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:



Furniture Scale





Dolls House Scale























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 (22)

Haba Little Friends compatibility’

By: on 4 July 2019
Hi. Would Haba Little Friends fit Lundby and vintage Tomy Smaller Homes and Garden furniture? Thank you.

The Dolls House Boutique Response
They would be a little too big for a Lundby house unfortunately. They are best suited to a 1:12 scale house. Djeco dolls look good in a Lundby house through.

House for Dawn Dolls

By: on 12 June 2019
I have been collecting Dawn Dolls and would like to display some in a doll house. The dolls are about 6.5 inches tall. What size doll houses would be best for them? Thank you

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Unfortunately Dawn Dolls are in between common dolls house sizes - 1:12 scale is for dolls around 12cm/ 3in tall while 1:6 scale is for dolls around 30cm/12in tall. Your Dawn dolls will look a little small a 1:6 scale house but its the only option we have available.

Le toy van and Hape

By: on 11 May 2019
Hi, i have a Hape family mansion. Which of the Le Toy Van style furniture sets will work well? Daisy lane, sugar plum etc. Thanks.

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Hello! Any of the Le Toy Van sets will be okay size wise as they are all 1:12 scale.

Djeco in Lundby dollhouse

By: on 6 May 2019
Hi, Would Djeco furniture and families look too small in a Lundby house? Thanks,

The Dolls House Boutique Response
No, Djeco furniture and dolls work well in a Lundby house as they are small enough scale wise and delicate enough to not dominate the smaller room sizes. Many of our customers use Djeco for their Lundby houses.


By: on 24 February 2019
Hi. I have a Sylvania families dolls house. Will lundby kitchen furniture fit it? I'm thinking the house is not going to be high enough? I'l be disappointed if not because I'm decorated the whole house in modern style no problem but I can't get a nice modern kitchen that will fit. Lundby would be perfect. Thanks X

The Dolls House Boutique Response
Unfortunately, I think you may find the Lundby kitchen will be too high for a Sylvanian Families house. Is it one where the room height is 14cm? With the Lundby green or white kitchens the cabinet is 13.5cm while the fridge is 12.5cm. It should fit, but may look out of proportion. The Djeco kitchen set may work though as the cabinets are low and the fridge is 11.5cm tall. The Sylvanian fridge looks quite modern so could be an option to pair with the low benches in either Lundby or Djeco. We do offer 30 day returns so if you want to try the sets and they don't work, then you can easily return them. Hope this helps!

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