Modern Dollhouse Chair – Tutorial and Templates for 1:12 and 1:16 scales

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This modern dollhouse chair is a variation of the mid-century-inspired rocking chair that I made a while back. I just love its simple, unfussy lines. It’s a classic style that fits in any modern dollhouse decor. At least, in my opinion.

I left mine in natural, light basswood color to fit the rest of my neutral-color living room scene, but I think it will look better stained!

modern dollhouse chair held by hand

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MATERIALS AND TOOLS

  • Cricut Maker (recommended if using basswood), purple StrongGrip mat, and knife blade
  • 1/16″ basswood sheet
    • Or choose a different material that is suitable for your die-cut machine
  • Wood stain or paint for finishing
  • Wood glue or Aleene’s
  • Foam core (3/16″ standard thickness) for cushions
    • I use only one layer of foam core for each cushion. As an option, you can add one layer of batting to add a little bit more thickness to each cushion.
  • Fabric for cushions
    • Thin, lightweight fabric is recommended, so as to avoid bulk around the corners
  • Fabric tape
    • I found fabric tape easier to work with than fabric glue. I cut up the tape into little strips or pieces as needed. Fabric tape is very sticky, and it can gunk up your scissors. I use Goo-gone to get rid of the residue off the scissors.

TEMPLATES FOR MODERN DOLLHOUSE CHAIR

The PDF template for this miniature chair can be downloaded here: 1:12 scale or 1:16 scale.

The SVG file can be found in the resource library. If you’ve already subscribed to my email list, you can refer to my latest email for the library password ☺

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In addition to the chair pieces, you will need to cut the following pieces of foam core and fabric for the cushions.

If you are using fabric that’s thicker than lightweight cotton, you will want to reduce the overall dimension of the foam core. Reduce by 1/16″ at a time and dry fit each time, so you don’t accidentally cut too small a piece.

1:12 scale (in inches)1:16 Lundby scale (in inches)
Foam core for seat cushion1-13/16 wide x 1-13/16 deep
(reduce overall dimension, if using thicker fabric)
1-7/16 wide x 1-7/16 deep
(reduce overall dimension, if using thicker fabric)
Foam core for seat back cushion1-13/16 wide x 1-5/8 tall
(reduce the height to 1-9/16 if adding optional batting)
(reduce overall dimension, if using thicker fabric)
1-7/16 wide x 1-1/4 tall
(reduce the height to 1-3/16 if adding optional batting)
(reduce overall dimension, if using thicker fabric)
Fabric for seat cushion1 piece of 4 x 41 piece of 3-1/4 x 3-1/4
Fabric for seat back cushion1 piece of 4 x 3-5/81 piece of 3-1/4 x 2-7/8

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CHAIR FRAME

Step 1: Cut the pieces

If you are using basswood, I recommend using two layers of each side. Each layer should be cut at perpendicular grain direction, just like what the template shows. This will strengthen the basswood pieces.

pieces of modern miniature chair

If you are using a different material that don’t have any specific grain direction, then the orientation of the pieces don’t really matter. You can rotate the pieces to save material, if you wish, or leave the orientation as-is.

Step 2: Stain the chair

Stain the chair pieces first. Glue spots prevent stain from being absorbed, and it would result in a splotchy finish.

Step 3: Assemble the chair sides

I like to have the outer layers of both chair sides to be of the grain direction. In this case, I chose the vertical grains to show as the outer layers.

components of modern dollhouse chair

Simply glue the two layers of each side together.

Step 4: Attach the chair back

Put a bit of glue along the edge of the square seat back, as indicated by the red lines in the picture. The red lines are where the edge will attach to the chair sides.

glue applied to seat back of the chair

Align the seat back square along the chair side piece.

seat back is attached to the chair side

Step 5: Attach the chair seat

Apply glue as indicated by the red lines in the picture.

glue applied to the edges of the chair seat

Align the seat back and bottom squares.

bottom of seat attached to chair side

Step 6: Attach the other side

Use the red-line guide as Step 4 above. Then align as best as you can so the chair doesn’t wobble too much.

finished frame of modern miniature chair

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CHAIR CUSHIONS

Apply a strip of fabric tape on two opposite sides of the fabric as pictured.

a piece of foam core on top of a bigger piece of fabric

Then tape the fabric onto the cushion. It’s okay if your fabric doesn’t completely cover the cushion. This side will be face down and not visible.

Cut off excess fabric in the corners. Be careful NOT to clip off the fabric along the thickness of the foam core. If you clip that part, the foam core will show and it will not look so neat. Apply small pieces of fabric tape on the corners of the fabric.

fabric wrapped around foam core

Fold in the fabric corners like pictures.

fabric wrapped around foam core

Add two strips of fabric tape on top of the folded corners.

fabric tape applied to fabric

Then tape the fabric onto the cushion. (I didn’t cut my fabric big enough, so it doesn’t cover all the cushion.)

back/under side of wrapped cushion

Repeat for the other cushion. The back cushion rests on top of the bottom cushion.


COMPLETE!

finished modern miniature chair held by hand

My modern dollhouse chair resides in the living room, with the Kallax bookcase, wood-case sofa, slat bench, and the printable rug.

finished modern dollhouse chair in a 1:16 scene

Made your own? I’d love to know!

What motivates me the most is seeing you use my tutorials to make your own minis! There are many ways you can share your projects:

  • comment below to let me know (or if you have any questions about it–for the benefit of others also!)
  • link back to my site or this tutorial,
  • tag me on Facebook or Instagram,
  • share your version on my Facebook group!

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