1:12 scale sometimes called one inch scale gained a widespread acceptance amongst collectors of artisan miniatures when it was chosen as the scale for Queen Mary's Dolls House. At a time when imperial rulers were marked in 1/12ths of an inch, this was, and continues to be a popular size, which allows for the creation of greatly detailed miniatures. In 1:12 scale, doorways will be six inches tall or larger, and most adult dolls are depicted at between 5 ft and 6 ft in height.
The scale is common in play houses for younger children, with Plan Toys making their dolls, furniture, and some animals in roughly 1:12 scale, and Calico Critters (Sylvanian Families) also making their toys and accessories in roughly this scale (except for the animals themselves). For collectors in all ranges, 1:12 scale is the most widely available dolls house scale.
The scale is not popular for other miniatures however, so cars or trains and some other accessories in 1:12 scale are difficult to find. Space considerations mean 1:12 scale is not as popular with collectors who want to make an entire scene with several buildings or outbuildings. There are some popular model horses (Breyer and others) in this scale, with a few animals. A wide range of animals are available from artisans, but common farmyard animals are limited in this scale.
A wide range of projects in 1:12 scale can be found in the Dolls House Miniatures section of the Miniatures.about.com site.
1:16 dolls house scale , sometimes called 3/4 scale, was a common scale for play dolls houses from the 1930's to 1950's and has now been revived by the Brinca Dada toy company for their new range of modern dolls house toys. One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. An adult male doll in this scale will be roughly 4 1/2 inches tall, while a doorway will be 5 3/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches high. Collectible houses and furniture in this scale include pieces from Tri-ang (a British Manufacturer), Marx (Little Hostess, Amanda Ann) and Petite Princess (by Ideal, marketed in the US.)
4. 1:18 Scale - Lundby Dolls House Scale - 2/3 Scale
Lundby dolls houses made in Sweden, are made in the scale of 1:18, sometimes called 2/3 scale. They are often furnished with 1:16 scale furniture, as play furniture in these scales is often 'fit the box' scale rather than strictly to size.
1:24 dollhouse scale or half scale is gaining ground in the U.K. and Europe as a popular miniature scale. This scale is more commonly found across scale hobbies, with "G" or garden scale railways producing many inexpensive figures and details in scales from 1:22 to 1:24. This is also a common play scale for children, as Playmobil houses and accessories are in this scale to go with the railroads and vehicles produced by Playmobil. There is also a range of inexpensive 'puzzle' houses available in this scale. 1:24 scale is also fairly popular for high end die cast car collectibles, so street scenes are much easier to construct in 1:24 vs 1:12 scale.
In the dolls house artisan market it remains somewhat of a niche, with some artisans in Europe producing duplicates of their 1:12 scale range in 1:24 scale as well. 1:24 scale items are becoming more widely available commercially, but the range is still limited compared to 1:12 scale. Some kit manufactures, including The Daisy House, produce furniture kits in 1:24 scale.
In 1:24 scale, a doorway is usually 3 to 3 1/4 inches high, with male dolls standing between 2 1/2 to 3 inches tall.
Most of the projects from the Dolls House Miniatures section of the Miniatures.about.com site. can be made in 1:24 scale. The Dolls House Printable section of the website has a wide range of printable projects in this (and other) scales.
1:48 scale or quarter scale dolls houses are becoming increasingly popular, especially on the west coast of North American and in the U.K. This scale is similar to railroad "O" scale and building parts available for railroad buildings can be used for quarter scale houses. This scale also works well for gamers who use 25/28 or 40 mm figures. Many of the gaming buildings available are either S or O railroad scale. Projects to Try:
- Printable Miniature Shop in 1:48 Scale
- Make a Quarter Scale Front Porch Scene in a Tea Cup
- Make Quarter Scale Plants
1:144 has been called Dollhouse for a Dolls House Scale or Micro Scale. Buildings this size can be used as 1:12 scale dolls houses inside a 1:12 scale dolls house. This is very close to the British "N" scale railway size of 1:148, and slightly off from the North American "N" scale railroad of 1:160 scale. It is a very popular size for Christmas Railway Scenes.
Projects for 1:144 Scale:
- Finding Accessories for 1:144 and "N" Scale Buildings
- Realistic and Fantasy Style Printable Buildings in 1:144 Scale
- Christmas Decorations for 1:144 and N scale Buildings