How to Make and Use Sheet Rope – Project Zomboid

Playing a game with as many deep mechanics like Project Zomboid, it can be confusing trying to figure out how everything works in this post-apocalyptic world. One of the many object that can be crafted and used is the sheet rope. I am going to talk a little about how the sheet rope functions in Project Zomboid, what you can use it for and how you use it.

As always, Project Zomboid is in early access. This means that the game is not yet fully developed and features and mechanics within the game are still subject to change. To keep up with all the latest news, check out the official Project Zomboid website.


What is a Sheet Rope in Project Zomboid?

First of all we will talk a little about what the sheet rope item is. The sheet rope is an item that can only be obtained through the crafting system in Project Zomboid. The object is literally how it sounds. It is a rope that is made from sheets. The player can use this sheet rope to create a way to get up and down from heights in Project Zomboid. For example, if the player finds themselves trapped up on a two-story building they can use the sheet rope to get down to the ground floor without suffering fall damage.

The in-game tooltip for the sheet rope item in project zomboid
The in-game tool-tip for the sheet rope

While the player does have the option to simply leap out of the window, there is a health mechanic in Project Zomboid. Falling from certain heights is likely to cause bad damage to your character. This can include broken bones, fractures and cuts. the sheet rope completely minimizes this risk by creating a rope that can be climbs down to the ground level. The sheet rope can only be attached to window frames on levels over the first story. As seen in the tool-tip for the object when in the player’s inventory, you will need a hammer and nails in order to attach the sheet rope to a window.


How to Craft a Sheet Rope

Crafting a sheet rope is rather easy and straightforward in Project Zomboid. you will not need to read any books or have skills in anything. First, select the crafting icon on the left of the screen which looks like a hammer and ruler. This will open the crafting menu. Under the General tab you will find the recipe for crafting the sheet rope. You can use basically any piece of clothing in the game to craft your very own sheet rope. For example in the image below, you can see I can take a pair of socks and craft them into a sheet rope.

Crafting a sheet rope with old clothing
Crafting a sheet rope using old clothes

Once you select the craft option, your character will take their time and make the sheet rope. It will go straight into your character’s main inventory. As there are so many different items that can be used to craft a sheet rope, I won’t go into them all right now. Check the crafting menu to see them all. It also does not matter what kind of condition the clothing is in that you are making a sheet rope from. They can be wet, bloody or dirty. This will not change the quality of the sheet rope at all once it has been crafted. That is all there is to getting a sheet rope in Project Zomboid.


How to Use the Sheet Rope Playing Project Zomboid

Now we’re up to the good stuff. You’ve made yourself a sheet rope and you are ready for a hero’s escape out of a window. If you’ve found yourself in a second story with a window you will always have an escape. The first thing you’ll have to do once you find yourself a second story window is to open it up. If the window is closed you won’t be able to apply the escape rope to it. Now, once the window is open it is ready for you to go to work.

Showing the option to add an escape rope to a window in Project Zomboid
Right-click an open window to add an escape rope to it!

Once you are standing next to an open window on the second story of a building, right-click the window. You will see a drop-down menu of all of the actions you can perform on this window. The one we are looking for is the Add Escape Rope option. You should also see the name of the item you are using which in this case, is the (Sheet). If you can’t perform this action, make sure you have a hammer and some nails handy and in your character’s main inventory. That’s all there is to it! Now there should be an escape rope attached to the window!

The sheet rope attached to a building in project zomboid
A beautiful escape!

To climb out of the building and actually use the escape rope you can hold down the E key on your keyboard. You could alternatively right-click the rope and select the option Climb Through. Your character will automatically use the sheet rope to climb down if there is one attached to the window. Keep in mind that you can also climb back up the sheet rope whenever you wish. Simply approach the sheet rope from the ground and select the option to climb it. You could also just move to the sheet rope and use the E key to climb back to the location it was attached.


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