Build this easy dollhouse or dolls house bookcase with a traditional front opening using a single sheet of plywood and some standard wood trim. It is designed to fit in with standard sized bookcases placed against a wall. There are also instructions for building custom doors and windows. The case can hold individual roomboxes, or it can be built with fixed shelve and partitions as a standard dollhouse. Adjust the trim and details on the front opening doors to suit your own style, or follow the suggestions for a traditional finish.
Free plans and instructions to build a traditional styled dual purpose dollhouse or baby house in 1:12 scale shown here with plywood and bookboard roomboxes. As designed, the dollhouse is the depth of a standard bookcase, and will accept the basic roombox sizes listed below if you want to build it as a bookcase and insert individual roomboxes on the shelves. The case can be used to store individual roomboxes until you have a full doll house collection, or it can be finished on the interior as a stand alone dollhouse with fixed floors and partitions by adding slots or mouldings to hold the walls in place on the shelves.
If the case is set up to hold roomboxes, the adjustable shelves allow it to be used as a bookcase should the owner's interests change.
Instructions for how to plan and fit your choice of windows and doors into the front opening doors of the basic dolls house case outlined above. If you build the house according to the plan measurements, one sheet of 5ftx 5 ft Baltic birch plywood will complete the entire house of case, doors and shelves.
Instructions on how add quoin and cornice trim made from standard wood moldings to the front of a basic dollhouse for a traditional townhouse house style.
These plywood roomboxes can be connected to make a doll house, or used as single room displays. They are designed to fit in a standard bookcase, and can be given glass roofs or framed glass fronts to protect the contents from dust.
The townhouse dollhouse shown above will hold three standard roomboxes and three half size roomboxes to create a townhouse collection of entrance hall, living room, dining room, bedroom, bathroom and staircase.
Simpler and less expensive to make than the plywood roomboxes, boxes made of bookboard or Davey board will stand up to careful use for many years. These roomboxes are built the same size as the plywood roomboxes to allow them to fit on standard bookshelves.
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