In my closet I have a box full of miniature or dollhouse furniture, and it’s there not because I have more furniture than I need. The reason for this excess is because I have not been understanding how to order the right size of miniature furniture for my dolls. I suspect that there is some sort of secret language that one needs to have memorized in order to buy the correct size.
One type of furniture that I am interested in is the Barbie and Bratz sized furniture. These two types work for Blythe sized dolls pretty well.
Blythe, Barbie and Bratz dolls are known as “Fashion Dolls” and they are about 12″ in height. The scale of furniture for them is 1:6 scale, which means that 1 inch in real life equals 6 inches for a doll. You can go here to find some, or here The Re-Ment furniture is also 1:6 scale, and I have seen it written out as 1/16th also.
So far so good, but then there are the little BJD dolls too. I need to have furniture that will work well with a Lati Yelllow, FairyLand Puki Fee and the Secret Person dolls. Also the smaller Lati whites and Puki Puki’s. Their sizes range from 3.85 inches to 6.3 inches. I recently read on a blog that Lundby furniture fits the Puki Puki, so I bought a few pieces of it only to discover that they were to small. This is where that box in the closet comes back into the picture because it is now filled with the Lundby things.
After that minor disappointment, only minor because I will use them somewhere eventually, I decided that I needed to do some research.
The problem is that it is assumed everyone knows what size blah blah furniture is; because many times they do not give measurements! I have therefore decided to take on the daunting task of finding out as much as I can about miniature furniture.
The first item on my list was to decode the scale used for miniature furniture. At About.com guide I found an article written by Lesley Shepherd, and here is the article.
Did this help you? I unfortunately am not feeling comfortable with the information, so I am going to try to work it out here. My Lati white is 3.85 inches tall, at a 1:12 scale she would be a 3′-10″ kid. That sounds like a reasonable height for a kid her age. So she must be a 1:12 doll.
That site was almost a math book and the thing that I just caught on to (and that wasn’t spelled out clearly at that site) is that an adult bed for a 4-year-old-kid-aged doll won’t work for scaling. If I say to a doll furniture seller that I have a 1:12 doll (My Lati White) they send me a 1:12 bed and it’s too big. It was for an adult 1:12 doll. So … either I have to cheat the system and ask for a 1:18 bed, or I have to ask for a 1:12 bed FOR A LITTLE KID! So the quoted scale can be misleading.
A few years ago IKEA made a dollhouse along with furniture for it. Made of a durable plastic it came in different colors with doors and drawers that open and close. I found some on eBay for a very good price and use it in the Itso box house. The scale is 1:12 and I use it for my Lati Whites. Remember though, this furniture will be large for them, because they are small child sized dolls.
The furniture that fits the dolls that are in the 4″ to 6″ range is the 1:12 scale, and that would include the IKEA furniture that I mentioned already. There are many companies that make furniture in this scale and I will list some of my favorites with links.
The on-line stores that I find wonderful miniatures at for the 1:12 scale are as follows:
The Dolls House Emporuim
These sites I have not bought from yet, but their furniture is so beautiful that I will eventually buy some.
I love the vases from this site
Berties Dollhouse Miniature Wood Turning
This site give you the names of various places to buy the 1:12 size furniture. Collectibleminiatures
The latest pieces of doll furniture that I have found are made by American Girl. This doll comes in two sizes, one is 18″ tall and the mini doll is 6 1/2″ tall. I am interested in the furniture made for the mini doll, because that is in the 1:12th scale, and would be perfect for my Pukipuki’s and Lati White’s. In 2000 Mattel released room boxes for the AG mini, and they came with a platform that was wired for electricity for the lamps that came with the room boxes. These rooms were discontinued in 2003, because of electrical wiring problems, so now if you want one you have to look on eBay. Here is a site with pictures of each room, be ready to be amazed, because these rooms are amazing! AG Minis Link
I was lucky enough to find some of the furniture from the Blue Room at a very good price, and I sure hope that I can find more!