Barbie doll house scale
Before you fall in love with your doll house and ship it to your house, don't forget to double check the scale size. Classic Barbie dolls measure 11.5 inches in height, and as such don't fit the majority of what are considered doll houses these days. A proper Barbie doll won't be able to move about comfortably in such a house and will generally suffer from the cramped spaces and potentially ghastly unfashionable kitchen.
Barbie doll house basics
Doll houses designed especially for standard, 11.5-inch Barbie dolls come in an endless variety, but they can be grouped into a few categories. The first would be the basic, single story model with a kitchenette and a little bedroom, and maybe a living space. As you might expect, these are nice starter homes, good for getting your feet wet, but not where we'd like to end up for the long run. If you feel like you are built up enough Barbie equity and would like to trade up, there are plenty of options for you.
We recommend moving to something in a two or three story, pink and yellow Victorian with a spiral staircase. Not only will these provide hours of enjoyment for you, your daughters, and her playmates, but Greek Revival looks silly in a doll house. These set-ups include a full kitchen, full bath, sitting room, dressing room, and a bedroom. Often times they are built completely open, eliminating the need to fold open walls and doors to access the rooms.
Deluxe Barbie doll houses
In the event the above description hasn't driven you to your nearest Barbie mortgage broker, investigate some custom-built, fully-furnished and concealed Barbie doll houses. These models include checkered tile floors, hand-made and upholstered furniture, and painted details the likes of which mass production cannot imitate. We think you'll find the adorable details are well worth it. Take, for example, the claw foot tubs, pedestal sinks, and coat racks - for a few more Barbie basis points you can amortize this over 30 years with no balloon payments.
Often these deluxe, custom Barbie doll houses are built with stenciled drawers underneath for storing additional furniture, wardrobe, or alternative Kens.