8 Best Dollhouses of 2022
Best Dollhouses
January 3, 2022

Best Dollhouses

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Best Dollhouses

There’s so much more to a dollhouse than adorable pretend people and charming decor (yep, even the toilet is cute). These humble abodes of all shapes and sizes inspire imagination, storytelling and hands-on role playing.

When playing with a dollhouse, kids will learn to navigate sharing and cooperation (without even realizing they’re learning valuable life skills!). Creating new scenarios also helps with language development—soon enough your four-year-old will be asking for a veranda and porch swing. You’ll probably see them imitating their own lives as they put the kids to bed, have a family dinner or throw a birthday party. Aside from all this brain building, there are lots of physical benefits too, like the development of fine motor skills, coordination and balance. Whether in solo or group play, there’s always something new to dream up and bring to life in a dollhouse.

Keep in mind: most dollhouses are recommended for kids ages three and up due to some small accessories being choking hazards.

These are our favorite picks:

Cozy Cottage

Not sure you’re ready to go big? Start your child’s dollhouse adventures in this cozy little cottage full of charming details, including a front porch, shingled roof and attic. It’s an exclusive design from Pottery Barn Kids, so you know it’ll fit in nicely with any home decor, whether you keep it in the nursery, playroom or even out in the living room. And although it doesn’t come with any accessories, there are plenty of furniture sets that can be bought separately.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 25” x 11.5” x 16.5” (designed for dolls 4.5” tall)

For Interactive Learning

Great for toddlers, this Fisher-Price dollhouse has chunky dolls and pieces that are easier for little hands to hold. It opens wide for 360 degrees of interactive play, with two floors and multiple rooms. Move the two included characters around the house, and interactive discovery buttons encourage children to do dollhouse chores and learn responsibility through cheerful songs and sounds.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 12 months–5 years
Dimensions 6” x 28” x 16”
Includes Two people figures, 1 dog figure, bed, dog bowl & 2 bar stools

DIY

Consider this four-room wooden abode a canvas for your kiddo’s imagination. Aside from being the perfect backdrop to a doll family’s world, it can be hung on the wall as a shelf for books and knick-knacks. As with any IKEA product, there are a ton of creative DIY projects to really make this dollhouse your own. (We have a hunch you may even be more excited about decorating than your child.) Paint it, add wallpaper and artwork, a cute area rug, mount a tiny towel rack…this little world is your oyster. Keep in mind: you’ll have to buy all the accessories separately.

Additional Specs
Child Guildelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 22.8” x 8.8” x 23.3”

For the Kid on the Go

Have dollhouse, will travel. For a twist on the traditional, go for this wooden, foldable castle complete with all the essentials for a royal good time. Kids especially love the working drawbridge and dungeon for adventurous pretend play. The built-in handle makes this compact castle easy to tote around from room to room, or anywhere you go. (FYI: There’s also a smaller classic-looking dollhouse and a larger deluxe castle, both totally portable.) No assembly required, which mean there’s a “happily ever after” for you too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 10.5” x 13.5” x 7.125”
Includes Castle: 6 play figures, 2 thrones, bed, treasure chest; Princess Castle: 2 play figures, 2 thrones, 2 royal horses, bed, chest

Farmhouse Chic

This farmhouse-style doll dwelling is a perfect mix of chic and minimalist design, with a classic color scheme that’s sure to catch your eye (especially if you’ve gone with a black-and-white theme for your little one’s nursery or bedroom). With three stories, five rooms (three of which are fairly large) and a long front porch, there’s plenty of space for little dolls to settle in. We love this house as a starting point for older toddlers and preschoolers who might be looking for something bigger than some of the previous dollhouses on this list, but who might be overwhelmed by a dollhouse that towers over them.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 21” x 12” x 25.5”

Open for Play

The classic style of dollhouse usually includes three walls and one open area so kids can easily reach in to move around their dolls and furniture, but that means they can only reach the rooms of the dollhouse from one angle—and if there’s more than one kiddo trying to play at one time, they’ll likely be getting in each other’s way. But this dollhouse from KidKraft solves that problem by removing all the walls! That means 360 degrees of playable space, and plenty of room for multiple children to play together. Even more impressive is the fact that the entire house is on casters, so it can be spun around or moved from room to room with ease. Also included are 42 pieces of furniture, including a staircase that clips to any part of the exterior of the house.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 26.8” x 23.25” x 43.3” (fits dolls up to 12” tall)
Includes 42-piece furniture set

Slide & Customize

Dollhouses don’t get much more customizable than this! With one main unit and two moveable sides, this house’s layout can go from single-line to L-shaped to T-shaped to just about anything your child can imagine. Each of the two sides slides right out from the center and can be positioned anywhere, even totally separated from the main house. And when playtime is done, they slide right back into the center for compact storage. It comes with a 20-piece accessory set (so you can feel good about its impact on your wallet), and the whole house is made from sustainable rubberwood (so you can feel good about its impact on the planet).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 9.7” x 14.2” x 12.8”
Includes 3-piece house (center unit and 2 side units), 20-piece furniture and decor set

The Ultimate Dream House

Who hasn’t asked for the Barbie DreamHouse at some point? It’s no surprise why Barbie’s pad has remained a favorite for decades: equipped with all the modern must-haves (a wheelchair-accessible elevator and a slide that goes right into the pool, because of course), this house has your kiddo’s entire doll collection livin’ the dream. There are even three custom settings for the house’s lighting, including day mode, night mode and party mode. Interactive elements with music and realistic sounds top it all off to make this dollhouse the ultimate wish list item.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Dimensions 40” x 15.5” x 46”
Includes 75+ pieces, including furniture, decor items and patch of grass
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