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Does it matter what I put in a dwarf's bedroom, except for the bed? I've heard they can use cabinets and coffers. What should I make sure to put in their bedrooms if I want to take good care of my dwarves?

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Magma. It isn't really dwarfy unless you add magma. –  Canageek Apr 8 at 2:45

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You should at least build a cabinet and a door (separating the room from the outside).

They have the following uses:

Cabinets help with preventing random pieces of clothing lying around the fort and surrounding area. Dwarves will claim new clothing as the old one becomes broken, but they often don't but it on immediately, and even if they do they leave the old piece just lying there where they changed. If they have a cabinet in their room, however, they'll try to store it inside. A cabinet holds somewhere around 10 pieces of clothing, so for married couples sharing a single room, you'll likely want to put two of them inside.

Doors are as much part of a "proper" room as a bed is, but they also have other important roles. One, they stop floods, so in case of accidental flooding with water or magma, some of your Dwarves might actually survive if they were in their rooms. Second, they act as obstacles to invaders just freely roaming through your Dwarves' bedrooms. Third, you can set them to "forbidden", separating the Dwarf from the rest of the fort - very useful with a vampire suspect or other troublesome subjects.

The one other item often used, but not strictly necessary in bedrooms are coffers. They act like cabinets in that Dwarves can store their non-clothing items in them, but Dwarves seldom own any items which they aren't also holding on to as they mill around the fort.

Other pieces of furniture (armour and weapon stands, statues, chairs and tables, windows, floor grates to the sewers for flood control, floodgates for noble termination and so on) are purely optional, unless the room belongs to someone of power and they request it.


(Applies to version 0.34.11)

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Thanks! Do you have some examples of things they put in coffers? –  Anna Dec 23 '12 at 22:36
    
@Anna: To be frank, I never cared much to check, and it changes too much with versions. In earlier versions, when the local economy was working, they commonly served as place to put coins for example - but that's not doing anything right now. Regardless, I tend to put them down whenever I build rooms, but only married couples get separate rooms in my forts. The rooms are 4x4 big, with two beds, two cabinets, a coffer, a floor grate (at the entrance, above the sewers) and a proper door at the entrance. –  Martin Sojka Dec 23 '12 at 23:16
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While other pieces of furniture are optional, they imporve the quality of the room and, I think, the quality of the "happy thought" recieved by the dwarf –  Landric Dec 24 '12 at 13:47
    
@Landric: Just the quality of the room really matters here. The happy thoughts are twofold: First, from sleeping in an own awesome room (this is capped at "slept like a king", adding new furniture doesn't help it at this point), secondly from seeing a masterwork piece of furniture. Putting the second one in a Dwarf's room however means almost nobody else in the fort will see it, so it's better to stick such into the sides of the main corridors and into the meeting areas. –  Martin Sojka Dec 24 '12 at 23:17

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