Not everybody who wants a dollhouse is a hobbyist or collector. Often times all that a person wants is a gift for a little girl or possibly, just a simple introduction into what might eventually become a hobby. You want a dollhouse that looks really good but you really don’t have the time or talent to invest in a lengthy project. Thankfully, there is a wonderful variety of doll house kits designed for beginners.
A simple web search will uncover some really nice choices. The best search terms for these houses are “easy build dollhouses” and “quick build dollhouses. “ You will be pleasantly surprised at the variety and quality of these attractive dollhouses. And you will be equally impressed at the ease of construction and how quickly assembly can be accomplished. We’re talking minutes…not hours.
These beginner dollhouses are built from the same materials as the higher end hobbyist models. The primary difference is that they don’t require painting and finishing. In fact, many of these models are assembled simply by snapping the pieces together.
These houses come painted with roofing and floors already installed and finished. Some even come with wallpaper and elegant trim. Doors and shutters are already hung for you. You won’t need to worry about hammering nails since wood glue or a glue gun is all that is needed for securing the assembly.
One of the concerns many people have on this “beginner” level is that these easy-build houses won’t look as nice as the more complex models. This is a valid concern…but fortunately manufacturers have done a good job at creating beginner models that are more advanced in appearance. It may take a little extra searching but you can probably find an impressive quick-build house to satisfy your individual tastes.
Also, keep in mind that “easy to follow instructions” does not mean the same thing as “easy-build” or quick-build.” Generally…if the emphasis is on instructions and not on construction then the product may be a little more involved than what you are looking for.
Another concern is cost. Quick-build houses cost about the same as the hobbyist equivalents. On the low end you can expect to pay about just under $100 and then, of course, the price can go just about as high as you are willing to pay topping out at around $500.
As with other products in today’s struggling economy, many merchants are offering special discounts. Shopping around is a good idea. Also, look for bonus additions like windows and doors. You may think you are saving a lot of money on a dollhouse only to find that doors and windows are not included.
Another option is to purchase a house that has already been assembled. That, of course, is about as easy as it gets. Some vendors will finish your house to the degree you want. For example, your house could be shipped completely assembled and all you have to do is paint it.
Obviously, when you are looking for a gift for a child it is imperative that you consider safety. Not all kits are suitable for child’s play. Most manufacturers and merchants supply this information.
If you are a newcomer to dollhouses you will be able to find something that delights you or the child you are buying it for. Manufacturers offer a wonderful variety of doll house kits to get you started on something that just might turn into a wonderful hobby.