How to make an Enchanting Table in Minecraft

It’s not a walk in the park to get all of these resources, but the payoff is so worth it.

Enchanting Table surrounded by bookshelves

One of the best ways to get stronger, loot faster and look cooler in Minecraft is to enchant your items, but in order to do that, you need an Enchanting Table. In a new Minecraft survival file, getting the necessary items to build an Enchanting Table is often one of players’ main goals.

But building an Enchanting Table isn’t quite as easy as building a crafting bench or a furnace. It takes a little more than that, and here’s how to do it.

Crafting recipe

Crafting an Enchanting Table
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  • 4 obsidian (bottom row and center square)
  • 2 diamonds (left and right of center square)
  • 1 book (above center square)

How to obtain each item

Most players won’t have an enchanting table at the beginning of the game, as in order to make one, you will have to have found a fair bit of diamonds. But once you do, it’s pretty straight forward on how to get the rest.


There are two main ways to get books. One, it crafting them from three paper, and one leather. For this, you must have found sugar cane, as three sugar cane in a row crafts three paper. The leather you can most commonly get from cows, but can also get from horses, donkeys, mules, Hoglins and if you don’t mind combining four rabbit hides, rabbits.


Diamonds are the rarest overworld ore, and are most commonly found at y-coordinates 10 and 11. They can only be mined with an iron pickaxe or higher, and in order to make an enchanting table, although there are only two in the crafting recipe itself, you will need to find at least five.


The reason for the extra three diamonds is because you need obsidian. Obsidian is created by mixing water with lava and can only be mined with a diamond pickaxe or higher. Once you build your diamond pickaxe and gather four obsidian blocks, you will have everything you need.

After you craft your Enchanting Table, it’s best to place it in a room with 15 bookshelves placed down in a two-block radius square around the table itself (as pictured in the thumbnail). This will allow you to use enchantments up to level 30.

Related: The 10 Best Minecraft Enchantments

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The experience level your player character is at is equal to how high a level enchantment you are able to do, and each enchant requires 1-3 levels of experience. You also need Lapis Lazuli to do the enchanting. Much like the levels, 1-3 pieces are required for each enchant.