Doll House Scale and Building Materials

Posted on June 9th, 2016 by admin in Toy Dolls House Resources


Whether you are planning to build your own doll house or buy one form toy shops, you should know the different types of doll house scale and building materials. It is important to know the standard sizes of doll houses to be able to buy appropriate furniture pieces for them. It is equally important to know the materials used in constructing a doll house to be able to choose the best one for your hobby.

The two most common standard scales for doll houses are the 1/24th scale and the 1/12th scale. These scales are the most commonly used by doll house manufacturers. You can easily buy furniture pieces for these doll houses that will be proportionate to the size of the house. It is important that the furniture pieces are not too small or too big.

The 1/12th scaled doll house is 12 times smaller than a real house while the 1/24th scaled doll house is 24 times smaller. This means 1/12th scale is bigger than the 1/24th scale, which made it the more popular option. Since the 1/12th scaled doll house has larger rooms, the furniture pieces, room layout, and designs can be easily seen.

For the building materials, you should consider using plywood or MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard). MDF is more commonly used for toy doll houses because it is sturdier and safer for children. On the other hand, plywood is more popular for collectors’ doll houses because they are more malleable, which means they can be easily manipulated to have curves, swirls, and fancy cuts in your doll house.

If you are just starting to make your own doll house, MDF is the more reasonable choice. You can buy the other parts of the doll house like windows or doors from shops that sell doll house parts. Or you can make them yourself if you want. Make sure that you have created spaces for these add-ons.

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