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Traditional Wooden Dolls House with 100 Pieces
Member Name: mumto3
Traditional Wooden Dolls House with 100 Pieces
Advantages: Lots of pieces inside - can be decorated
Disadvantages: the wood is a bit thin and flimsy
We bought the dolls house from Toy R Us as it was bigger than any others we had seen and it was advertised as being half price at £49.99 down from £99.99. It is still half price a year later (Nov 2008) so I assume that £49.99 is the correct price rather than the sale price.
The dolls house comes flat packed in a rather large box and comes complete with furniture and a doll family. The house is made of wood but it is very flimsy and not very thick. All the pieces inside are made of wood with the exception of the soft furnishings provided. Once build the dolls house stands at about 70cm high by 55cm wide so it needs a bit of space.
I left the building of the dolls house to my husband on Christmas Eve and he managed to put it all together in about an hour. Some parts were a bit fiddly but he did it without too much swearing or cursing. Once it's built the house it quite sturdy and stands quite well but there isn't much weight to it and it can be pulled over or moved about easily. The front of the roof lifts off in one piece to access an attic room and there are three other floors. To get inside the front is split into sections that open fully on four hinges like big doors. Maybe it is my husbands construction but the roof part doesn't fit very well and you end up having to balance it as it doesn't sit well on the supports. The doors open nicely apart from dragging on the carpet and seem to close together well. However the hinges were very flimsy and we lost a door after only a couple of months. The whole thing is made of untreated wood so you could paint and decorate it as you wished adding carpet or wallpaper. The windows do not have any glazing and are just cut out of the wood. The front door can be open and closed.
The fixtures and fitting all come in separate boxes inside the main box and they are all marked with the name of the room. The furniture you receive includes:
The kitchen - a sink, a cooker and hob, a swing bin, a fridge and a dresser.
The dinning room - a table and chairs, table cloth, seat cushions, a dresser, a cocktail cabinet, wine bottles, a vase of flowers and cups and plates.
The living room - three sofa and seat cushions, a media cabinet complete with television dvd and books, a standard lamp, a coffee table, a clock, a table lamp and a telephone.
The bathroom - a bath, a shower, a toilet, a sink, a toilet roll holder and a bucket and mop.
The master bedroom - a double bed and bedding, two bedside tables, two lamps, a dressing table and stool and a wardrobe.
The nursery, a cot, a highchair, a bedside cabinet, a rocking horse and a toy train.
The children's bedroom - a bunkbed with ladder and bedding and rocking chair.
You also get a family of dolls with a Mummy, Daddy and three children. The dolls are made of wood but are clothed and have woollen hair.
I was pleased with the amount of items that you got to go inside the dolls house and the quality of the pieces after being a little disappointed with the quality of the house itself.
My daughter loves the dolls house and it is played with on an almost daily basis. Apart from one of the doors coming off we have had no other breakage's in the past year. My youngest child has just turned one and he did eat the hair off the dolls and the flowers from the vase but these were soon repaired.
My only real complaint about the dolls house apart from the quality of the house is that it is difficult to fit all the furniture into the suggested rooms. There seems to be a lot of bathroom furniture but hardly anything for the kitchen. The layout currently showing on the Toy R Us website www.toysrus.co.uk is slightly different to the one we received. This is only a little thing though and once my children are playing they move all the stuff around and leave most of it all over the carpet.
My eight year old nephew also loves this dolls house and regularly redesigns all the rooms. We haven't decorated our dolls house but I think this would be easy to do and my sister has suggested requesting carpet swatches from companies to add a bit of nice flooring.
Overall I have been very pleased with the way my daughter has enjoyed the dolls house and feel that for her age this is ideal. Some dolls houses are over £100 just for the house and then you have to buy the furniture separately. I don't think I would have paid the full £100 for this as it is not worth that amount of money in my opinion. I don't like putting it all away at the end of the day and searching for all the pieces to go back into the house so that they aren't eaten or trodden on. I have long since given up making up each room when I tidy it away and now just throw all the bits in and leave it to my children to sort out how they want it the next time.
For a younger child this dolls house has everything you need at a reasonable price. There is nothing fancy about this dolls house and I think a real enthusiast would be horrified at it's simplicity but it's just the thing for little girls. My daughter likes her Peppa Pig characters to live in the dolls house and she parks their camper van up outside She has even added a little cat ornament that now lives in the house so that the family have a pet.
I would recommend this dolls house if you are looking for something basic for a younger child. I think an older child would probably have fun decorating the house so it would suit all ages. I think the simplicity adds to the amount of fun you can get from it.
Summary: A great basic dolls house
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