Are you stuck thinking about where to get a beautiful dollhouse? Come on in, shop online and check out our featured products! A dollhouse is a toy home, made in miniature. For the last century, the dollhouse has primarily been the domain of children but their collection and crafting is also a hobby for many adults.
Today’s dollhouse traces their history back about four hundred years to the baby house display cases of Europe, which showed idealized interiors. Smaller doll houses with more realistic exteriors appeared in Europe in the 18th century. Early dollhouses were all handmade, but following the Industrial Revolution and World War II, they were increasingly mass produced and became more standardized and affordable.
A contemporary children’s play dollhouse is commonly in 1:18 (or 2/3″) scale, while 1:12 (or 1″) scale is common for dollhouses made for adult collectors.
The term dollhouse is common in the United States and Canada. In UK usage, dolls’ house or dollshouse is usual.
Dollhouses are available in different forms. From ready-made and decorated houses to kits to custom built houses made to the customer’s design. Some design and build their own dollhouse. Simpler designs might consist of boxes stacked together and used as rooms.
Miniature objects used for decoration inside dollhouses include furniture, interior decorations, dolls and items like books and clocks. Some of these are available ready-made, but may also be homemade. Children’s dollhouses during the 20th century have been made from a variety of materials, including metal (tin litho), fibreboard, plastic, and wood. Contemporary kit and fully built houses are typically made of plywood or medium-density fiberboard. Tab-and-slot kits use a thinner plywood and are held together by a system of tabs and slots (plus glue). These houses are usually light-weight and lower cost but often require siding, shingles, or other exterior treatments to look realistic. Kits made from heavier plywood or MDF are held together with nails and glue.
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