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[Update] Farming Furniture Plans for Fun and Profit

Disclaimer: This article is sponsored by Airship's Figuratively Floating Emporium of Rare and Wondrous Furnishings, located on PS4/NA.

Ho there, all my sweetroll wanderers and big-booty Khajiits! As a long-time furniture enthusiast, I thought I'd undertake an exercise and compile all my furniture-farming knowledge into one comprehensive guide. Since the previous version has been archived, I've reposted it with new information.

As always, let me know if anything is incorrect or missing, and I'll update the post accordingly!


General Tips:

  • Eligible Containers: Furniture plans can be found in desks, backpacks, wardrobes, cabinets, trunks, nightstands, and urns.
  • Stealing vs. Looting: Plans and motifs have a lower drop rate when you "steal" from an owned container, rather than "loot" one out in the world. Thus, while there are fruitful farming locations in towns and cities, containers you can "loot" are always preferable.
  • Cooldowns: This information has not been precisely corroborated, but the general consensus among farmers is that once a plan of a certain quality drops—e.g. blue or purple—there is a 15-minute cooldown until another plan of that quality can drop for that character. Thus, it's often a good idea to have multiple toons in one farming location, so you can swap and keep farming while the timer runs down.
  • Masterwork Furnisher's Documents: Purchased from the two Masterwork vendors, these documents (which contain a random furniture plan from a specific set) are a good way to acquire purple plans if you're short on time and flush with writ vouchers. However, note that some document sets are more cost-effective than others: on most servers, 1 writ voucher = 1000 gold, so consider the price of certain plans in traders before buying their documents.


How (and Where) to Farm Specific Types of Furniture Plans

  • Dwarven Furniture: Dwarven furniture plans have a (very low) chance to drop from any Dwemer mob, like a spider or sphere, or any Dwarven container, like a jar or urn.

    • Where to Farm: Razak's Wheel (the public dungeon in Bangkorai) is an ideal spot, as it has the largest concentration of Dwemer mobs, and plenty of pots and urns. Charge through the Imperials in the first half of the dungeon to reach the Dwemer mobs in the second half.
    • Bonus: The Nchuleftingth public dungeon in Vvardenfell, the Nchuthnkarst public dungeon in Blackreach, and the Lower Bthanual delve in Deshaan are all good alternatives if you need a change of scenery.
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  • Ayleid Furniture: Ayleid furniture plans have a (very low) chance to drop from any mob in an Ayleid ruin: This includes delves, group dungeons, and public dungeons.

    • Where to Farm: Rulanyil's Fall (the public dungeon in Greenshade) and Bonesnap Ruin (the public dungeon in Stormhaven) both qualify as Ayleid ruins, and are equally suitable for farming.

  • Greymoor Furniture: Both Solitude and Vampiric furniture plans have a chance to drop from any qualifying containers in either Western Skyrim or Blackreach. Harrowstorm satchels also have a chance to drop either set of plans.

    • Where to Farm: The Nchuthnkarst public dungeon is full of Dwarven urns, making it a good place to farm both Greymoor and Dwarven plans.
    • Bonus: If you need a change of scenery, Greymoor Keep and the Scraps delve have a large number of lootable containers, and the Antiquarian Circle in Solitude has numerous desks upstairs.

  • Elsweyr Furniture: These are the easiest chapter plans to farm: They have a chance to drop in any qualifying containers in Northern Elsweyr, but can also be found in the document pouches that are occasionally dropped by dragons.

    • Where to Farm: If you get tired of hunting dragons, the Royal Palace in Rimmen is a good place to find lootable containers. Khajiit urns are also abundant throughout the zone, so keep an eye out for them near the Star Haven wayshrine and in dungeons and delves (like Darkpool Mine, the site of a daily delve quest).
    • Bonus: Hakoshae plans drop by these same methods, including several epic lantern patterns.

  • Alinor Furniture: Alinor furniture plans have a chance to drop from any qualifying containers in the Summerset zone. Certain blue plans can also be pickpocketed in that zone.

    • Where to Farm: The Shimmerene Monastery is the most reliable farming location, as there are a large number of containers that can be looted without the need for stealing. If you don't mind fighting your way through undead while you farm, Direnni Acropolis has an absurd number of urns as well.
    • Bonus: The Alinor Pew is an outlier, and can ONLY be found through pickpocketing.
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  • Great House (Morrowind) Furniture: Hlaalu, Telvanni, Redoran, Dres, and Indoril furniture plans have a chance to drop from any qualifying containers (or safeboxes) in the Vvardenfell zone.

    • Where to Farm: Dreloth Ancestral Tomb (south of Sadrith Mora) has 100+ lootable urns. If you start the related quest, but don't complete it, you'll have unlimited access to the entire tomb—otherwise, the second half of the tomb will be inaccessible.
    • Bonus: While the Morrowind Master Furnisher’s Documents from the Masterwork vendor aren't always cost effective, they can be a decent source of the rarer Telvanni plans if you have the writ vouchers to spare.

  • Murkmire Furniture: Murkmire furniture plans have a chance to drop from any qualifying containers in the Murkmire zone. Certain blue plans can also be pickpocketed in that zone.

    • Where to Farm: The unmarked dungeon Xul-Thuxis is hard to reach, but is the best (perhaps only) location to farm Murkmire plans without stealing. The Blackguard camp just inside the entrance is full of lootable containers, and better yet, the containers reset if you exit and re-enter the dungeon, allowing you to farm it endlessly on a single character.
    • Bonus: If you don't have the time to travel to Xul-Thuxis for a farming session, there are a number of containers to steal from in both the Bright-Throat Village (check the Tree-Minder and Egg-Minders' huts) and Lilmoth (check the market). Since blue plans can also be pickpocketed from NPCs in Murkmire, you can run a steady circuit through both settlements, picking and stealing along the way.

  • Clockwork Furniture: Clockwork furniture plans have a chance to drop from any qualifying containers in the Clockwork City zone, and a (very small) chance to drop from any Factotum mob.

    • Where to Farm: Unfortunately, there is no ideal location for farming Clockwork plans. There are an assortment of containers you can steal from in the Brass Fortress, but the only consistent approach is to farm factotum mobs across the overland zone.
    • Bonus: Since there are so few lootable containers in this zone, the Clockwork Mixed Furnisher’s Documents from the Masterwork vendor can be a desirable alternative if you have the writ vouchers to spare.
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  • Miscellaneous Plans

    • Breton Throne (Gold): This plan can be pickpocketed from Nobles in Wayrest.
    • Orcish Thrones (Gold): All three plans can be pickpocketed from Nobles in Orsinium.
    • Wood Elf Throne (Gold): This plan can be pickpocketed from Nobles in Elden Root. If you are stealthy (or have Invisibility potions), the palace throne room is the most fruitful spot.
    • Khajiit Skooma Bubbler (Purple): This plan can be pickpocketed from any "Drunkard" NPC. Both Skywatch and Windhelm are full of them, thanks to the perpetual festivals being held in those cities.
    • Hourglass, Common (Purple): This plan can be pickpocketed from Priests of Akatosh in the Gold Coast, who can be found in both Kvatch and Anvil.

That's it for now! I hope this was helpful (and reasonably accurate). Whether you're farming plans to learn and collect, or simply to sell at market, I hope you find what you're looking for.


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