Oftentimes I get asked to tell someone the scale of their dollhouse. So I thought I would give a fast answer, as well as more in-depth information regarding each scale.

The simple answer is:

2 inch scale – also called 1/6th = 2 inches are equal to 1 foot (Barbie scale)

1 inch scale – also called 1/12th = 1 inch is equal to 1 foot (a typical dollhouse)

½ inch scale – also called 1/24th = ½ inch is equal to 1 foot

¼ inch scale – also called 1/48th = ¼ inch is equal to 1 foot

1/144th (the dollhouse for your dollhouse) = 1/144th inch is equal to 1 foot

Always when breaking down a real life object to a certain scale, you divide the length and width by the number of parts in scale , 12 for one inch scale, 24 for half scale, or 48 for quarter scale. Don't assume it is always half the size.

**2” scale:** 1 foot in real life, equals 2 inches in miniature life. Also known as 1/6th scale. Items in 1:6 scale, also known as "Playscale" or "Fashion Doll" scale, are sized to fit with common fashion dolls such as Barbie, or collectible action figures, principally military action figures. In this scale, one inch is equivalent to 6 inches in full size. A standard 7 1/2 foot tall door would measure fifteen inches (38 cm), while an adult male doll is 12 inches (30.5 cm) tall. Some artisan miniatures are produced in this scale, mainly in modern styles. This is also the scale for most Japanese 'Re-Ment' accessories and play foods.

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**1" scale:** 1 foot in real life, equals 1 inch in miniature life. Also known as 1/12th Scale. This is the most common dollhouse scale. Because of the metric system, German and some other European dollhouse miniatures often substitute 1:10 scale for 1:12 scale. 1 inch scale gained a widespread acceptance amongst collectors of artisan miniatures when it was chosen as the scale for Queen Mary's Dolls House. At a time when imperial rulers were marked in 1/12ths of an inch, this was and continues to be a popular size, which allows for the creation of greatly detailed miniatures. In 1:12 scale, doorways will be 6 - 7 1/2 inches tall (15 - 19 cm) or larger, and most adult dolls are depicted at between 5 in (12.7cm) and 6 in. (15.2 cm) in height.

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3/4" scale: One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. Also commonly known as 1:16 scale, was a common scale for play dolls houses from the 1930's to 1950's and has now been revived by the Brinca Dada toy company for their new range of modern dolls house toys. One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. An adult male doll in this scale will be roughly 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, while a doorway will be 5 3/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches (14.5 - 16.5 cm) high. Collectible houses and furniture in this scale include pieces from Tri-ang (a British Manufacturer), Marx (Little Hostess, Amanda Ann), and Petite Princess (by Ideal, marketed in the US).

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2/3" scale: one inch in this scale equals 18 inches on a real life item, or 2/3 inch equals one foot. This is the Lundby Dolls House Scale. They are often furnished with 1:16 scale furniture as play furniture in these scales is often 'fit the box' scale rather than strictly to size.

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1/2" scale: 1 foot in real life, equals 1/2 inch in miniature life. Also known as 1/24th scale. Here is the part that is important: 1/2" scale is not half the size of 1" scale. Because miniatures are 3 dimensional, you have to account for the length as well as the width. So it is actually a quarter of the 3 dimensional size of one. A popular dollhouse scale in the 1950s that started enjoying new found popularity in the early 21st century. 1/2 scale is gaining ground in the U.K. and Europe as a popular miniature scale. This scale is more commonly found across scale hobbies, with "G" or garden scale railways producing many inexpensive figures and details in scales from 1:22 to 1:24. This is also a common play scale for children, as Playmobil houses and accessories are in this scale to go with the railroads and vehicles produced by Playmobil. There is also a range of inexpensive 'puzzle' houses available in this scale. 1:24 scale is also fairly popular for high-end die-cast car collectibles, so street scenes are much easier to construct in 1:24 vs 1:12 scale.

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1/4" scale: one foot in real life equals 1/4 inch in miniature life. Also known as 1/48th scale. Popular scale for die-cast models, construction toys, and plastic models made from kits. ¼ scale is gaining in popularity in North America and the United Kingdom. This scale is similar to railroad "O" scale and building parts available for railroad buildings can be used for quarter scale houses. In this scale, a person 6 feet high in real life would be 1 1/2 inches (6/4) inches tall or almost 4 cm. This scale also works well for gamers who use 25/28 or 40 mm figures. Many of the gaming buildings available are either S or O railroad scale.

