Tips for Buying Victorian Doll House Furniture

By: Tim Lee

Victorian doll house furniture appear formal and somber. They also feature elaborate details, including outwardly curving arm chairs. Chair seat and back are upholstered with rich fabric and often feature material like velvet, plush and velour.

Victorian doll house furniture are made with wood, either as genuine materials or imitations of maple, oak, ash, black walnut and rosewood. The wood features a shiny but dark oil finish. The pulls and knobs are also carved. Unlike modern doll house furniture, Victorian-style furniture look heavy.

To save on price and availability, look for sets. Victorian doll house furniture sometimes come in a two- or three-piece set. Two arm chairs, for example, come with a coffee table or a foot rest. Some furniture, especially bulky ones like china cabinets, chiffonier or divan, usually come as single pieces.

Scale matters

When you're buying Victorian doll house furniture, look for items that are scaled appropriately. The most commonly-used scale for dollhouses is the 1/12 scale. Also known as the 1" scale, this is where every 1" of the doll house furniture is equal to 12" or one foot of the original. For example, if an actual Victorian-style chair is 3.5 feet high, its miniature should be 3.5 inches high.

You might also find other scales such as the 1/2" scale (where 1 foot is equal to 1/2"), 1/4" (where 1 foot is equal to 1/4") and 3/4" (where 1 foot is equal to 3/4"). The latter is not used commonly and you might find it difficult to find Victorian doll house furniture created to this scale. There are also furniture produced using 1/144" (where 1 foot is equal to 1/12"). This is the smallest scale used by most doll house furniture makers.

Price consideration

Choosing Victorian doll house furniture doesn't have to be an expensive decision, although if you have the cash, it certainly can't hurt to buy the best and highly prized miniatures that will lend an air of majesty to your very own Victorian mansion or castle.

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