Whether you just picked up a dollhouse at a garage sale or some roombox in your workroom has become separated from its label, there may be a time when you find yourself, “Exactly what scale is this piece?”
Yep, it happens. 😉
In order to figure out the scale of your piece, get out a measuring tape and follow this chart — even though it can be confusing, once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty easy.
Roomboxes usually have a scale ceiling height of 8-10 feet (floors of a dollhouse usually fall within this same range) . So if the roombox is 9″ tall, find 9″ in the first column and find the number in that row that falls within the 8-10 feet.
In this example, the roombox is 1/12 scale (wherein 1″ = 1′).
So, if the roombox measures 0.75″ — what scale roombox is it? (Answer below.)
You can make the same calculations with furniture. To figure out what scale a dollhouse grandfather clock is, the first thing you need to know is the size of a real life grandfather clock. You could measure one of your own grandfather clock, or use this “Standard Furniture Sizes” reference guide.
Once you have the height of the real life grandfather clock (about 7′), measure your dollhouse grandfather clock.
Let’s say the dollhouse grandfather clock is 1.75″ tall. Rather than make up a chart with every single measurement on it, I’m going to ask you to do some addition. Look at the 1″ and 0.75″ rows and add those together — here’s an example using the grandfather clock:
Since a full size grandfather clock averages about 7′, it’s clear that the 1.75″ grandfather clock is 1/48 scale.
It is clear, right? 🙂
Now, what scale is that 0.75″ roombox? 1/144, of course — my personal favorite. 😉