Doll House Kits – Explaining the Difference

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With many different companies offering beautiful dollhouse designs, it is easy to let a visual interpretation of a dollhouse kit make your mind up for you. You start with a large sheet of thin plywood, usually approx 1/8-1/4" thick. Die Cut houses traditionally offer more elaborate design options and intricate trims. The most popular die cut Dollhouse Company in North America today is and Corona Concepts doll houses.

Cabinet Grade Plywood Doll house Kits - 3/8" plywood is usually used in these kits. Assembly includes small nails as well as glue. These houses are much sturdier for play use, and usually simpler in their design than the die cut houses. Real Good Toys in Vermont is the largest and most respected doll house maker of plywood houses in North America today.


Milled MDF - Similar to solid plywood houses milled MDF (medium density fibreboard) an engineered wood product formed by breaking down softwood into wood fibres, combining with wax and resin, and formed into panels by applying temperature and pressure. The "siding" of a dollhouse can be milled directly onto the outside walls of MDF kits, creating a realistic exterior finish when painted. Dura-Craft controlled the MDF doll house market for many years, and their demise has left a hole in the dollhouse market. Real Good is now offering many of their dollhouse kits with a choice of smooth plywood finish or MDF, depending on the choice of the consumer.

Consider all of this information when choosing a type of dollhouse kit to purchase and avoid disappointment in your finished product.

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