Stardew Valley: How To Build a Barn

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Stardew Valley. The player is standing outside their red barn and there are 4 cows roaming around. 3 cows are Brown and one is White.

You can raise animals on your farm in Stardew Valley as they can be a good source of income. However, to buy animals, you will need to have the appropriate housing for them. Some smaller animals will be happy in a coop but bigger ones, like Cows, will need a Barn. We're going to show you how to build a Barn and it's simpler than you think.

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How To Build a Barn

Building a Barn for your animals is quite simple. The first thing you need to do is to collect these materials:

  • 6000G - Sell crops, fish, seashells or anything you forage to earn enough money.
  • 350x Wood - Our guide on how to farm wood will help you get to this amount in no time.
  • 150x Rock - Use a Pickaxe to break rocks to get this material.

When you have these materials, go to see Robin in the Carpenter's Shop. This can be found in the North East section of the town, just above Pierre's shop and the Community Center. When you have found the building, head inside and interact with the till, if Robin is there. Select "construct farm buildings". A menu will appear but you might not see the Barn option right away.

Stardew Valley. The Carpenter's menu shows all of the materials needed for the Barn and how the barn will look once built. The barn image to the left shows that the building will be red with a brown roof and door. The materials show that 600G, 350 wood and 150 stone are needed.

To find the barn, click the arrows below the image of the building to search through the options until you come to the Barn. When you find it, click on the little hammer icon under the material list to confirm that you want to build this. Construction on the building will start the next day and you will need to wait 2 more days for it to be completed.


If you're enjoying the game, you should take a look at our walkthrough hub.

How To Upgrade the Barn

Once you have built your first Barn, you will be able to upgrade it twice. You will need to upgrade the Barn in the order below:

  • Barn (the one that you initially build)
  • Big Barn
  • Deluxe Barn (You must have the Big Barn before you can have this one)

Each upgrade will allow you to house more and different barn-dwelling animals like Goats or Sheep. Speak to Robin in the Carpenter's shop to upgrade the building.

Building a Barn can allow you to have more sources of income in Stardew Valley. While you are building your dream farm, you should take a look at our guide on how to build a Silo. We also have a guide that shows you how to build a coop for Ducks and Chickens.