As dollhouse collectors know very well, sometimes the smallest things provide the greatest revelations.
The 1-inch scale is the most common scale used for dollhouse miniatures. In writing, this is usually abbreviated as 1:12 or 1/12. 1-inch scale means that 1 inch in miniature equals 1 foot in life size. On this scale for example, a 6-foot-tall bookcase would be only 6 inches tall as a piece of dollhouse furniture. So of course you want to furnish a 1-inch scale dollhouse with 1-inch scale furniture to keep everything in proportion.
Most of our dollhouses are built to 1-inch scale. If this is your first dollhouse or you'd like a wide selection of dollhouse furniture from which to choose, we recommend choosing a 1-inch scale doll's house. This is the most popular dollhouse scale among collectors.
In a playscale doll's house, 2 inches in miniature equals 1 foot in life size. Playscale is often represented in writing as 1:6 or 1/6. This indicates that 1 inch in miniature is equivalent to 6 inches in life size. Playscale dollhouses are rather large compared to the typical collectors dollhouse. Instead of for collections, these dollhouses are an ideal choice as a toy for younger children. They are sometimes referred to as Barbie doll houses, as they are sized to accommodate 11.5-inch fashion dolls, such as the ubiquitous Barbie.
1/2-inch scale is the smallest dollhouse kit size available at DollHousesGalore.com. In written form, it often appears as 1:24 or 1/24. At this scale, 1/2-inch in miniature equals 1 foot in life size. The same 6-foot bookcase from the above 1-inch scale example (6 inches to scale) would be just 3 inches tall on the 1/2 Inch scale.