must be included in the final design. New furniture is unlocked each time the player designs a new house.
In Pocket Camp
A total of 4,157 furnitures appear in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.
Many furniture items can be interacted with by the player, which is typically done by pressing 'A' while in front of the item. Below are the types of interactions items can have.
- Press/toggle – The player can interact with some items to play a sound and/or animation, either temporarily or until turned off.
- Beds – Beds can be laid down by walking into them, allowing the player to sleep. In Wild World and City Folk, a bed appears in the attic, and sleeping on it allows the player to save the game. In New Horizons, beginning in version 1.4.0, laying on a bed in the player's house allows them to dream.
- Chairs – Chairs can be sat on by walking into them.
- Lights – Beginning in Wild World, lights can be toggled on and off to illuminate the area around them.
- Music players – K.K. Slider's song airchecks can be played in a music player.
- Storage – Storage units can hold items. In New Horizons, these are instead known as wardrobes, which allow the player to change their clothing and edit wand outfits.
- Surfaces – Items with surfaces can have other, smaller items placed on top of them.
- Diary – In Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+ only, diaries show a calendar and allow the player to write a diary entry for each month.
- NES game – In Doubutsu no Mori, Doubutsu no Mori+, Animal Crossing, and Doubutsu no Mori e+ only, NES game items allow the player to play the game represented by the item.
Some furniture items of a similar theme are categorized into collections by the Happy Home Academy. The player is awarded bonus HHA points if a complete collection is placed in a room. There are three types of collections: series, sets, and themes.
Series consist of around 10 furniture items, as well as a matching wallpaper and flooring. In games before New Horizons, they contain only furniture that would be found in a home, such as beds, tables, and dressers. In New Horizons, however, any items can be part of a series.
Sets consist of around two to five furniture items and do not have matching wallpaper and flooring.
Themes are similar to series, consisting of around 10 furniture items and matching wallpaper and flooring, but the furniture in themes would not typically be found in a home. In New Horizons, themes are removed, and series can now contain all furniture.
Sprites and models
- In main series games prior to New Horizons, the only furniture sizes are 1×1, 2×1, and 2×2, with the exception of Happy Home Designer crossover items in Welcome amiibo, which are 3×3.