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Posted: Nov 17 2010, 01:42 PM
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Does anybody have any patterns or tips as to how to make furniture for their 1/3 scale dolls???
My little Ava is moaning at me for a bed or chair???

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Posted: Nov 17 2010, 06:38 PM
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The first thing you need to think about is what do you want the furniture to look like and how much you want to spend. And by "look like" I mean how authentic/realistic.

For almost no money at all, you can take a few corrugated cardboard boxes, cut and tape them up in the simple shapes of chairs, sofas, and beds, cover them with unsewn fabric like a "throw" or bed spread and you're done. Or you can find some plastic storage boxes, add a blanket and some small pillows and make bunk beds. Not very high on the realism scale but cheap, fast, and easy.

Take a look at some Ikea stuff.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/18329/
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categori...86?pageNumber=0
It's all constructed of simple rectangles that can be made of cardboard or wood and carefully covered with fabric. If you are comfortable with a sewing machine you can make bolsters stuffed with foam rubber.

If you know your way around and have the proper woodworking tools and have the time and space there are plenty of sites with simple furniture plans you can scale down to 1/3 and bang out in a weekend. Also if you're handy with those tools and have a creative mind, you can probably alter some found objects and create some avant garde furnishings.

Above all else, if you build it yourself, take dimensions or scale proportions off of real furniture. DIY stuff always looks better when it is properly scaled to its user. I can't stress this enough. If you build a side chair and your mature girl's feet don't touch the ground when she's sitting in it, she's going to look like an adolescent in a high chair. Likewise if that lounge chair is too short it may look more like a hassock.


If you want a higher level of realism but don't want to "DIY", for a little cash and some time at the computer you can come across some interesting items for sale.
There are frequently used items up on ebay although you have to be patient. The selection can be hit or miss.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/VOLKS-Super-Dollfie-...=item4a9b8365b7

http://cgi.ebay.com/1-4-Dollfie-BJD-Doll-B...=item4152c37054

Pet furniture. There are some amazing (and some affordable) pieces available at some of the larger pet stores. Search "pet furniture" online. As you will see, prices vary from affordable to OH MY GAWD! The thing to keep an eye on with the pet furniture is its size. Sizes vary because some pieces are for big dogs, some are for little dogs and cats. Have a tape measure and your doll near by to check the dimensions listed.
http://www.petco.com/product/112271/Fantas...Cat=DogSFC_Beds

http://www.petco.com/product/103771/Fantas...20Stripe-103771

http://www.allpetfurniture.com/Furniture-S...ds-C239271.html

Yahoo Japan Auctions almost always has some great looking stuff, but you have to pay a proxy and shipping. Why is it that some of the most cool stuff always comes from Japan? Maybe 'cuz that's where ABJDs were born and bred.
https://www.japanauctioncenter.com/view2.ph...ction/m83113919

https://www.japanauctioncenter.com/view2.ph...ction/f98385893

https://www.japanauctioncenter.com/view2.ph...tion/v174895289

https://www.japanauctioncenter.com/view2.ph...tion/k130189980

https://www.japanauctioncenter.com/view2.ph...tion/p210634446

And if money is no object, some of the larger BJD companies sell a few pieces here and there, some of which are down right amazing.
http://www.volksusa.com/accessories-furniture.html

So sit down with your girl and decide: does she just need something basic to sit and nap on (a short carpet tube covered with felt and a cushion stuffed in the end), or is there a chair your girl has to have for a "throne", the center piece of her daily display (that $400 pleather fainting couch). Or is it something in between. Then explain to her that you're on a budget and see what she'll settle for.
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Posted: Nov 17 2010, 08:00 PM
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I've picked up a lot of stuff by doing an ebay search for "vintage doll bed", or just type in chairs under "dolls and teddy bears" and a lot of stuff will come up.

For some reason, anything that is specifically designed for a BJD is always at least 300% more expensive than the same quality of thing made for any other type of doll or bear.

You can also check at places like Ross, Marshall's, Rite Aid, and Michael's in the " home decorations" department for miniature chairs that are not intended for children to play with but are perfectly nice.

Check thrift and antique stores and yard sales for doll furniture.

I have kind of addiction *cough* to doll furniture and accessories.
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Posted: Nov 17 2010, 08:48 PM
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Shelving that you can get at Lowe's works well for SD beds. Like...simple storage stuff. Also, small storage boxes can work for dressers or nightstands. You can get small lamps at Hobby Lobby. And flea markets have tons of things that can work! When i go out I usually take a doll with me for size reference.
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Posted: Nov 17 2010, 11:30 PM
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Since your girl is an Obitsu, you can get the Target or Walmart knock off table and chairs designed for American Girl size dolls and they will look great.

