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  1. A Guide to Scale in Dollhouse Miniatures

    Scale is very important when buying miniatures.  If don’t pay attention to or understand scale, you could buy a bunch of wonderful pieces for your dollhouse that won’t fit.

    1:6 Scale - also called play scale or 1/6 scale: This is a large scale and would fit a barbie sized doll.  When you reach this size the dollhouses are more often called play houses.  These tend to be a sturdier built house and is designed for more wear and tear since the target ages of users are lower.  Rather than a potentially collectible item it is closer to a toy.

    1:12 Scale - also called 1 inch scale, 1/12 scale, or full scale: This is the most common and popular dollhouse scale.  In this scale 1 inch equals 1 foot.  All of our furniture items on our site is 1:12 scale unless otherwise noted.  This scale is typically the default scale of dollhouses and miniature furniture.  For example, a table that is six feet long in real life would be six inches long in this scale.

    1:24 Scale - also called 1/2 inch scale, 1/24 scale, or half scale: This is a smaller scale in which 1 inch equals 2 feet.  This is still a fairly popular scaleWe have 1/2 scale dollhouses and miniature furniture in our half scale section.  A table that is six feet long in real life would be three inches long in this scale.

    1:48 Scale - also called 1/4 inch scale, 1/48 scale, or quarter inch scale:  This is not as popular as 1 inch or 1/2 inch scale, but still has it’s followers.

    1:144 Scale - also called 1/144 scale:  This scale is typically for an item that is in your 1:12 scale dollhouse. For example a 1/144 scale dollhouse would be a very small dollhouse that a doll would have within your dollhouse.

    Comparison of Real Life 12 Foot Item


    Real Life Size

    Miniature Scale


    12 ft

    24 inches


    12 ft

    12 inches


    12 ft

    6 inches


    12 ft

    3 inches


    12 ft

    1 inch

    If you have a question about what scale you need or what scale an item is, please send us an email or call.  We would love to help you find the dollhouse or miniature that fits what you need.

  2. Dollhouse of the Month - August 2016
    McKinley Dollhouse by Greenleaf

    Any collector looking to display miniatures at eye level or in limited space will find the answer in the McKinley.

    This unique wall hanging model is just nine inches deep, yet with five large rooms, an attic cubby, and a tower chamber, it has all the potential of a full size house. Three latticed storage drawers beneath enhance the design, and are perfect for storing accessories or hiding electrical components.

    Decorated in your taste, the McKinley is truly a piece of decor that will be the focal point of any room.McKinley Dollhouse - DollhouseCity
    • Features include: 
      • True miniature scale
      • 1 inch = 1 foot
      • Hangs on the wall
      • Open-back design
      • Tab/slot assembly
      • Unfinished wood
    • Assembled Dollhouse Dimensions: 
      33” W x 9” D x 31” H
    • Dollhouse Kit Dimensions: 
      33” W x 17” D x 3” H
    • DollHouse Kit Weight: 23 Pounds
    • Dollhouse Shingles Included? No
    • Required Bags of Shingles: 5
    • Dollhouse Siding Included? No
    • Required Bags of Siding: 1
    • Material: Wood
    This dollhouse kit does not come with paint, furnishings, or other decorations. Age recommendations: Assembly - 12 and up. Assembly with parent - 7 and up. Finished houses are not recommended for young children.
  3. July 2016 - Dollhouse Kit of the Month

    Summer is definitely upon us now.  When we sat down to review the dollhouses we have and decide which we be the choice for this month, we thought about July.  We typically spend a week at a lake in New Hampshire in a small house similar to the Laurel Dollhouse Kit.  I have spent several years of these vacations sitting on the porch listening to the water and watching boats go by.

    Designed for quick and easy assembly, the Laurel will set a new standard in dollhouse assembly for years to come.

    This beauty's quick, yet rugged construction will amaze you with just how much fun building a dollhouse can be. It has an open back, three floors, and six spacious rooms. A large wrap around porch completes the traditional detail. Buy the specially designed Primrose to ad on two more rooms. 

    Window boxes are ready to fill with your own tiny flowers. Change the silk or plastic floral arrangements (typically available at your local craft store) with the seasons for an authentic touch! Made with plain, quality wood, you can paint, wallpaper, and finish the project using your own colors and supplies to reflect your personal taste.

    Creating this lovely family heirloom is a special way to spend quality time with those you love.
    • Features include: 
      • True miniature scale
      • 1 inch = 1 foot
      • Open-back design
      • Shingles
      • Tab/slot assembly
      • Unfinished wood
    • Assembled Dollhouse Dimensions: 
      25” W x 17” D x 25” H
    • Dollhouse Kit Dimensions: 
      26” W x 23” D x 2” H
    • DollHouse Kit Weight: 18 Pounds
    • Dollhouse Shingles Included? Yes, Rectangle Style
    • Required Bags of Shingles: 4
    • Dollhouse Siding Included? No
    • Required Bags of Siding: 6
    • Material: Wood
    • Manufacturer's Part #: 9309
    • Country of Origin: United States of America
    • Availability: Usually Ships within 24 hours 

      This dollhouse kit does not come with paint, furnishings, or other decorations. Age recommendations: Assembly - 12 and up. Assembly with parent - 7 and up. Finished houses are not recommended for young children.

