Best Fallout Shelter layout: Tips, design ideas, more

Vault with all electricity producing rooms in the right column

As you progress in Fallout Shelter, the number of dwellers increases, and you’re expected to make a well-planned vault to keep them. Here’s a guide that includes the best vault layouts in Fallout Shelter and how you can make them.

The layout of your vault in Fallout Shelter is easily one of the most important decisions you make in the entire game. It affects how you’ll defend against raids, how your dwellers will react to supply shortages, and how esthetically pleasing your shelter looks.

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The concept of an ideal vault layout constantly changes in Fallout Shelter. The quality and quantity of rooms increase with time and managing them without a plan is a big rookie mistake. While there isn’t a vault design that can be objectively called the best, we’ll discuss some design parameters that every Fallout Shelter player should follow.

Vault design in Fallout Shelter

How to make the perfect vault in Fallout Shelter

Best way to protect your vault from raids in Fallout Shelter

To easily survive Raiders in Fallout Shelter, you must equip the topmost rooms with dwellers with the highest Strength and Endurance stats. Moreover, these rooms should be the ones producing food, water, and electricity.

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The dwellers in the topmost rooms should have guns and armor. Pregnant women and children do not fight, so avoid having them in the topmost rooms.

It is important to remember that Raiders and incidents such as fire, molerat infestation, and radroaches spawn and spread through rooms connected by dirt. To avoid this, you can place the most important rooms vertically and use elevators to connect them.

Unlocking Mister Handy and putting it on the initial floor is another tactic that can help you stop invaders with ease.

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Best place for storage rooms, labs, and living quarters in Fallout Shelter

Unlike the rooms for food, electricity, and water production, storage rooms, science labs, and living rooms and quiet and largely unused. As a result, they should constitute the lowest layer of your vault.

In case you face an electricity shortage, the rooms in the lowest layer are affected the most. Hence, it is wise to form your vault’s base with unused rooms and place the most important ones at the top.

Vault design in Fallout Shelter

Fill the rightmost column with rooms that are used temporarily

Rooms like the Overseer’s Command Office, Athletics Room, Armory, Classroom, Game Room, Barbershop should be on the rightmost column of your vault. This is because these rooms have occasional use and dwellers taking time to reach them isn’t a glaring issue.

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If you’re planning to revamp your vault, you’ll most likely need to remove the rightmost rooms first. Hence, it’s better to place the ones that aren’t integral to the vault’s functionality.

Place production rooms close to each other

You can place production rooms like the Nuka-Cola bottler and the Nuclear Reactor close to each other. This way, dwellers will quickly move between them and the ones with the best stats will be together during invasions.

Separating production and training rooms will not only make your vault look better but will also help you in managing things easily.

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Vault in Fallout Shelter at night

Best Fallout Shelter vault layout

Based on these tips and tricks, this is what an ideal vault in Fallout Shelter would look like:

Top Layer – Resource-Generating Rooms like Power Plants, Nuclear Reactors, Diners, Nuka-Cola Bottlers, Gardens, Water purification, and more.
Middle layer – Rooms with occasional uses like Barbershop, Radio, Learning, Fitness Room, Weight Room, and Lounge. You can leave some additional slots for resource production rooms here.
Bottom layer – Least important rooms including Storages, Medbay, Science Lab, and Medbays.

Well, we hope this guide helps you make the perfect vault in Fallout Shelter. For similar content, you can check out the Mythic Heroes tier list, how to get Rainbow Cubes in Cookie Run Kingdom, and how to make stairs in Terraria.

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