Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Miniature Scales

Good morning,

I have some quiet time to myself after getting my son off to school so I thought I would share a bit about dollhouse miniature scales. There are different scales or sizes to use for your items depending on exactly what type of project you are working on. The most common scale used for dollhouse miniatures is 1:12. This means that one inch equals one foot in real life dimensions. If you have bought a dollhouse pre-made or make one from a kit the seller or the box should be able to tell you which scale works for that house. Of course, if you are brave enough, and handy enough, you can use any scale you like. The other most common ones are 1/2" and 1/4" scales. It is a good idea to figure out which scale you are working with so that nothing in your house looks out of proportion. I have to confess though, I am not really a perfectionist myself so I will definitely use things that are close to the scale I am using. Its a good thing considering I like to re purpose little treasures I find and create my own interesting items! Still, even I try to keep an idea of the scale I am using in mind.

As always the web is a great place to find information on dollhouse miniature scales. I came across a site that had great explanations and information about scale that you can check out. http://www.the-art-of-dollhouse-miniatures.com. He includes a calculator on his site that he created to help people either determine what size they need or to encourage creating projects. He has created and shared some of his patterns as well. There are quite a few pieces of furniture you can make with his designs. Again, this is if you are handy! Ok, you don't have to be a rocket scientist, but I am going by my own level of skill which is limited. If you are like me though, hopefully you at least know someone you can talk into working with you. My step dad is the one I go to with my puppy dog face, and if I am lucky I can hand him a sheet of instructions and the materials and go do some gardening! In fact I think I will take a break and head out there now. Have a great day,



  1. Hi! I stumbled across your blog while I was looking around for info on 1/2 scale dollhouse and it looks like you are a mini addict too! I clicked to follow you- hope you don't mind. I love what you have posted so far- I'm off to look at printable sites now! Have a great day!
    Kim :)

  2. I'm glad you like it Kim! I have lots of great things coming, including a contest. Have fun in your search