Welcome to Doll's House
Dolls have been a part of humankind since prehistoric times. Used to depict religious figures or used as playthings, early dolls were probably made from primitive materials such as clay, fur, or wood. No dolls have survived from prehistoric times, although a fragment of an alabaster doll with movable arms from the Babylonian period was recovered.
Doll's house miniatures come in many shapes, sizes, materials and themes and if you are thinking about starting out in the doll's house hobby it is important that you get as much information as possible about doll's houses.
First of all most doll's houses and made to scale. The main scale that houses are made to is twelfth scale, they are twelve times smaller than in real life. The majority of doll's houses and doll's house furniture is made to this scale and unless you are looking for the type of doll's house that will fit Barbie sized dolls it is best to stick to this scale.
Wooden doll's houses tend to be made from one of two woods, MDF or plywood. There are benefits to both these materials:
- MDF is a man made wood compressed from sawdust and glue. It is good for doll's houses because it provides a very smooth surface for painting, is very strong and durable and can be cut into most shapes. The disadvantage however is that is it a man made wood and the fact that it doesn't have a wood grain and is somewhat fake does put some people off.
- Plywood is much thinner than MDF and not as durable. Decorative dolls house with lots of small parts and fancy trim tend to be made from plywood and these are more for collectors than children. With plywood you will always see the grain of the wood even when painted and the surface can be rough. Many highly detailed collectors houses are made from plywood and when completed they are really beautiful.