Moving Chests

It won’t take long playing Stardew Valley before you fill your inventory. Even after you’ve bought the enhanced backpack, you’ll still run out of space. So what do you do with all that stuff?

Fortunately, there’s an easy answer: the Chest. They’re simple to make, just chop down a few trees and craft it using 50 wood. Place your new chest on the ground and fill with stuff.

Great… until you decide you want the chest somewhere else. You go to pick it up and… nothing happens. What?!? You can’t move it?!? If you’ve built it outdoors, that might be ok. But what if the chest is in your house and you need the space? Are you stuck with it?

How To Move A Chest

How do you move a chest in Stardew Valley?

Well, that depends on whether or not it’s empty.

To move an empty chest, just go up and interact with it using your axe, pickaxe, hoe etc (not your scythe). The chest will then be transferred into your inventory ready to be put back down elsewhere.

But what if the chest isn’t empty? How do you move a chest that’s got stuff in it? The simple answer to that question is: you can’t. You will need to empty it first. That can be a real pain if you’ve got lots more stored in it than you can fit in your backpack. You might find it easier to go and build a brand new chest then shuttle back and forth carrying stuff between the two chests. Once the original chest is empty, you can pick it up place it somewhere else out of the way.

This isn’t a bug. Is it a design flaw? No, I don’t think so. Imagine you could pick up a chest containing stuff. Then you’d have an exploit to get round inventory limitations; a whole chest full of stuff would only take up one backpack slot! The whole idea of enhanced backpacks and inventory management would become meaningless.

So yes, having to empty a chest before moving it is a pain, but it makes sense.