  4. June 2016 - Dollhouse Kit of the Month

    Since summer is about here, it already feels like it in Vermont, we thought a Vineyard Cottage would be appropriat

    e for the June dollhouse of the month.  As many begin theirweekend and weeklong treks to Cape Cod and the Islands, many will see homes such as this dollhouse.  Those of use that aren't on our way there can build this dollhouse!

    In the town of Oak Bluffs on the beautiful Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, is a community of some 350 small, fanciful summer cottages. What began in 1835 as a cluster of tents, became a community of Carpenter-Gothic cottages after the Civil War.

    Traditionally the closely spaced cottages measured just 11’ by 19’ with their fronts bedecked in gingerbread and bargeboards mimicking tent trim. Our Vineyard Cottage captures the magic of these wonderful structures featuring two first floor rooms, two dormers, a small nook above the loft, a staircase, Gothic bay and upper and lower front porches. The Gingerbread trim adds the finishing touches to this truly summertime delight!

    Get the Vineyard Cottage Dollhouse
     our Dollhouse of the Month for May!!

    Shingles are included!

    Item # 8019

    Weight: 9 lbs.

    Assembled Dollhouse Dimensions: 14½” W x 24½” D x 20½” H

    Dollhouse Kit size: 12” W x 25” D x 2” H

  5. May 2016 - Dollhouse Kit of the Month

    The Fairfield Dollhouse Kit by Greenleaf Dollhouses is a beautifully detailed ½” scale dollhouse no bigger than a placemat. Make it perfectly Victorian in every aspect, even including a towerchamber, four fireplaces, and a wrap-around porch. Include ½” scale shingles in the kit, offer wide accessibility to all six rooms plus the large attic, and make it compatible with Houseworks ½” scale components. Do all this and you’ve got the Fairfield, a gem of a little house.

    Get the Fairfield Dollhouse Kit, our Dollhouse of the Month for May!!

  6. I wanted to build a dollhouse and, at first, I thought I would just order a dollhouse, read the directions and put it together. To my surprise, I found that there is more to it than that!  There are dollhouses of all different kinds and sizes and I had to keep an eye on the bottom line-MY BUDGET!

    First of all, I had to decide which kind of dollhouse I wanted-log cabin, colonial, cottage, farmhouse?  It’s not really that easy of a choice.  All the different kinds of dollhouses come in different sizes.  You need to figure out what size you want and how much you want to spend.  I took a good look at the dollhouses and this is what I found:

    Colonial style dollhouses seem to be the largest.
    Cottage and farmhouse dollhouses seem to be the smallest.

    Well, I decided I wanted a large Colonial style dollhouse.  Good start, but then I needed to figure out how large I wanted my dollhouse to be. Sizes are not necessarily according to measurement alone.  Look at the number of rooms in the dollhouse. When the manufacturer says 9 rooms or whatever, they are counting stairwells as rooms. They are indeed rooms, but they are small. Consider if you would like to count these as rooms or leave them empty.

    Then, take a look at the size of the rooms.  Are they going to be big enough to showcase your furniture and accessories (another thing to think about and plan!)?

    After making those decisions, you must consider your skill level. If you have never assembled a dollhouse, it will be an interesting journey for you into the world of miniature construction.  If that is the case, I would advise that you start with something simple. Cottage and farmhouse dollhouses are the best for beginners because they are not too intricate in their layout and thus easier to assemble. If you are experienced or very brave, choose a larger one if you wish.

    Next, you need to pay very close attention to what is included with the dollhouse kit. The one I chose was the Classic Colonial Quickbuild Dollhouse by Real Good Toys, item #00072.  This dollhouse comes with everything included to complete it as shown on their website ( and it comes in either white or pink. Since I am an intermediate level builder, I felt this was a good choice for me because I wanted it to be finished rather quickly, in time for the Christmas season.  This is also a good choice for the brave beginner.

    Most dollhouse kits (unless they are a Real Good Toys Quickbuild Dollhouse or something similar) require that you purchase the siding, roofing tiles, flooring, wallpaper, glue, etc. The kits include just the house construction supplies, such as the wood for the ceilings, roof, walls and floors. Make sure you make a list of what you will need to complete the dollhouse as you imagine it should be! There are so many choices for the finishing materials that you might just want to browse  to see what is available. There are a lot of choices and careful planning will be required.

    Make sure that what you order for finishing materials is in a large enough quantity to complete your dollhouse. Take a look at what is included for window frames and interior doors. Also, windowboxes, flowers and outdoor trees, shrubs and patio furniture is also a consideration.  

    Another thing to think about is if you are going to have electricity in your dollhouse.  I opted to have electric lights.  I have never done any wiring before, so I ordered the Large House Wiring Kit and the Basic Wiring Instructions booklet. Make sure you shop for lighting fixtures and lamps for each room you are wiring. Since the lighting is mostly 12 volt lighting, you will have to order batteries to place into the transformer and that will be your energy source.

    Making a shopping list as you browse is a good idea.  Check off each item as you order it, that way you can be sure you have done all you can to ensure that you have the materials you need.

    As you can see, simply deciding to build a dollhouse is not enough. A lot of thought, planning and research is involved but, in my case, it was a labor of love!
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