How to make a dolls house
Kids can spend many happy hours playing with a dolls house. And you’ll also enjoy building a wooden dolls house just the way you want it.
A dolls house is usually built to a scale of 1:12 or 1:24. The scale means how many times smaller your dolls house is than ‘the real thing’. A scale of 1:24 means that 1 cm in your model represents 24 cm in reality. So reality is reduced in size by 24 times. While for a scale of 1:12, the real size is only reduced by 12 times.
Miniature items like figures, beds, cupboards, tables and chairs will make your dolls house complete. The scale that you choose for your dolls house will depend on the space you have available in your home. If you choose a scale of 1:24, that’s about the same scale as the Playmobil toys which many children own. So these are ideal for use in your dolls house.
Dolls houses are made of wood, often 9 mm thick birch plywood. If you design your own wooden dolls house, you’re free to make the room layout just the way you want it, for example the sitting room, hall, toilet, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen or garage. To give you an idea of how the finished dolls house will look, you can measure the rooms in your own home and convert the sizes to a scale of 1:24. That will help you to decide on the size of the dolls house that you’re going to make. You can also add windows and doors made of Perspex, as well as the front and side walls.
- Wood: 9 mm birch plywood, beech or MDF board
- Wood glue
- Masking tape