Thursday, June 25, 2015

All The Cool Dollhouses Have Removable Walls

Kidding...but I'm not the only dollhouse builder incorporating removable pieces into her current build. Brae is doing a sliding wall for Milo Valley Farm (she also put removable walls in the Aero Squadron Lounge and the Newport). Muriellisa has already built a removable wall for her miniature Petit Trianon (go look - it's absolutely gorgeous!).

While considering how to build the boathouse, I knew I'd have to make a few parts of the structure removable.

I couldn't very well leave one side of the boathouse's tower open - it wouldn't look right. So, I made one wall removable, and left the tower top removable to enable removing the back tower wall.

Now you see them... you don't!

(Obviously, I haven't started the interior yet. But you get the idea.)

Muriellisa is using magnets to hold her wall in place; Brae is using channel molding. Between the tower rooftop and the adjoining middle-floor roof structure, my removable wall is staying put pretty well with tension alone (if it wasn't, I'd conceal some hooks and eyes under the tower top roofline). To my complete amazement (Brae and Muriellisa are far more skilled and talented than I am), it hasn't fallen down once.

The removable wall all by itself (still need to add more trim to the top floor). It's painted differently in real life (and there is a window next to the door), but as this is a dollhouse, I didn't think it would look quite right if the design didn't match the rest of the tower.

Another part of the boathouse also called for a removable piece: the ticket office. Stuck onto the front of the boathouse next to the entry, the ticket office is supposed to be accessible through a door inside the boathouse queue (the door is locked to keep guests from tampering with the props, but you can look inside). I couldn't very well make the wall removable; it's a load-bearing wall holding up the middle floor. So instead, the ticket office will have a removable roof.

I've cut the piece for the roof, but haven't gotten around to thatching it yet. This picture should give you a pretty good idea of how I will be accessing the interior.

As always, more to come.


  1. Hello Anne,
    very well thought out and well done. I love miniatures finished on all sides and the removable panes make it easy to work on the interior.
    Keep up the great work,

  2. Thank you, Giac! It's been a lot of work (still haven't finished decorating the bungalow!), but so far it's turning out well.

  3. Your "removable wall" concept is great! I like that there are a few options for holding the wall in place, but your tension method seems to work perfectly. The boathouse looks wonderful.

    1. Thank you! I've also seen some older dollhouses that had removable walls held in place by carefully concealed pegs...

  4. I love the idea. May I repost this on and

    1. It's fine with me, but you may also want to check with Brae and Muriellisa, since I mention their work in this entry.

  5. All Dollhouses should have removable walls...even better if they opened on both sides so you can get into everything. Your removable wall looks fab. In fact the whole build looks fab =0)

  6. Well done! I've personally just spent the last month struggling with structural issues to get removable walls. So this was really great to read. Love the colours you've picked for the exterior as well :)