Build A Doll House
There are many different ways to build a doll house,
you could start from scratch making up a plan yourself, you could
build from an existing plan
or build a doll house from a kit.
By far the easiest way to
get started is to build a dolls house from a kit. Building a doll
house from scratch or from a plan is much harder than it looks
and if you have no experience I would not recommend it. If you
are a novice try building your first house from a kit and see
how it goes. Click here for information on doll house kits.
If you do decide that building
a doll house from a plan is right for you you may decide to design
the dolls house yourself. There are ready made doll house plans
available - Click here for details - but it is sometimes nice
to actually design the dolls house yourself. There are a few things
you will need to take into consideration.
size of the house
The standard size for dolls
houses is 1/12th scale. That is there is one inch in a dolls house
to every 1 foot real size. If you build your dolls house to this
scale you are sure to get furniture to fit.
Room sizes vary but a standard
dolls house room is usually 8 inches high. If you want to create
a spacious airy dolls house you could raise the room height by
an inch or two.
You can purchase standard
components for dolls house building such as doors and windows
that you could use in your house instead of making them yourself.
They are all made to a standard size so you will need to make
sure they will fit your dolls house if you decide to use them.
Click for more information
on components to build a doll house
There are several different
woods you could use when you build a doll house, ply, MDF, oak.
The majority of dolls houses are now made from MDF as it is a
very easy wood to work with and cost effective. Ply tends to be
very thin and I would not recommend it for a large project as
it is often not strong enough.
If you want to build a top
quality collectors dolls house you could use a wood like oak and
leave it unpainted. Some of the nicest collectors houses are made
from oak but again if you have no experience of using this wood
I would not recommend it. You will need more tools to cut it and
it is harder to work with.
By far the easiest wood to
work with when you build a doll house is MDF.
For more information on doll
house building Click "Doll House Building" in the left