Much of Hazel's furniture is actually thrift store finds, but despite her excellent taste in most things, she tends to like really rugged furniture that looks like it came from a waterbed store.

Antique stores. But watch out for those prices.

Foam rubber, covered, as a mattress, with a flower garden edging for a headboard - or a lovely piece of wood, or almost anything similar as a headboard. Pillows are easy to make.

Don't overlook baskets - They can become really fun beds too.
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Posted: Nov 20 2010, 01:40 AM
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The plain rattan chairs are fairly easy to find on eBay, and not expensive. Pay attention to dimensions, though -- they come in a variety of sizes, and you want something large enough for a 1/3 scale girl.

I've seen some interesting pieces on eBay by searching on "large doll furniture." (again, do pay attention to dimensions). Yard sales can be good too. And thrift stores.

I've also found some interesting pieces in the "home decor" section of craft shops like Joanne's or shops like Ross-dress-for-less. An unpainted wood footstool can become a chair or table. You can make a bed by covering foam that's been cut to a size that works for your doll. Or get a roll of quilt batting, cut and layer it, and enclose it in a heavy cotton fabric to make a futon.

You NEVER know what you'll find if you keep your eyes open.

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Posted: Nov 20 2010, 05:37 PM
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Stuff made for 18" dolls like American Girl, My Twinn, and similar knock-offs, are about the right size for obitsus. Except for beds; which tend to be on the short side.

On the pricier, but really nice side of furniture... you can always look into salesman samples. Back when salesmen traveled door to door, and they sold large bulky items like chairs, washers&dryers and other such things, they didn't travel with the full sized item strapped to their back. They carried with them smaller versions of said item to show potential customers WHAT the final product would look like. The smaller versions (like the chair Seiki claimed) are made just like their full sized counterparts, down to removable cushions and that really crappy black fabric that always ends up breaking under the furniture.

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Posted: Nov 21 2010, 02:58 PM
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i pretty much gave up looking and if I found it at a flea market then it was just a bonus, but now I don't worry cause my boyfriend decided he wanted to start doing woodworking/carpentry as a hobby...and I convinced him he would love making dolly furniture!
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Posted: Sep 5 2011, 08:36 PM
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You know that sample of bedding memory foam .I got some of it from one of those bedding placing .Was thinking about using it in a furniture project. They will send a sample.
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Posted: Sep 10 2011, 11:00 AM
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I hit up flea markets, antique stores, junk shops, 2nd hand stores, consignment shops, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1 Imports and any home decor section of stores at the mall, especially when they have sales. So far, the most expensive piece I've bought was a wire hanging planter from Hobby Lobby and that was $15 on sale. It fits my Chun (68cm) nicely for either a bed or daybed.
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Posted: Sep 10 2011, 08:12 PM
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Use the keyword "Kingstate" when you search eBay. Occasionally, chairs and couches by that company pop up for decent prices. They're somewhere in between 1/4th and 1/3rd scale, so their furniture aren't perfectly scaled, but they work.

I sometimes score some nice finds at flea markets, too. You just have to keep a really good eye out for them.

I have scored a nice 1/4th scale chair from Ross once. It was a garden decoration to put your potted plants on. XD

Also, I have made a 1/3rd scale temporary bed tutorial over here. Perfect if you're lacking in the space department. : D
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Posted: Sep 10 2011, 09:21 PM
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http://www.buy.com/prod/1-3-scale-radio-co...200760662.html#

Not furniture. But come on, that's AWESOME!!!
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Posted: Sep 11 2011, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE (Trethowan @ Sep 10 2011, 11:21 PM)
http://www.buy.com/prod/1-3-scale-radio-co...200760662.html#

Not furniture.  But come on, that's AWESOME!!!

There is a 1/3 scale Harley Fat Boy and a Suzuki GSX out there, too. I don't think they have been manufactured for several years but they do come up on the auction sites now and then.
They are perfectly sized for the 50cm on the go.
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Posted: Sep 11 2011, 06:51 PM
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QUOTE (K2! @ Sep 11 2011, 10:25 PM)
QUOTE (Trethowan @ Sep 10 2011, 11:21 PM)
http://www.buy.com/prod/1-3-scale-radio-co...200760662.html#

Not furniture.  But come on, that's AWESOME!!!

There is a 1/3 scale Harley Fat Boy and a Suzuki GSX out there, too. I don't think they have been manufactured for several years but they do come up on the auction sites now and then.
They are perfectly sized for the 50cm on the go.
(IMG:http://home.comcast.net/~anna-marie.nekomancer/ShadowPast/004.jpg)

Whoa. This is by far one of the coolest props I've ever seen. If I get Ivan a horse, I should get Micah a bike. :-)
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Posted: Sep 12 2011, 04:45 AM
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Hamtaro4 K2 that picture is soooo cool.
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