While using dollhouse miniatures 1 12 scale is most common in the miniature world and most interesting for collectors, there are all kinds of sizes and scales. Before you decide which scale off dollhouse miniatures you are going to buy or build, you should determine what skills you want to apply or what your collection is going to be about.
But let me tell you first about the difference between dollhouse miniatures 1 12 scale and 1 24 scale and others.
1:6 dollhouse scale.
This scale is used for children’s dollhouses and figures and furniture to play with, like Barbie or Action figures. Meaning that 1 inch is equivalent to 6 inches in full size. An adult male doll would be 12 inches tall and doorways 15 inches. There are some miniaturists that use this scale, but I haven’t seen any yet, have you?
Re-Ment, a Japanese company that produces plastic toys, also uses this scale for its miniatures toys.
1:12 dollhouse scale.
As I said before, this is the most used and bought scale in the miniature world as hobby crafting or collecting. That means that it is the most available on the market to purchase. And if you buy dollhouses magazines, watch dollhouse TV or YouTube clips about making dollhouses or miniatures, it will mostly be in this scale.
I have done some research on how this happened in history and it seems it got accepted as the standard scale because Queen Mary’s dollhouse was built on this scale.
By the way: WOW, have a look at her house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7YjePpdXVQ, over a thousand miniature objects in it!
In 1/12 scale, doorways will be 6 to 7 1/2 inches tall or larger and adult dolls between 5 inches and 6 inches.
This scale is not popular though for collectors of miniature trains or cars etc, so they are hard to find in that niche.
1:16 dollhouse scale- also known ass 3:4 scale.
An adult male doll would be 4 1/2 inches tall and a doorway would be 5 3/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches high.
One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item.
This was a very common scale in the mid -1930s to the 1950s.
The only places that I found these miniatures are these companies: Petite Princess, Marx, Tri-ing and Brinca Dada toy company.
1:18 dollhouse scale -also known ass 2:3 scale.
These are not very different from the 1:16 scale. Swedish Lundby dollhouses are all in this size (they have been around for almost 70 years ! ). They are often furnished with 1:16 scale furniture.
1:24 dollhouse scale.
Male dolls would measure between 2 1/2 inches to 3 inches, while doorways are between 3 to 4 inches.
In the play world, this scale is used for Playmobil houses and furniture and accessories. It is also available for die-cast car collectibles, so street scenes are easier to make with this scale than on the 1:12 scale.
1:24 scale is in the artisan miniature world not so widely made or available, it is kind of a niche, although it is getting more and more popular. As I have seen on AliExpress and Amazon with some wonderful dollhouses kits. Little ‘room boxes’.
UPDATE: I made a dollhouse miniature kit in scale 1:24 myself, read about it here.
The big advantage there is that they don’t take as much room either as the dollhouses kits in 1:12 scale. Ideal for when you live in a small house or apartment. Then you wouldn’t need a craft table saw either because the walls and such are already made.
1:48 dollhouse scale, also known as ass Quarter scale miniatures.
This scale is getting popular also for dollhouses in the UK and some parts of the United States.
Railroad building parts made for railroad buildings are being used for quarter scale houses. It is also called the ‘O’ scale.
It is a scale that is used by gamers as well and their figurines or gaming buildings.
1:144 dollhouse scale.
Talk about tiny! I once had a gift from ‘Dollhouses Nederland’ magazine: a tiny house that I could put as a 1:12 scale dollhouse IN my 1:12 dollhouse. So you can definitely use those microscale houses in for example a children’s bedroom. Isn’t it cute?
1:148 scale: British ‘N’ scale railway and 1:160 scale: North American. A popular use for Christmas scenes.
Just my opinion: I think whatever scale you choose, you should definitely keep in mind that not every scale is available for collectors or artisans miniaturists. Although some professionals aim for expertise in a particular scale or niche.
Which one do you prefer? I love the 1:24 scale for miniature kits ( I could NOT make the parts myself, it is way too tiny to cut ).
To make them myself from scratch, I really prefer the most common dollhouse miniatures 1 12 scale, because then I can still buy ornaments that I can’t make myself, to really put my dollhouse FULL off stuff. It is so much fun to just look at everything and fantasize about the ‘people’ living in it 🙂
Do you have any questions or comments? You are very welcome to post them under this article!