If you’re just getting into this doll’s house thing then scale can be one of the biggest hurdles to wrap your head around. At first glance a doll’s house is a doll’s house right? Then you start shopping for treasures and realise they come in a variety of different sizes and you need to figure out which one will work in the house you have!
Well don’t worry, I got you covered.
There are a couple of ways in which to figure out the scale of your doll’s house. If you want my easy trick then skip ahead, but it’s worth sticking with me to get a clear picture of what scale is and why it matters.
WHAT IS SCALE?
Sale is the size of your doll’s house in relationship to the real world. It’s expressed as a ratio for example 1:6, this number indicates how many times the small item fits into ‘real life’.
A 1:6 scale item will fit 6 times into the real thing. Barbie is a 1:6 scale doll, if we multiply her height by 6 she becomes full scale… sure, a tall lady but still human sized.
SOME COMMON DOLL’S HOUSE SCALES
It would certainly be easier if the miniatures world adhered to just one scale but that’s not the case. There are a whole bunch of different scale models and minatures but let’s talk about the ones most common in the dollhouse world.
1:12 scale, also known in the US as 1inch scale is the most common doll’s house scale and the one in which I work. It’s a 12th the size of real life houses and furnishings and brands such as Sylvanian Families (AKA Calico Critters) have furniture made in this scale.
1:6 scale, sometimes referred to as Playscale. I also make goodies in this size. This is the scale in which Barbie lives, furniture and dolls are a 6th of the size of real life items. Blythe dolls also use this size furniture and accessories.
1:18 scale, this is a less common doll’s house scale and is smaller than my work. Lundby doll’s houses are the most common house in this scale.
SO WHICH SCALE IS MY DOLL’S HOUSE?
If you already have a doll’s house and your unsure of the what scale furnishings to buy then you can figure it out by measuring or using my quick cheat. But more on that soon.
Measuring some architectural elements of your doll’s house and comparing them to real life can help you figure out the scale of your doll’s house. Measuring the height of a doorway can be a good place to start. Standard doorways in Australia are 204cm’s high. If I divide that number by 12 I get the 1:12 scale equivalent… That would make a 1:12 doorway 17cm’s tall.
You can use a process of elimination to find the closest scale fit for your house.
THE EASY WAY TO DO IT
Or you can use my nifty trick and download this printable file. In it are illustrations of figures at 1:6, 1:12 and 1:18 scale.
Print the images at 100% and use the printout to figure out which sized figure would most comfortably live in your doll’s house. Easy peasy!
Whichever method you use the important bit is to stay consistent, stick to one scale and everything will work well together. If you still feel confused then I’m happy to chat so shoot me a message on Instagram or an email.
hichever method you use the important bit is to stay consistent, stick to one scale and everything will work well together. If you still feel confused then I’m happy to chat so shoot me a message on Instagram or an email.
If you want to know more about which doll’s to use in your house then check out this post here.