Build the house of your dreams
– in exquisite, miniature detail! The variety of dollhouse kits is incredible, with something to please everyone's tastes and fancies. Building a
dollhouse is a great project for the whole family! You can build a Victorian style, English Tudor, farm house, log cabin, single story or up to three stories high. Or, build a New England lighthouse with light-keepers' quarters, a church, railroad station, general store or snow country chalet. Then, start decorating!
Thousands of accessories are available so you can add incredibly realistic and elaborate finishing touches
– like electrical wiring, baseboards and floor tiles, brass hinges, fireplaces, chandeliers, curtains, you name it! You can also add extra rooms, porches, conservatories and landscaping.
Most dollhouses are 1” or 1/2” scale. Some are available in “play scale,” as big as 5' high and 2' wide. There's even a 2” scale model specifically designed for Barbie-size dolls.
In most cases, there are two thicknesses of materials used in dollhouse kits
– 3/8” and 1/8” mahogany or other specialty wood. The 3/8” wood is more durable and used for heavier duty play activity. The thinner, 3/8” mahogany kits are more suitable for lighter duty playing. Also, a higher level of detail can be achieved. The thinner wood is
also better suited to produce more intricate details and makes it easier to add rooms or additions later on.
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Many excellent books and videos about building doll houses are available, too. You'll find hundreds of suggestions and tips about building, finishing, selecting
dollhouse paints and stains, gluing and more.
One of the things to keep in mind is that some kits offer a finished dollhouse that opens from the front, as well as the back.
This is a good idea since a lot of the finish work is at the front. If the front does not open, in many cases, the kit is faced to the wall as it is being used or played with, and all the nice finishing on the front is not seen.
A front opening kit allows for your finishing work to be seen whether the
dollhouse is being played with or not.
Kompleteness of Kits/Finishing: Most kits are constructed of milled NDF or milled plywood. All come with detailed instructions; some have numbered parts to correspond with the instructions. Many of the parts and components are die-cut and stamped into plywood to simplify assembly. You'll need to supply the glue, paint, roofing materials and decorating accessories, all of which are available online. You can also get turntables and boxes on which to display your dollhouse.
Tools: You'll need needle-nose pliers, Exacto® knives and various finishing supplies. One manufacturer offers a “glue syringe” for working in tight spots requiring tiny applications of glue. Wood glue is recommended for assembly, instead of hot glue, because it lasts longer.
Skill: Building a dollhouse is fairly tedious, but oh-so-rewarding, work because of all the fine details. Electrical wiring, especially, is tiny and requires a lot of patience and skill at working in very tight spaces. Note: it's easier to add the wiring while you're building the house, instead of going back in to do it.
Price Range: Doll house kits start around $40 and go as high as $5,000 or more. You can get a good starter house kit for around $100.
Shipping: Most manufacturers are long-time dollhouse suppliers; well-stocked to ship your order within a few days to two weeks.
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