Dolls House Scale Guide

Author: The Dolls House Boutique  

When buying a dolls house and furniture or dolls to go in it, it’s important to consider the scale of the house and accessories to ensure it will all work nicely together. We often get asked the same 3 questions about dolls house scales. Firstly, what the scale itself means. Secondly, can you mix and match furniture sizes, and, thirdly, which is the best scale for my child? We hope this guide gives you the information you need to feel confident when purchasing a dolls house:

 

What is a doll’s house scale?

Dolls houses are typically designed to replicate a real house and to add an element of realism their proportions tend to follow similar dimension ratios, too. Each product on our website includes a scale icon which helps to show its size and the proportions to which it’s been designed. Dolls House scales are measured in imperial measures, and, in simplest terms can be broken down by the following formula:

 

1 inch on the dolls house = x inches on a real item

 

We explain each scale further below:

1:6 Scale1:6 Scale

The 1:6 dolls house scale is sometimes called the Fashion Doll scale. They are suited to Barbie or similar 30cm tall dolls. KidKraft dolls houses are made in this scale. These dolls houses are the largest ones available and consideration needs to be given to whether they will fit into the space available.

 

1:12 Scale

1:12 Scale

1:12 scale is sometimes called one-inch scale and means 1 foot (or 12 inches) on a real item that has been scaled down to 1 inch. If you measure the ceiling in your house and it’s 10ft, it would be 10in in the dolls house. This is the most common scale for children’s dolls houses and our Le Toy Van and Hape houses and furniture are designed according to this size.

 

1:16 Scale1:16 Scale

The 1:16 dolls house scale is sometimes called the 3/4 scale. One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. Djeco and Sylvanian Families (excluding the animal figures) are made in this scale.

 

1:18 Scale1:18 Scale

Lundby dolls houses are made in the scale of 1:18 (sometimes called 2/3 scale). The same scaling rules apply as above: 1 inch in this scale equals 18 inches on a real item.

 

Which furniture scales work together?

Not all furniture will fit into all dolls houses and large furniture may clutter the rooms of a smaller scaled house or simply not fit at all. Smaller scaled furniture can sometimes work nicely in a larger dolls house as it can give the rooms a grand feeling as the ceilings will look taller. We do recommend selecting items from the same scale though, as your dolls house could end up looking mismatched otherwise. It’s completely up to you what furniture you put into your dolls house but this table may help narrow the items you consider:

 

SCALE
COMPATIBILITY
GUIDE

Furniture Scale

1:6

1:12

1:16

1.18

Dolls House Scale

1:6

  

  

  

  

1:12

  

  

  

  

1:16

  

  

  

  

1.18

  

  

  

  

 

 

Which scale is best for my child?

Suitable for 4+ Year OldsSuitable for 3+ Year OldsSuitable for 1+ Year OldsThis completely depends on the age of your child, their fine motor skills and how gentle they are in their play. You may find a larger dolls house (e.g. 1:12 scale) is better for younger children as the pieces are bigger and typically easier to handle by little hands while a smaller house will often have more detailed features which could be better suited to a slightly older child who can interact with it more easily. This isn’t always the case though, so each product has a recommended age icon to help you decide.

Not suitable for 0-3 year oldsMany furniture sets come with miniature accessories like cups and books and if you have a child under 3, we recommend putting these aside until they are older as they could pose a choking hazard. Any products that don’t meet the Australian standard for under 3 year olds have this symbol on them.

 

Dolls House Scale Guide - Size Comparison


Comments (12)

Lundby for Sylvanians

By: on 15 September 2018
I bought a vintage 1970's Lundby Stockholm to restore for my daughter. Would Sylvanian dolls be compatible with this house?

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Yes! Sylvanian Families work well in any of the smaller scale houses (not 1:6). Our customers often purchase them instead of human dolls for their dolls houses.

Lottie and lundby?

By: on 6 September 2018
Do you know how Lottie dolls compare with th Lundby houses? Trying to find other doll options for the Lundby house.

The Dolls House Boutique Response
The Lottie dolls are much too big for a Lundby house, unfortunately. They are better suited to 1:6 scale houses as they are just a bit smaller than other fashion dolls like Barbie. The Djeco dolls can work in a Luncby house. They are a touch big but not so much so that it looks like giants are living in the house.

Djeco family doll

By: on 13 August 2018
Hi, could i put djeco dolls and/or furniture in a le toy van house?

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Yes, you can! While they aren't the same scale, the dolls are roughly the same height at 1:12 dolls anyway. The furniture may look a little smaller but not significantly so and it would only be really noticeable if you mix Djeco and 1:12 scale furniture (1:12 scale furniture will look "chunkier" up against the finer details of Djeco).

1:10

By: on 8 August 2018
My aunt bought a dollhouse for my daughter and I restored it, not thinking of size. Now I realize it might be a strange size. I measured that a doll with a height of 16-20 cm would fit (doors are 20 cm), so I would say the ratio is 1:10. Would you agree that 1:12 furniture would be okay? Or will it be too small for the house?

The Dolls House Boutique Response
For this dollshouse you would need to go with 1:12 unless you make the furniture yourself in 1:10 scale. Furniture larger than 1:12 scale is hard to come by unfortunately - 1:6 scale houses are popular but most come with their own furniture sets. You will find that dolls 16cm tall are a little too big for 1:12 scale furniture though so it may be worth getting 1:12 scale dolls and then just pretend the house is a mansion with high ceilings and doors ;)

18 inch

By: on 18 July 2018
Do you make anything for 18 inch dolls?

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Unfortunately we don't have items in our range for 18" dolls.

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