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Miniature 1:12 scale projects for dollhouses, room boxes and dioramas


1:12 scale is the most commonly used scale in dollhouses and miniatures. Why is that? Maybe because of the historical reasons. The dollhouse hobby started in countries that use 1:12 based measurements (instead of 1/10 scale the metric system uses). See dollhouses for dollhouse manufacturers.


Antique Shop 1:12 Scale Miniature


Links to miniature projects

I'm a Giant Challenge - 3


  • photo albums, blog posts, web pages



  • Blogs concentrating on 1:12 inch scale or categories/labels about it in blogs



  • Discussion groups, forums (or forum categories) and photo groups dedicated to 1:12 inch scale.

1:12 Scale Dollhouse Miniatures group in Flickr


Supplies for sale

  • Supplies needed for making 1:12 inch scale projects.
  • look for Chrysnbon kits, House of Miniatures kits

Doll House Portal Metal Miniatures  - Collectable Miniatures and do it yourself supplies. Unfinished metal miniatures. They are great for the do it yourself-er. An astounding variety of accessories to bring your scenes to life!

Metal Miniatures - all scales

Stewart Dollhouse Creations - all scales

TeePee Crafts -  metal accessories


Miniatures for sale

  • Do you have a section for 1:12 inch scale in your shop? Add a direct link to that item here.



  • Books about miniature 1:12 inch scale projects (also books with chapters about them)


Instructions for miniatures


Miniature printables



  • Wallpapers that go well with 1:12 inch scale projects


Other Printies

  • Book/magazine covers related to 1:12 inch scale

Relative sizes of various items to human - from Jane at Minifanaticus



  • links to sites showing how to make items related to 1:12 inch scale



  •  YouTube videos about miniature projects related to this subject


Research/ Inspiration

  • 1:12 is the standard for "collector" dollhouses and associated kits, furniture, and people. It's the easiest scale in which to find "everything" needed to furnish a house or shop. "Take a Seat by Raine" and its dollar store knock-offs are a small 1:12. The modernist Kaleidoscope house sold in museum shops is on the delicate end of 1:12. 
  • Caution:  Some nominally 1:12 dollhouses are too small to accommodate bulkier 1:12 furniture, especially on upper floors. Most tab-and-slot kits have this problem. 
  • Another caution:  Just because it's the same brand and nominally the same scale, that doesn't mean it's really the same scale. Town Square's various 1:12 furniture sets actually run from 1:10 to 1:16.  


Size Examples

  • A cottage or modern house will have 8" ceilings.
  • A Victorian mansion will have main-floor ceilings of 10" or so.
  • Doorways will be at least 6-1/2" high.
  • An adult doll who fits will typically be 5-1/2" to 6" tall, though 5" action figures look fine in smaller 1:12 houses.
  • Rooms will rarely be less than 9" deep.
  • Most "ordinary" dollhouse furniture will fit.



  • Action figures come in this size; e.g. Batman, Spawn, Lord of the Rings, and Masters of the Universe figures are in this class, as are Metal Gear Solid figures. The widely available postmodern action figures (Beethoven, librarian, Jesus, barista, etc.) are also 1:12, not to mention extremely tempting to acquire in bulk. A normal-sized adult should be 5-1/2" to 6" tall.




Ideas about what is needed for these projects

  • links to inspiring pages
  • ideas for shop names
  • YouTube videos on the subject



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