Dollhouse flooring can be made to look like wood, tile, carpet, or dirt and can be fixed or removable for electrical access. Commercial options are available, but DIY options using materials like ice cream sticks and adhesive shelf covering can be just as realistic. For children’s dollhouses, durable materials like plastic tiles or fabric scraps can be used.
The dollhouse floor can look like wood, tile, carpet, or dirt. The choice of flooring depends on the style and period of the house you are furnishing. It can be fixed in place or made removable for access to electrical components. Commercially made options are available through catalogs and hobby stores. If budget is a consideration, you can make floors with all kinds of materials found.
Collectible dollhouses are often decorated in period style. Knowing which flooring went with the period of your home will help you decide what your home will look like. With diligent research and imaginative use of materials, you can create dollhouse floors that are authentic and realistic for the time your home would have existed.
In homes that aren’t electrified, the dollhouse floor can be glued to the subfloor and left in place. The most common lighting involves copper tape adhered to the floor and walls under carpeting or wallpaper. If there is a broken connection and the tape needs to be repaired or replaced, the floor must be removable to allow access. You can apply the flooring to a very thin wooden or cardboard substrate, which is then attached to the dollhouse floor with double-sided tape or adhesive wax.
Very realistic dollhouse flooring is available through catalogs and in miniature stores. Wood and stone veneers in scale models are sold in sheets or squares that cover a set amount of space. They can be printed, acid free paper with a finished surface or real wood veneer laminated to a backing. Most of these can be painted just like a real floor. Carpet specially made for the velvet-like dollhouse comes in a variety of colors and usually has a foam backing.
Miniaturists have many do-it-yourself (do it yourself) options. Adhesive shelf covering and small-scale patterned wallpaper work great for linoleum and vinyl floors in the kitchen or bathroom. Many people build hardwood floors from ice cream sticks or other hobe woods to color them appropriately. Velvet is fine for carpeting, especially the thin kind with a very short pile. Skillfully done DIY flooring is often indistinguishable from commercial dollhouse floors.
For a child’s dollhouse, all materials should withstand rough play and possible spills. Plastic tile sheets can be glued to the floor and will tolerate a lot of abuse. In a homemade dollhouse, pieces of linoleum, fabric, or printable facsimiles found online can make the dollhouse floor acceptable. Felt scraps and upholstery in solid colors or with tiny patterns are a good substitute for carpeting.