The average size dollhouse features rooms with layouts that closely resemble a real house. The majority of inch scale dollhouses measure between 16-24 inches deep with individual rooms measuring between 10-12 inches wide. The actual depth of each dollhouse room will vary according to the architectural style of the dollhouse. Some kits feature movable room dividers that allow you to adjust room size. The floor to ceiling measurement typically runs 9 to 10 inches high depending on the specific measurements of the dollhouse kit. Some dollhouse kits feature more attic space than others. For more attic space, look for dollhouse kits with mansard roof designs.
The layout of a dollhouse was designed to be decorated with dollhouse furniture and dollhouse accessories. Most miniature dollhouses feature an open rear wall which allows you ample room to access your miniature furnishings. Some designs (such as single-story adobe or southwestern dollhouses) have dollhouses with ceiling access. In some dollhouse kit designs, you can access the dollhouse from the front. A front-opening dollhouse kit features a front panel that swings open to provide access similar to a rear-opening dollhouses. Larger dollhouse kits may also have side-access doors, which allow access into deeper parts of the dollhouse. Other large dollhouse kits may be configured into an L-shape design to provide more room in smaller spaces.
Before purchasing a dollhouse kit, it is a good idea to have a general idea of what types of dollhouse miniatures you would like to place inside. Knowing this, you can look for architectural styles that will accommodate your miniature furniture. Look for things such as number of windows, placement of windows and wall space. Take into account the layout of staircases, bay windows and doors as these will reduce your total decorating space. As mentioned above, attic space is important to consider when determining your total decorating space. Gable-style roofs with steep pitches will allow for less room to place your dollhouse furniture. Mansard-style roofs feature an elevated, flat-top design and will provide more room to display your miniatures.
Spending the time to carefully plan your layout before you buy will make your dollhouse miniature projects run even smoother.