Dollhouse kits come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and levels of complexity. You can get dollhouse kits with every kind of bell or whistle, and find ones that match almost any genre of the toy, from fairy castles to submarine homes.

Though it might take a little looking, you should be able to find a kit that perfectly meets you and your child’s needs and ability levels.

Building dollhouses with or for a loved one is a longstanding tradition, beloved by old and young alike. Today, building dollhouses are easier than ever with premade kits that you and your child can assemble together with minimum hassle.

Once you’ve found the right one, turn on some music and build! Working on dollhouse kits is a great parent-child bonding activity or grandparent-grandchild bonding activity. Afterall, there’s no age limit on the magic of dollhouses.

And who knows? This is one activity that could become a lifelong hobby or even a career–thousands of people today make livings creating and selling dollhouse kits, dollhouse furniture, and other custom-made dollhouse accessories. So let’s dive into the wonderful world of dollhouse kits to help you get started with your very first kit.

Dollhouse kits – Few Things to Consider Before Buying

Who is going to be predominantly putting the kit together?

If the dollhouse kit is going to be mostly put together by you, with your child as an audience, then you can possibly go for one of the more complicated kits; though keep in mind your own level of building acumen. Don’t bite off more than you can chew!.

If your plan is to work on the kit together with your son or daughter, then you’re going to want to carefully go over the assembly requirements to make sure that assembly is simple enough for the child’s age and level, as well as doesn’t require any tools that are unsafe for children.

  What are the dollhouse’s finished dimensions?

Dollhouse kits range in size and height. You can find dollhouse kits that produce dollhouses the size of a loaf of bread, others that go floor to ceiling and practically every height and length in between.

When looking to buy dollhouse kits, check the dimensions to determine if it will fit the space you’re planning on placing it in. You don’t want to build it on your kitchen table only to find out you can’t fit it out the door or up the stairs to your daughter’s bedroom.

You also don’t want to get started only to find you’ll have to knock a hole in the ceiling to make the dollhouse’s roof fit.

What is the dollhouse’s finished weight?

Dollhouse finished weight is important for a few reasons. First, if it’s on the smaller side, and you anticipate your child may want to move the dollhouse around the house to play within different areas, you’ll want to make sure that it’s light enough for your child to move by themselves.

If it’s a stationary dollhouse–one that’s on the larger side that won’t be moved–you’ll want to know the weight as a safety precaution. If the completed dollhouse is very heavy, you’ll want to make sure that it is securely placed and anchored so that it doesn’t tip over and possibly injure your child.

The completed weight of dollhouse kits is also important for assembly. Based on the finished weight, you’ll be able to best decide where you want to put the kit together: in a workspace or in the place it will eventually be kept.

Do the dollhouse kits you’re looking at come with furniture?

Some people prefer to get kits that require no further purchasing. Others enjoy the hunt for the perfect bedroom set or dollhouse kitchenware. Know beforehand what you’ll be getting with the kit so you can know what other items you may or may not need to order.

Which kinds of dolls can the dollhouse accommodate?

Depending on the size of the finished dollhouse, the dollhouse kits you buy may or may not be able to accommodate the dolls your child already owns.

If you don’t want to have to shop for all new dolls once you’re done the building, make sure the kit you’re looking at can hold your child’s favorite dolls or toys. You may even want to measure them to ensure the dimensions work together with the dollhouse you’re planning to buy.

Does this dollhouse kit use electricity? Will it need batteries?

As I mentioned before, dollhouse kits have become incredibly complex over the years, with many added bells and whistles. One popular innovation is to include features like little light bulbs that actually work, or fully functioning electric appliances.

Know in advance if the dollhouse kits you’re looking at containing any of these features. You’ll then be able to consider whether or not wiring is needed if you are capable of doing any wiring required if your child is old enough to be around easily accessible wiring and if the dollhouse will require you to buy batteries.

Now that you know how to evaluate dollhouse kits, let’s take a look at six popular dollhouse kits available on the market today so you can start forming an idea of what you want to get.

The first three are classic toy dollhouse kits, meant to be played with. The next three are classic kits meant for assembly and are more about the project than the play that may or may not come afterward (as you may decide to display the finished product instead!).

Melissa & Doug Classic Heirloom Victorian Wooden Dollhouse

This is a charming classic dollhouse, the likes of which you can find in many homes.

One side represents a home’s exterior and the other side is open faced to allow a child to interact with several rooms, including a nursery, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living/dining room. A lot of small, nice detailing.

  • Age Recommendation: 6 – 10 yrs
  • Main Material: Pressed wood
  • Assembly: Basic. Roughly 2-3 hrs, Electric screwdriver and glue recommended.
  • Finished Dimensions: 28 x 18 x 26.5 inches
  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Furniture: Sold separately
  • Doll Types: Good for smaller dolls. Will not easily accommodate Barbie-sized dolls. The company sells dolls that fit.
  • Batteries: None required

Bottom Line: A good starter dollhouse kit, especially if your focus is on the play instead of assembly.

KidKraft Shimmer Mansion Dollhouse

This is a more modern styled dollhouse kit, with a lot of glitzy additions. This tall model goes well against a wall as the interior is the focus of the kit (as opposed to classic dollhouses that detail the house’s exterior as well).

