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Miniature Dollhouse Kits – Review Of ‘Sam’s Study’

In due time I would like to make and collect a lot of miniature dollhouse kits and review them for you so that we can share our thoughts on each one!

Today I’m going to review another one from Robotime, as I did for this one: Cathy’s Flower House and Miller’s garden. But this time it’s this one: Sam’s Study.

Before we go further: I know have uploaded the manual of this Robotime DIY house English instructions, in a PDF file, as this is a frequently asked question! Download it here.

Product Name:   Miniature dollhouse kit called ‘Sam’s Study’

Place(s) To Buy: Banggood or AliExpress

Owners:  Robotime aka Rolife

Warranty: 30-day refund or replacement

Product Overview :

Robotime DIY Miniature Dollhouse Kits: DG102-Sam’s Study with LED light, Tools, and instructions in English.

Included are many miniatures, photos, and frames, bookshelves and books (lots and lots of those !), chairs, ladder, etc. Including all necessary tools (see content).

The English instructions show you how the construct the miniature kit step by step. Expected time to assemble: 20 hours. For anyone who likes crafting, dollhouses, miniatures, AND books. (have you seen the other amazing trend as well: book nooks?)

Content :

– wood, paper, metal, cloth: 500 pieces

– English manual

– tweezer

– 2 kinds of glue. Tip: I have been told that, if you run out of glue, or the glue is missing, that you can buy the exact same one on AliExpress.

– a brush

– the pieces are already painted (you can repaint them)

– 2 battery’s, led lights

– sandpaper

– measurements : 18,5 x 22,5 x 19 cm

– weight: 954 gr

– scale: 1/24

– Average time to build: 20 hours (depends on the individual)

Miniature Dollhouse Kits

You still need a crafting knife and for that, I would definitely recommend a ‘fingertip crafting knife‘ from Fiskars, I’m so happy to have bought it, it’s much handier than your usual crafting knife!

The Good And The Bad :

The good:

– It is very challenging but rewarding! (no real struggles though )

– if you love reading books, this can be so pretty next to your real books

– pretty design

– good quality

– besides small scissors and a ruler, you really don’t need any other materials than the ones provided by the kit

– non-toxic (keep away from kids under three years old though, as those very small parts can be easily swallowed !)

– NO MISSING PIECES (YEAY!), not like in the other kit I made a review from Cathy’s Flowerhouse.

The bad:

– It could be too challenging for some people (there are lots and lots of books there !)

– the instruction manual could be less confusing and more detailed (that’s a common thing about Robotime, so it seems)

– I had a very hard time fitting all the books together on the shelves, so that was a bit irritating, but in the end, I did it 🙂

– putting together the red chair was a challenge, but managed it also. Some people leave it out, cause they can’t seem to make it. Do you think you could? Tell me please when you have done it or not 😉

– I have read reviews where people said that the base and the building do not fit together well, cause the base isn’t measured correctly. Mine fits well, but maybe yours could be an issue?

Miniature Dollhouse Kits

In general, I just loved this kit, 5 stars would be perfect, but that is a score that I have never given any miniature kit, so I’m giving this one an ‘almost perfect’ 4 and a half stars.

Robotime Support :

As mentioned in my other review of a Robotime miniature kit, there are lots of videos on Youtube that you could watch for instructions or join Facebook groups!

You can always contact me on my social media pages, whenever you like and I will try to figure it out for you (if I remember how I made something haha). Here’s my Facebook Page. Or if you prefer: my Facebook group. Join me there and chat with me as much as you like!

Lots of people ask me where to contact Robotime by email, well I found it on Facebook, here it is! ( Jack.deng@robotime.com )

email Robotime

Doing it my way :

Now, with this one, I had a lot of fun, because it was the first one that I wanted to ‘hack’ it and have it quite different than the original version.

You can tell the difference between my version and the original version in this Youtube video of mine:

Do you see the differences? Let me explain what I have changed:

  • I have changed the colors of the furniture from orange and light brown, to bright blue and dark brown.
  • The paper floor (green-white blocks), wasn’t my thing at all, so I definitely wanted to change that. I used a piece of balsa wood and dyed it ‘woodish-brown’.
  • the black plate and 3 green apples on the piece of furniture in front are made by me.
  • added a few personal things, like the ‘I-love-Africa’ pin and the little elephant (have you discovered it?)
  • the chair was quite ugly in red and it was covered in glue, so I upcycled it with an old blue piece of stretch T-shirt fabric

I’m pretty happy with the changes and results.

Would you like to see the complete tutorial? I have uploaded a 45 minutes video of that as well:

My Final Opinion of Robotime’s ‘Sam’s Study’ :

This would be a perfect gift for that friend who is a book nerd or of course yourself, to have hours and hours off crafting fun. I haven’t encountered any severe issues with this dollhouse kit at all. Apart from maybe that there’s little variation in this one, it’s all about books, books and you know what else? : books. 🙂

Did you know that there are even covers off little books that represent real-life books? Books that I personally read even, that’s amazing!

Did you encounter any problems though with this or do you have any other questions about this review or other miniature dollhouse kits? Feel free to ask in a comment below or email me: contact@everythingverysmall.com

I would also appreciate a share on your social media or join me on my Facebook group, thank you very much!

I wish you happy crafting!

Kind regards,


PS I now have a Youtube channel, where I will be posting videos of all my personal work and/or finished Miniature kits, keep posted!

