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Dollhouse Design and Miniature Furniture

Updated on November 23, 2019

Planning on Paper

Getting Inspired

My favorite doll house design involves a small box that hinges in the middle, and opens to show off a small collection.

Dollhouse and Furniture go Hand in Hand

In my opinion, you cannot seriously design a doll house without clarifying the size of your future furniture. Granted, a popular scale seems to be 1/12 scale. I have read many complaints in blogs about some furniture not meeting their ideas of what it should be. Doll people are a tough crowd, but who can blame them. Doll houses have grown into an emotional, time enriched adventure.

Family Heirlooms

My mother was an avid doll houser. Dad built her a flat house with a full deck across that looked like our house. After she died, he brought it to my home and said that I had mentioned an interest in it, and "here it is!'

Well, at the time, I wasn't that into dolls, but very into design. The dollhouse he brought to my house was a fragile, handmade creation. The top or roof came off, but the middle came off, as well. So, when you looked through the windows, you could see the room set up the way it would be in real life.

Most doll houses are done in half mode. You see into the room, and the furniture faces you.

The house has been in a closet for years. It spent a brief, polite time on a the top of a buffet, but then I grew tired of seeing it. Plus, it was safer in a enclosed protected area. My daughter had other interests than doll house play.

Like a Curio Cabinet

The ideal doll house, in my opinion, is one that you can open up, make your adjustments, and then, close it up for next time.

Furniture by Char Milbrett

I have been making chairs, tables and other objects for a future house. My focus is on getting a design that is sturdy and beautiful. My creations are from black walnuts.

One person said they had a Victorian or Game of Thrones appeal to them. Certainly my own line, for sure.

Rustic and Elaborate

Seat, arms, back and legs.
Seat, arms, back and legs.
A table to group with a couple chairs
A table to group with a couple chairs
An organ mom had me build, from a kit, in the 1970's.
An organ mom had me build, from a kit, in the 1970's.
Accessories for a mini display
Accessories for a mini display
A large rocking chair.
A large rocking chair.
My father wood carved with miniatures.
My father wood carved with miniatures.

In my DNA I Guess

It's a wonder I can sleep at night with all the randomness in my brain. Smile.

Furniture Groupings

Chair and end table
Chair and end table
Table and chairs and high chair
Table and chairs and high chair

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