There are many, many rooms to play with, from the loft bedroom to the garage on the bottom floor. There are also fun features like a toilet that makes flushing sounds and a working elevator.

  • Age Recommendation: 36 mo – 8 yrs
  • Main Material(s): Wood, plastic, fabric, steel
  • Assembly: Basic. Roughly 2-4 hrs, comes with instructions, which can also be found on the company website.
  • Finished Dimensions: 13.6 x 53.7 x 49.1 inches
  • Weight: 53 lbs
  • Furniture: Comes fully furnished
  • Doll Types: Barbie-sized dolls (12” dolls) and below should all fit comfortably in this dollhouse
  • Batteries: There are sound and light features, so six LR-44 batteries are required. The kit comes with the batteries included.

Bottom Line: A nice, big, modern dollhouse, perfect for play with existing dolls!

Imaginarium Modern Luxury Dollhouse

This dollhouse fits somewhere between the other two. While not quite as modern in theme as the Shimmer Mansion, it is also larger and more interior focused than the Heirloom Victorian dollhouse.

  • Age Recommendation: 3+
  • Main Material(s): Wood, plastic, fabric, steel
  • Assembly: Basic-to-tricky according to reviews. Roughly 2-4 hrs assembly time needed, though some got held up by small parts
  • Finished Dimensions: 12 x 32 x 47 inches
  • Weight: 36 lbs
  • Furniture: Comes fully furnished
  • Doll Types: This dollhouse is made with 12” (Barbie-sized) dolls in mind.
  • Batteries: None required. There is an elevator, but it’s manual.

Bottom Line: This is a fun in between dollhouse kit for girls! It manages to blend classic and modern features and should stand up well over time, despite long hours of play.

Dollhouse Miniature Kit Wood house Toy & LED Light with All Furnitures

This is a more sophisticated dollhouse kit, meant more for the joy of assembly and display than for playing, though it can be played with. Beautiful exterior and interior, with lots of handcrafted detail.

  • Age Recommendation: 8+
  • Main Material(s): Wood, plastic, fabric, paper
  • Assembly: Challenging. This dollhouse kit needs to be fully assembled, from the house itself to the interior decorations and furniture.
  • Finished Dimensions: 12.6 x 9.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Weight: 3.55 lbs
  • Furniture: Comes fully furnished…but you have to put the furnishings together as part of this “do it yourself” project
  • Doll Types: Very, very small dolls, 3cm or smaller, may fit comfortably. Again, this kit is more of a display piece.
  • Batteries: This dollhouse kit comes with LED lights, though batteries are not included.

Bottom Line: As stated above, this is not really a dollhouse you play with, rather it is a dollhouse kit you assemble and display.

If you’re looking for a fun crafting project with your son or daughter, then we recommend it. If you’re looking for a toy for your child, then perhaps skip this one.

Rylai Wooden Handmade Dollhouse Miniature DIY Kit

Similar to the last kit, this is a project more than a toy. The focus is on the building process: the joy to be had working together on a complex puzzle. When finished, this beautiful villa makes a great display piece for a little girl’s bedroom.

  • Age Recommendation: 11+
  • Main Material(s): Wood, plastic, fabric, paper
  • Assembly: Challenging. This dollhouse kit needs to be fully assembled, from the house itself to the interior decorations and furniture.
  • Finished Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Weight: 3.35 lbs
  • Furniture: Comes with all the materials needed to create full furnishings for the house
  • Doll Types: Very, very small dolls, 3cm or smaller, may fit comfortably. Again, this kit is more of a display piece.
  • Batteries: This dollhouse kit comes with LED lights, necessary batteries included

Bottom Line: Again, like the last one, this is a DIY project. If you’re looking for a bonding experience, definitely check this one out. Though it might take a long time and require patience, the end result will be worth it!

Greenleaf Dollhouse Kit, Westville

The last fully Do-it-Yourself option on our list, this is by far the one that provides the most authentic, old-fashioned dollhouse building experience, as you assemble the wooden parts and then get to paint the house yourself!

  • Age Recommendation: 13/14+
  • Main Material(s): Wood
  • Assembly: Challenging. This dollhouse kit can take roughly three days or more to assemble, though some of that time is needed to allow for the materials to dry. While there are directions and pieces come precut, there is room for freedom of design and expression as you get to choose how you paint it.
  • Finished Dimensions: 2.75 x 18.5 x 24.75 inches
  • Weight: 19.5 lbs
  • Furniture: Furniture not included
  • Doll Types: Smaller dolls closer to 2” or below will fit; not a Barbie (12” doll) house!
  • Batteries: None required

Bottom Line: This craft project produces a fully functioning playhouse, similar in look to the first option we reviewed here, with a classic exterior and several open interior rooms on the other side. Recommended for older children as there is a lot of assemblies required, some of which may need chemicals like glue or more delicate processing, like sanding.

And there you have our top six picks for dollhouse kits! We hope we’ve allowed you a glimpse at the range and possibilities that are available to you once you decide to embark on this journey of crafting and fun!