Owning a dollhouse is most every little girl’s dream toy that they will want at some point in their lives. To be able to play house in this fashion is high on the list of favorable games. But dollhouses can be tricky. They can be too big or too small or too flimsy. It can be a bit overwhelming when searching for the right one, especially if the child wants a dollhouse for larger-sized dolls. Most dollhouses are built to accommodate smaller, miniature dolls, after all.
However, lately there has been an influx of dollhouses that can accommodate 18-inch dolls since many children want to use their Barbie-like dolls, and even bigger ones, in their dollhouse. This isn’t possible with the more traditional dollhouses. Fear not though, because here are some options for dollhouses for dolls up to 18 inches in size.
Fits American Girl Doll House 18 Inch Dollhouse Ready to Paint and Decorate
This adorable dollhouse is great for 18-inch dolls, but what’s even greater is that children can get inside of it as well. The door and windows open and close, allowing easy access to the interior for both doll and child. This dollhouse is made of cardboard with a fun outline all over it that can be painted or colored in for an individual look. It could be used for storage as well for doll clothes or furniture, but most likely it will become a favorite play spot for doll and child.
It measures about 34.6 x 28.3 x 39.4 inches when assembled
- Made of cardboard
- Easily fits 18-inch dolls
- Children can decorate the dollhouse
- Could be used for storage
- Graphics included
- Instructions and an assembly video are available to put it together
- Flimsy since it’s cardboard
- Can be hard to assemble
- Large surface to decorate might overwhelm kids
- Choking hazard: Small parts not recommended for children under the age of 3
For the most part, this dollhouse does have pretty positive reviews. Though some reviewers have claimed that it is pretty flimsy and hard to assemble. However, it is made of cardboard and is fairly inexpensive for an adorable playhouse that your child and larger doll can fit in. It may not last forever, but then at that price, that shouldn’t be too big of a surprise.
KidKraft Elegant 18″ Doll Manor
KidKraft is the king of large dollhouses, but the Elegant 18” Doll Manor is their first dollhouse with these proportions. Children can now use their 18” dolls to play with this huge dollhouse that measures over four feet wide and five feet tall. This beautiful dollhouse follows suit with KidKraft’s attention to details and quality. It comes with 12 large pieces of furniture and will delight your child for hours.
- Accommodates dolls up to 18″ tall
- 12 large pieces of colorful furniture
- Has two staircases
- Interesting details and artwork on all of the walls
- Many children can play at one time together
- Difficult to assemble
The biggest complaint about this dollhouse seems to be that it is difficult to assemble. If you are good with these sorts of projects and can look past the heavy price tag, I would suggest purchasing this if your child really wants a dollhouse for this size of doll. It is one of the few on the market for 18” dolls that is set up like a typical dollhouse. It’s colorful and has everything your child needs to start playing right away.
KidKraft Magnolia Mansion Dollhouse with Furniture
This mansion-style dollhouse has seven rooms on three levels. There is an elevator between the ground and first level and a winding staircase from the first level to the top floor. The dollhouse comes with 13 pieces of furniture included. This large dollhouse for kids has an attractive design with different décor in each room.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 30 x 24 x 10 inches and it weighs 34.4 pounds.
- Furniture is included
- Multiple children can play with this dollhouse together
- Real lights and flushing toilet sounds
- Large enough for Barbie dolls
- A sturdy dollhouse
- Some customers complain of water stains after cleaning
- Takes a while to assemble
Although the manufacturers recommend this dollhouse for children between the ages of 24 months and 5 years, the large structure and pretty design mean it is actually perfect for children even older than this. Therefore, it is a gift that can last for many years. The interactive features on this dollhouse make it stand out against its competitors. The toilet’s flushing sound and the light up lamps help to make play more realistic. The main complaint about this dollhouse is that it stains if you clean it, so this is something to take into consideration.
My Girl’s Dollhouse for 18″ Dolls – Country French Style
My Girl’s Dollhouse is a high-quality wooden dollhouse for 18” dolls and their furniture, clothing and accessories. My Girl’s Dollhouse measures 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide, making it a huge dollhouse that your children can play with for many years. The dollhouse is made with a high-quality 100% pine wood frame for durability and beauty. This house also includes five spacious rooms, including a 3rd floor attic. It does not include any furniture.
- High-quality wooden dollhouse
- Compatible with American Girl, Journey Girl, Our Generation, and any 18” or smaller doll
- Sophisticated Country French style
- Stylish shingled exterior decor and pretty red door
- 3rd floor attic includes removable rod for doll clothes
- Accommodates 10 Dolls with furniture and clothing
- Might take a while to assemble
- Does not come with any furniture or accessories
This is another huge dollhouse, so of course the price tag is huge too. But there are also very few negatives, so it may be a good investment. It may take a while to assemble, so patience is required. The other issue is that it doesn’t come with any furniture or accessories, so buying those items would add to the cost. However, sometimes it’s nice to be able to pick out your own pieces so it really feels like you’re decorating the dollhouse in your style. This My Girl’s Dollhouse is definitely a good investment considering its size, how many years your child will be able to play with it, and its durability.
Bedroom and Kitchen Interchangeable 18 inch Dollhouse Playscape
This is not a traditional dollhouse although it allows children to enjoy the same type of play. It has just one room, but this has reversible walls to allow a child to decide whether they want to act out a scenario in a bedroom or a kitchen.
The dimensions of this dollhouse are 22 5/8 x 22 5/8 x 22 5/8 inches and it weighs 15.9 pounds.
- Includes a bed, a table, and two chairs
- Fits dolls of between 14 and 18 inches
- Great for both Barbie and American Girl dolls
- Easy to set up
- Doll not included
- Only one room
If your child just wants a basic dollhouse to play with their dolls, then this is a good option. It takes up far less room than a complete dollhouse while offering the same type of play, just with fewer play options. The room is made of cardboard walls and plastic corners while the furniture is wood. Children can use their own dolls and furniture with this room in addition to the furniture supplied.
Anyone who is looking for a cheap dollhouse should consider either the Bedroom and Kitchen Interchangeable 18 inch Dollhouse Playscape or the Fits American Girl Doll House 18 Inch Dollhouse Ready to Paint and Decorate. However, it is important to remember that, in some cases, you get what you pay for. They are probably the least sturdy of the dollhouses reviewed and have generated some negative comments from customers.
The KidKraft dollhouses reviewed here are great options as they both come with the furniture needed to furnish the dollhouse. Although they are a little more expensive, they are a well-known and trusted manufacturer of dollhouses and other toys. Both these dollhouses boast attractive designs with pretty décor throughout.
If your preference is to buy a dollhouse that will last your child from being a toddler to becoming a teen, then the My Girl’s Dollhouse for 18 Inch Dolls-Country French Style is the better option. The attractive yet sturdy design of this wooden dollhouse gives it the potential to last for years and provide a child with a fantastic source of play and entertainment throughout their childhood.