Need to know the size of something quick? This handy list of common miniature furniture sizes for building and designing in 1:12 scale will definitely be a helpful resource for you!
The best part? There is a free printable PDF version of this chart you can download at the bottom of this post.
If you like to build and design your own minis, this handy chart is super useful to print out and keep in your design files. I like to keep all of my design notes and templates together in one big ole fat binder with pocket protector pages. It helps me feel much more organized.
This Free Miniature Size Chart Printable Will Help You Save Time!
Anytime I think about building miniature scale furniture, such as my miniature potting bench I completed recently, it can be a struggle to make sure the furniture is the correct size.
Fortunately, in 1:12 scale, it is very easy to convert measurements from real life size to miniature size. In 1:12 scale, one inch equals one foot.
So, if you have an item in real life that is 2 feet tall, that would be 2 inches in 1:12 miniature scale.
Where it gets tricky of course is when you have to convert everything down to the real life inch. For example, if I have a 9 inch item in real life, we have to convert those inches into feet. 9/12 inches reduces to 3/4 inch. If you use a calculator, this will give you the decimal of 0.75.
Whenever I am building and designing different custom miniatures, one thing I am always trying to keep track of what size something is in real life so I am able to figure out what size it should be in 1:12 scale.
Rather than look up the sizes for something every time I want to make it, I thought it might be nice to have a general reference sheet of furniture sizes.
I made this for myself and of course thought others might also find it useful. Now you won’t need to go around your house with a tape measure and do all the calculations. This chart takes all of the guesswork for designing furniture and miniature items for you!
The Big List of Common Miniature Furniture Sizes
At the end of this post, you’ll be able to download and print out a PDF version of this list of different furniture sizes. It’s a good idea to keep a list like this on hand, because you never know when you might want to build something.
Bedroom Furniture Miniature Sizes
|Blanket||—||W + 1.5||D + 1|
Note: For blankets, you’ll want to add 1.5″ to the width and 1″ for the length or as needed to account for the height of the actual bed frame. The height here is for a standard bed on box spring/bed frame.
Dining & Kitchen Miniature Furniture Sizes
This list of dining and kitchen miniature furniture sizes includes the sizes for most dining room items, such as table, chairs, buffet, china cabinet and of course a chandelier. For the kitchen, I’ve also included the size for base cabinets and most standard appliance sizes, such as refrigerator, stove, and even a dishwasher.
|Dining Table (4)||2.5||4||3|
|Dining Table (6)||2.5||6||3|
|Round Cafe Table||2.5||3||3|
|Cooking Utensils||—||W + 0.125||0.125|
Living Room & Study Furniture and Accessories
Most living room sizes are standard – you of course can adjust as needed to fit into your custom space!
|Full Size Sofa||3||7||3|
For table lamps, the size will of course depend on the design. Most lamps are about 2 feet tall, so in miniature 1:12 dollhouse scale, that would put them at about 2 inches tall. Lamp shades typically are about 6 inches wide at the top, and then taper down. Again, this will vary depending on the design.
Bath & Utility
These are standard sizes for miniature 1:12 scale dollhouse bathroom items.
|Bar of Soap||0.175||0.175||..25|
Miscellaneous Miniature Home Decor & Dollhouse Accessories
Lastly, but certainly not least, I also have a list of miscellaneous accessory and home decor items in miniature sizes. In case you need a teddy bear for the bed or would like a welcome mat in front of the door.
This should hopefully give you a nice idea for different sizes and measurements of common household items. Of course, this isn’t meant to be an exact “must be this size” guide. This is just to give you a rough idea of where to start for when you are designing your own miniature items.
Download the Free Printable Miniature Size Reference Chart for Dollhouse & Fairy Garden Furniture
I made a nice free printable miniature size reference chart you can print out and use to keep in your notes and files. Hopefully this will help make your life much easier when you are designing miniature furniture and accessories for your dollhouses, fairy gardens, and more.
I hope you find this list of miniature sizes and the reference chart useful. I know it is going to save me a lot of time in the future to be able to start a design without needing to first measure items around the house.
Are there any common furniture items or household accessories I may have missed? What types of things are you building often? If there’s anything you would add to this list let me know in the comments section below!