Dolls House Kits Delivered FREE by Courier*
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A range of externally decorated dolls houses which have been individually hand finished.
Dolls house kits designed for adults to build and decorate and for children to play with.
Room boxes and small buildings of various sizes and designs.
Purpose made table stands for dolls houses.
The Dolls House hobby is very diverse and choosing a dolls house is probably the first and the most important decision you'll need to make. Dolls Houses come in all shapes and sizes and whilst personal preference is a major influence in choosing a dolls house, there are numerous other important factors to consider.
Dolls houses are available in a number of different scales including 1:12, 1:24, and 1:48. 1:12 Scale dolls houses are currently by far the most popular choice, but smaller 1:24 and 1:48 scale dolls houses are gaining popularity. 1:12 scale (also known as 12th scale or 1" scale) means that the dolls house and all of its contents are one twelveth the size of the life sized equivalent. An easy way to look at it is that one foot is reduced to one inch. As 1:12 scale is so popular, a vast choice of dolls houses, components, furniture and accessories is available to choose from. Although smaller 1:24th scale and 1:48 scale (half inch scale & quarter inch scale) dolls houses are gaining popularity, this is still a fairly specialist area and when it comes to furniture and accessories there is only limited choice so often items have to be made from stratch. Also, smaller scale houses and accessories are typically less detailed than the larger 12th scale euivalent. Vintage dolls houses produced in the 1960's and 1970's by Triang and others were usually 1:16 scale. Many of these dolls houses are still around, but there is only limited availability of components and accessories in this scale.
Most dolls houses are made from 9mm thick MDF board or Birch Plywood, and are either made using computerised CNC machines or by hand. MDF board is by far the most popular material for dolls house construction as it is considerably cheaper than Birch Ply and therefore the dolls houses are much cheaper to buy, particularly when mass produced. Birch Ply dolls houses are generally regarded as being of superior quality and they are mostly hand made (not to be confused with cheap imported dolls houses made from very thin ply which we do not recommend). Wooden dolls houses made from either MDF or Birch plywood are generally very sturdy and should last a lifetime.
Wooden Dolls houses are generally designed to resemble houses from a particular period in history. Common periods are Tudor, Georgian and Victorian, and modern dolls houses are also becoming popular. Before buying a dolls house it's a good idea to have some idea of what period you plan to decorate and furnish it in. It is important to remember that older period style properties are still around today and it's perfectly acceptable to have a Tudor or Georgian period dolls house with modern furnishing if you wish. However, a modern dolls house with a medieval or Tudor interior would be a little unusual.
Dolls houses can be built from scratch using a plan or your own design, or they can be purchased in kit form, ready built or completely finished and decorated. Some people enjoy doing as much as possible themselves whilst others prefer not to or simply don't have the time...
Most people choose to buy their dolls house in kit form as they offer excellent value for money and there are many designs to choose from. Dolls house kits are generally very easy to assemble as all the parts are precision cut by machine so they can easily be slotted together and glued. Most wooden dolls house kits can be assembled in minutes rather than hours although they do vary in complexity so it's a good idea to check what's involved before buying. An alternative is to buy a ready assembled dolls house, but these tend to be considerably more expensive.
Before buying a dolls house kit it's a good idea to check what parts are included as they do vary. Generally, dolls house kits include window frames and evternal doors and mouldings, but do not include internal doors, window acrylic and decorative finishes..
Although buying a dolls house kit does save a lot of the hard
work of building from scratch you should be aware that it takes many
hours of work to decorate and finish a dolls house inside and out.
Also, depending on how you want to finish your dolls house you will
need to purchase a lot of additional materials. Building and
decorating a dolls house kit can be very enjoyable and rewarding.
Building a dolls house from scratch using a dolls house plan or your own design can be a very enjoyable and rewarding process, but it's not easy unless you have the necessary practical skills and tools, and you should carefully consider what's involved before taking on the task.
Building a dolls house yourself from scratch may seem like a good way to save money, but that's not necessarily the case, particularly if you need to buy tools. You may be able to save a little money if you make everything yourself including the doors and window frames, but this is quite tricky and time consuming. You can purchase a wide range of dolls house doors and window frames from most dolls house dealers. In some cases this can work out more expensive than buying a complete dolls house kit, but it does allow you to build a unique dolls house to your own design.