Robotime Sam's Study






overal quality


Difficulty level


The good

  • pretty design
  • good quality
  • all the needed materials are there

The bad

  • lots and lots of books
  • the manual could be less confusing
  • sometimes the base doesn't fit well

12 thoughts on “Miniature Dollhouse Kits – Review Of ‘Sam’s Study’”

  1. Wow, what an amazing site. I’m not the crafting type of person, especially with miniatures, I would get too frustrated. But I know a number of people who are and I will definitely turn them on to this site. You give a very good review of the product including pros and cons. I see folks getting a lot of great information here. I didn’t see links to any other pages, do you offer any other types of assistance throughout the site?

    • Hi Don !

      Thank you very much for referring my site to others that might be interested! To answer your question, I sure have other very interesting pages off assistance on my site. How about these tutorials for example: miniature tutorials or this category, where to start: Some insights

      Happy crafting !

  2. This actually looks beautiful. I’ve been a fan of crafts. Planning on taking a few lessons in the future related to the disciple. I currently have no experience in this field. The only thing that attracts me to it is the beauty of the finished product. I wouldn’t consider building a dollhouse but that end product looks so beautiful. Thanks for piquing my interest. Will certainly love to see more content from you

  3. Thank you very much for such  a great review. I also thank you for the hard work you put in to bring this website together and providing such useful information. Actually this is my first time to hear about this kit. but, according to the way you explained it, it seems to be a good one and i would like to try out now, crafting is such an enjoyable hobie mostly when it come to making dolls. thanks for the info.

  4. This looks like a nice activity to do, especially now that we’re staying home. When I first saw that it takes 20 hours to build this, I was a little surprised, but then I thought, well, we’re not going anywhere, are we? This is a good way to stay busy, and the doll house is very pretty too. 

    Looking at the chairs and many books, I think I would get a little irritated putting those together after a while … I don’t have much patience for such things … 😉 I would have to take frequent breaks in order to to do this 😉 What I like is that the books have covers of real books, that is amazing. I am a book nerd too, but I am not great at crafts. I would love to get this as a gift though 🙂

  5. Interesting site am glad I came across it. I will really hand it to you its not really easy coming up with such a site that has so much useful information. I dont no more about crafting but I got so much information from your site Planning on taking a few lessons youu are the best

  6. Once the battery is installed under the floor, how do you replace them without having to disassemble the whole works?

    • Hi Casey,
      The battery case should just slide out of the area where they’re placed. All the kits are designed to be easily accessible so you just pull and it comes out.
      best regards,

  7. My sister bought me this for Christmas and was a huge surprise. My family doesn’t normally pick out my two ultimate hobbies for gifts. They don’t know what I have read nor do they have my understanding or knowledge of miniatures. And although since they never buy me books or anything mini I was like a kid and forever grateful. I haven’t started the study but I am going to before any other mini projects. I hope to finish the chair and will let you know if it was a challenge. The only complaint I do have with these kits is that it is sometimes hard to see what scale they are. Being that I really only work in 1:12 it was a slight disappointment. They need to list amd mark what the scales are prominently on all kits and accessories.

    • Hi Carla, thank you for your comment! The kits from Rolife are always in scale 1/24, as far as I know 😉 It’s true that this is very different, if you are used to working in 1:12 scale, that is a lot smaller 🙂
      I’m glad that your family gave it to you as a surprise, mine does the same and I love it!
      Happy crafting!

  8. I have been doing this while in lockdown and having bought two kits and starting the coffee shop first, found this one to be so much easier – no windows with messy glued laminate to stick on and much less fiddly pieces to assemble. Not sure if this was done later (and therefore improved upon) but instructions seem a tad better and everything seems to be pre-cut ready to assemble unlike the coffee shop. Really enjoying it. Almost done, hubby just helping me with lights today cos he has a soldering iron and much easier than twisting wires together. I did the chair quite easily but yes a tad messy with the glue. Am hoping some red ribbon attached over the arm edges with hide the messy joins but if not can recover it like you did. Only one thing missing as far I can tell – K14 – that looks like a newspaper that sits on top of the far right little cabinet. Shame but not a major deal. I do have miniatures from my childhood so think I have a few newspapers I can use instead. I’ve kept it true to the kit except for painting around the edges brown instead of white. I felt it looked better. Was a little unsure about floor cos looked blue in picture but actually more green in real life so works well with brown edging.

    • Hi Robyn!,

      I have the coffee shop still waiting for me to do, so much to do lol!

      It probably is much easier to do, as you say, I really do think that I started with the more difficult ones, like Cathy’s flower house and Miller’s garden. Oh well, at the least I know now how things work and I got the hang of it.

      The lights I find always the most ‘annoying as well, I would gladly leave them in the hands of someone else 🙂

      Oh yes, recognizable about the chair and the messy glue and I hope that the ribbon will work out fine!

      That’s a bit of a shame indeed when there’s a piece missing, but overall there are so many things in this kit, that you will not even notice. And indeed, you can always use some of your own or make some yourself even. There are so many free prints online (look at the FREEBIE section on my site) that you can easily add to it.

      You can ‘drown’ those newspaper prints in a cup of black tea and make them look older, for example.

      Sure, you can do whatever you like and use whatever you like. If you like the floors, then go for it, it is your personal taste, right?

      Thank you for your comment and I hope you will continue to enjoy these miniature kits from Rolife,

      Best regards,


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