Dollhouse Windows provide a way to add character to a new dollhouse. There are many types of dollhouse windows, including working and non-working dollhouse windows. Typically, dollhouse windows are inserted into pre-cut areas of the dollhouse, they are often glued in place and then held there with tape until the glue has dried. Most dollhouse windows come with the exterior trim intact, so there is no gap from the outside. However, the inside pre-cut hole will still be visible–this is often covered with interior window trim to create a nice flush and polished finish.
Dollhouse windows vary in size, shape and style as well finish. It is critical to understand which type of dollhouse window you need for your house in order to get the best results. We have outlined the most important elements here to help ensure you are considering each of them when selecting windows for your dollhouse.
Dollhouse Window Size : The size of the dollhouse window can vary greatly based on the over shape ad style of the window. The first thing to ensure is that you are working within the same scale. Dollhouses typically come in 1″ or 1/12 scale, but there are many 1/2″ or 1/24 scale products. So first make sure you are reviewing dollhouse windows that are the same scale as your house, then carefully measure the pre-cut window holes to see what size window will fit.
Dollhouse Window Shape : The shape of the window seems very obvious, but like many creative projects, looks can be deceiving and sometimes the creative side takes over. Things like bay windows which have more depth than our project may allow, etc. So once you have defined the window size, the next is to review shape. Bay dollhouse windows have depth to them and pediment windows have decorations that may push into another design element on your specific dollhouse. The key is to make sure you measure and review twice before buying dollhouse windows. At a cost of $10 or so and some dollhouse kits using 20+ windows, it is a good thing to get it right!
Dollhouse Window Style : The style of your dollhouse will often determine the style you should use for your dollhouse windows. However, why lock yourself into anything if you want something specific. Typically, the only limitations are size and style which we covered above. Once those elements are defined, you can get as creative as you want. Another style related issue is whether the dollhouse windows are working or non-working. This is just what it sounds like – a working dollhouse window will actually open and close while a non-working dollhouse window will have the “look” but just not open.
Dollhouse Window Finish : The finish can vary based on the manufacturer specifications and the type and style of window. Most dollhouse windows that we see are crafted from wood and often include an acetate sheet to replicate the glass. We have also see windows come with no acetate and often require more work prior to installation. The final type of finished product is a product that isn’t finished at all – they are dollhouse window kits. For the true fanatic, these kits allow you to fully assemble each window from scratch. Often there are dollhouse window jigs you can purchase or build to help assemble a lot of windows! other partial kits may include the trim that covers the window, this creates the boxing or design effects over the window. There are also window mullions which work with specific dollhouse windows. These are designs that snap into the window frame and cover a part of the window for a cool designer effect.
No matter what you chose for your dollhouse, the key is to build something you will love. Selecting a dollhouse window can take some time to go through the options and also planning your budget. But once you have a clear vision and a few ideas, it is time to get the windows ordered and start prepping for installation! The one thing we have noticed is that dollhouse kits really come to life when the windows go in! So think of this step as the one that helps breathe more life and character into you dollhouse.
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