Sunday, July 3, 2011

Problems with scale

It's been a long time between posts as usual. Thought I'd do a quick update on some projects.

I attempted to make a half scale bed. I like it a lot but it is too big, even though it is true to scale. I have pictured it here in my Buttercup against a half scale Phoenix chair. The chair makes the bed look even bigger. I will now need to remake it smaller to suit the scale of the Buttercup.

The pictures below are of my Canterbury (by Greenleaf). I partially constructed it some time ago and it sat in my junk room until I could think what I wanted to do with it. It is supposed to be 1" scale but it's really about 3/4". I intend buying some vintage furniture, much of which is this scale. I asked Janny if she would mind if I made a built in cabinet type bed and she graciously said yes. Thanks Janny! So here it is, yet to be finished. But I like it so far. This will be a girl's room.

Here is an overall shot of the interior. You can see the kitchen started with a vintage stove unit to the right. I loved the wallpaper in the kitchen ofJulie's Sid Cooke Edwardian shop so put it in my own kitchen. Upstairs will be a sitting room and main bedroom. The exterior will look like a Disney cottage. Will show pictures shortly.


  1. Yes, I have also found that often when I make something which is perfectly in scale, it will look too big. Miniaturist Mark Murphy told me a few years ago that he makes his furniture a little bit smaller than the true scale, because it will look more to scale.

    I love the cabinet bed!

  2. scale is still hard for me all the details!

  3. Sorry to hear about your trouble about the scale. Must be annoying when you have finished a beautiful bed.
    I also love your green bed.

  4. You must be quite frustrated with that bed not seeming to fit, especially when it's really lovely. The cabinet bed is lovely, it looks really cozy.

  5. I had a cabinet bed in my human Irish cottage ... so snug and warm on howling winter nights. One reason I don't make furniture is because I'm ruler compromised in the most profound way!

    You can use you're slightly oversized bed in a child's room, or maybe for 'baby bear' it will be 'juuust right'