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Dollhouse Scales Guide

Section 1: Introduction

Understanding dollhouse scales is a must for any budding hobbyist. Below we have information on the most common scales that you will find in our store. Note that the majority of our store items are 1:12 scale unless otherwise noted.

Click HERE to download a PDF of this guide

 

Playscale (1:6) - 1/6

Playscale is not something you are going to see a great deal of, it's rather scarce by comparison to the other scales. So, a real life 12-foot item would be only 24 Inches tall in 1:6 scale

 

1 Inch (1:12) - 1/12

This is the most popular scale by far and what the majority of our inventory is comprised of. 1:12 scale is an easy conversion, if it's 12 ft in real life, the scale version is only 12 Inches tall.

 

½ Inch (1:24)- 1/24

Half Inch scale is also fairly popular, you will find many of the half in scale items in our store, they will be clearly marked as such. 1:24 scale conversion is also pretty simple, a real-life object which is 12 feet tall would be 6 Inches tall in a half in miniature.

 

¼ Inch (1:48) - 1/48

Quarter Inch scale miniatures are not as popular but have quite a dedicated following. A 1:48, most commonly referred to as a 1/4 Inch miniature is easy to convert as well. A real-life object which is 12 feet tall would be only 3 inches tall as a 1/4-inch miniature.

 

Dollhouse (1:144) - 1/144

This is most commonly used for scaling items for within your dollhouse. For example, a dollhouse to go in your dollhouse must be 1:12 scale in reference to your dollhouse... therefore the correct scale for the item is 1:144. The real 12 feet tall to 1/144 scale is only 0.83".... very tiny =)

 

Quick Dollhouse Scales Chart

Scale Real Life Size Miniature Size
1:6 12ft 24in
1:12 12ft 12in
1:24 12ft 6in
1:48 12ft 3in
1:144 12ft 1in

 

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