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1/144th scale: one foot in real life equals 1/144th inch in miniature life. Also known as micro scale. 1/44th scale is 1/12 the size of 1/12 scale dollhouse miniatures. This is the smallest possible dollhouse scale. This is the dollhouse scale to use if you want a "dollhouse for a dollhouse." This scale is extra charming; adds a unique scale to your dollhouse miniatures collection. Buildings this size can be used as 1:12 scale dolls houses inside a 1:12 scale dolls house. This is very close to the British "N" scale railway size of 1:148, and slightly off from the North American "N" scale railroad of 1:160 scale. It is a very popular size for Christmas Railway Scenes.

]]>The simple answer is:

2 inch scale – also called 1/6th = 2 inches are equal to 1 foot (Barbie scale)

1 inch scale – also called 1/12th = 1 inch is equal to 1 foot (a typical dollhouse)

½ inch scale – also called 1/24th = ½ inch is equal to 1 foot

¼ inch scale – also called 1/48th = ¼ inch is equal to 1 foot

1/144th (the dollhouse for your dollhouse) = 1/144th inch is equal to 1 foot

Always when breaking down a real life object to a certain scale, you divide the length and width by the number of parts in scale , 12 for one inch scale, 24 for half scale, or 48 for quarter scale. Don't assume it is always half the size.

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3/4" scale: One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. Also commonly known as 1:16 scale, was a common scale for play dolls houses from the 1930's to 1950's and has now been revived by the Brinca Dada toy company for their new range of modern dolls house toys. One inch in this scale equals 16 inches on a real item, or 3/4 inch equals 1 foot. An adult male doll in this scale will be roughly 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) tall, while a doorway will be 5 3/4 inches to 6 1/2 inches (14.5 - 16.5 cm) high. Collectible houses and furniture in this scale include pieces from Tri-ang (a British Manufacturer), Marx (Little Hostess, Amanda Ann), and Petite Princess (by Ideal, marketed in the US).

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2/3" scale: one inch in this scale equals 18 inches on a real life item, or 2/3 inch equals one foot. This is the Lundby Dolls House Scale. They are often furnished with 1:16 scale furniture as play furniture in these scales is often 'fit the box' scale rather than strictly to size.

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1/2" scale: 1 foot in real life, equals 1/2 inch in miniature life. Also known as 1/24th scale. Here is the part that is important: 1/2" scale is not half the size of 1" scale. Because miniatures are 3 dimensional, you have to account for the length as well as the width. So it is actually a quarter of the 3 dimensional size of one. A popular dollhouse scale in the 1950s that started enjoying new found popularity in the early 21st century. 1/2 scale is gaining ground in the U.K. and Europe as a popular miniature scale. This scale is more commonly found across scale hobbies, with "G" or garden scale railways producing many inexpensive figures and details in scales from 1:22 to 1:24. This is also a common play scale for children, as Playmobil houses and accessories are in this scale to go with the railroads and vehicles produced by Playmobil. There is also a range of inexpensive 'puzzle' houses available in this scale. 1:24 scale is also fairly popular for high-end die-cast car collectibles, so street scenes are much easier to construct in 1:24 vs 1:12 scale.

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1/4" scale: one foot in real life equals 1/4 inch in miniature life. Also known as 1/48th scale. Popular scale for die-cast models, construction toys, and plastic models made from kits. ¼ scale is gaining in popularity in North America and the United Kingdom. This scale is similar to railroad "O" scale and building parts available for railroad buildings can be used for quarter scale houses. In this scale, a person 6 feet high in real life would be 1 1/2 inches (6/4) inches tall or almost 4 cm. This scale also works well for gamers who use 25/28 or 40 mm figures. Many of the gaming buildings available are either S or O railroad scale.

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1/144th scale: one foot in real life equals 1/144th inch in miniature life. Also known as micro scale. 1/44th scale is 1/12 the size of 1/12 scale dollhouse miniatures. This is the smallest possible dollhouse scale. This is the dollhouse scale to use if you want a "dollhouse for a dollhouse." This scale is extra charming; adds a unique scale to your dollhouse miniatures collection. Buildings this size can be used as 1:12 scale dolls houses inside a 1:12 scale dolls house. This is very close to the British "N" scale railway size of 1:148, and slightly off from the North American "N" scale railroad of 1:160 scale. It is a very popular size for Christmas Railway Scenes.