Make Dollhouse Miniature Furniture

Tools, Techniques and Free Plans

Learn how to make miniature and dollhouse furniture with simple hand tools. The miniature furniture projects on this list are suitable for scale displays or child's play. Includes plans and clear photo instructions for doll beds, armoires, cupboards, bookshelves, tables, fireplaces, chairs and shelving which can be adjusted to any miniature scale.

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    Make Dolls House and Fairy Furniture From Garden Twigs

    A rustic dolls house table made from twigs
    Rustic miniature table made from twigs in 1:12 dolls house scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Make Rustic 'Tramp' or Adirondack miniature cabin furniture for dollhouses or fairy gardens using garden twigs. The techniques for the chair and table can be adapted to the fronts of drawers or to make loveseats.

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    Make Dolls House Kitchen Furniture Projects Including Tables and Chairs

    Dollhouse kitchen plate rack cabinet with hooks for cups
    A shabby chic dollhouse scale kitchen cabinet with a plate rack and cup hooks as well as a shelf. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Outfit any style of miniature dolls' house kitchen with these simple tables, chairs, and other beginner's furniture projects. Furniture for dolls house kitchens can also be adapted from some of the projects in the dolls house bedroom. A night table made taller and fitted with a single metal door can become a pie safe. The night table can be widened and fitted with double doors to become a base cabinet for a kitchen, and the techniques used to make armoires can be used to make upper kitchen cabinets for a fitted modern kitchen.

    Step by step tutorials for dolls house kitchen furniture include:

    The kitchen cabinet series includes:

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    Plans and Instructions to Make Dollhouse Living Room Furniture Projects

    The basic fireplace made from a bashed kitchen hutch is shown beside a doll for scale
    The basic fireplace made from a bashed kitchen hutch is shown beside a doll for scale. With a few modifications it could easily be made taller. Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    Add fireplaces, bookshelves, tables and picture frames to your dolls' house living room. Make your own furniture projects for contemporary or period rooms. Once again you can adapt projects from other rooms to fit a doll's house living room. The simple table can be made into a sideboard or a narrow console table or coffee table, an armoire can be fitted with shelves for a television. Dolls house living room furniture projects include:

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    Instructions for Dollhouse Bedroom Furniture Projects

    Simple projects for dollhouse bedroom furniture including a bed, armoire and night table.
    Easy to build bed, armoire and night table for a dolls' house bedroom. Photo © 2010 Lesley Shepherd

    These simple projects for a dolls' house bedroom can be adapted to make a wide range bed styles, as well as combination armoires and bookcase storage units by adapting the sizes and shapes. These can be made from basswood for painted projects, or you can make them from hardwood like walnut or mahogany.

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    Dollhouse and Model Accessory Furniture

    A dollhouse scale step stool can raise parts of a display to bring them into view.
    A simple dolls house scale step stool can elevate tiny display items to bring them into prominence. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    Simple woodworking techniques can be used to make a range of scale model accessories for dolls' houses, model railroads, and other scale displays. Here are some simple projects to add to a range of scenes:

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    Woodworking Tools for Making Miniature Furniture

    A razor saw ready to cut through a piece of craft wood in a simple miter box.
    A razor saw ready to cut through a piece of craft wood in a simple miter box. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to Inc.

    You can make quality miniature furniture with simple hand tools. Here are some of the items you will find most useful:

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    Wood Sources for Miniature and Dollhouse Furniture

    Dollhouse Kitchen Interior
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    You can make miniature and dollhouse furniture from a range of various woods, everything from craft and stir sticks to hardwood strip wood. Most of the miniature furniture plans on this list are built with basswood (Tilia americana) which is widely available in suitable sizes from craft and hobby shops in North America. European equivalents are Obeche (Triplochiton scleroxylon from Africa), Jelutong (Dyera costulata)from Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra, and Lime or Linden Wood (European Tilia species). For smaller scale furniture, hardwood veneer strips are often used.

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    Paint and Faux Finishes for Miniature and Dollhouse Furniture

    Reworked and refinished dollhouse cabinet compared to its original sad style.
    A basic dollhouse display cabinet with awkward contents and odd design details is reworked into a much better finished traditional cabinet style, using paint, wax and simple trims. Photo © 2012 Lesley Shepherd

    While you can easily paint raw wood furniture with regular acrylic paints, you can also use finishes, waxes, and polishes designed for regular wood furniture. Often an easy remake can save a utilitarian commercial piece. This step by step tutorial on remaking a miniature display cabinet shows you simple techniques and materials than can make a big difference to a badly designed or finished piece. If a traditional look is what you crave, try the following wood finishes:

    Some great materials for finishing miniatures include:

    •  Ranger Distress Crackle Paint - for a small scale crackle finish
    • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™ - for traditional finishes without a lot of preparation.
    • Easy Chalk Paints / Lime Wash Paints You Can Make