Creating Your Perfect Historically Accurate Dollhouse


Collecting dollhouse miniatures is a really fun hobby and there are many people who love to create tiny homes filled with miniscule furniture. These beautiful dollhouses are filled with lovely tiny details and when you examine them up close, you will continue to find lovingly placed little touches that make them a delight to behold. The creators of dollhouses spend hours shopping for furniture, applying wall paper, painting walls and carefully placing each item to achieve the desired effect.

When they are putting together a dollhouse, many collectors will aim to recreate the look of a certain era. For example, a dollhouse might be modelled after a 1930s American farmhouse, or a turn of the century English manor. Depending on the era that they have chosen, the dollhouse collector will choose different items of furniture and decorations to recreate the look of that period in time. The finished product is a highly detailed recreation of what a family home would have looked like in a certain decade, a glance back to the styles and fashions of another year.

If you are a dollhouse collector, you might want to recreate the look of a certain time period in your dollhouse. However, how can you make sure that the furniture, decorations and dolls house accessories that you are choosing are accurate for that time period? Here are a few ways that you can learn about the era in question and make sure that your dollhouse is as historically accurate as possible.

Be Specific About Your Time Frame, Location and Class Level

When you are choosing the time period for your doll house, you will want to choose not only the time period, but also the class level of the home. For example, if you choose the 1940s as your time period – a home owned by an upper class family during this era will have different furnishings than a working class family. Obviously, the upper class home will have a more lavish and ornate higher quality style of furnishings and might be larger, with more rooms for leisure and entertaining.

Also, it is important to choose the location where your house would be. A homestead in the USA will have different décor and furnishings than a home in a city in the United Kingdom – even if they are both from the same time period. The more specific you are about your dollhouse’s context within location, time and society – the easier it will be to make it more realistic.

Do Your Research

The next step is to start researching the time period, location and class level you have decided on to get some ideas. There are many ways to do this. The easiest way is likely to be online as there is so much information available about the different styles and fashions of other eras. For example, you can do a Google Search for “1920s Art Deco interior design” and get an abundance of photos for inspiration.

Also, you can take a look at design and home décor books from your local library. These books are obviously about full sized furniture, but you can easily apply the ideas to your miniature sized doll house. Once you have made a list of the types of furniture that would have been used in the era, you can buy these items online.

Make A Plan

Before you start purchasing your dollhouse furniture, it is a good idea to make a plan about where you will put everything and which room will be used for what. Do some research into the era and what typical rooms a house would have – for example in the sixteenth century homes would have a “Drawing Room” which was a sitting space used for hosting guests. This room was usually just outside of the master bedroom, known as the “Great Chamber”.

Once you have your plan put together, you can start to place all of the items into your dollhouse and arrange the rooms. In order to make it seem more like your dollhouse is lived in, you can even great a few little “vignettes” such as a half-eaten dinner on the table or a few clothes laid on the bed. With the right research and attention to detail, your dollhouse will be beautiful and historically accurate.

Gem Wilson is a freelance writer and dollhouse enthusiast. Her latest project has been recreating a family home from the 1970s, complete with shag carpeting!

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