How To Make A Pressure Plate In Minecraft

Pressure plates are handy in automating the entrance to your base. Find out in this article to learn how to make a pressure plate in Minecraft.
How To Make A Pressure Plate In Minecraft




Pressure plates detect players, mobs, or other entities when they step or placed on it. It will send a redstone signal to the blocks directly adjacent to it. Pressure plates are non-solid blocks. They act like a switch to open doors or activate redstone contraptions. Although, the signal strength depends on the type of pressure plate being used.

Types of Pressure Plates in Minecraft

There are 4 types of pressure plates in Minecraft: wooden pressure plates, stone pressure plates, and weighted pressure plates, both light and heavy.

Note: You do not even need to have a crafting table to craft pressure plates. You can use the 2 by 2 crafting grid in your inventory to craft whatever type of pressure plate you need.

How To Craft A Wooden Pressure Plate

You only need to have 2 wooden planks of any matching variant. For example, you can use the usual oak planks to craft an oak pressure plate. Remember that the color of the pressure plate will match the color of the wooden planks you are going to use. Follow these steps to craft a wooden pressure plate:

  1. Gather at least 1 block of any type of wood you like and turn them into planks.
    gather wood
  2. Place 2 wooden planks on the crafting table grid horizontally.
    place wooden planks
  3. You now have a wooden pressure plate.
    wooden pressure plate

A wooden pressure plate can be used to detect any entities on top of it, whether they are players, mobs, or items. It gives out the maximum redstone signal strength immediately, which is 15.

How To Craft A Stone Pressure Plate

Similarly, you need 2 regular stone blocks to craft a stone pressure plate. Keep in mind that regular stone blocks are different from cobblestone blocks and smooth stone blocks. You cannot use either cobblestone blocks or smooth stone blocks in crafting stone pressure plates. Follow the steps below to craft a stone pressure plate:

  1. Smelt at least 2 cobblestone blocks in a furnace. You can skip this step if you already have a Silk Touch enchanted pickaxe.
  2. This will turn the cobblestone blocks into regular stone blocks.
    smelt cobblestone
  3. Place 2 regular stone blocks on the crafting table grid horizontally.
    place stone blocks
  4. You now have a stone pressure plate.
    stone pressure plate

In contrast to a wooden pressure plate, stone pressure plates can only detect players and mobs. They cannot detect items. Although, stone pressure plates also give out the maximum redstone signal immediately when players or mobs stand or walk on it.

Quick Tip: If you want to have black-colored pressure plates in your Minecraft base, you can craft a polished blackstone pressure plate using the similar crafting method. However, you need to craft polished blackstone blocks first by combining 4 blackstone blocks.

How To Craft A Light Weighted Pressure Plate

On the other hand, weighted pressure plates are crafted using ingots instead of blocks. To craft a light weighted pressure plate, you need at least 2 gold ingots. Follow these steps to craft a light weighted pressure plate:

  1. Obtain at least 2 gold ingots by smelting raw gold ores in a furnace.
    gold ingot smelt
  2. Place 2 gold ingots on the crafting table grid horizontally.
    place gold ingots
  3. You now have a light weighted pressure plate.
    light weighted pressure plate

Similar to wooden pressure plates, light weighted pressure plates can detect all entities such as dropped items. However, the redstone signal strength output depends on how many entities are on top of the pressure plate. The more dropped items there are on the pressure plate, the higher the redstone signal strength will be.

How To Craft A Heavy Weighted Pressure Plate

Instead of gold ingots, iron ingots are used to craft a heavy weighted pressure plates. You will need at least 2 iron ingots. Follow these steps to craft a light weighted pressure plate:

  1. Obtain at least 2 iron ingots by smelting raw iron ores in a furnace.
    smelt iron ingot
  2. Place 2 iron ingots on the crafting table grid horizontally.
    place iron ingots
  3. You now have a heavy weighted pressure plate.
    heavy weighted pressure plate

Heavy weighted pressure plates are also dependent on how many entities there are on top to output a redstone signal. However, the main difference of a heavy weighted pressure plate from a light weighted one is that the signal strength only increases by 1 if 10 items or entities are dropped or placed on it. Therefore, you will need a lot more entities on top of heavy weighted pressure plates to output a maximum redstone signal.

That's everything you need to know on how to make a pressure plate in Minecraft.



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